Turunç is a popular Turkish holiday resort situated in the Marmaris District of Muğla Province, Turkey. It's located 20 kilometers south of Marmaris on beautiful bay on Mediterranean sea coast, surrounded by the Taurus Mountains. This area is former fishing village and was populated since ancient times as the sea offers a variety of precious resources. Moreover despite of the fast development of that region in recent years Turunc succeed in preserving the nature. A good evidence for the quality of this village as a resort is the Blue Flag award that guarantees clean nature, beaches and sea water. The size of the Turunc is so that you are able to walk from one side to the other for about half an hour, about 1 kilometer. This walk is very pleasant especially if you do in on the waterfront alley. Despite the fact that this resort is smaller there are plenty of shops, restaurants, bazaars and bars. The only weakness is the nightlife but that’s an incentive for a relaxing vacation. The climate is warm and enables the tourist season to be 7 months a year- from April to October. The closest airport is the Dalaman International Airport. It's 120km east from Turunç. The Izmir airport is 270km north from the town. The road to the town passes through the Taurus Mountains and has very low speed limit. To reach Turunç from Marmaris is about 20 minutes drive. Visiting the nearby cities of Icmeler and Marmaris.
Turunç is believed to have been in existence as a village for just over 100 years. It takes its name from the citrus fruits that at one time covered the village. Turunç are a large thick skinned and course textured variety of orange whose name literally means bitter orange. They are thought to have been introduced to the area from the nearby Greek island of Rhodes. Turunç was originally settled by five families - Can, Çelik, Demir, Gökce and Zeybek, whose names you will still find throughout the village to this day.
The beginning of tourism in Turunç began in the 1970s at a time when the village had no power, no running water and no roads. Facilities for the few courageous tourists who did come to stay were quite minimal, since boats were the only means of transport to the area. In those days there were just a few local restaurants serving simple basic traditional Turkish foods.
In the decade of the 1980s, Turunç began the first stages of development that transformed it into the resort that tourists flock to today. The development of holiday hotel and pansiyon accommodations was undertaken, and along with electricity and running water came a new mosque, a school and the new modern roads. The school opened at its current location in the year 1965 it now provides education for more than 160 children from Turunç and the nearby villages of Amos, Kumlubük, Dereozu and Osmaniye. Students from the age of 5 to 13 years old attend the school, after which they go on to attend the high school in Marmaris. The school year runs from September to June with a mid-year break in late January. The classroom curriculum is like that in other counties and includes languages, including English, math, history, and geography. The school has modern facilities and is equipped with IT facilities and a science lab provided by the fund raising efforts of a Turunç Womens Group.
There are local Minibus (Turkish: Dolmuş) services to Içmeler and Marmaris as well as water taxi services to Içmeler and Marmaris and to local bays along the Bozburun Peninsula. There is also local taxi services in the village and car rental services are available 20 minutes away in Marmaris.