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Gumbet has come on leaps and bounds since its humble beginnings as a sleepy fishing village. It's now an exciting holiday destination in the Bodrum area of Turkey , boasting a brilliant Blue Flag beach and lots to keep fun-loving families, couples and groups busy. By day the soft, pale sands are a playground for those who want to relax, play beach games, build castles or take to the Mediterranean Sea on a jetski or pedalo. By night the restaurants, bars and clubs come alive, offering everything from family meals overlooking the sea to all night clubbing on Bar Street for the party people. Affordable holidays to Gumbet are available from Direct Holidays all year round, so there's no need to wait until summer. Through spring and autumn you're looking at a respectable 25C, making Gumbet the perfect choice for an out of season bargain break.
Just 10 minutes from Gumbet you have all the attractions of Bodrum Town, including endless shopping and eating opportunities, and some fantastic cultural sights such as the Roman amphitheatre, Ottoman castle and the ruins of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Why make do with visiting one country on holiday when you can visit two? Sail from the Turkish coast to the Greek island of Kos, where charming Kos Town and great beaches wait to be explored. This is another Gumbet excursion that's crammed with culture, with the 15th Century Knights Fortress being a highlight.
If you're holidaying with kids, or ancient ruins just aren't your cup of tea, a trip to a waterpark will put a smile on anyone's face. The Aquapark near Bodrum is within easy reach for a day of flying down flumes and splashing in fun pools.
You can scuba dive from Bodrum or Gumbet, with the clear waters of the Med revealing some fantastic dive spots. If you're lucky you might spy octopus, eels and parrotfish in among the shoals of tropical fish and underwater rocks. It's a holiday must for those with an adventurous streak!
See a Show
For a night out with a difference, give the neon lights and fishbowls of Bar Street a miss and get tickets for The Dream Girls Show at The Theatre Club in Gumbet. You'll enjoy a musical drag show that showcases cabaret at its best ' with more sequins and feathers than you can shake a stick at! Bring your best singing voice and leave the kids with grandma!
Take a Jeep Safari
The Turkish scenery is a real joy to discover, and one of the best ways to do this is to take a jeep safari tour. Your adventure will whisk you through the Bodrum countryside and up into the mountains, where breathtaking views await. Forests, lakes, mesmerising sea vistas ' you'll see them all when you take to the inland trails in a 4x4.
Gumbet is a great place to party if you like your nightlife, but it's not all about the after dark action. The silver sand beach here is fantastic, and family-friendly restaurants are everywhere. You'll also find that you're within easy reach of all that Bodrum and the surrounding area has to offer holidaymakers with a taste for exploration.
There's so much to discover in the brilliant town of Bodrum that you'll need more than a one day excursion to see it all. Base yourself in Bodrum and the historical sites including the castle, the Antik Theatre and Myndos Gate await, as well as markets, shopping centres, a pretty marina and a shingle beach. The nightlife here is the stuff of legend, so earmark at least one or two big nights out to make the most of it!
For a complete change of pace to big hitters Gumbet and Bodrum, Bitez is a low-key seaside spot that's perfect for total relaxation. The evenings are quiet here, making it a perfect choice for families with young children or couples looking for a romantic escape. Windsurfing and sailing are also big draws, with the conditions being just right by Bitez beach.
Another relaxed spot within easy reach of Gumbet is Ortakent, a small village that still maintains a sleepy pace of life. Take your camera to get snaps of the impressive Mustafa Pasa tower house, and then relax on the beach ' a paradise flanked by gorgeous gardens and sweet-smelling orchards.
Gumbet package holidays from Direct Holidays will put you in the heart of the action on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, whether you want to let your hair down in the bars, clubs and attractions of the major resorts or relax in a peaceful village atmosphere. Base yourself in Gumbet and you can have the best of all worlds, with contrasting seaside spots on your doorstep.