Turunç is about 20 km from Marmaris but, in terms of atmosphere, could well be on another planet!.
Dalaman airport is the nearest, about a two hour drive away, with transport from the airport to the village readily available, either as part of overall travel arrangements or via public transport. The drive into the village is along a winding road which heads down from the mountains offering a first time visitor their initial glimpse of the beautiful destination: the village lies at the end of this road.
Turunç was once a small fishing village but in recent years the tourist trade has started to develop making it an ideal destination in many ways - small enough to avoid the big crowds which flock to some of the larger resorts in the region, but developed enough to have plenty of restaurants and accommodation. To give a clue about size, it is possible to walk from one end of the village to the other in about half an hour. This is by far a quieter more relaxing destination than its bigger neighbours. The relaxed atmosphere and laid back way of life of this formerly sleepy village are still maintained today.
Turunç village lies on the edge of a horse shoe shaped bay of crystal clear blue water, surrounded by tree covered mountains. The beaches are sand and shingle and offer great swimming in calm, sheltered waters. There is a promenade for wandering along and a small quay for visiting yachts. Enjoying the beach with such a spectacular backdrop as the pine clad mountains is hard to beat.
There are local shops for buying jewellery and other souvenirs and a market every Monday. At the market there is plenty on offer, from fresh fruit and vegetables and other local food to leather goods and ornaments which make great gifts for friends and family at home. The restaurants offer traditional Turkish cuisine and some British food. All visitors should treat themselves to the local pancake, Gozleme. There is no better place to try these out than in the tea garden, where locals and visitors relax, eat, drink and chat.
Other things to do include horse riding, jeep rides into the countryside, fishing trips and some water sports. After all that activity there is a chance to indulge in a Turkish bath. Visitors wishing to take a day trip out to the bigger nearby towns can do so by road or by water taxi. And there are lovely trips available by boat which is just a great relaxing way to explore the area and go to some otherwise inaccessible bays or to Dalyan to see turtle beach, where it is possible to see loggerhead turtles resting on the sand. Alternatively there are some pretty little villages in the surrounding countryside where visitors can get a taste of everyday Turkish life.
Any time is a good time to be in Turunç although the days are longer in May and June and the sea is at its warmest in September and October. In July and August there’s a lot of local tourism whilst throughout the rest of the summer Turunç’s visitors come from far and wide
Anyone wishing to find a very special place to stay in Turkey, one that offers a little piece of quiet Turkish paradise amidst the busier places on the Turquoise Coast could do worse than book a holiday to Turunç.