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 stunning Sunsets and the copious shopping opportunities, especially at the weekly market each Saturday.
The vast collection of small islands off the coastline, make the drive south of Turgutreis both breathtaking 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 outside of 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:
- 54km from Milas-Bodrum Airport
- 19km from Bodrum
- 7km from Gümüşlük
- 17km from Yalikavak
- 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
- 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.
- Saturday Street Market
- Turgutreis Marina
- Artist Street; Handicraft Corner and Designer stores at the Turgutreis Marina
- Labyrinth of tourist shops between the beach and mosque
- Supermarkets for all of your self-catering requirements
Boat Trips and Ferry Rides to Greece
- 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, and if you want to go further afield, catch a Ferry to one of the Greek Islands from the Marina.
- 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
- Wander around the Marina to gaze at the amazing display of ocean vessels, with plenty of eateries and shops to distract you
- Horseriding at the nearby Country Ranch
- Classical Music Festival Held at the Marina Annually
- 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 Kalimnos, 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