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Gumbet is located in the south west of Turkey where the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea meet. The beaches are long and sandy, the nightlife is vibrant and the shopping is a shopaholic's delight. This is a place which has grown tremendously during the course of the last few years and has gone from being the quiet neighbour of Bodrum to practically overtaking it in the lively atmosphere it provides for its visitors. Accommodation ranges from luxurious hotels through to self catering villas or apartments, all of which are well maintained and provide a warm and friendly welcome to their guests.
The nearest airport to Gumbet is at Bodrum which is between four and five hours flying time from the UK determined by the airport from which you travel. A UK passport valid for at least three months is required to enter Turkey and a visa costing approximately £13 (at time of writing) is payable when you arrive. Many airlines travel to Bodrum and although package holidays are always popular it is possible to obtain budget fares if you are prepared to search the internet. Thomas Cook and Thomson are amongst the many carriers that fly to this busy destination.
If you are not booked on a package holiday, transfer to your accommodation in Gumbet from the airport at Bodrum may be made by taxi. Once at your hotel or apartment, if you wish to explore the hills and countryside of Gumbet, the dolmus is the recommended way to get around. A dolmus is the equivalent of a British mini bus taxi and they run frequently along their chosen routes. Bus stops as such are not required as a dolmus driver will stop for you if you just raise your arm providing he can fit you into his already tightly packed vehicle. Surprisingly, no matter how many passengers ride the dolmus at the same time, the driver never misses a fare!
There are numerous bars and restaurants located around the beach area which also has plenty of watersports on offer for any holidaymaker who wishes to leave the sun bed occasionally. Jet-skiing, banana boat rides and pedalos are all available for energetic visitors and there are also organised boat trips to various nearby locations, giving the visitor the chance to see other beaches and areas of interest.
Gumbet is surrounded by rolling hills and countryside as well as many historic places of interest such as Ephesus which is the remains of a Roman settlement and well worth a visit. Bodrum Castle is another historic place which boasts a number of interesting relics, particularly shipwrecks. The Milas Carpet Village is also within a reasonable travelling distance and here you can see how the exquisite Turkish rugs and carpets are made. Of course, you also have the opportunity to purchase one of these items if you wish and the suppliers will organise shipping for you as there is little change of getting a Turkish rug in your hand luggage!
Turkey abounds with mosques and there is sure to be one near you but if you do visit a mosque, please remember to respect the traditions and to ensure that your arms and legs are covered. The Museum of Underwater Archaeology is also worth a visit, as are the calcium deposits at Pamukkale. There are also Turkish Baths to try, offering a relaxing massage after all that sightseeing.
Shopping is superb in Gumbet with many souvenir shops, boutiques selling copies of designer wear and plenty of jewellery outlets. Gold pieces are of particularly good value here and the designs are most unusual and attractive. Spices are also available and the aroma of these is wonderful. One of the best things about shopping in Turkey is the requirement to haggle the shopkeepers and stall holders expect their customers to barter for the items in which they are interested and this practice can be highly entertaining. Both the seller and buyer can spend some considerable time until an agreed price is reached and some shopkeepers will even provide Turkish Coffee or the local refreshing Apple Tea for their prospective customers during the sales process.
The nightlife in Gumbet is lively with a variety of restaurants, bars and discos. The choice of food is vast and ranges from traditional Turkish fare, through English fast food, to the more exotic for the culinary expert. Do remember to tip your waiter following your meal as tipping is very much expected in Turkey.