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Location of Turgutreis within Turkey.
Location of Turgutreis within Turkey.
Coordinates: 37°01′N 27°16′E / 37.017°N 27.267°E / 37.017; 27.267Coordinates: 37°01′N 27°16′E / 37.017°N 27.267°E / 37.017; 27.267
Country  Turkey
Region Aegean
Province Muğla
Population (2009)
 • Total 16,490
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code 48x xx
Area code(s) (0090)+ 252
Licence plate 48
Website www.bodrum.gov.tr

Turgutreis is a town in Turkey about a 60-minute drive from Bodrum International Airport. It is the second largest town on the Bodrum peninsula and is part of that district, in Muğla. The town is a popular holiday destination with 5 kilometres of sandy beaches, waterfront restaurants and bars, and is considered a resort town.

The town is named after the Ottoman admiral Turgut Reis who was born there in 1485.[1] Also known as Dragut, Turgut Reis was famous for his expeditions on the coasts of Spain, France, Italy, and North Africa, and for his participation in the Ottoman siege of Malta, in which he was killed. There is a memorial to Turgut Reis a few kilometres from the town centre located in Sabanci Park.[citation needed] The town was formerly named Karatoprak before being renamed in Reis's honour in 1972.[citation needed]

The coastline consists of several inlets, with steep mountains running parallel to the coast. There are 14 Turkish islands around Turgutreis including Küçük Kiremit, Büyük, Fener, Çatal, Yassı, Tüllüce, Kargı, Köçek, Kadıkalesi, and Sarıat, as well as the Greek islands of Kos and Kalimnos. The town has a marina which provides access to the nearby Greek island of Kos via ferry.

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  1. ^ Reynolds, Clark G. (1974). Command of the sea: the history and strategy of maritime empires. Morrow. pp. 120–121. ISBN 9780688002671. Ottomans extended their western maritime frontier across North Africa under the naval command of another Greek Moslem, Torghoud (or Dragut), who succeeded Barbarossa upon the latter's death in 1546. 

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