Introduction to Turgutreis
Situated 20 km from Bodrum, Turgutreis is the second largest town on the peninsula.
It’s the main commercial center in the western part of the peninsula, and is perhaps best known for two features – it’s colourful sunsets and the copious shopping opportunities, especially at the weekly market held each Saturday.
The vast collection of small islands off the coastline, make the drive south of Turgutreis both photogenic and memorable.
If you’re in the area, don’t miss it.
- The town of Turgutreis is named after the Ottoman Admiral Turgut Reis
- A few km south from the Turgutreis town center, just the other side of the Marina, is Sabanci Park, a waterfront memorial marking the place where the Admiral Turgut Reis first set sail
- Turgutreis is situated at the western part of Bodrum Peninsula
- Approximate distances to Turgutreis:
- To say “all roads lead to Turgutreis” isn’t an exaggeration, especially if you’re traveling by Dolmuş.
- From most of the towns and villages on the peninsula, you can get to Turgutreis (and Bodrum) without too much trouble and with convenient frequency.
- Information about a Dolmus routes from Turgutreis
Things to do – Beaches
- There are multiple beaches dotted along the 17km of coastline in this municipality, and many of these are peppered with waterfront bars and restaurants. Their westerly vistas make them an ideal location for watching the famous Turgutreis sunsets, accompanied by an chilled glass of Efes.
Things to do – Shopping
- A summary of all the shopping options in Turgutreis
- Saturday Street Market
- This is the largest weekly market on the peninsula, and has expanded so much over the fast few years that now half of it has moved across the other side of the main street to make room for it.
- The produce and food stalls are held in the large square car park area near to the warren of tourist shops, and the pazar section of the market selling textiles, clothes, shoes bags and souvenirs is located down a narrow side street.
- Together, these markets add up to one loud crowd and market experience. Get ready to haggle.
- Video of a narrated trip around Turgutreis Market
- Turgutreis Marina
- Wander around the Marina to gaze at the amazing display of ocean vessels, with plenty of eateries and shops to distract you. There’s shops and designer stores at the Marina, as well as restaurants, bars, cafes and an outdoor concert area.
- Video of Turgutreis Marina
- Artist Street; Handicraft Corner and Designer stores at the Turgutreis Marina.
- As well as glitzy designer stores there’s also a couple of groups of art and craft market stalls that are most active at night.
- Multiple supermarkets for all of your self-catering shopping essentials
- There’s a fairly large Migros shop near the road leading to the market, and other supermarkets along the main road that leads through Turgutreis.
- The labyrinth of tourist shops between the beach and mosque.
- Wander around this compact area of town and you’re inundated by the choice of trinkets and souvenirs to take home.
- This shop below doesn’t allow haggling, so the price you see is the price you get, but it’s really competitively priced.
Things to Do – Boat Trips
- And if all of these shopping opportunities aren’t enough to keep you on dry land, you can head off onto the Aegean. Turgutreis has a large selection of Daily Boat Trips on offer
Things to Do – Ferry to Greek Islands
- If you’d like to go further afield, catch a Ferry to one of the Greek Islands from the Marina.
- There are services to Kos and Kalymnos from this ferry port.
- Video of Ferry ride from Turgutreis to Kalymnos
Things to Do – Diving
- Yassıada, an island just 4 miles away from Turgutreis is well known for 16 shipwrecks dating from between the 4th-16th centuries, and is a well known diving spot.
- Click here for a list of diving companies on the Bodrum Peninsula.
Things to Do – Horse riding
Things to Do – Festivals & Events
- The area around Turgutreis is bordered with steep mountains running parallel to the coastline. These mountains are peppered with ruins from the Leleges era, which can be visited by following the web of local hiking trails.
- As you travel along the Turgutreis coastline, you’ll pass several inlets, and your journey along the coast road will reward you with views of the myriad of islands that are dotted in this part of the Aegean. The majority of them are Turkish, but you’ll also glimpse the Greek islands of Kos and Kalymnos, which are best viewed when you’re in the vicinity of the Kadekelesi Hüseyin Lighthouse area.
Quick Reference Travel Guide: Turgutreis
Quick Reference Travel Guide: Turgutreis Beaches
© Feature, Sunset and Craft Market Photo’s by Yilenes