This coastal town is named to honor a native son, the distinguished Ottoman Admiral Turgut Reis known in European naval lore as Dragut. It is an active municipality with many shops and restaurants, good beaches and a good number of fine hotels. It also bears administrative responsibility for the seaside resorts of Aspat, Akyarlar to Kadikalesi.
The new international marina with its stores, shopping centers, restaurants, the arts events, fairs and races brought vitality to Turgutreis.
A scattering of islands to the West marks one of the sea lanes of antiquity where many an ancient ship foundered on barely submerged rocks. Here some of the first underwater archeological discoveries were made which led to the foundation of the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archeology. With its challenging, unpredictable winds and currents the area is a paradise for experienced.
Getting around in Turgutreis, You Walk. Take a Dolmush or taxi. If you are travelling around peninsula you can always use the Dolmush. They are well maintained, regular and well signed .Fees is reasonable. Taxis’ are reasonable prices to. If you need a taxi to pick you up from the bar or restaurant, ask one of the staff and they will be happy to call one for you.
Turgutreis nightlife, lots of cafes, bars and restaurants and lots of choice. You will find many luxurious places along the beach front. There also reasonable places especially across the square near the boats at the back of the main coast road.
Turgutreis restaurants, most of the restaurants have a wide range of food including a good selection of Turkish meals. There are a many real Turkish restaurants. It is very easy to get authentic Turkish food. Turkish coffee is available all over. You will be offered free Turkish coffee and tea from the hospitable locals.
Turgutreis shopping, Shopping is great, loads of little shops. They are called Bakkal; it’s like a great junk shop, sells a bit of everything. Migros and Tansaş are great for food shopping. The market is nice but gets to hot and crowded. You can get some great bargains. Best time to go is either between 8 and 9.30 am or after 4pm, and then it’s not as hot and busy. The little clothes boutiques are great; some look expensive from outside but are actually quite reasonably priced.
Turgutreis attractions, the beautiful beaches of the town are very clean. The staff of the small cafes will bring your drinks and food over to your sun bed if you wish. The Sabancı Park just past the new marina is really nice and they have a nice restaurant there too.
Turgutreis day trips there are plenty of boat trips to go on. You either go to camel beach or Gümüşlük. They are around £15 each person that includes your meal on the boat and a cup of tea/coffee in the afternoon. You pay for the rest of your drinks before you arrive back at end of the day. Its well worth it. They have a really nice crew and a nice size boat. There are plenty of excursions to go on, i.e., Ephesus, Pamukkale Dalyan which are all very good. Be careful if you visit a Turkish bath, the staff can be quite heavy handed when massaging.