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Transportation—getting to Mugla

So you have  arrived…how do you get from the airport to Mugla University? There are two airports in the region—Dalaman-Mugla and Bodrum-Milas Airports.  We strongly recommend you to use  Bodrum-Milas Airport because getting to Mugla from Bodrum is much easier than it is from Dalaman. Here’s how you can get there:

From  Bodrum- Milas Airport :  Once you get there you have two options.

1- There is a regular shuttle service (MUTTAŞ) from  Bodrum-Milas Airport to Mugla Town Centre.  These shuttles take off from the domestic terminal.  This will cost you around (15 TL).  From the city centre you can link up with another minibus to the University.

2- As a second option, if you are travelling with Atlas Jet Airline, they will have free shuttle services for their passengers to Mugla Town Centre from Bodrum- Milas Airport. It’s pretty easy to get from Mugla city centre to Mugla University and vice versa. Minibuses run every 15 minutes between Mugla Town Centre (Mugla-Merkez) and the university’s campus and dormitories.

From Dalaman Airport:  Unfortunately there is no direct shuttle service from Dalaman to Mugla and we recommend you not to use Dalaman Airport as the journey from there to the University will be a long, complicated and costly one. However if you have to use this airport for some reason then  please take Havas minibus and get off at ‘Gokova Kavsak’ Gokova Road Junction. The cost of this trip is (15 TL). There will be many minibuses coming from Marmaris, Fethiye and Dalaman headed towards Mugla Merkez (Muğla Town Centre), take any of these which will cost another (15 TL). Please be warned that depending on your arrival time, finding minibuses from Dalaman towards Mugla may not always be possible.

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Muğla Menteşe Bus Station intercity buses operate at terminal 9. After 20 minutes of starting the journey the bus will stop at Yatağan Otogar to pick up passengers, after 40 minutes of the start of the trip they will again stop at the Milas Üç Yol to pick up passengers. Service times may be delayed half an hour due to the flights.

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During the workshop we will be staying at the Mugla Sitki Kocman University’s dormitories . You will be sharing your room with a roommate you can choose. However, when choosing your roommate please remember that the dormitories at the University are NOT unisex. Unless you express a choice of roommate, the organizing committee will match you with another participant.  If you would like to have a room all to yourself, this is possible. All you need is to inform us in advance and pay an extra fee of 20 TL (6 EUR) per day upon your arrival. As this is normally student accommodation we would suggest bringing your own towel and toiletries. The campus is a dry campus—meaning it is alcohol free and therefore we ask that you not bring any alcohol on campus but there are nearby cafes and bars in the student village as well as in Mugla city centre!


Dormitories for female participants: MUĞLA MİLLİ PİYANGO KIZ YURDU

Phone : 0(252) 223-8588 & 0(252) 223-8588 & 0(252) 223-858
Fax: 02522238972
Address: Kötekli Mah. Sıtkı Koçman Cad. No:10/6  Menteşe / MUĞLA

Dormitories for male participants: MUĞLA ERKEK YURDU

Telephone : 0(252) 223-8011 & 0(252) 223-8011 & 0(252) 223-801
Fax:   02522238388
Address: Kötekli Mah. Sıtkı Koçman Cad. No:14 Menteşe / MUĞLA

Trips out and about

You will want to bring some pocket money with you as there will be a few trips out and about. On Tuesday, our second day of the workshop, we will have a night out in Marmaris. That evening we will not have dinner at the university so you will have to provide your own meal. There will be a bus that will leave at 17.00 so if you want to buy any souvenirs, etc., head out for a drink, etc. please bring some spending cash.  On Thursday, we will have a trip to Iztuzu Beach and Dalyan. That night we will not have dinner at the university either. You will have some free time to yourself in Dalyan to enjoy the nice food and atmosphere that this highly sought after and beautiful town has to offer. On Saturday, for those who are sticking around, we will have an optional boat trip. We will provide the transportation but the cost of the excursions (15 Euro) belongs to you.

Equality and Diversity

GPW welcomes people from all corners of the world and all walks of life. It is our privilege to host such a diverse range of people of different ages, races, gender and sexual preferences. We have always been very impressed by the kindness and openness that attendees show to one another. However, we do remind all participants that we have a zero-tolerance approach to discriminatory and bullying behaviours. Please respect other people customs and personal space and treat others as you think they would want to be treated!

Health and Safety 

Insurance Disclaimer: We strongly recommended that you purchase suitable travel insurance in advance of attending the workshop. Neither the Global Peace Workshop organisers nor any of the contributing partners are responsible or liable for the safety and property of participants or their companions during the workshop nor any excursions related thereto. You are advised to seek information on potential health and security risks incurred by themselves or their companions at the workshops and to secure adequate insurance coverage.

Language: Don’t know any Turkish? Here are some of the basics to help you get by. For example:
Hello—Merhaba How much—Kac lira? Muğla town centre—Muğla merkez Thank you—Tesekkur ederim/Sagol University—Universite.

Internet facilities

There will be Wi-Fi! Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University will provide Wi-Fi without any password on the university campus. There will also be Wi-Fi in your accommodation and you can get the password when you register. Just remember that there will be heavy usage so be aware that you might experience slow connection at night. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Things to do

Mugla is a heaven of monumental trees and more than two thirds of the Mugla province is covered with forests. The wildest natural beauties are within only a short distance from the city center, giving endless possibilities for escapes to spectacular countryside. You can also engage in countless outdoor sports, some of which are trekking, mountain climbing, hang-gliding, cycling, riding, fishing, sailing, diving, and other water-sports. However, if you are in a mood for having a great night out, the lively towns of Bodrum or Marmaris are waiting, where you can’t close your ears to the call of the night. Once the summer begins, the world of entertainment virtually moves from Istanbul to the south of the country where spectacular festivals, performances, and concerts take place. Mugla University has been, in every sense, a leading stimulus for the development of Mugla. Thousands of university students coming from the other cities of Turkey with different ethnical and cultural background enhance the social structure of the city. They give the city a new identity as multicultural, free, and peaceful.
The richness of the natural beauties, the pristine waters, and the magnificent historical and cultural heritage are all represented in the emblem of the University. When the academic year starts, the city welcomes students who dramatically change the population and appearance of the city. The blend of natural and historical resources with the vitality of students is rapidly moving the city in the direction of becoming a center for educational and cultural affairs.


The Mugla region, called ‘Caria’ in ancient times, has for centuries been a leading social, cultural, and historical center. The first known inhabitants of the region between the Dalaman and Meander rivers were ‘Carians’ , going back to 2000 BC. Since then, numerous ancient societies and Anatolian civilizations including Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk, and Ottoman have existed here .The region came under the rule of the Ottomans in 1390, starting the era of Turkish sovereignty in Mugla. Mugla, the province’s capital, is a charming city that stretches from the foothills of Asar Mountain onto the plain bearing its name. This modern and peaceful city with low population growth rate is famous for its unique architecture. The picturesque homes with whitewashed walls, red tiled roofs, and distinctive chimneys have gained such fame and been placed on the protected buildings list.
Since the economic development of the city mostly relies on tourism; the natural, cultural, and historical beauties of Mugla have always been protected. It is indeed a city keeping past for the future. Among the places well worth a visit are: the Mugla Museum with fossils of extinct animal species excavated in the village of Özlüce; the historic trade guild’s markets; Saburhane, where
historical houses, shops, and cafes offer a breath from the past; Kursunlu and Ulu Mosques built some 600 years ago; the Olive Merchants’ Building; and the Konakalti Cultural Centre. Also located 3 kilometers from Mugla city center is the region’s renowned highland summer retreat known as ‘Mugla Yaylasi’ with its tall plane trees, fruit orchards, vineyards and vegetable gardens.


Mugla city is a hub for transportation, and coaches run directly from the bus station to all neighboring towns and major cities of the country. The highways in Mugla are connected with the highways of Aydın, Denizli, Bodrum and Fethiye, linking Mugla with the rest of the country. There are two international airports in the province; Dalaman and Bodrum-Milas. Mugla province, which accommodates 19 marinas and slips, has the longest coast in Turkey, 1124 kilometers. Regular boat trips are available between the coastal resorts as well as to neighboring Greek Islands. Mugla has a Mediterranean climate, hot and dry in summer and warm and rainy in winter.
Living in Mugla means being only an hour away from the most talked about tourist destinations. Famous antique cities such as Halicarnassus, Knidos, Mylasa, and Kaunos, hundreds of magnificent bays with unmatchable beauty, places like the Blue Lagoon, the Caretta Caretta Beach, the Patara Beach, the Butterfly Valley are only a few to mention, which make the city as attractive as it can be for the 3 million tourists hosted annually.

Culture and Arts

The most important architectural monument in the Caria region is the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Built in 350 BC, this monument is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
The pottery found in excavations made in Musgebi (Ortakent-Bodrum) region, Knidos and Stratonikeia shows that the region was related to the Mycenaean culture spread as far as Syria, Rhodes and Cyprus in the 13-15th centuries BC. The region is rich in folklore with games, music and folk songs. Henna nights are famous for folk songs. Among the local dishes known in Mugla region are kebabs made of lamb and goat meat, Bodrum Pasta, Milas Keskek, Datca Murdumerik Soup and Carob Molasses.

Must see places in Mugla

There are many options for socialising and for your free time while you are in Mugla!

Please take a peek on here for everything about Mugla.

The province of Mugla, located in the southwest corner of Turkey where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean, includes popular holiday destinations, such as Gökova, Bodrum, Marmaris, Datça, Milas, Dalyan and Fethiye. With its beautiful resorts, impressive ruins of past civilizations, magnificent landscapes and vast beaches, thermal waters, rich flora and fauna, as well as accommodations, restaurants and entertainment choices to suit every taste, this region has something to offer to everyone.

Places of interest in Mugla 

Arasta: This historical bazaar gives the feeling of travelling back in time to the early 1900’s. The authentic shops –from barbershops to shoe makers, small but cosy restaurants, and a fountain at the center of Arasta are truly delightful. You can shop for souvenirs and for the famous Mugla hand woven materials in the Bazaar.
Clock tower: Built in 1895 and caries the signature of Russian master Fulvari.
Mugla houses: You can see the most beautiful ones in the old district of the city, which is called “Saburhane”. Mugla’s charming houses, with their signature red tiled roofs, are on the list of protected architectural buildings.
Religious buildings: Kursunlu mosque (1493), Pazaryeri mosque (1842), Sheik mosque (1565) and Ulu mosque (1334) are some of the religious buildings in Mugla city.
Other historic places: The Turkish bath Vakiflar Bath (1334), Konakalti Han and Yagcilar Han are some other popular touristic sites in the city.
Mugla museum:The museum building was initially built to be a prison. While entering the museum you will be welcomed by an uncountable number of ancient ruins and statues. Several archaeological displays are situated in the indoor parts of the museum. The ruins are mainly excavated from the ancient city of Stratonikea. In the Turolian Park Natural History section you can see fossils which date up to nine million years of age, and the ethnography sections are also worth checking out.
Turolian Park: Fossils dating back to millions of years have been excavated here. The area is known as Turolian, due to the fact that the first samples of these fossils were found in theTeruel Basin in Spain.
Yesilyurt: The history of this area extends back to 1500 B.C to the ancient city Pisye. The Acropolis of Pisye city is located 1.5km away from Yesilyurt. There are several ruins in Yesilyurt, and the region is famous for its beautiful hand woven clothing.
Asar Mountain: Those looking for a challenge can hike up to the peak of Asar mountain where you will be faced with a stunning view of numerous ancient ruins around the peak area. These remains are most probably from Mobolia Castle from the time of the Hittites. You can observe several remains from many time periods and civilizations, including the Hittites from 2000 B.C., the Phrygians from 1000 B.C. as well as the Urartians, Carians, and Lycians. The hike up this mountain will no doubt be an unforgettable experience, and seeing these sites will be a worthwhile reward.