One of Turkey’s most popular resorts, Gumbet used to be a small fishing village but times have changed for this resort which now attracts tourists from all over the world. People come year after year to enjoy the party atmosphere of this coastal destination, the fun watersports that are on offer and the beautiful weather that drenches the beaches of Gumbet. This place certainly gives neighbouring Bodrum a run for its money!
There’s a selection of restaurants on the main street that serve a variety of food for the holidaymakers that come here every year. It is in the backstreets though where you’ll find traditional meze plates, kebabs and meatballs. Gumbet is famous for its nightlife though and Bar Street is where you’ll find some of Gumbet’s most popular bars, complete with Turkish dancing and drinks that flow through the night.
There are boat tours, segway tours and jet-ski safaris to enjoy in Gumbet. Night markets open until the early hours of the morning selling crafts, silverware and leather goods and the beach is one of the longest on the Bodrum peninsula, making it perfect for a lazy day. One of Gumbet’s highlights is a boat trip to Kargi Bay, or Camel Island, where the sands are clean and camels roam along the bay.
With all the talk of partying and late night shopping, it would be easy to think that there’s not much else to Gumbet apart from its bars. Gumbet though is only 10 minutes away one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. The remnants of this giant structure are a history lesson in ancient Turkey’s royalty and a worthwhile visit to learn more about this country’s culture.