Holidays to Gundogan are all about the two-kilometre horseshoe of flawless white sand. But if you do want to switch it up, bustling Bodrum Town is 30 minutes' drive.
A quiet spot on the Aegean
For years, Gundogan was the locals’ well-kept secret – now the word is out in on this quiet little place on Turkey’s southern peninsula. The resort deals in R&R, with the beach doing a good line in lazy days and the traditional restaurants serving up laidback nights. And if you do want to ramp things up, lively Bodrum Town is only 30 minutes away.
Blue Flag beach
The two-kilometre stretch of white sand sits in a horseshoe-shaped bay, and the water’s really shallow here. You’ve got extra sunbathing space thanks to wooden jetties that come with cushions and sunloungers. When you’re done lazing, there’s a raft of watersports to get stuck into or you can duck into one of the seafront restaurants for lunch.
Just uphill from the village, you’ve got walking trails that weave past mandarin orchards and olive groves. A 20-minute gentle hike can get you to ancient ruins and tombs cut into volcanic rock. You can explore the countryside solo, or book a local guide to show you round.
Close to Bodrum
The dolmus gets you from Gundogan’s bus station to Bodrum Town in 30 minutes. Here you’ve got an Ottoman castle and what’s left of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, an official Ancient Wonder of the World. For retail therapy, there are boutiques by the harbour and bustling alleyways crammed with shops selling jewellery and carpets. And you’ve got a gaggle of Turkish teashops for pit stops.
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