Waving a Blue Flag award
Gumbet features a kilometre long coastline where the beach is backed by some fantastic restaurants and cafes. If you buy a drink or a snack from some of the beachfront businesses then you are free to use the sunbeds and parasols that are laid out for you.
The sandy beach is a Blue Flag winner which means that it is a certified safe and clean spread of sand that is ideal for relaxing and playing.
The waters in front of the beach remain calm and you'll see dozens of yachts and boats anchored off the shore. You'll also spot water sport enthusiasts whizzing by on a range of equipment.
Exciting days out
If you want to get involved with some of the aquatic fun offered on holidays to Gumbet then stop in at one of the many water sport centres and diving centres found along the coast. Those who want to enjoy a day of scuba diving can take a PADI qualification course at Aqua Deep Diving Centre or head out in search of underwater wreckage sites with Happy Bubbles Diving Centre.
Nearby there are plenty of opportunities to get active out in the sun too. The Aquapark Dedeman Bodrum is a short drive away past the neighbouring resort of Bitez, there are always boat trips available to take you around the coast or to dazzling islands, or you can rent vehicles to get you around the scenic region of Bodrum with scooters and quad bikes available for hire.
Dream Girls Theatre
People gather from miles around to enjoy the many lively venues that perk up at after dark here. With shows, entertainment, drinks offers and pumping dance floors, every night out in Gumbet can be spent experiencing something new.
The Dream Girls Theatre hosts a popular and sparkling drag show which has been performed for over a decade now. With two performances a week, this dinner and show is a hilarious performance where flamboyant hits from the last 30 years are belted out for the crowd.
Bar Street is the place to spend long nights out that last until sunrise. There are plenty of bars and clubs to sample along this popular area of town with Shakeys, Central and X-Bar proving a hit with tourists. The bright lights of Chico's Cocktail Bar, Hollywood Bar and Atlantis will try and lure you inside too while you can unleash your inner star at the beachside Roy's Place Karaoke Bar.
Spectacular shopping in Bodrum
Gumbet's shopping facilities are restricted to simple souvenir shops and small supermarkets but nearby Bodrum offers a terrific range of malls and markets.
Weekly markets are held every Tuesday and Friday next to the main bus station while there is a classic-styled shopping area in the old town of Bodrum. By the castle and the marina there are also arts and craft stalls where you can pick up a souvenir with real Turkish charm.
If you're looking for something more modern or items that are genuine rather than the fakes found at some of the markets, you should browse through Oasis, Midtown Mall or the Avenue Bodrum shopping centres.
The city of Bodrum and its smaller resort areas like Gumbet at Bitez has hundreds of eateries to sample and you'll find plenty within easy walking distance of your accommodation.
Almost every restaurant offers its own blend of Turkish cuisine alongside another theme in Gumbet. Peter's Place is a popular Irish spot that serves local dishes, Annalivia is a steakhouse that adds a Turkish twist on things while The Royal Restaurant offers flavours from all over the world.
Pre-booking transfers and trips
The drive south to Gumbet from Bodrum-Milas Airport will take around three quarters of an hour. Coach transfer times may take long depending on the amount of drop offs.
There are many pre-bookable methods of transportation to help you get around on holidays to Gumbet. Boat trips, road tours and resort transfers are all available and you'll get a better price when you book in advance.
Dolmus busses run around the Bodrum city area although it is possible to reach nearby Bitez on foot, however this method takes you up a steep hill which may prove challenging for older visitors.
Best time of year to visit
Daily average temperatures reach a stunning 34C during summers in Gumbet but the days are known to reach 40C and above sometimes. Either side of the summer season the temperatures stay well above 20C for several months meaning you can enjoy a sunny getaway here from April until November.
The summer season is the busiest and the shows, bars and activities will be in full swing from May until September in Gumbet.
Location of Gumbet