Location of Gündoğmuş within Turkey.
|Coordinates: 36°48′44″N 31°59′57″E / 36.81222°N 31.99917°ECoordinates: 36°48′44″N 31°59′57″E / 36.81222°N 31.99917°E|
|• District||1,343.28 km2 (518.64 sq mi)|
|Elevation||900 m (3,000 ft)|
|• District density||6.0/km2 (16/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Area code(s)||(0090)+ 242|
The town was previously a village named Eksere in the district of Akseki and was renamed Gündoğmuş in 1936.
Gündoğmuş stands in the foothills of the mountain Geyik Dağı, in the western Taurus Mountains. The mountainside is forested and the districted is split by the Alara River. The district has a warm Mediterranean climate with coolish winters due to the altitude.
Today this is an impoverished rural district as the nearby Mediterranean coast has drawn away successive generations in search of jobs in the tourist industry. The local economy depends on forestry, and money earned from seasonal jobs picking cotton or working in tourism in other parts of Turkey. There is no industry and little agriculture on this steep hillside, although grazing animals and beekeeping are important sources of income. Parts of the hillside are terraced for planting, but this is mainly vegetables for use at home.
This area has been occupied since antiquity, and the site of the modern town of Gündoğmuş was settled by the ancient Romans.
Places of interest
Antique sites in the district include the town of Kazayir (near Taşahır on the main road to Antalya); the ruins of Kese near the village of Senir; the ruins of Gedfi 11 km south of the town of Gündoğmuş; the ruins on Sinek Mountain, 15 km (9 mi) east of Gundogmus, near the village of Pembelik; and many more.
And of course the area provides many opportunities for climbing, mountain walking and picnics in the forest.
- "Area of regions (including lakes), km²". Regional Statistics Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
- "Population of province/district centers and towns/villages by districts - 2012". Address Based Population Registration System (ABPRS) Database. Turkish Statistical Institute. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
- Gundogmusyibo.com Archived January 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.