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Article by: (Lisa Dakin) Published: 15/04/2009

Gumbet area information

Fun in the sun, a bit of history or great places to eat - Gumbet has it all.

This once small fishing village has enlarged over recent years from becoming a sleepy bay to a resort within its own right.

The name Gumbet comes fom the word Kumbet which is the Turkish word for the many white round water cisterns that dot the area.

From one end of the shingle beach to the other there are so many other things to do besides laying around in the sun. Fancy a bit of mountain climbing? To the left of the bay proudly stand the old windmills looking out over both Bodrum and Gumbet. Or if you fancy a race the Go Carting track is a must. Volleyball, 5 a side football or maybe some high flying on the trampoline?

If this is all a bit too adventurous then take your pick of the sunloungers next to the waters edge. The hotels and restaurants each have their own section with different coloured furniture and sometimes the staff to match!

As you head off the beach on your way home you'll be welcomed in to many a restaurant, bar or shop along the way. Cries of 'cheap as chips', 'Asda price' and 'one size fits all' will guarantee to get a chuckle out of the holidaymakers.

After smoothing on some after sun and getting your glad rags adorned head on down to Bar Street for a night of evening entertainment. If you fancy a bit of Turkish grub but don't want to be too adventurous try the Pide. It's like an open pizza but oblong shaped and incredibly tasty as it's cooked in a wood burning oven. Toppings such as mince and cheese, sausage and cheese, diced meat or my favourite good old cheese and onion. The Turks think my choice a little strange.

After you've filled your belly you might fancy shaking your stuff in one of the many nightclubs and disco bars. Most of them are free to get into and keep going until the early morning (even if you can't!). If bars and clubs are not your thing then back down on the beach many of the hotels provide free entertainment such as belly dancng shows, snake charmers and dance groups.

Gumbet main town is a resort which is open 12 months a year. Most of the beach facilities do close in the winter but the Go Carting, beach cafe, and a few restaurants around the front do stay open. Most locals find themselves at the 'local' end of town during the winter months, where the small cafes turn into gossip dens (mostly for the men!), the supermarkets continue to trade but the pace is generally much slower and people have time to relax.

Gumbet has it's own market on Sundays and although it starts early, the busiest and most exiting time is mid to late afternoon when all the Turks come and do battle for the best prices - and of course to have a banter with the neighbours!

There really is something to please everyone in this once sleepy village.

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