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Turunc - All You Need To Know Before You Visit (Tips & Prices)

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

Turunc harbour
Did you know? Turunc is home to a unique rock formation known as the "Cotton Castle". It is formed when limestone is constantly eroded by waves, taking on the shape of a cotton ball.

Turunc is a popular holiday town in Southeast Turkey’s Mugla province. It welcomes over 50,000 holidayers each year that prefer it for its peaceful natural beauty and the chance to get off the beaten path and experience Turkish culture a bit more.

From its golden beaches to the fantastic views and ambiance, Turunc offers an authentic taste of Mediterranean charm. If you're looking for a peaceful retreat away from the crowd and maybe do a bit of quality shopping, Turunc might just be what you need.

But how do we even get there? And what is it like? Read on to find out about Turunc’s location, best activities, shopping, and more!


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Getting to Turunc

Where Is Turunc? How To Get There from Marmaris

Being located just 20 km away from Marmaris means that there are quite a few transportation options you can take advantage of to get to Turunc.

Alternatively, you can go ahead and explore the many tour packages available for Turunc. These are usually all-inclusive, with transfers to and from your hotel, and also include a lot of fun activities for you to do while you’re there.

As most holidayers go to Turunc either directly from Marmaris or by transfer, we’ve listed all the ways you can get to Turunc from there.

But, if you’re planning to get to Turunc from Bodrum or Fethiye, or any other nearby holiday town, you can check out your town’s daily bus routes, as all the nearby towns have daily routes to and from Turunc.


Sundown at Turunc

Using Public Transport

The local 'dolmuş', a public minibus service, is a convenient and affordable way to reach Turunc from Marmaris or Icmeler.

These minibuses leave every 10 minutes during the peak season and the ride takes about 40 minutes, treating you to beautiful views of the bay along the way. Dolmus fares aren’t the most comfortable, but you’ll get there quickly and without having to wait to take off.

Getting to Turunc By Car

Renting a car is another great option, especially if you'd like to explore the region at your own pace. Many holidayers opt for car rentals for the extra convenience and the ability to easily travel around the region without the constraints of public transportation.

Rent-a-car services can be found at the Main Streets of all nearby holiday towns, as well as at the airport.

The journey from Marmaris to Turunc by car only takes about 30 minutes. However, please note that the serpentine mountain roads can be a bit challenging if you're not a confident driver.

Want to explore the other lesser known towns? Why not head over to our guide on Top 15 Best Things To Do in Dalyan!

Turunc weekly market

Activities & The Best Things to Do in Turunc

Turunc may be a smaller holiday town compared to the likes of Marmaris and Fethiye, but it certainly doesn't lack in attractions. From checking out the local market to setting off on exciting excursions, there's plenty to keep you entertained during your visit.

Turunc Beach

The village boasts a beautiful Blue Flag beach that gently slopes into the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

The beach is well looked after and kitted out with sun loungers and umbrellas. Whether it be a relaxing sunbath or a refreshing swim you’re after, Turunc beach is the place to be. Snorkelling is also popular here, thanks to the clear, calm waters and diverse aquatic wildlife.

Exploring Turunc Market

The local market in Turunc is assembled every Monday. It’s a massive favourite among many holidayers for its selection of traditional and handmade clothing and accessories, as well as tons of local produce you can try.

At the Turunc market, you'll find fresh fruits and vegetables, local delicacies, and lots of other clothes and souvenirs. It's a great place to experience Turunc’s local culture and perhaps pick up a souvenir or two, or three; the shopping here is as reasonably-priced as it is in the other towns.

Turunc jeep safari


Turunc is surrounded by natural beauty, historical sites, and famous landmarks, making it an excellent location for various excursions.

You can go crazy on a jeep safari, go scuba diving, or visit the ancient city of Amos. Another popular excursion is the daily boat trips to the nearby bays and coves, where you can enjoy swimming in more tranquil waters.


Turunc beach coastline

Shopping in Turunc

Turunc offers a more laid-back shopping experience compared to the buzzing bazaars and markets of larger towns.

The shops here stock a variety of goods, from traditional Turkish textiles and ceramics to jewellery and leather goods. The Monday market is also a great place to shop for fresh produce, local handicrafts, and spices.

Did you know? We have a whole separate guide on Shopping in Marmaris. Head over to the link to learn more!

sapling growing in Turunc

Safety in Turunc

One of the many reasons travellers are drawn to Turunc is its safe and friendly atmosphere. The locals are known for their hospitality and crime is very low.

However, as in any travel destination, it's always wise to take basic precautions to ensure your safety.

Turunc has not been affected by the recent forest fires, so you can travel there with a bit more ease of mind.


Visiting Turunc - Frequently Asked Questions

Is Turunc worth a visit?

Definitely! Turunc is a fantastic holiday destination that offers a tranquil and authentic Turkish experience. It's the perfect place for those looking to relax and enjoy the gorgeous nature at a slower pace. Its beautiful beach, friendly locals, and famous weekly market make it a destination worth exploring.

What is Turunc in Turkey like?

Turunc is a peaceful seaside village known for its Blue Flag beach, beautiful nature, and amazing weekly market. It's smaller and calmer compared to nearby holiday towns, offering a more laid-back holiday experience. Turunc has a wide range of restaurants, shops, and hotels, making it a fantastic destination to add to your list.

Is Turunc lively?

Despite Turunc being a quieter town compared to its neighbours, it still has its own unique entertainment scene. The beach is a popular spot during the day, and there are a handful of bars and restaurants that offer evening entertainment. However, if you're looking for a lively nightlife scene, nearby Marmaris might be a better fit.

Is Turunc in the Turkish Riviera?

Yes, Turunc is located on the Turkish Riviera, also known as the Turquoise Coast. This stunning stretch of coastline is known for its beautiful beaches, clear turquoise waters, and charming seaside towns.

How much is a taxi from Turunç to Marmaris?

The cost of a taxi from Turunç to Marmaris can vary depending on the time of day and traffic conditions. On average, you can expect to pay around 400-600 Turkish lira for the journey.

What day is Turunç market?

The Turunç market is held every Monday. It's a great place to experience local culture, buy fresh produce, and pick up some souvenirs.

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