Türkbükü is a coastal town in Muğla Province in southwestern Turkey, located on the Turkish Riviera on the opposite side of the Bodrum peninsula from the town of Bodrum. Türkbükü has a well protected harbor ringed with high hills containing a number of luxury hotels and holiday villas. The town is a favorite vacation spot and second home residency of upper-class Turks and although less well visited by Western European tourists compared to Bodrum, also increasingly popular with foreign visitors. There are no broad sandy beaches in Türkbükü, but there is a semi-circular boardwalk dense with shops, restaurants, bars and docks for sunbathing in the day and dining in the evening. The protected harbor is a refuge for yachts and allows for swimming in swimming pool like conditions in the morning before the afternoon breeze comes in. In the high tourist season, Turkish pop-stars, models and professional athletes can be sighted at the posh bars and restaurants or strolling along the boardwalk, justifying the popular labeling of Türkbükü as the Saint-Tropez of Turkey. Türkbükü is 20 kilometers from the Bodrum town center and about 45 kilometers from the airport. Türkbükü and another similar village named Gölköy are two fishing villages close to each other on the peninsula east of Yalikavak. These special villages are the favorite haunts of many well-known Turkish artists, actors and entertainers who often frequent the many small bars and restaurants during the evening. Several of the more popular restaurants and bars in the village are operated by former Istanbul residents who have come to the village to escape the stress of the big city life.
Facing the sea and surrounded by the mountains, this region is home to numerous sites of antiquity. For nature lovers there are caves and tombstones in the vicinity of the town. Prior to the advent of local tourism, the local population earned their living from farming and fishing. Since the rise of the number of tourist visitors Turkbuku has become home to a very elite intellectual group of people from journalists to men and women of literature to artisans who have built homes in the area to escape from the city. Restaurants have jetties where diners can overlook the water while feasting on gourmet meals during the evening and swimming during the daylight hours. To insure that environmental proplems do not affect the village, the local residents formed an association called the Turkbuku Village Environmental Protection, Culture and Tourism Society. This concerned group of residents have just conducted a film festival and have facilitated the installation of a new village sewer system.