Information & Facts
The beach is pleasant, with safe swimming in crystal clear water
from April to October, and there are several watersports such as
parasailing, pedal boating and jet skiing on offer. For those
looking to step off the beach for a day trip or overnight stay,
there are several interesting excursions such as trips to the
historic sites of Ephesus and Aphrodisias, visits to traditional
Turkish baths, boat rides or microlight flights in the Dalyan Delta
and jeep safaris in the mountains. There is also a regular dolmus
(minibus) service to Marmaris for those looking for more action,
and a nice alternative to the bumpy mountain road is to get there
Turkish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in the main tourist areas.
The official currency is the New Turkish Lira (TRY), which was
introduced on 1 January 2005, whereby six zeros were dropped from
the TL and the sub-unit New Kurush was created. Currency can be
exchanged at banks, exchange booths, post offices, airports and
ferry ports; banks have the worst rates and highest commissions,
but will exchange lesser known foreign currencies. Banks open
mainly Monday to Friday, but some are open daily in tourist areas.
ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas, but
Turkish ATM keypads usually do not have letters of the alphabet on
their keys. Most bank branches have ATMs which accept Cirrus and
Plus. Major credit cards are widely accepted; the most popular are
Visa or MasterCard, but American Express is accepted in many of the
more expensive places. Travellers cheques can be exchanged at some
banks and currency exchange offices, but are not as welcome as cash
or credit cards. US dollars or Euros are preferred. Some pensions
and hotels in the most popular destinations accept US dollars as
The resort doesn't have much in the way of a nightlife.
There are a few lively bars in Turunc and at least one disco,
but nothing stays open very late and the town is not well-suited to
anyone looking for a party.
Most restaurants in Turunc offer both Turkish and English food.
Fish and lamb are local specialties, and sweet and savoury pancakes
in the tea gardens are pleasant. Bondjuk is popular for its lamb
kleftikos and live jazz music, and Sahin is a well-known
Turunc also has a large range of shops, offering the usual fake
designer goods, leather items, souvenirs and jewellery, as well as
a chance for holiday makers to improve their bargaining skills at
the market on Mondays. The atmosphere is more laidback than some
towns, but haggling is still a must if you want a good deal.
Popular souvenirs include honey, Turkish delights, and 'evil eye'