About Paul Smith

My wife and I are the lucky owners of a beautiful villa just above the fishing village of Gumusluk at the end of the Bodrum Peninsular in Tu

British Airways now fly to Bodrum


British Airways now fly from Gatwick to Bodrum

British Airways started schedule flights in May 2015 from London Gatwick to Bodrum.

Flights are on Mondays and Thursdays each week. Departures seem to be about 2pm in the afternoon from Gatwick and return flights are about 8 or 9pm in the evenings.

Prices start at about £90 each way.

Markets Days on The Bodrum Peninsular


Market Days on the Peninsula

There are the following market days for towns and villages on the Bodrum Peninsular:

Mondays Guvercinlik

Tuesdays Bodrum (fabrics and clothing)

Wednesdays Gumusluk and Ortakent

Thursdays Yalikavak and Bodrum (food)

Fridays Bodrum (food) and Bitez

Saturdays Turgutreis (food and clothing)

Sundays Mumcular and Gumbet (+ flea market in Bitez on 1st Sunday in each month)


  • Bargain ( in a friendly way)
  • Foreign currency particularly Euros and Pounds are greatly sought after ( The Turkish Lira has a bit of a potential inflation problem)
  • The ‘ genuine imitation’ branded T shirt might not last too long and / or shrink  ( buy a larger size)
  • Look around at a few stalls before buying to get an idea of prices
  • Some leather wallets are not real leather  ( take a good smell or maybe a match to them)

Short Circular Walk from Gumusluk Villa to the Beach

Gumusluk Bay

Distance: 2 and a half miles

Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Remember: water, sun screen, sun hat

Grade: Easy, but uphill part way on the return

This lovely short walk will help you get your bearings if it’s your first visit to Gumusluk. It takes you along a (now) traffic-free road (apart from the odd moped) and offers the best views of Gumusluk Bay (see below). Return via the beach and an old donkey track. Plenty of cafés and restaurants and little shops on the way.

Turn right out of the Opus site* and in less than half a mile you will reach a T junction where there are various signs including one to Victoria’s. Turn left at the T junction*. This road is now a ‘no through road’ for traffic but there is access for pedestrians. The road meanders past Limon Café (see page 21) on your right and Narcicegi – a colourful little café with great views to your left. Soon after spectacular views of the bay will appear to your right. Continue past the archaeological site (reason for road closure) and down to the road junction. Turn right here to the shops and beach.

At the beach turn right and about 100metres after the last restaurant (‘Mimoza’ see page 20) there is a donkey track to your right. A 10 minute walk up the track takes you back to the road. Turn left and then almost immediately right at the sign back to the Opus site.

(* You can get the dolmus to drop you off at either of these places.)