Muğla is based in South western Turkey. It is the 24th most populated city in Turkey. The province is the capital of many tourist destinations such as Fethiye, Bodrum and Göcek, based along the Aegean coast.
The district area's physical features are determined by several pot-shaped high plains abbreviated by mountains, of which the largest is the one where the city of Muğla is located and which is called under the same name; Muğla Plain.
Although it is close to major resorts, Muğla has only recently begun to attract visitors. Sights of interest in the city include:
- Great Mosque of Muğla – large mosque built in 1344
- Konakaltı Han and Yağcılar Han – restored 18th century. First used as an art gallery and facing Muğla Museum, and the second used for more commercial purposes
- Kurşunlu Cami – large mosque built in 1495
- Muğla City Museum has a good collection of archaeological and ethnographical artefacts, as well as 9 million years old animal and plant fossiles recently discovered in Kaklıcatepe nearby
- Vakıflar Hamam – A Turkish bath which dates back to 1258. It is still in operation
As well as this Muğla's main Bazaar attracts visitors all year. Built during the Ottoman empire it is marked by a clock tower built by a Greek craftsman (Filivari Usta) in 1895. Now a days the Bazaar is used to sell a variety of things including Turley's fake goods.
The old quarter of Muğla – on the slopes and around Saburhane Square, consists of about four hundred registered old houses dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, many of which are restored. These houses are mainly in the Turkish/Ottoman style, characterized by courtyard sections accessed through double-shuttered doors, and dotted with chimneys typical of Muğla. But there are also a number of "Greek" houses. The differences between the two types of houses may have as much to do with the extent to which wood or stone were used in their architecture, and whether they were arranged in introverted or extraverted styles, as with who inhabited them previously.
Local students tend to hang out in open air cafés along the İzmir highway or in the caravanserai or in the Art House (an Ottoman style residence that has been turned into a café/art gallery).