The village of Turgutreis, which was formerly known as the village of Karatoprak, before being renamed in 1972 to honor the Turkish seaman Turgut Reis, born there in 1485. It is a town that is about an hour drive from the Bodrum-Milas International Airport. It is the second largest town on the Bodrum peninsula situated about 20 kilometers from Bodrum. Turgutreis is spread through a fertile valley planted with orchards and vegetable gardens, making the town a center of agriculture on the western side of the peninsula. Produce from the surrounding villages are collected in Turgutreis for shipping to other parts of Turkey. The town is also a popular holiday destination with 5 kilometers of sandy beaches enhanced by seaside restaurants and bars. With its long beautiful beaches, its own special street lined with bars, and its marina, it has become a favorite holiday destination near to Bodrum. The market (Turkish: pazar) on Saturday attracts many tourists as well as natives from the surrounding areas haggling with the vendors for lower prices. There are mainly hotels and holiday villas scattered along the coast line with evidence of more accommodation being built. The town is named after the Ottoman Admiral Turgut Reis who was born there. Known in the West as Dragut, Turgut Reis was known for his expeditions on the coasts of Spain, France, Italy, and North Africa, as well as for his participation in the Ottoman siege of Malta where he died during that battle. A few kilometers outside the center of town in Turgutreis, situated in Sabanci Park, a waterfront memorial with his statue marks the spot from where he first set sail.
The coastline near Turgutreis consists of numerous inlets with steep mountains running parallel to the coastline. There are 14 islands around Turgutreis including Küçük Kiremit, Büyük, Fener, Çatal, Yassý, Tüllüce, Kargý, Köçek, Kadikalesi, and Sarýat, as well as the Greek islands of Kos and Kalimnos. The coast and the waters around the islands are littered with marine artifacts from wrecks that are on display at the Bodrum Marine Museum. The area has a marina that was built 7 years ago where visitors can board a ferry for a 45 minute journey to Kos, Greece for the day. With its unique street of bars, the street of artists which is open during the summer tourist season, and the street of handicrafts which is part of the marina – Turgutreis becomes a real open air shopping center during the tourist season. The town of Turgutreis has several settlements outside of the town center. Kadikalesi, Akçabük, Akyarlar, Bagla and Aspat are the main ones within its boundaries. Kadikalesi with its resort villages is situated on the border between Turgutreis and Gümüşlük connected with Turgutreis by an enchanted four kilometer long road lined with trees. Akyarlar possesses a beautiful seascape situated at the loveliest part of the Bodrum Peninsula. Another destination like Akyarlar situated on an even more peaceful cove is its neighbor, Karaincir. Aspat is renown for its water and Bagla is a favorite with Yacht Tour companies as well as campers. All of these and more are situated on the Turgutreis coastline.