Gundogan is one of the Bodrum peninsula’s best kept secrets. About 18km north-west of Bodrum center the landscape is covered with lush forests, plants, beautiful flowers and stunning bougainvillea. Located off the beaten path it is much less touristic than other popular areas around the peninsula.
The town retains the rural tranquillity and old world charm of the fishing village it once was while still having all the modern conveniences necessary for daily living. It is an area popular for water sports of all kinds as well as for hiking about in the forested hills. There are the ancient ruins of the Leleg civilization which once inhabited the area to be explored along the hillsides. Gundogan is also where you will find the peninsula’s longest sandy beach, a perfect place for whiling away summer days. Nights are quiet and balmy as there is almost always a nice breeze from the harbor causing the temperature to be a few degrees cooler than in Bodrum center.
Sandwiched between the much more expensive real-estate markets of Yalikavak and Turkbuku, Gundogan is an attractive alternative. The quiet laid back atmosphere, mild Mediterranean climate and the amazing natural beauty of the surrounding landscape make it a popular area for retirees looking to relocate.
About the Bodrum Area:
Bodrum is a lively port side town on the southwestern Aegean coast of Turkey popular for its Mediterranean climate as well as its unique blend of antiquity and modernity. Here locals and expatriate residents blend together seamlessly creating a unique population with a warm and inviting attitude. As one of Turkey’s most sought after locations by both Turkish citizens and expatriates Bodrum’s population has been steadily increasing over the past decade.
During the summer months Bodrum is alive with an eclectic mix of people from all around the world. Days seem to quickly into nights as tourists and locals alike avail themselves of all that Bodrum has to offer. Lazy days are spent sunbathing, windsurfing, snorkeling, hiking, sightseeing, swimming, yachting, sailing, or drifting about the islands on a gullet. If shopping is your thing there are plenty of pazars, funky boutiques, and two malls for you to while away your days in. When night falls the energy level increases as people fill the streets looking for restaurants, clubs, bars, and coffee shops to meet with family, friends or new acquaintances. Everything is on offer from fine dining to fish & chips; noisy clubs pumping the newest music or quiet jazz bars. Those wishing to immerse themselves in the culture can find many meyhanes serving Turkish cuisine accompanied by canli musik, live Turkish folk music.
During the winter months which don’t seem to start until mid November Bodrum is a quiet relaxed area. The town has steadily grown to meet the everyday necessities of its diverse and increasing population. Three of the best schools in Turkey: Bahcesehir Koleji, TED Koleji, and Marmara Koleji have opened campuses locally all of which provide education from cresche through grade 12. Acibadem Hospital has opened a state of the art medical facility providing a full range of medical services for all ages. They also offer a Bodrum Card which is free and enables local residents to receive medical care at greatly discounted prices. Local weekly pazars where you can buy fresh produce and home made goodies continue throughout the winter months. Friendly vendors will get to know you by name, help you select the best produce, and make you feel welcome in the community. There are plenty of big box grocery stores for the rest of your needs including many neighborhood express markets for grabbing forgotten items. You can also find a variety of extracurricular activities to keep your child busy during the winter months such as karate, swimming, gymnastics, drama, and the local children’s pop chorus. Those who wish to keep fit have plenty of options. There are many state of the art fitness centers across the peninsula offering offering a wide variety of classes.
Bodrum is easily accessible from the UK and across Europe throughout the year via the Bodrum-Milas Airport. The airport is half an hour from the center of Bodrum and about 45 minutes from outlying towns across the peninsula. Transportation between Bodrum and the airport runs around the clock by public bus for 10TL, by airline buses for free, or by taxi. During the summer season, May through October, there are many daily charter flights flying directly to Bodrum. During the winter season there are weekly direct charter flights to Bodrum from major regional UK airports. Year round scheduled flights also operate daily from many European cities to Istanbul’s Ataturk airport with connecting flights to Bodrum.
Bodrum is home to a warm welcoming expatriate community comprised in large part by UK citizens. The community is very active, hosting holiday events throughout the year as well as monthly meet ups for special interest groups. The expats living here are more than happy to help new arrivals assimilate to the area, the culture, and the language. Many having lived here for at least a decade or more have a wealth of information to share concerning both the mundane aspects and the more exciting culturally unique aspects of everyday living. The local Turkish population is also warm and receptive, excited to share their culture with the expat community. The blending of diverse cultures and their languages over centuries still continues today giving Bodrum an exotic flair, it is truly an extraordinary place to live or to vacation.