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Welcome to Turgutreis

Turgutreis Hills, Bodrum, Turkey

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.

Notice

I’ve recently created a Turgutries Destination Index page, which is a visual reference page full of links to all the information about Turgutreis. It’s less text heavy than this page, and easy to navigate

History

  • 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

Location

Getting There

  • 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

Turgutreis Beach Bodrum Turkey

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.

Turgutreis Bodrum Peninsula Turkey

Things to Do – Boat Trips

Destiny Boat in Turgutreis

Things to Do – Ferry to Greek Islands

Things to Do – Diving

Things to Do – Horse riding

Things to Do – Festivals & Events

Sightseeing

Hiking

  • 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.

Turgutreis Sunset, Turkey

Sunsets

  • 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

Turgutreis Quick Reference Travel Guide Turkey

Quick Reference Travel Guide: Turgutreis Beaches

Front and Back cover of Turgutreis Beaches Quick Reference Travel Guide Turkey

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