Mugla, which is the capital of the province of Mugla, covering an area that has the most famous of Turkeys
tourism centres within its boundaries, is more of a city that holidaymakers
"pass through" while travelling to one of its famous towns. It is not fully
known whether equating the concept of a holiday with the sea that makes rare
places not on the coast locations little frequented by tourists.
is understandable but we would advise you to spare at least one day for Mugla.
Those who base themselves in the centre of Mugla but who plan short trips to
nearby destinations as well as visiting the city itself can expect a very full
The centre of Mugla extends over the plain stretching from the foot of the Asar
or Hisar (Castle) Mountain and is surrounded by Karadag (Black Mountain),
Kızıldag (Red Mountain), Masadag (Table Mountain) and Hamursuz Dagları
(Unleavened Mountains). The city, which was captured by the Selçuks in 1080, was
recovered by the Byzantines in 1096 and then taken over by Turkish Kingdom of
Menteşeogulları in 1284. The city was in turn seized by the Ottomans in 1390.
The old part of the city, known as Saburhane in the Ottoman era, was a district
where Greeks and Turks lived together on friendly terms. However, even after the
population exchange in 1924, resulting in the Greeks leaving the city, this part
of Mugla retained its old atmosphere.
Some of the old houses in this district have undergone restoration by their new
owners. Houses owned by the famous architect Cengiz Bektaş and well-known
journalist İlhan Selçuk are among those that were restored.