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.
Things to do
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.
Enjoy the glorious weather by lounging on the sand and taking a dip in the crystal clear waters. Turunc’s horseshoe shaped cove shelves gently into the sea which makes it ideal for families with small children. There are beach side restaurants and cafés along the coast, so you can take a refreshing break in the shaded seating and have a spot of lunch or a delicious cocktail. Enjoy picturesque views of the lush mountains and glistening coast from the comfort of your sun lounger.
History and culture
The idyllic village is said to be over 100 years old and was first called home by only five families. Its name can be translated to bitter orange, as citrus fruits once thrived in the nearby land. It was in the 1980s when tourism really started to develop with new roads, hotels and even running water and electricity being brought into the secluded village.
You can walk from one end of Turunc to the other in about half an hour. The striking hillside acts as a picturesque backdrop to the azure blue seas but if you’re looking for a change of scenery, the bustling resort of Marmaris is only 20 kilometres away.
This sleepy fishing village has low key evening entertainment with the majority being nightly shows in the All Inclusive hotels. There are a good range of bars and restaurants which provide the perfect spot to sip a cocktail and enjoy the laid back atmosphere. Some of the bars do have a dance floor where you can enjoy live music and karaoke and for something even more upbeat, take the 30 minute journey to Marmaris.