Turunc Travel Guide
Hagia Sophia at night © Moyan Brenn
The little resort town of Turunc was once a sleepy fishing village, but has grown into a popular holiday resort over the years. The town is sheltered by forest-covered mountains, situated on a small, rounded bay and is near to the larger resorts of Marmaris and Icmeler. Turunc has managed to retain its charm and offers a more low-key resort experience to holiday makers than many of the other Turkish resorts.
As the town grows, more amenities are sure to follow, but for now, Turunc offers a relaxing holiday and a chance to get away from it all.
Turunc also has a large range of shops, offering the usual fake designer goods, leather items, souvenirs and jewellery, as well as a chance for holiday makers to improve their bargaining skills at the market on Mondays. The atmosphere is more laidback than some towns, but haggling is still a must if you want a good deal. Popular souvenirs include honey, Turkish delights, and 'evil eye' charms.
Most restaurants in Turunc offer both Turkish and English food. Fish and lamb are local specialties, and sweet and savoury pancakes in the tea gardens are pleasant. Bondjuk is popular for its lamb kleftikos and live jazz music, and Sahin is a well-known steakhouse.
There are a few lively bars in Turunc and at least one disco, but nothing stays open very late and the town is not well-suited to anyone looking for a party.
The beach is pleasant, with safe swimming in crystal clear water from April to October, and there are several watersports such as parasailing, pedal boating and jet skiing on offer. For those looking to step off the beach for a day trip or overnight stay, there are several interesting excursions such as trips to the historic sites of Ephesus and Aphrodisias, visits to traditional Turkish baths, boat rides or microlight flights in the Dalyan Delta and jeep safaris in the mountains. There is also a regular dolmus (minibus) service to Marmaris for those looking for more action, and a nice alternative to the bumpy mountain road is to get there by water.
The resort doesn't have much in the way of a nightlife.