Three pretty villages close to Bodrum, and Iying on the western end of the peninsula are Gümüslük, Turgutreis, and Yalikavak. Though all of them offer perfect opportunities for swimming, sunbathing and water sports with their lovely beaches by the clear blue sea, each has a distinguished beauty of its own possessing distinct natural and environmental beauties.
27 kms to Bodrum in Gümüslük lie the ruins of ancient Myndos, which was once an important Persian port. The city walls here contribute to the attractive atmosphere of the region, and the district is a peaceful and lovely one with hospitable locals.
Turgutreis, extending to the south of Gümüslük, has taken its name from the famous Turkish admiral who was born here, and he was further honored with a monument. This village is one of the most active places in Bodrum, with numerous facilities for accommodation, entertainment and sports.
Yalikavak is another pretty site, with its picturesque appearance of bougainvillea-covered white houses along the typical tiny streets, while interesting windmills adorn the land behind, providing extraordinary sights.