The second-biggest resort on the Bodrum peninsula, Turgutreis, is snapped up by sun-seekers and offers holidaymakers the perfect balance of sunbathing, shopping and sensational sunsets. This picturesque town is cuddled by tree-club mountains on one side and kissed by glistening aquamarine seas on the other. If you’re looking for a getaway that has it all, a villa holiday to Turgetreis will have you covered.
It’s easy to spend days unwinding and lapping up the rays of the sun on its golden-sand beach, with a backdrop of beautiful offshore islets nestled on the horizon. Turgutreis has managed to retain its traditional Turkish charm, with quaint cafes and traditional restaurants filling the main square with tantalising tastes and aromas. While the snazzy marina injects a cosmopolitan atmosphere with upscale bars and plush yachts, browse the stalls to find knick-knacks and souvenirs at the famous weekly Saturday market, or indulge in some retail therapy at the glitzy high-end stores. For a slice of history, visit the churches that line the whitewashed streets.
Turgutreis makes a fantastic base to explore the surrounding area as well, with Bodrum just fifteen minutes away and packed with dazzling nightlife and fascinating museums. For a slower pace of life, take a day trip to the quieter fishing villages of Akyarlar or Kadikalesi and tuck into fresh seafood dishes at a waterfront restaurant. For a taste of island paradise, hop on a boat trip to Kos and dip your toes in pristine turquoise waters or journey underneath the waves with some snorkelling of the colourful, vibrant reefs.