A secluded Turkish delight

Despite being just a short drive from bustling Bodrum town, the peaceful coastal resort of Torba somehow manages to remain a quiet little slice of rustic heaven. This coastal retreat’s gently curving beach is soft, clean and perfect for families, and features a number of smart wooden jetties set with dining tables jutting into the shallow, crystal-clear waters of the bay – tailor-made for a romantic evening.

Torba holidays are also great for nature lovers, as the surrounding lush hillsides are forested with pine, olive and eucalyptus trees and subtly aromatic herbs perfume the air. If hanging out in the sun all day gives you an urge to take a dip, the diving in this area is spectacular. Or if you’d rather keep dry, there’s nothing like a boat cruise, or even a fishing expedition, to help you understand why everybody who comes on holidays to Torba is immediately hooked.

Your Torba questions, answered

Classic Aegean sunshine, with summer highs reliably in the 30s. An added bonus is that Torba is on a protected cove, so its waters are calm even when it’s windy elsewhere.

All sorts of family-friendly cuisine is available, but don’t miss freshly caught seafood or traditional Turkish meze at one of the resort’s candlelit waterside dining spots, called ‘lokantas’.

Move along the beach from the main hotels and jetties – towards the edges of the bay you’ll easily find a silent stretch of sand in the shade of a eucalyptus tree.

Best things to do in Torba

Go fishing

Whether you’re a complete flounder or a reel expert you can head out in a charter boat in the hope of catching a bite, with lunch and equipment provided.

Hike back in time

Above the village is a stone structure believed to be a tomb constructed 2,500 years ago by the Lelegian people, who inhabited the Aegean region before the rise of classical civilisation.

Head into town

Cosmopolitan Bodrum town is a short taxi or bus ride away if you fancy shopping, taking in a museum or enjoying cocktails and a dance one evening.