Turunc is the perfect getaway for anyone who doesn’t like noise and crowds. It suits families and elderly people as well as young people. Located on the southwest coast of Turkey, what is known as the Turkish Riviera, its clean, Blue Flag beach and crystal waters attract tourists each year from Europe and elsewhere. There’s no risk of getting bored, however, as the bay is calm and ideal for water sports. Head into the mountains for a jeep safari, pony trekking or hiking and take in the picturesque scenery. If you’re feeling restless after a few days in the small bay, the vibrant city of Marmaris is just 40 minutes away and there are trips further afield to see more of Turkey’s rich cultural heritage. The prices in Turkey are very reasonable for Westerners.
It’s charming bay with the tall mountains behind and stunning views are its greatest asset. Visitors spend many pleasant hours here listening to the waves and getting some sun, occasionally taking a dip in the water. Families with children and teenagers enjoy their time here as there is something for everyone – mum and dad can enjoy a beer while the younger ones go for a swim or a banana boat ride. Other activities include snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing and paragliding.
The surrounding mountains and their abundant nature are a feature of this part of Turkey. Pine, oleander and olive trees, wild herbs and flowers grow in the region. You will enjoy the scent of these wild plants and the salty sea breeze.
The boat trips are known for being delightful, taking you to beautiful bays. The boat trips include barbecues, side dishes and there’s the Sunday afternoon tea with homemade cakes that’s not to be missed.
The village of Turunc has its own market near the harbour every Monday selling fresh, local grown produce. The village shops sell gifts and souvenirs, there are jewellers, restaurants and bakeries. The tea garden by the river bridge is a good place to sit down and shelter from the sun.
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The phosphorus caves can be reached by boat, the light glowing from these rocks creates magical patterns in the surrounding water. Other natural wonders of Turkey include Pamukkale, where the chalky water from natural hot springs turns the rock pools into an other-worldly white ‘castle’, and Saklikent National Park, a gorge with an icy river that you can view from a wooden bridge. Near to this is the ancient city and theatre of Tios. The ancient ruins of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary can also be reached by bus or car.
You only need about a week in Turunc if a restful break is what you’re looking for, but it’s easy to fill two weeks or more with activities in Turunc itself and the surrounding area.