Once a sleepy little fishing village, Turunc Turkey has claimed its rightful place as one of the county’s most desirable holiday destinations. Set against a backdrop of pine-scented forests and mountains, and perched on the edge of a horseshoe-shaped bay, holidays to Turunc Turkey are for travellers who want to enjoy the slower pace of Turkish life. Compared to its noisier neighbours, Turunc is a much more laid-back and peaceful place to take a break, making it ideal for families and couples who want to enjoy some quality downtime together.
However, despite its sleepy reputation, you’ll find plenty to see and do on your Turunc holidays. The bay offers fabulous fishing opportunities and there are some water sports on offer for those who need a little adrenaline rush. Fans of the Great Outdoors can immerse themselves in the spectacular scenery on a hike or a horseback trek. If that sounds too much like hard work, there are even jeep expeditions available! Perfect for a chilled-out getaway, the resort has a charming waterfront, a sun-soaked beach, and lots of vibrant markets, Turkish restaurants, and cafés.
If you’re looking to make the most of the sunshine, the months between June and August see the mercury climb into the low thirties. For cooler sightseeing conditions, book your holidays to Turunc Turkey in the spring or autumn.
Approximately four hours
Flights to Turunc Turkey land at Dalaman Airport, which is about two and a half hours’ drive from the resort.
The jewel in Turunc’s crown is its horseshoe-shaped bay, dusted with soft, golden sand and lapped by warm, clear waters. If sunbathing isn’t enough for you, you can take part in some exciting water sports, including water-skiing and banana boat rides. There’s just as much fun to be had under the water as there is on it and the seas hold the perfect conditions for snorkelers and scuba-divers. Alternatively, take a boat trip to see historic ruins at nearby Dalyan, or spend a tranquil day fishing. The rugged scenery that surrounds Turunc is perfect for adventurers, with plenty of places to hike, ride or drive. In the evenings, visit a Turkish restaurant on the waterfront to try the local specialties and relax with a drink and soak up the sunset.
Turunc’s beach has achieved Blue Flag status in recognition of its cleanliness and great amenities. For peace and quiet, head to the far end of the beach, where the crowds are thinner and there are fewer bars and restaurants nearby. However, if you prefer to be where the action is, make your way to the harbour end, where you’ll find a variety of water sports and boat-trips on offer. You’ll find sunbeds and brollies available for free, so you can stake your claim and soak up the sunshine.
Popular for its old fishing-village-charm, Turunc’s waterfront is still a social hub with a number of good shops, cafés and authentic Turkish restaurants: the ideal spot to sit and drink Turkish coffee and nibble a gozleme, the popular pastry snack filled with lamb or feta cheese. The waterfront is lined with several laid-back bars offering spectacular views across the water and, by night, the ideal ingredients for a leisurely, romantic diner. During the day, visit the village’s bustling local markets to browse the colourful clothing, plants and local produce, including fresh fruit and vegetables, and honey from the region’s bee hives.
If Turunc’s chilled-out atmosphere has got you feeling like it’s time to get up and go, head for the harbour and hop aboard one of the charter boats for the best views of the coast. Sail to Dalyan and you can see the historic Kings’ Tombs and visit the famous Turtle Beach. Turunc’s beach offers a good selection of water sports for adrenaline-junkies, such as windsurfing, water-skiing and wakeboarding. If you prefer your activities to be a little more land-based, the resort’s scenic surroundings are ideal for adventures in the Great Outdoors, with popular hiking trails as well as the chance to explore on horseback or by jeep.
Families: With a safe, scythe-shaped bay, Turunc is ideal for sun-drenched family getaways.
Couples: Turunc’s picturesque promenade is lined with quiet cafés, busy bars and rustic restaurants: perfect venues from which to watch the sun set and enjoy a quiet cocktail.
Explorers: Turunc’s hiking and horse-riding trails will lead you into the foothills of the surrounding mountains. Alternatively, get to grips with the exciting array of marine life and learn to scuba-dive or simply grab your snorkel and jump in.
Language: The language spoken in Turunc is Turkish. While the locals have a basic grasp of English, a phrasebook or language app is always handy to have and will give you a chance to try out a few basic phrases such as ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.
Currency: You’ll need to change up your Sterling for Turkish Lira, before jetting off on your holidays to Turunc Turkey
Local time: Turunc is two hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Dalaman Airport, which is about 130km from the resort.
Flight time from UK: Approximately four hours
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Turunc. Apply for your Turkish visa online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
Temperature: Average highs of 28°C in summer.
Best time to visit: Spring and early summer for slightly cooler temperatures.
Turunc’s summers get very hot, with temperatures peaking in the low thirties. While this might be ideal for sunseekers, if you want to get some sightseeing done and would prefer things a little cooler, book your break between March and May or in the autumn, between September and November.
By dolmus: Dolmuses are mini buses that provide transport within Turkey’s resorts. They are a cheap and easy way to get about, running around every 30 minutes in high season. Some dolmuses can take you to nearby resorts like Marmaris.
By car: To explore the region at your leisure, hiring a car is your best bet. The roads in the region are generally good and there are multiple car-hire companies in Turunc and Dalaman Airport.
By water taxi: For a fun and zippy way to visit Marmaris, head to Turunc’s harbour and grab a water taxi. The taxis depart around once an hour and stop at Icmeler on the way.
Race week: For four days between October and November, nearby Marmaris becomes the headquarters for the Marmaris International Race Week. Yachts and racing boats come from all corners of the world to pit their skills against each other and claim the coveted cups. Race Week closes with a prize-giving ceremony and a party in the evening.
Spring Festival: The Marmaris Maritime and Spring Festival is another favourite event in the area, held every year in late April to early May. The event includes plenty of fun and games on the beach, including swimming and sailing, dance performances, lots of good food and parties well into the night.