The town is named after the famous admiral, Turgut Reis. He was born here in the early 16th century. Turgut Reis raised from humble origins to command the Ottoman navy, conquered Corsica and returned to Istanbul with a great number of prisoners. In 1595, during an attempt to take Malta, he was killed. Near Turgutreis Town there is a statue of him.
Because of its suitable winds, Turgutreis coast is favored by professional wind surfers. Because of it market day on Saturdays, it also attracts many people. This volcanic area is interesting and offers possibilities for walking and trekking tours. Visitors enjoy the volcanic landscape which is very dramatic and impressive.
The 14 small islands, located nearby Turgutreis, are used by farmers as additional pasture land for their animals and by the local fishermen for fishing. These islands and beautiful coastline offers great possibilities for boat, diving and sailing tours.
Turgutreis is a departure point for many buses traveling through all around Turkey. Daily boat trips can be taken from Turgut Reis departing to Gumusluk, Karaincir, Akyarlar and Yalikavak.