Gümüşlük and the Rabbit Island

Gümüşlük is a small seaside village in the Southern Aegean region of Turkey.


Gümüş translates "silver" in Turkish, hence Gümüşlük being "the place of silver". Thanks to strictly enforced building prohibitions, the seafront has kept its original and photogenic fishing village charm.

Lying on the western tip of Bodrum Peninsula, Gümüşlük is renowned for the beauty of its sunsets over the horizon in Aegean Sea.

Get in

Gümüşlük lies about 20-25 minutes from Bodrum, and you can take a minibus (dolmuş) for 3 TL.

Gümüşlük is also connected on the dolmus route to both Turgutreis and Yalikavak. The bus to Turgutreis runs very frequently.

Get around

The main hub of tourist activity is centered around the Harbour and Beach area, but it's only a 2km walk to the heart of the village. It's an easy stroll through to the village, and provides you a different perspective of Gumusluk.


Gümüşlük stands on the site of the ancient Carian city of Myndus whose seafront sections slid into the sea in some long-forgotten earthquake. Today these barely submerged remains are a magnet for snorkellers and underwater photographers. The land site is yet to be fully excavated, but traces of antiquity can be spotted in empty fields, sounding an evocative echo of a distant age.

"Rabbit Island" (Turkish: Tavşan Adası), situated in the middle of the bay and accessible by a partially sunken causeway, offers a magnificent panorama.





There are no high rise hotels or resorts in Gumusluk. Besides a couple of small hotels, the rest of the accommodation is in local pansiyons located by the harbour, beach or in the village.


The telephone code of the village is (+90) 252, which it shares with the surrounding cities and towns.

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