Gündoğan, Bodrum – Muğla – Turkey
GPS : 37°08’07.8″N 27°20’42.9″E / 37.135496, 27.345235
This large bay is between points Karaca Burun and Çetin Burnu, indents to the south. Care is needed for the reefs extending out from the western tip of Karaca Burun. Keep some distance (about 50 meters) from these patches.
The hamlet houses are on the western side of the bay. The bight on the west side affods shelter from the prevailing wind. Breeze sends swell in. The bay is open to northerlies. The bottom is sand. Good holding. Anchor in 7 – 8 meters.
There is a shelter with limited capacity. The dept in the basin is 3 meters. Boats can also go stern-to the outside of the mole in 4 – 6 meters with a line to the breakwater. This shelter is managed by the cooperative.
Capacity : 50 Boats
Outer Breakwater : 199 m
Inner Breakwater : 34 m
Water and electricty are available.
There is a fishmonger within shelter complex.
Ice and butane gas bottle can be found.
Wi-Fi connections are available
Administration : Gündoğan Fishery Products Cooperative
Health : Health Center, Doctor, Pharmacy, Dentist, Nurses, First Aid
Accommodation : Hotels, Motels, Rental House, Apart Hotels, Pensions
Entertainment : Discotheques, Bars, Beach Clubs
Transport : Taxi, Minibus, Rent-a-car
Dining : Restaurants, Cafes, Buffets, Bakeries
Communication : Post Office, Phone, Internet, Wi-Fi
Swimming : Sandy beaches
Public Market : Arranged on Wednesdays.
Shopping : Weekly Market, Shops, Stores, Markets, Fish Market
Repairing & Maintenance Workshops
Special Shopping : Rugs, Rush Mats, Vases, Olive, Mandarins, Bananas, Pomegranates, Sponge
Restaurants are many around the harbour area and coast so you are able to take a stroll around the harbour and dine whilst watching the fishing boats (although the main part of the village is a little inland on the main road). There are plenty of waterfront restaurants to choose. The cafes and tiny restaurants providing local food offer an authentic ambiance. A certainty is the warm welcome you will be given by the restaurant staff as they proudly offer and serve the fresh catches of Gündoğan’s remaining fishermen.
Gündoğan’s hotels and restaurants are dotted along the horse shoe shaped beach and offer a variety of cuisine. In the summer months, when these restaurants can often be full, chairs and tables spill out from the pedestrian walkway onto the beach. You actually dine just a few feet from the water. It is common to see families and couples strolling along the beach path deciding which restaurant to chose.
Try some fish restaurants, which is so popular in the summer, that the tables and chairs spill out onto the street, which is closed to traffic, and onto the beach alongside. A few small but comfortable hotels dot the beach, and the intimate seaside restaurants proudly serve the fresh catches of Gündoğan’s remaining fishermen.
FISH AND SEA PRODUCT SPECIES LIST OF THE AEGEAN SEA
While there are some bars dotted along the harbour front, nightlife in Gündoğan tends to be low-key with evenings spent savouring a good meal or sitting on one of the terraces with a gin and tonic in hand, watching the sun set on another day. If you fancy something livelier, more energetic, historic and cosmopolitan Bodrum is just a short dolmuş, taxi or car ride away.
The northern section of the Bodrum Peninsula is well known for sponge-fishing, particularly around Yalıkavak. Pick up a soft sea sponge from one of the waterfront stalls. They are a fraction of the price you would pay at home. For a more extensive and comprehensive shopping experience try a trip to Bodrum or Turgutreis market on Saturday.
A seaside road occupies most of the available beachfront but the numerous jetties jutting from the shore provide plenty of comfortable and private spots for sunning and swimming. The village itself is small and calm with clean and enjoyable beaches. Hugging a long, curving sandy beach where the soft sands and sunbeds make for some genuinely comfortable lounging.
A seaside pedestrian road and path runs pretty much from one side of the bay to the other. On one side there is the beach which is mostly sand and various jetties. On the other side are a huge selection of restaurants, hotels, bed and breakfast and small shops. The beach in Gündoğan is gently sloping and ideal for children. There are also some excellent coves and areas of the bay which are great for snorkelling.
For the adventurous there is a water sports company on the bay where you can hire equipment to jet-ski, water-ski, wind-sail and Hobie-cat sail at very reasonable prices. Even in the height of summer the beaches remain busy but not overcrowded. You can choose your own secluded and private spot on the beach or one of the small coves or there are a number of private beaches.
Alternatively, settle on the jetties that jut into the polished-glass waters, each a perfect, breeze cooled sunbathing and swimming platform.
Gündoğan also offers some interesting historical sites. Across the bay is Küçük Tavşan (Little Rabbit) Island, where and 9th century AD Byzantine monastic settlement is clearly visible atop the hill. A step climb up the ridge just outside the upper village leads to a flight of 50 steps cut into the rock and the entrance to a small but spectacularly sited monastery.
In addition, on the far side of the main Yalıkavak-Torba road, across from the upper village, an old Ottoman tower pokes its head from the lush pine forest.
Perhaps the most interesting is the extensive set of caverns encrusted with stalagmites and stalactites. One of the caves has been identified as an early human settlement replete with Bronze Age artefacts. The far side of the Yalıkavak road an old Ottoman tower pokes out above the lush pine canopy.
There are regular transport services available to Bodrum 18 km, Yalıkavak 6 km and Bodrum-Milas International Airport 55 km.
Minibus : Gündoğan – Bodrum, Yalıkavak, Torba, Turgutries
Ferryboat : Bodrum – Cos, Datça, İstanbul, Turgutreis – Cos
Seabus : Bodrum – Rhodes, Marmaris, Cleopatra Island
Bus : Gündoğan – Göl-Türkbükü, Turgutreis, Yalikavak, Gümüşlük, Bodrum – Milas, Muğla, Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Adana, Bursa, Konya
Airport : Milas-Bodrum International Airport