Gündoğan

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What a fun, hot spot this is! A pretty drive along the Bodrum Peninsula with its winding roads, wonderful ocean vistas and charming bays brings you to one of the best-kept secrets of the Bodrum peninsula: Gündoğan

With two distinct parts, Gündoğan (goon-do-o-an) has a small village centre pretty much made up of the main street lined with shops offering all the necessities like groceries, sunscreens (well, a necessity if you’re by the beach), a pharmacy and the essential local bakery. Amongst the laid-back shops, a well-diversified handful of local restaurants vie for attention.

Modern in feel, the centre has arisen to serve local visitors but it retains a laid-back, seaside ease and a nice selection of good-quality stores and restaurants. Local bistros rub against pizzerias and the ubiquitous kebab shops.

The other face of this fun-to-pronounce location is the chic, sun-and-fun-filled shoreline. A narrow pedestrian walkway winds its way along the crystalline waters of this pretty bay and gives access to a number of overwater wooden decks that are filled with sun loungers and large cushions during the day and play host to clubby lounges al fresco dining spots by night.

Laid-back chic is the way to go here with mornings starting late and nights winding down early. It’s lots of fun – access any of the hot spots by foot, a see-and-be-seen parade from hot bods, to kids, to grannies and even some pampered pooches! Or arrive by sea- step off your mega-yacht and watch the heads turn and the gossip begin. Or simply paddle your way from one bar deck to another in your trusty yellow canoe or swim along with your money belt and credit cards secured to your bikini bottom… it all happens here!

Fascinating to watch and fun to join in – the atmosphere and facilities make a great and unique vacation spot for all.

LOCATION

  • On the Bodrum Peninsula
  • 47 km from Milas-Bodrum Airport
  • 16 km from Torba
  • 7 km from Yalikavak
  • 25 km from Bodrum

EXPERIENCES

  • Beaches – Lounge about on the Blue Flag sandy beach – one of the longest beaches in the horseshoe-shaped bay. Or catch a few rays on a sun lounger on one of the many wooden jetties managed by a number of restaurants along the shore.
  • Water sports – Gündoğan is a popular destination for windsurfing, sailing and paddle boarding.
  • Boat trips – Book a day trip and enjoy a scenic stop at Apostle (aka Rabbit) Island and Paradise Cove.
  • Gastronomy – Gündoğan has a wide variety of restaurant options: along the beach; near the harbor; along the bay and on the main street of the village. Evening entertainment centres around the jetties and restaurants situated along the beach.
  • Shopping – Visit the Farmer’s Market, held every Wednesday, and rub shoulders with locals doing their weekly shopping.
  • Horse riding – Short or long nature trail rides are offered at a farm just south of the village.
  • Hiking – Follow the coastal trail for a leisurely hike to the next small bay and the quiet village of Küçükbük (koo-sook-book). History buffs will be happy to learn that the ancient Lelegian city of Madnasa is nearby and that some ancient rock formations dating from this era are still visible to the east of the town.
  • Pomengranate Festival – This annual event is in December, with festivities being held around a beach bonfire.