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Gümüşlük stands on the site of the ancient Carian city of Myndus whose seafront sections slid into the sea in some long-forgotten earthquake. Today these barely submerged remains are a magnet for snorkelers and underwater photographers. The land site is yet to be fully excavated, but traces of antiquity can be spotted in empty fields, sounding an evocative echo of a distant age. "Rabbit Island" (Tavşan Adası), situated in the middle of the bay and accessible by a partially sunken causeway, offers a magnificent panorama. Gümüşlük, a seaside village on the western shore of the Bodrum peninsula (map), is known for its fishing-village charm, its simple but good waterfront restaurants, its spectacular sunset views, and the fact that the waters just offshore in its pristine little bays are littered with the ruins of ancient Myndus. If you visit Gümüşlük, it will most likely be for one of those sunset seafood dinners—which, I wager, you will remember for years—though you may come for lunch instead (or in addition).
Because this is the official site of the archaeological area, digging or anything to change the natural appearance is not allowed. This status is to protect the ancient village of Myndus which remained under part of Gümüşlük. The original is a Lycian city, a few miles southeast of here Myndus. BC Mozolus the 4th century, the king decided to build a new town by giving Myndus, all the city people moved to new homes.
One hundred years ago, there were the ruins of a theater and stadium, but later some of the institutions used the walls for some buildings. If you walk north-east towards the bay ten minutes, Myndus, A wall sunk into the sea is seen from the edge of a cliff leap. Archaeological status of the area prevents scuba diving, but there is much to see when you snorkel.
You should avoid hitting the underwater ruins at the entrance near the east coast of the island. This island, protected from the sea on Myndus separates the two bays. It is possible to walk to island among rock where sea depth is only half meter. The sunset and landscape is fantastic from roof terrace floors of restaurants.
Rotating wind mills in the region are still running. These mills face to northwest where summer winds comes, the traditional method that grinds the wheat grown in the vicinity.