If you like a day in the sun to be followed by some after-hours fun, Gumbet holidays could be the perfect choice. This action-packed Turkish beach resort, which is just minutes down the coast from Bodrum, lures visitors with its beaches before tempting them into its restaurants, bars and nightclubs when the sun sets over the Aegean Sea.
Gumbet is a great destination for anyone who likes to socialise with friends and family of an evening. The lively beachfront strip is crammed with international eateries and lively bars that really come to life as darkness settles over the resort. And anyone looking to stay awake past midnight will not be disappointed by the range of late-night bars and nightclubs jostling for their attention.
It's not all about partying in Gumbet, though. The vivid blues of the sea in the resort's bay are bound to dazzle you, while there is no shortage of parasols under which to seek shade in the heat of the day. Water sports are also popular in this energetic resort; simply follow the cries of delight to find operators along the extensive stretch of sand and pebble shore. But no one will blame you if you want to spend holidays in Gumbet flopped down on the beach, or lounging by the pool.
You'll find Gumbet in the south west of the Bodrum Peninsula, with the ever-popular resort of Bodrum just a stone's throw away. Transfers are quick and easy from Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV) and flights land here after a flight time of only around four hours from UK airports. And the welcome is friendly at the many quality hotels and self-catering villas and apartments located around the resort.
In between all that daytime relaxing and late-night partying, you can also head out of Gumbet to see some of the Turkish treasures in this fascinating region. Start in the historical harbour town of Bodrum, where the castle and the bazaar will hold your attention for hours, before making your way to Roman city Ephesus or the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus with its imposing Mausoleum.
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Visitors flock to Gumbet in summer to catch the sun's rays as temperatures climb up to (and sometimes beyond) 35C in July and August. Those who prefer things a little cooler arrive in spring and autumn, when warm, dry days are the norm.
Bodrum Bicycle Festival; May: Hire a bike and ride to nearby Bodrum for this popular festival that encourages locals and visitors alike to use two wheels. Streets are closed to traffic and there's a lively party when the cycling is done.
Bodrum Festival; July-August: Music permeates the glorious surroundings of Bodrum Castle during this summer-time feast of sound.
Aegean Festival; August: Get an eyeful of traditional culture and gobble up tasty Turkish food at this popular event in the marina.
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Romance: The ancient ruins of Ephesus are worth the journey of just over two hours. The amphitheatre is a wonderful spot in which to simply sit hand-in-hand with a loved one and daydream about days gone by.
Kids & teens: Don't let the word, “museum” put off the little ones in your family. The Museum of Underwater Archaeology at Bodrum Castle has plenty to keep young pirates entertained.
Babies & toddlers: There are loads of activities for tots to get to grips with in Gumbet. The resort's playgrounds and crazy golf always induce happy squeals.