Holidays in Turunc
The little fishing village of Turunc lies on Turkey’s southwest coast, with its own piece of the turquoise Aegean. Tucked away from the region’s busier resorts among lush, rolling scenery, Turunc is one of the prettiest and most peaceful spots in the area. Perfect for families and couples, the resort has a charming waterfront, sun-soaked beach and lots of vibrant markets, Turkish restaurants and cafes.
Spring and early summer for slightly cooler temperatures.
Dalaman Airport (DLM).
The heart of Turunc is its waterfront, with a little quay home to bobbing sailboats at one end of the horseshoe-shaped bay. Take a boat trip to see historic ruins at nearby Dalyan, or spend a tranquil day swimming and sunbathing at the beach. The incredibly clear, warm water is perfect for water sports and snorkelling. The rugged scenery that surrounds Turunc invites adventure, 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 looking out over the bay.
Turunc’s beach wraps around a deep, curved bay, flanked by protective mountains thick with greenery. Beautiful and peaceful, the beach is a mix of golden sand and shingle that slopes gradually into the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea. The water is warm and very clear, and one of the favourite things to do in Turunc is snorkelling and diving to see the colourful marine life. The sand is lined with comfortable sun loungers with umbrellas, an easy stroll away from the lively seafront promenade lined with beach cafes and souvenir stands.
Popular for its old fishing village charm, Turunc’s waterfront is still a social hub with a number of good shops, cafes and Turkish restaurants. It is 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 the favourite place to go in Turunc after dinner, with several laid-back bars with spectacular views across the water. 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.
Turunc’s sunny quay provides plenty of opportunities for boat excursions along the coast. Take a relaxing sail in the harbour or a longer trip over to Dalyan, where you can sail past the historic Kings’ Tombs and visit the famous Turtle Beach. Favourite beach activities in Turunc include windsurfing, jet skiing and parasailing, or you could challenge your family to stay on the speedy banana boat. 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 its golden beach, bustling markets and outdoor activities, Turunc is ideal for sun-drenched family getaways.
Couples: Peaceful and more secluded than some of Turkey’s bigger resorts, Turunc is a romantic setting for two.
Explorers: Whether you’re interested in exploring beneath the crystal clear waters or hiking in the hills, Turunc is a playground for the adventurous.
Language: The language spoken in Turunc is Turkish
Currency: The currency used in Turunc is the Turkish Lira
Local time: Turunc is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Dalaman Airport (DLM)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 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 high of 28°C in summer.
Best time to visit: Spring and early summer for slightly cooler temperatures.
The weather in Turunc is classic of southwest Turkey’s Mediterranean climate, characterised by very long, dry summers and mild winters. The temperature is already rising into the mid 20s (°C) by April, and often reaches the 30s by July.
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 hire car 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: The resort of Marmaris hosts its four day racing event in October. Just half an hour’s drive from Turunc, sailing fans gather to cheer on the yachts departing from Marmaris’ beautiful marina. The week closes with a prize giving 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 lots of fun and games on the beach, including swimming and sailing, dance performances, lots of good food and parties in the evening.