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Holidays in Gumbet
The modern beach resort of Gumbet sits a stone’s throw from energetic Bodrum. Gumbet gives its well-known neighbour a run for its money when it comes to beaches and nightlife – think one full kilometre of silk white-gold sand, lots of exciting water sports and nights on Bar Street. The clubbing scene is fantastic, with a top choice of beachfront bars, late night clubs and English pubs.
April to June for the ideal beach weather.
Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV).
Experience the best of Bar Street’s nightlife, hours on the white-sand beaches days out at Dedeman Aquapark when you book your holiday to Gumbet with Thomas Cook.
Find a good spot on Gumbet’s golden sands and make the most of that Mediterranean sun, with lots of bars and cafes a short stroll away to keep you going. The water is beautifully warm and clear, ideal for swimming, and has an exciting selection of water sports, so you can speed across the sea on water skis or plan a scuba diving excursion to see the vibrant coral reef. Take a wander through the town to explore the buzzing local markets and souvenir shops, or grab some new clothes for the nights out. Gumbet’s nightlife scene is legendary, with dozens of venues bringing Bar Street to life after dark.
Gumbet has a kilometre-long ribbon of powdery-soft, golden sand. The beach is lined end-to-end with vibrant beach bars, cafes and shops, plus waterfront hotels. There are lots of sun loungers and umbrellas to go around, and large beanbag cushions are popular here for sunbathing in comfort. Awarded a Blue Flag for its upkeep, the beach has a clear, shallow shore perfect for swimming and splashing about. You’ll find fantastic water sports activities in Gumbet, from high-octane banana boats, water skiing and parasailing to pedaloes and snorkelling. Gumbet’s large, colourful coral reef invites scuba divers, whether you’re a pro or a first-timer.
Gumbet’s thriving nightlife rivals neighbouring Bodrum, with a top mix of shows, clubs and bars. Bar Street is the main nightlife zone, lined with lively pubs, Irish bars and big dance clubs open until the early hours. If you’re after somewhere chilled out to start the night, the best places in Gumbet are on the beach, where you can grab a cocktail and get in the mood. The main road is full of restaurants and places to eat, with a variety of international food plus authentic Turkish cuisine. A local favourite is lamb kebabs, or souvlaki, tasty grilled meat and vegetables in a warm pita.
If you fancy a day away from the beach, hop on a dolmus and in five minutes you’re at the Dedeman Aquapark. Popular with kids and adults, the park has a choice of water slides, swimming pools and water bikes, plus activities for little kids and several places to eat. The resort is packed with shops and souvenir stands, and if you’re thinking of getting a gift to bring home, the best place to go in Gumbet is the Sunday market. Market days have a great atmosphere with food stalls, clothes and handmade souvenirs.
Beach lovers: Gumbet’s gorgeous Blue Flag beach is the perfect place to grab a beanbag and soak up the sun.
Clubbers: The resort’s loud and lively nightlife starts on the beach with drinks at sunset, followed by long nights on Bar Street.
Water sports enthusiasts: Gumbet’s beach is one of the best places on the coast for water sports, including spectacular scuba diving.
Language: The language spoken in Gumbet is Turkish
Currency: The currency used in Gumbet is the Turkish Lira
Local time: Gumbet is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours
Tourist Information: Further Gumbet tourist information can be found at www.goturkeytourism.com/destinations-turkey/bodrum-peninsula-of-turkey.html
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Gumbet
Temperature: Summer average of 27-28°C.
Best time to visit: April to June for the ideal beach weather.
Gumbet has over 300 days of sunshine a year, with hot summers that can last from April all the way into October. July to September are the hottest months, when the temperature soars from the high 20s to the 30s (°C).
By dolmus: The local public mini buses, or dolmuses, are an easy and practical way of getting around Gumbet. Tickets are cheap and you can hop on and hop off wherever you like.
By taxi: Taxis are readily available in the Bodrum area. Licensed taxis are yellow and will have a meter fitted, with higher rates at night. Taxis are affordable for short journeys and are handy for airport transfers.
By bus: A regular bus service provides transport between neighbouring resorts on the coast. They are cheap and efficient, and ideal for day trips to the likes of Bodrum.
Bike festival: In May, the Bodrum Bicycle Festival takes place, around 10 minutes from Gumbet by bus. The festival is a fun event aimed at reducing emissions and promoting eco-friendly travel. The bike ride winds through several bike trails in the region, with live music and performers cheering the cyclists on.
Sunsplash: One of Bodrum’s golden beaches is the site of the new Sunsplash Festival. The festival features a week of concerts from big names in dance music, in a beautiful beachfront setting. During the day, hear talks from music industry insiders, join a yoga workshop and explore art exhibitions.