One of the most popular resorts on the peninsula and known for its lively nightlife and friendly atmosphere, Gumbet is situated on the south of the Bodrum coastline. A picture-perfect bay with a glittering view from its sandy beaches out across the Aegean Sea, the town caters well for those tourists looking to spend lazy days under the sun before heading out to enjoy long nights.
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!
The curved beach of golden sand is the centre of the resort’s tourist daily life and, framed by the rolling hills and mountainous backdrop, the views make cheap Gumbet holidays a truly awe-inspiring option.
The beach is one of the longest on the Bodrum peninsula, making it perfect for a lazy day. Many tourists who stay in Gumbet opt for the sun loungers, but you can also take advantage of the many watersports for which Gumbet is also known for. The crystal clear waters make for excellent diving and the ‘Big Reef’ is considered to be a top location.
If you don’t want to explore beneath the waves, a boat trip is also a great way to spend some time. 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. Ferries run to the nearby Greek island of Kos too.
Gumbet is only 10 minutes away from 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.
For anyone looking for a little cultural diversity, the mausoleum, 16th Century Bodrum Castle and the Museum of Underwater Archaeology are all worth a visit.
Being so close to Bodrum itself, you can indulge yourself in a shopping excursion relatively quickly as well. The markets open until the early hours of the morning selling crafts, silverware and leather goods. Market days allow you can practice the essential Turkish art of bartering to get a deal on anything from arts and crafts to clothing, souvenirs and local produce.
The dining experience in Gumbet is as diverse as the visitors the resort attracts. You can experience traditional Turkish food, freshly caught seafood or Asian, European, and Mediterranean fare all just a few doors from each other. Babylons (Turkish), Uncle Fester’s (Mexican, Turkish and English) and Café de Colombia (International) regularly attract great reviews for hospitality, price, service and food itself.
Menus vary in price and, for anyone on a budget, the discerning traveller can eat for cheap. Gumbet holidays can be made by the food you eat and the location will certainly ensure you are kept well fuelled for the nights out.
Evening entertainment in the resort is extremely lively and friendly, with a big selection of bars, clubs and discos to choose from. An evening out can take the form of comedy clubs such as Dreamgirls, karaoke bars like Roy’s Place or a night of cocktails at Chico’s. There are bars that cater for families and organize suitable entertainment to engage children as well as adults. The clubs don’t normally open until 9pm and are usually still in full swing in the small hours of the next morning, with Club Posh and Mystery Disco being two well-reviewed venues.
Some of the hotels even offer their own entertainment, which tends to more aimed at families.