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Flanking an island-dotted bay on Bodrum Peninsula’s west coast, the fishing village of Gümüslük is a slice of traditional Turkey. Less developed and quieter than many nearby towns—although it can get busy during summer—this gem keeps visitors happy with a pretty beach, underwater archaeological relics, and seafood restaurants.

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Gümüslük, Turkey

The basics

Overlooking Gümüslük Bay and a rocky islet nicknamed Rabbit Island, Gümüslük is perfect for travelers wanting to escape Bodrum Peninsula’s busier resorts. Visitors laze on the beach, relax at the waterside restaurants, and savor the scenery and mellow pace. Other activities include boat trips and walking the semi-submerged causeway leading from the harbor to Rabbit Island. The walkway lines a crumbled wall that was once part of the ancient city of Myndos.

To make the most of a Gümüslük stay, consider hiking the hills for panoramic views over the village and Rabbit Island; renting a kayak or windsurf board, or joining a fishing or boat tour along the coast. Some tours from Bodrum include pickup and drop-off from Gümüslük hotels and whisk you to sights such as Ephesus and Pamukkale.

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Things to know before you go

  • If you like your beaches with shade, head for the southern end of Gümüslük’s sands.
  • Rabbit Island is an archaeological site and off-limits to visitors.
  • Much of Gümüslük is wheelchair- and stroller-accessible.
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How to get there

Gümüslük lies north of the main Bodrum-Turgutreis (D330) road. By car, take the D330 from Bodrum, turn right for Derekoy, and follow the signposts. Regular dolmus (public minibus) services run to Gümüslük from Bodrum via Turgutreis, and cabs will get you there from Bodrum in 20 minutes. The nearest airport is Milas-Bodrum, 34 miles (55 kilometers) away.

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When to get there

Gümüslük is quiet outside Turkey’s peak tourist season, but buzzes with activity from May to September—especially during weekends—when foreign visitors and locals arrive to enjoy the warm weather and glorious sunsets. In July, temperatures hit an average 81°F (27°C), while the water is super-inviting at around 75°F (24°C).

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The ruins of ancient Myndos at Gümüslük

Gümüslük sits on the site of Myndos, an ancient port town that flourished during the second and first centuries BC before being destroyed by an earthquake. Some of Myndos’ remains still lie submerged in Gümüslük Bay, and are magnets for snorkelers. Don a mask and flippers to explore the waters off Rabbit Island and spot everything from fragments of painted walls to shards of age-old pottery and amphorae jars.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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