LET THE WINTER SUN WARM YOU: GÜMÜŞLÜK
GÜMÜŞLÜK, MYNDOS WITH ITS ANCIENT NAME, THAT KEEPS ITS SILENT BEAUTY AND OFFERS ETERNAL PEACE IS A SANCTUARY THAT IS LOCATED IN THE WEST END OF BODRUM PENINSULA…
You might be surrendered with snowy winter scenes or pictures with winter scenes in February. You better swim against the current and take a deep breath in Gümüşlük, the peaceful cove of Bodrum.
If you are lucky enough, the warm weather salutes you the moment you arrive in Bodrum as if it’s trying to mock the cold weather that you have left behind. An early spring fragrant fills the air. Seeing the tangerines and lemons hanging from the branches makes you feel refreshed. All the details that you might have missed during the summer because of its rush and heat become apparent to you. You feel grateful for both the moment and the spring in the middle of the winter that you experience.
Tracing the ancient city
Gümüşlük, Myndos with its ancient name, that keeps its silent beauty and offers eternal peace is a sanctuary that is located in the west end of Bodrum peninsula. Leleges who were the first inhabitants of the region had discovered the cove in the 4th century, BC. The city had stood up against the siege of Alexander the Great; however, later Alexander’s generals had captured Myndos. Then, Myndos had become an important port town that Ceaser and Brutus had used as a military base. Careful eyes would catch that the city with its ancient jetty, walls, and ruins has been the witness of thousands of years.
When you are approaching the city through the road that connects to Gümüşlük from Yalıkavak direction, you find the chance to observe the beauty of the ancient port view. This spot has hypnotic effects with its famous sunsets. Limon Café is an address that shouldn’t be missed because it is among the places where the best sunsets are viewed. Upon your arrival in Gümüşlük beach, you are welcomed by seafood restaurants that are lined up next to each other. You can reach to the Antik Yol by walking a short distance along the restaurants after turning right. During this walk, the sea enables you to store inspiration and happiness thanks to its tranquilizing silence thanks to the cove blocking the wind.
Enjoying the nature and becoming mesmerized by the fragrant while walking to the Karakaya Village that is located over the hills of Gümüşlük where the old Greek houses that were abandoned following the population exchange watch the view quietly are a privilege in the middle of the winter.
Tavşan Island that is rich in archeological ruins
A natural formation draws the attention in Gümüşlük: Tavşan Island that is located across the cove and can be reached by walk and during this walk, the sea level doesn’t go over the knee height. Seeing people rolling up the legs of their pants and pulling up their skirts in the water before walking to the island is an ordinary thing. Although, the situation grows differently in winter, walking to the island on a sunny day is still possible by greeting the cool waters after removing your shoes. Tavşan Island was where the King Mausolus used to spend time with his wife Artemisia. Today the place has been announced as a protected area due to the archeological works; therefore, it is not possible to set foot on the island, only a short walk is allowed.
Where to relax in Gümüşlük
Some places are closed in winter but that is not a problem. This might cause one to experience an abandoned atmosphere; however, the details that you wouldn’t recognize in summer hold nice surprises. Lodging at the Club Gümüşlük or Özak Hostel located at the beach would be a good choice to enjoy the winter sun and the life in peace.
The seafood at the restaurants located at the beach is great; but if you are looking for an alternative, following a short walk from the beach through the center, you can reach to Hayat Café where fruit trees stand in its own orchard. The place offers a calm ambience, meals prepared with their own produce, and a colorful decoration.
Early in the morning; the aroma of the sage tea coming from the café located right next to the boats at the beach, breathing in the fresh air that is mixed with the smell of delicious pastries made in the bakery, having short walks, and taking short coffee breaks at the beach come all so natural. They make you forget your worries.
An academy that hosts variety of events under the name of ‘Gümüşlük Academy’ is located in Gümüşlük that becomes transformed into an open-air arts center during the months of summer. Chats of philosophy, script workshops, painting, and ceramic lessons, and many more activities are organized at the academy.
Breathing in the sea air, sharing the peace of the cats that have become the theme of many handmade objects in Gümüşlük and have given their names to the streets of the city… Escaping to Bodrum that the Fisherman of Halicarnasus was attached with love to enjoy the winter sun feels like breathing again after being under the water for a long time.
Karakaya Village offers fantastic sunsets.
The boats at the beach and the cats at the pier are going to be your best keepsake photographs.
Purchase colorful hand-made leather jewelry.
Glass objects are going to add life to your home.
Fresh herbs are the best remedies in winter.
Do not return before tasting the pastries prepared with fresh herbs.
Bodrum’s lokma is among the most purchased desserts in Gümüşlük.
Try the fresh sage tea at a café.
Gümüşlük is the most peaceful cove, located in the west end of Bodrum peninsula, inarguably.