Located on the westernmost point of Bodrum Peninsula, Gumusluk has been getting more and more popular among travelers and artists who are looking for a peaceful atmosphere surrounded by the very essence of the Aegean spirit. It is also my favorite spot which has been a part of my Bodrum routine so far.
Its simplicity, stillness and charm make me forget that I am in a popular holiday destination. Instead, I feel like I am home, and I can live here forever.
Name Gumusluk is derived from the word “gumus” which means “silver” in Turkish. Just by looking at the amazing panorama, it is normal to think that the name comes from the silver-like reflections over the sea. This would be more appropriate explanation, but the truth is it comes from an old silver mine close to the town center.
Gumusluk is a brand independent of Bodrum’s international fame. Most beautiful sunsets, spectacular views, fish restaurants, local handcrafted gifts and cultural activities are the highlights from Gumusluk which are also what this town is renowned for.
As in most of the towns in the peninsula, Gumusluk has two distinct parts; coastline and the town itself. The town is in the hinterland which is not far from the coast. Most of the housing including hotels and pensions are spread over this area.
There are certain regulations preventing the construction of new buildings at the coastline. This practice creates a unique atmosphere where you find yourself in a small fishing town in touch with history and nature all at once.
A small cove at the north of the coastline has been serving as a natural safe harbor surrounded by Kocadag Hill (Big Mountain) and Tavsan Island (Rabbit Island) for almost 3,000 years. At south, on the other hand, a blue flagged beach lies along 300 meters, facing to Greek Islands Kalymnos and Leros.
Embraced by light breeze that carries the scent of citrus gardens, bright colored flowers, and crystal-clear water, this is a place you should visit while you are around.
Gumusluk is on the north-west corner of the peninsula and 23 km away from Bodrum. Depending on the traffic, it takes about 30 to 45 minutes to get there by minibuses from Bodrum Bus Terminal. Other biggest towns in the peninsula - Turgutreis and Yalikavak – also have services even if they are not as frequent as they are in Bodrum. Their last stop is just next to the car parking lot which is 150-200 meters away from the sea front.
If you don’t have a car and you don’t want to pay a small fortune for a cab, you need to catch the last minibus to go back. On your way to Gumusluk, ask the driver the last departure time for return.
I had to spend the night there twice, just because I missed the last minibus. One was in the beginning of spring many years ago.
I had no idea that the last one had left at 9pm while I was having a good time with a friend from Ankara in my favorite restaurant. Turkish raki and pleasant conversation together always tend to make you lose touch with the time concept. After dinner, I walked to the minibus station and found out that I had missed the last one to Bodrum.
There was a taxi waiting for customers and I asked the driver how much it would cost to Bodrum and he told me he could take me home for ₺90. While we were enjoying raki, my friend had told me she was paying ₺60 per night for BB. So, I went back to her hotel and luckily found a vacant room for the night. Next morning, after having a delicious Turkish breakfast with my friend, I came back home with a minibus. I paid something like ₺2 or ₺3.
Just remember; Please don’t take any actions depending on the prices I have mentioned above. It happened 5-6 years ago, and it is unlikely that you can find such prices anymore.
Gumusluk was known as Myndos in ancient times and it has a long history as one of the oldest cities in Bodrum peninsula.
The first famous Bodrumian, Heredotus is known as the father of history. He was the first telling the story of Myndos.
Lelegians founded the city on Bozdag, the hill stands next to today’s Gumusluk town. They were a warrior nation controlling the maritime trade, so they decided to build a port city here.
After Lelegians, Dorians of the Balkans took control of the city around 7th century BC. History of Halicarnassus and Myndos goes hand in hand and they both ended up with Persian invasion in 546 BC.
Persian rule was followed by Carians, Alexander the Great, Roman Empire, Seljuk Empire, Byzantine Empire, Anatolian Beylic of Mentes, Ottoman Empire, Knights of Rhodes, Ottoman Empire (again) and finally Republic of Turkey. An unbelievable career for such a small city, right?
Among countless stories that have been told about Bodrum Peninsula, I find especially one very interesting; did you know Brutus and Cassius moved their headquarter to Myndos after assassinating Caesar in Rome? Fascinating!
Sadly, there is almost nothing left to see from the civilizations that fought for Myndos for ages. An earthquake that destroyed one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, had hit Myndos as well in 14th century. Still, ruins of city walls and remains of a sunken city help us to imagine what was it like thousands of years ago.