The small, peaceful holiday resort named Turunc, 20km south of the bustling Marmaris, also draws plenty of British and other tourists every year. Hotels and restaurants look out across the bay, backed by the Taurus mountains covered in lush, green forests. Formerly a small farming village, Turunc gets most of its income from tourism these days so the population increases between May and September. Even so, it is much more tranquil than other resorts and you don’t need to worry about crowded beaches or noisy pubs and restaurants.
Turunc is in the Mugla province, which is one of the second least densely populated regions of Turkey with just 64-117 people per square km, like the sparsely populated southeast and other areas near the west coast. This is in stark contrast to the Istanbul region with 528-2899 people per square km and Ankara, with 225-527 people per square km according to the Turkish Statistical Institute, TÜİK.
Turunc village is just 1 km in size and has a population of just over 2,500. It only takes about half an hour to walk from one end of the village to the other. In July and August, during the school holidays, the area attracts mainly Turkish tourists whereas the long days of spring and the warm autumn sea draws people from all over the world.
Like the nearby resort of Icmeler and the larger resort of Marmaris, Turunc attracts tourists from Britain and all over the world during the warmer months of the year. Nearly half of the two million British tourists that landed in Turkey last year made their way to the region of Marmaris. About two thousand of the properties in this area are holiday homes owned by people from Britain, Russia, the Ukraine, Germany etc. Many people retire to the area so they can live well on their pension and have the health benefits of a warmer, sunnier climate.
Turunc is the quietest of the three resorts in this area and is ideal for people who want to get away from it all. There’s plenty to do in Turunc, there are facilities for jet skiing, paragliding and scuba diving or you can head into the mountains and join a pony trek or off-road safari. If nightlife is what you’re looking for, it’s easy enough to get a boat taxi or a bus to Marmaris to sample the buzzing atmosphere.