Turunc is situated about a 20 km distance from Marmaris, but in terms of atmosphere, it could well be on another planet! So take the Dolmus (small bus) from the main bus station in Marmaris and leave the hustle and bustle of Marmaris, as you drive along the coastal road via Icmeler.
You approach the foot of the mountain, covered with pine tress and the smell of pine, the clean air comes over you. As the bus acends and climbs over the bendy road – very narrow at times, you get to see the beautiful view of the bays of Marmaris and Icmeler in the distance far down below. The view is amazing but the height can be scary to some. Once the bus reaches the top, you pass the village of Deruzo which is situated high up on this mountain. It’s a small village, but well worth a visit. As the bus continues to descend down the mountain on the opposite side, you get your first glimpse of Turunc far down below with a beautiful turquoise sea, beyond you can see as far as Daylan. The coastline is breathtaking. Do try to stop and take some photos here. There is a viewing place where the bus stops. If you ask the driver he will stop.
To give you a clue about size, it is possible to walk from one end of the village to the other in about half an hour. Turunc is by far a quieter more relaxing destination than its larger neighbors. The relaxed atmosphere and laid back way of life of this formerly sleepy village are still maintained today.
Turunc village lies on the edge of a horseshoe shaped bay of crystal clear blue water, surrounded by pine tree covered mountains – which formerly blocked easy overland access to Turunc. The beaches are sand and shingle the core resort is a 500 metre beach that offers great swimming in calm, sheltered waters. There is a promenade for wandering along and a small quay for visiting yachts. Enjoying the beach with such a spectacular backdrop as the pine clad mountains is hard to beat.
Shopping is a pleasure in Turunc. There is none of the hassling, common in other resorts. There are a large number of gift shops where you can pick up souvenirs of your holiday and local shops for buying jewellery. There are several mini markets selling the more basic essentials. The village has two bakeries offering freshly baked bread and cakes. There is also a choice of unisex hairdressers and, for men, barbers for that special Turkish shave. At the market, held every Monday, there is plenty on offer, from fresh fruit and vegetables and other local food to leather goods and ornaments which make great gifts for friends and family back home. The restaurants offer traditional Turkish cuisine and some British food. All visitors should treat themselves to the local pancake, Gozleme with the Turkish Tea. There is no better place to try these out than in the tea garden, where locals and visitors relax, eat, drink and chat.
Turunc is justifiably proud of its Blue Flag beach. Facing east, the beach runs from the relatively undeveloped north-end to the harbour at the south. A spur road heads south past the ancient Amos then onto Kumlubuku, another large bay with decent amenities.
Any time is a good time to be in Turunc. Although the days are longer in May and June and the sea is at its warmest in September and October. In July and August there’s a lot of local tourism whilst throughout the rest of the summer, visitors to Turunc come from far and wide.
Anyone wishing to find a very special place to stay in Turkey, one that offers a little piece of quiet Turkish paradise amidst the busier places on the Turquoise Coast could do worse than a trip to Turunc for a holiday or a day out.
I love it here and that’s why I have come for over 20 years. The people are amazing and that’s what makes Turkey so special to me. Please pay Turunc a visit.
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By Neyo Marsh
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