Myndos is located at the west end of Bodrum Peninsula, on the top of Bozdağ next to today’s town of Gümüşlük.The word Myndos examined in terms of etymology, means” To worship the mother goddes”. This place is also mentioned as “Munda” in the Luwi language.Additionally in Herodotus’ histories, it is mentioned as one of the earliest cities.There used to be silver mines on the hills behind Myndos, at the tip of the long cape.The name Gümüşlük comes from these mines.According to the historian Pausanias it was founded by Troizenian immigrants and Halicarnassus.Pliny, however, claims that on the land he calls old Myndos there was a Leleg settlement.Myndos!s first habitants were actually Lelegs. It is one of the two Leleg settlement that satrap of persia Maussollos did not relocate to Halicarnassus in the fourth century BC.
Today the remains of ancient Myndos are located under Gümüşlük.In fact numerous column capitals and architectural pieces from the Hellenistic period were used in many houses of Gümüşlük.The Romans built a military harbor in the northwest using the stones from Maussollos’s harbor city,Myndos.To make this harbor, fillings made from local soil were used, and the outside was covered with green granite extracted from koyunbaba.Column bases made of quality marble stand out even today.Inside the town on the island, the remains can be seen among which there is a small breakwater.Also to the north of Gümüşlük, between dönmez burun and ince burun the remains of a ancient times house are noticeable.Although the walls surrounding the city are largely ruined, some can still be seen.
Gumusluk is famous for its fish restaurants on the shore with their blue and white tables and wooden chairs, all located among this historical heritage. Let’s not forget the silver dealers on the narrow alleys descending to the shore.If you haven’t bought a silver piece to remind you of “that summer” before leaving, you surely have missed the Bodrum ritual.
When you step on Tavşan Island walking through the kral yolu(king road), if you are lucky, you can see the island rabbits eating food given th them by the locals or the municipality.The excavation work along the path used for youring around the island has been going on for years.If you dive into the water from the cliffs on the left side of the island, you will see how clear and deep the water is.You can make the most of your time in the clean sea swimming into the open among the anchored boats.