I am back home and back to normal after a wonderful
three weeks in Turkey. I managed to find the trail
from Turunç to Içmeler and did the walk both ways.
Here is a brief description of the route with photos
I caught the first Dolmus to Turunç at 8:00 am
and got off at the Loryma Hotel. I walked through
the complex passing the tennis courts and walked to the
main start of the path about 50m from a villa called
Lavanta. A large tree with a red stripe marks the
Cross the ditch and follow the path with views of
Turunç on your right untill you come to the red dots
that will lead you through the forest and up the
mountain to the first ridge. Follow the Red, White
or Green markers and you will eventually come to the top
giving you wonderful views across the sea. The
path will drop down quite rapidly through the trees and
will eventually come out into an opening: it is from
here that the unfinished hotel can be seen. The
path now climbs to the second ridge, zig-zagging quite
steeply. I found this part of the walk the hardest
as the sun was now on me. If no markers can be
seen, small cairns mark the route. The final climb
will bring you out above the new harbour area with
wonderful views of Içmeler and Marmaris. There are
two routes down the mountain: you literally turn left or
right depending on whether you want to come out near the
sea front or back towards the village.
The walk took me approximately three hours and I
consumed four litres of water. I am quite an
experienced climber and walker so found this an
enjoyable trek - albeit in 40 degree heat.I
think anyone who is reasonbly fit would find this a very
I also did the walk in reverse; this was more
challenging as the markers are harder to see. You
also get the sun on you straight away which slows things
down a bit.
Finally a few pointers: take plenty of water, wear
sturdy shoes or boots, watch out for brambles which are
very sharp, try to walk when the temperature is low,
take your time and let someone know where you're going.
Turunç is a superb place to walk but visitors face two problems - lack of good quality,
detailed maps and lack of documented walks.
The superb new Turunç Walks website aims to
address both of these problems and is completely FREE to use.