Located where the Aegean and Mediterranean seas meet, the stunning Turkish resort of Turunc is positioned next to a half-moon shaped bay amid lush green trees and the Taurus Mountains. This fosters an air of tranquillity and quiet sophistication, making this rare gem ideal for anyone looking to relax and leave the stresses of everyday life far behind in 2018. Visitors love the small-town feeling where everyone seems to know each other.
There are dozens of great bars and restaurants to choose from in Turunc, each with its own flavour and personality. The main road is even closed in the evening, allowing you to meander along the street in safety and peace. This slow pace of life suits families, older visitors and travellers who just want everything in one place - after all, you are on holiday.
Dalaman airport is only 70km away, and is easily reached by taxi. Please note that UK passport holders arriving in Turkey need to obtain an e-visa online before travel. You can apply for your e-visa on www.evisa.gov.tr
At a glance
- Language: Turkish
- Time Zone: GMT +3
- Average flight time: 4h 15m
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Turunc and nearby Marmaris offer a wealth of cultural and natural attractions, drawing visitors from all over the world and making holidays in Turunc a truly special experience. This unique geographic location offers immense natural beauty, which has been preserved despite the area's fast development in recent years. This includes breath-taking coastlines overlooking the vibrant blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea and panoramic views of the surrounding Taurus mountains - which also offer many opportunities for hiking through the local flora and fauna.
The village of Turunc boasts a traditional and lively atmosphere that allows visitors to experience local customs and culture on a regular basis - simply enjoying a meal at a local restaurant is likely to expose you to some traditional Turkish dance! The popular cultural hotspot of Marmaris is easily accessible, just 10km away. Learn about Turkey's fascinating history and stroll through the breath-taking Old Town before leaving most of the other tourists behind in the evening and returning back to quaint and authentic Turunc.
Wine and Dine
Holidays in Turunc will inevitably involve large quantities of food. Vibrant spices and fresh, locally-sourced ingredients culminate in an amazing variety of mouth-watering dishes. Despite being a small town, Turunc is home to many local restaurants, which besides serving local cuisine also entertain guests with live music and traditional dance performances. Kavala restaurant in Turunc is an ideal place to get a taste of some local dishes whilst enjoying a traditional Mediterranean atmosphere. Enjoy a couple of drinks in one of several candle-lit beach bars located along the main beach.
For a larger selection of local restaurants head down to Icmeler or Marmaris for dinner. In addition to the food, many insiders recommend sampling some locally-produced wine, as Turkey's climate is ideal for growing many different types of grape.
Thanks to its calm, laid back atmosphere, Turunc is an ideal place for family holidays. Spend your days soaking up the sunshine on the beach, while the kids run around and build sandcastles. The waters here are crystal clear, and Turunc's natural bay ensures calm waters and a safe space for the little ones. The area's natural beauty is a good reason to plan a family cycling trip, which will take you along stunning coastal roads offering spectacular panoramic views of the Taurus mountains.
Be sure to visit the Dolphin park, located on the road to Marmaris. The dolphin therapies offered here have been reported to have major health benefits and allow you the opportunity to swim with these magnificent creatures! For more family fun, head over to the Aqua Dream Water Park, located on the outskirts of Marmaris. Offering games and an abundance of water slides, it is an exciting alternative for a family day out
Action and Adventure
The Taurus mountains that surround Turunc offer excellent hiking and adventure opportunities for those looking for an adrenaline kick. Discover the local flora and fauna, and marvel at the spectacular views out over the sea and the surrounding countryside.
Turunc is located close to Icmeler and Marmaris, two popular tourist destinations offering anything a holidaymaker’s heart desires. This includes many different kinds of watersports, such as water-skiing, wake-boarding and even kite surfing. A large number of different schools and an abundance of space means that novices as well as professionals will find this an ideal location.
The beautiful coastal roads make cycling, or even motor-biking, here an attractive option. Many opportunities for bicycle and motorcycle rental are available, and all shops will be happy to recommend the best routes.
Life's a Beach
Turunc and its surrounding area have a large number of beaches for you to explore, each with their own distinct character. Turunc's main beach boasts a Blue Flag and is nestled between rolling forested hills and dramatic mountains. The natural bay ensures the sapphire blue waters remain calm, making this an ideal place for a family day out. If you'd like to venture further afield, there's no shortage of options. Marmaris is home to two wonderful activity-loaded beaches, where a wealth of watersports and other fun can be found. Icmeler, only a short drive away, also has its own beach.
For a truly unique and special experience, organise a day trip to Sedir island. This stunning paradise in the Aegean Sea is home to one of the region's most desirable beaches – Cleopatra Beach.
Turunc has a number of bars which stay open until late, while the peaceful beach location and the sound of the ocean waves ensure a pleasant atmosphere while you enjoy a couple of drinks. The lack of nightclubs is made up for with stylish bars, such as Meyden and M48 Bar, which boast a contemporary design and an extensive cocktail menu. If you're looking for a slightly different vibe, a live music bar is located near the mosque.
Guests looking for parties and a crazy night out will have to take a short taxi to Icmeler or Marmaris. These nightlife hot-spots attract many visitors during the high season. Check out the large and famous Club Areena for an unforgettable experience.
Holidays to Turunc are equally well suited for couples. A large number of exclusive and secluded resorts give you the opportunity to have a private and romantic holiday. Spend every moment together taking romantic strolls along the beach and going for unforgettable moonlit dinners. If you want to experience incredible views a little further out of town, there is accommodation located above the village on the hillside. Here you can rent a private villa and wake up to panoramic views every morning.
The region's many cultural sights are best discovered with that special someone by your side, leaving lasting memories to look back on for many years.
Turunc's subdued nature makes this an ideal place for romantic beach picnics and cocktails by candlelight by the beach. Why not treat yourselves and enjoy a spa and wellness day at one of the many world-class resorts in the area? You deserve it.
As a consequence of its fascinating history, Turkey is a land steeped in culture. This encompasses many aspects of life here: music, food, art, language, and of course, cultural landmarks. Marmaris is perhaps home to the most accessible cultural sights, and at just 10km away Turunc it makes for a convenient day trip. One of the more striking attractions in the city is Marmaris Castle, which nowadays serves as an informative museum. The castle façade is worth the entrance fee as well as an extra camera battery! Inside, you can learn about the region’s history while enjoying unprecedented views of the harbour. The Old Town is another reason to head to Marmaris. This charming maze of whitewashed streets will keep you mesmerised for hours.
Local music and traditional Turkish dances are commonly performed at local restaurants, and are very popular amongst holidaymakers.
Be sure not to miss out on the lively food and vegetable market in Turunc, which takes place every Monday. Take in the atmosphere and marvel at the hustle and bustle of this authentic Turkish marketplace, which has remained virtually unchanged for hundreds of years.