Out and about
For a different side of Gumbet take a walk to the Sunday market. Although it's small, there's a nice buzz – you'll spot locals buying fruit and veg, and you can haggle for clothes and footwear which are also on sale here. For a break from all the shopping, sunbathing and general milling around town, there are so many restaurants and cafes lining the stretch behind the beach, it can be hard to know where to go.
You'll find that many of the restaurants that seem dormant during the day light up the sky at night. Most of them serve Turkish, international and British food and some of the most popular venues are Peter's Place, Windmill Restaurant and Carpe Diem. And there's a great club scene here that will keep you up 'til the early hours.
Great fun whether you're 10 or 40. There are two waterparks near Gumbet, which you should be able to book through your resort. The closest one to Gumbet is compact but enjoyable, while there's a larger one 15 minutes' drive away called Aquapark Dedeman – and at 40,000 square metres, it's the largest in Turkey.
As you might expect, there are plenty of exhilarating slides and flumes – some of which are nearly vertical and exhilarating if you're a thrill seeker, then there's the Crazy River and the more relaxing wave pool. You can even sunbathe in a peaceful spot under a pine tree. During peak season there's a free bus to get you back to the centre of Gumbet at the end of the day.
If you get the opportunity, you should visit a Turkish Hammam in Gumbet or nearby Bodrum City. Part of Turkish life for centuries, the Hammam's a great experience that helps to cleanse, relax the body, and soothe tired muscles.
Before entering the Hammam room for your treatment, you'll shower then sit in a sauna for about 10 minutes. Time for your treatment and the marble room is the centrepiece of this experience. Sit yourself down next to a niche with a fountain, then continue to wash yourself down with a bowl and water. You're then asked to lie face-down on a warm marble stone called gobek tasi – belly stone – in the middle of the room where the treatment will begin.
First, a sandpaper-glove scrub is used to exfoliate your skin, then there's a rub-down with a pillow filled with soapy foam, which provides the massage element. The grand finale involves being splashed with water. then you get to cool off, either in another room or outdoors. You can always ask for extras such as a full-body oil massage or a mud – or chocolate – bath.
Explore the local area
Outside of Bodrum City you'll discover that many different areas come together to make up what is known as the Bodrum peninsula. Lying just two kilometres from the city is Gumbet, which is one of them. Located between the Taurus Mountains brimming with pine forests and the Mediterranean Sea, sits what was once a suburb of Bodrum. But thanks to its wonderful beach, it's now a well-established sun-worshippers' paradise in its own right.
Many great All Inclusive resorts line this strip of the peninsula, as do a plethora of restaurants, cafes, shops and nightclubs. Package holidays to Turkey are in high demand here and when the lights switch on as dusk falls, you get a whole new view of this wonderful area.