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Gümüşlük, Bodrum, Turkey

Last Updated on November 15, 2022

Gümüşlük is a charming seaside village on the western shore of the Bodrum peninsula (map). It’s known for being a fishing village, with waterfront restaurants, spectacular sunsets, and ruins of ancient Myndos littered in the pristine little bays.

Furthermore, because Gümüşlük is a quiet seaside town, it’s a great location to do day trips from Bodrum’s city center and visit the luxurious town of Yalıkavak, famous for its beaches and marina. Yalıkavak is 10.6km (6.5 miles) away from Gümüşlük.

Attractions

It’s a special place 21km (13 miles) away from Bodrum’s city center. To get the full experience, Turkey Travel Planner recommends spending a few days here visiting Gümüşlük Limanı Plajı for a day at the beach, a waterfront restaurant for a seafood dinner, and Turgutreis Merkez Cami mosque. 

Gümüşlük Limanı Plajı is a lovely beach just near the waterfront restaurants. Travelers can enjoy a day in the sun and come back for a nice dinner afterwards. The water is clear and you can easily spot groups of small fish swimming around. 

Furthermore, if these waterfront restaurants interest you, you’ll want to call ahead of time to make a reservation. Sunset is the busiest time of day where crowds of people look for the best place to visit. Siesta Restaurant is one of the top-rated places for fresh seafood and a nice glass of wine. Another option is coming for lunch instead and enjoying the daylight scenery while avoiding the crowds.

Read more about our dining & shopping recommendations in Gümüşlük.

Accommodation

If you’re interested in spending a few nights in Gümüşlük, Oda Bodrum is a nice hotel to stay at. The location is within walking distance of all the action from waterfront restaurants to small shops and bars. Additionally, Oda Bodrum offers laundry service for those days where you need a fresh set of clothes. Other great hotels nearby include Liman Hotel Gümüşlük, Metin’s Gümüşlük, and Oza Butik Hotel. These are all within a 15-minute walking distance to Gümüşlük center.

 

Transportation

To reach Gümüşlük from Bodrum, you have a few options. The most expensive (but fastest) option is by taxi. The cheapest option is to take a minibus from Bodrum’s Otogar (bus station). However, you may not be dropped off directly in front of your hotel, which may require you to lug your luggage over there once you reach the closest point. The mini buses travel to and from Bodrum‘s Otogar all day until the late hours. If you arrive by car, you’ll be required to park at a pay lot, just inland from the bay and the restaurants.

Overall

If you’re looking for a quieter and relaxed vacation, Gümüşlük is the place to be. The charming atmosphere is what makes this seaside village appealing to visitors. Additionally, it’s far away enough from Bodrum where you won’t be woken up by the lively nightlife, yet, it’s also close enough to visit and also take day trips around the Bodrum Peninsula. The waterfront restaurants are one of Gümüşlük’s biggest attractions which draws hundreds of visitors a day over the summer. Yalıkavak is also nearby where you can spend the day lounging at one of their stunning beach clubs.  

 

—by Tom Brosnahan, updated by Sonia Anand

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