There are plenty of things to do in and around Turgutreis, and shopping should definitely top the list. The irresistible Turkish crafts include carpets; leather, copper, and bronze wares; silver and gold; hand made sandals; embroidery, and meerschaum and onyx. Every Saturday is market day in Turgutreis, with stalls filled with sun-ripened tomatoes, shiny olives, enormous watermelons, and much more. And Tuesdays bring the cloth market to nearby Bodurm.

To steep in the local history, visit the Castle of St. Peter , which was constructed in the 1400s. It became the only place of refuge for all Christians on the West Coast of Asia during the crusades. Over the years it has served as a military base, a prison, and a public bath. It is currently a museum that features an underwater archeological exhibit, the oldest ship wreck in the world, and the mummy of Ada , a Karia princess. Another point of interest is the Mausoleum of King Mausolos, built by Queen Artemis in the 4th century BC.

Turgutreis is the place for windsurfing, with strong prevailing winds and current that which create challenging conditions, the best location for windsurfing is in nearby Kadikalesi where you can learn to windsurf  or rent some gear!. The area is also popular for swimming, waterpaddling, and canoeing.

If you want to rent Dingy's then these are also available for rent from the centre in Kadikalesi.  At this centre they have Pico's and Fun boats as well as a couple of catamarans to rent.

For bicycling, head to Kadikalesi, just 2 miles north of Turgutreis. There is a Hellenistic Castle on the hill, which was once home to the local judge in Ottoman times. Across the hill is a church from the Roman Empire , and a historical cistern.

Horse riding is also available in Turgutreis, at the courtry ranch.   Here you can choose from 1 hour trips to 3 hour long rides.  

Turgutreis also has some interesting bars.  Some of which I wouldn't recommend.  However the best bars tend to be in the harbour, these do tend to be more expensive but I would say it is well worth getting away from the hastle of Bar Street.

If you want fish but at a budget then there are some great fish restaurants behind the metro supermarket and near the dolmus station.  Here you get to choose fish from the local fish mongers and then they cook it for you at one of the 4 restaurants.  Great value for money! half the price of Gumusluk and fresher fish.

Day Boat trips are also available and are great value for money!