Welcome back Turunç Diary readers. Who'd have thought it
would be a whole year with no updates! You'd be surprised to
think there'd be loads to read about but not much has really
Open to tourists, closed to tourists, locked down, partially
open, locked down again and so it goes. We are really fortunate
in the village compared to other places in that restaurants and
cafes were opened in early March with restricted hours and
social distancing. Restaurants have been and are still
undergoing facelifts in the hope that the tourist season can go
ahead. Ramadan this year runs between 13 April and 12 May when
Bayram (public holiday) begins so we could expect an influx of
Turkish visitors for the four days.
However, latest Government restrictions mean that all our restaurants
and cafes are closing again for Ramadan which should hopefully reduce the current Covid-19
infection levels in the country.
Pylos hotel have started work on the beach and beach bar,
planting around 12 palm trees on the beach though they'll have
to move the storm wash-up before the season starts.
Güneş Restaurant has also had a makeover and has been
entertaining customers during some of the nicer days.
The Mermaid Restaurant is upgrading the upstairs dining and
Can Restaurant have a new retractable roof installed.
The Atatürk statue on the harbour has been repaired and had a
fresh lick of paint and work continues next door at Es. It looks
like there will be a two-tier restaurant and a bar on the
In the main road Bob Bar is being repurposed to a shop,
believed to be selling organic products.
The post office has moved round the corner to Chef Market and
there is a new Bim supermarket next door.
Musti Restaurant closed last year and the new owner has
Work on the old Meydan has come to a standstill. This was
rumoured to be either a Migros Jet or a Carrefour supermarket.
Mehmet from Meydan continues work on the old M48 and it looks
Some of you longer term visitors may remember Yunos
restaurant hidden away in the village. This has re-opened with
Gulcihan Zeybek and her son Oljay making their famous gozlemes.
This really is a lovely time of year. Orange blossom scent
fills the air, the procession caterpillars are on the move from
their candy floss nests and lambs and goats are being born.
Let's hope it's not too long before we are welcoming you back to
this little piece of paradise.