Gündoğan, Bodrum – Muğla – Turkey
GPS : 37°08’40.4″N 27°20’49.5″E / 37.144559, 27.347070
VHF Channel : 16
Call Sign : ” gundogan barinak ”
There is towering mountain peaks covered in pine forests, in the secluded village of Gündoğan. The old Greek name “Farilya” means “Sunrise” and is still visible on some signposts. Gündoğan is a fishermen’s place with its fully sandy beaches, clear sea and green environment. The fishermen’s shelter where the fishing boats and yachts anchor adds colour to the shore.
The larger bay of Gündoğan, with its long ribbon of sand divided by a harbour and jetties, perfect for sunbathing and swimming from and ideal for polishing that tan. Caressed by cooling breezes that brush the bay, Gündoğan is wonderful for windsurfing and sailing. Once an important fishing center, Gündoğan’s major economies are now agriculture (primarily citrus fruit) and tourism.
The sunsets at Gündoğan are extremely pleasant. Those who want to spend the evening here go to fish restaurants by the waterside. There are restaurants and cafes to cater all tastes and pockets.
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. 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.
Bows or stern-to at the marina as directed or bows to in the small harbour. Alternatively, anchor off the village in 5 – 8 metres, or in the north-west corner of the bay in 5 – 10 metres.
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.
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.
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, Gündoğan – Yalıkavak
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