Turgutreis is one of the Bodrum peninsula’s most popular beach resorts. It’s famous for sunsets, shopping and sunbathing – all the best holiday essentials. Set on Turkey’s south-west coast, Turgutreis delivers a happy blend of old and new with plenty of traditional charm sitting alongside fantastic shops, restaurants and bars. The glitzy marina is one of the resort’s main hubs and the perfect place to watch those spectacular sunsets over some seafood and a glass of wine.
The beaches at Turgutreis cater to everyone, with a whopping 5km of sands to enjoy. The main family-friendly beach is sheltered and within easy walking distance of the centre of town. If you want to branch out from beach life, you can explore the hills and citrus groves that surround the town. Look out for ancient ruins as this area is packed with them. You can also hit the bright lights of Bodrum to join the legendary party crowd there.
The remote village of Gumusluk is a tranquil place. Built upon the ruins of the ancient city of Myndos, this idyllic village retains a traditional charm to this day with little in the way of modern developments. Stroll around the pretty natural harbour, lounge on the stunning golden beaches – or get adventurous with a boat trip to nearby Rabbit Island.
The nearby town of Ortakent is one of the oldest in area. Head there for a taste of traditional Turkey and the amazing stretch of windsurfing beaches. The town is also home to one of the area’s best water parks, ideal for a fun family day out.
An easy 20km trip and you’ll reach the buzzing port city of Bodrum - famous for its party-loving spirit. The city has an elegant feel with pretty white-washed streets and some upmarket bars and clubs - perfect for sunset cocktails. By day, you can shop at the markets and boutiques, explore the historic castle or soak up some sun at one of Bodrum’s twin bays – that’s a whole lot of beach.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Turgutreis has a reputation as a shopping hotspot. Don’t miss the local street market, one of the biggest in the area, where you can pick up bargains from fabrics to footwear. It’s a noisy, colourful and exhilarating experience – be prepared to haggle! As well as the market, you’ll find designer boutiques and a great choice of places to pick up souvenirs. Artist Street, near the marina, is the place to go for the best in local art and crafts.
Dive for Treasure
Whether you’re an experienced diver or fancy giving it a try for the first time, this stretch of coastline has some fantastic dive sites and plenty of dive schools to show you the ropes. One of the most spectacular sites is off Yassiaga, a small island just 4 miles from Turgutreis. Take the plunge beneath the waves and you’ll find no fewer than 16 shipwrecks to explore, dating back as far as the 4th century.
Hop to Greece
Take a boat ride from the marina to the beautiful Greek islands of Kos or Kalymnos. Your island-hopping will reward you with rich historical pickings from ruined Greek temples to ancient Roman mosaics. Treat yourself to some delicious local dishes, soak up the sun on picturesque beaches and explore traditional hillside villages.
Turgutreis is slap bang in the middle of a beautiful 5km stretch of sand, with plenty more beaches to discover in the nearby area. The closest beach to the town centre is Gumbatimi Beach, which has excellent amenities and plenty of sun loungers. The sheltered, shallow waters are popular with families looking for a safe place to swim. The beach faces west, making it easy to catch those spectacular Turgutreis sunsets.
Head around the coast and you’ll reach Fener Beach, a laid-back spot that draws in the windsurfing and kitesurfing community thanks to its windy location. There’s also a scenic lighthouse and a great beach café. A little further along is Meteor Beach, a sheltered sandy bay boasting breath-taking sea views across to the island of Kos. Further still, and you’ll hit Aspat Beach. Once a hiding place for pirates (visit their cave while you’re there), it’s now a gorgeous beach backed by dramatic jagged mountains – great if you fancy adding in some hiking to your beach day.
The food of Turkey packs a punch, with a delicious blend of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences. Highlights include charcoal-grilled kebabs (a far cry from the late-night kebabs you might be familiar with), Turkish pizza or pide (flatbreads topped with a spiced mince) and the unusual Turkish ice cream. To drink, try the national tipple of raki or the unique yoghurt-based drink, ayran – great for cooling off on a hot day!
Turgutreis is home to some great restaurants, especially around the swanky marina area where you can enjoy stunning sunset views with your meal. As you’d expect being so close to the sea, freshly-caught fish and seafood feature highly on many menus. There are also a good number of traditional Turkish eateries, giving you the chance to try the local delicacies. If you prefer something more familiar, there are also Italian, Indian and British restaurants – you can even get a roast dinner.
Holidays to Turgutreis can be as lively or as relaxing as you like, ideal if you’re trying please a group with different holiday styles! There’s traditional Turkish charm, great modern amenities, lively nightlife, spectacular sunsets, lots to explore on your doorstep and an endless choice of gorgeous beaches to unwind on. And seriously, did we mention the shopping?
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