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ABOUT TURGUTREIS

Turgutreis is the second largest town on the Bodrum peninsula. It is named after Admiral Turgut Reis who was born in the village of Karabag which overlooks Turgutreis on the hillside above the town, and where there is a statue to the Admiral in the village square. Turgut Reis was also known as "Dragut"; he died of his wounds at the siege of Malta on 23rd June 1563. The town holds a three day festival around June 23rd each year, when Turkish naval warships visit the bay and military bands and entertainers hold concerts in Ataturk Square.

Because of its suitable winds, Turgutreis coast is favoured by professional windsurfers. Market day on Saturdays also attracts many people. This volcanic area is interesting and offers possibilities for walking and trekking tours. Visitors enjoy the volcanic landscape which is very dramatic and impressive. There are four large supermarkets and numerous local shops. There is also a new marina opened in 2005 where outlets for Armani, Helly Hanson, Gat etc are found as well as more up market but not over priced eateries. It is worth using the Turkish restaurants as well as the touristy ones as they are good value and the food is excellent.

Turgutreis is a quieter option to the more touristy resorts close by such as Bodrum and Gumbet. There is a good beach and as it is on the tip of the Bodrum peninsula the water quality is very good due to the currents passing through between the headland and adjacent islands. The Greek islands of Kos, Pserimos and Kalymnos are close by and from June to October the ferry leaves Turgutreis for day trips to Kos.The 14 small islands, located close to Turgutreis, are used by farmers as additional pasture land for their animals and by the local fishermen for fishing. These islands and beautiful coastline offer great possibilities for boat, diving and sailing tours.

Turgutreis is a departure point for many buses traveling all around Turkey. Daily boat trips can be taken from Turgutreis departing to Gumusluk, Karaincir, Akyarlar and Yalikavak. Local buses ( Dolmus ) go to most local villages as well as Bodrum and are a cheap way of getting around. Other places worth a visit by bus are Yalikavak, Gumusluk, Akyarlar, Karaincir and buses to these run about every 20 mins or so until late at night.

Beaches: The beaches of Turgutreis stretch for 19km and consist of dark sand, pebbles and in places, rocks. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available and there are limited watersports. Remaining shallow well out to sea, this is a good place for small children.

Eating out: Being a harbour town, tasting the seafood here is a must and there are several restaurants to choose from. Local cuisine is readily available, while English tastes are also catered for, with over a hundred eating places!

Nightlife: There's plenty of live music and bars to keep you entertained in the evenings, plus a few discos. This is a well-established resort that knows how to please its guests.

Shopping: There is a market every Saturday where visitors can pick up leather goods, jewellery and rugs. Otherwise the main shops are of the standard souvenir variety, with some convenient general stores.

Local information : A few miles outside of the town you can see the ruins of the original walled city, with ancient fountains and graveyards. The Greek islands of Kos and Rhodes make great day trips from Turgutreis and the ancient site of Ephesus is not too far away.