Gümüş translates to "silver" in Turkish, hence Gümüşlük being "the place of silver". In ancient times Gümüşlük was known as Myndos (also referred to as Myndus).
Thanks to strictly enforced building prohibitions, the seafront has kept its original and photogenic fishing village charm. This is because of on-going archaeological activity on nearby Rabbit Island and the surrounding area.
Lying on the western tip of Bodrum Peninsula, Gümüşlük is renowned for the beauty of its sunsets over the horizon in Aegean Sea.
Gümüşlük lies close to Bodrum, from which you can take minibuses (dolmuş) for 3 TL.
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 snorkellers 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" (Turkish: Tavşan Adası), situated in the middle of the bay and accessible by a partially sunken causeway, offers a magnificent panorama.
The telephone code of the village is (+90) 252, which it shares with the surrounding cities and towns.