Holidays to Turgutreis are easy-peasy – there’s a walk-to beach, bars on the main street and seafront restaurants within strolling distance. The sunset’s not bad either.
A compact resort
Turgutreis has nabbed itself a nice little spot on Turkey’s south-western corner. Backdropped by mountains and citrus groves, it’s in prime position for the best sunsets in these parts. And it’s nice and compact, so you won’t need sat-nav to get you round the hustle-bustle of shops, bars and restaurants.
There’s a 500-metre-long gravel beach just across the road from the main shopping streets. It’s a bit more sheltered than some of the other beaches in the region, with shallow, paddle-friendly waters. It’s a different story at Fener Beach, 5 kilometres down the coast, where strong winds and choppy waves bring in the kitesurfers.
Turgutreis is a hotspot for shopping. For one thing, it’s got the biggest market in the region. For another, the streets near the marina are packed with neat-looking stalls where you can buy handmade jewellery, pottery and paintings. The place gets busy in the evenings, when locals come to browse for trinkets and gifts.
15 minutes from Kos
The island of Kos may belong to Greece, but it’s much closer to Turkey – just 15 minutes from Turgutreis by hydrofoil. The capital, Kos Town, is a cosmopolitan place with a top line-up of shops and bars. You’ve also got Roman ruins and a Medieval castle. When you’re hungry, head for the harbour-side tavernas for some Greek classics.