Muğla is both the name of the capital city and the name of the province. It is inland about 30 km from the Aegean coast. Bodrum is approx 110 km away but Marmaris is only 55 km in distance. Essentially, an agricultural town, it has started to benefit from tourism. This is not a particularly modern city and it has retained its charm. Surrounded by mountains, its history has seen the Selcuks, Byzantine and the Ottoman eras.
There are many two story traditional Turkish houses in Muğla. Some of these have been restored and look quite grand. Taking a stroll through the old Saburhane district gives you a feel for a place where time has stood still. You can find everything you need in Mugla. The Ottoman bazaar at Muğla Arasta is a good place to make a start with shopping. With its small craft shops, cafes and restaurants, and traditional souvenirs, it has pleasant vibe about it. Look out for the city clock tower built in 1895.
There are more shops and cafes at the Yagcilar Han, a restored 18th century caravanserais. This Han has been restored to its former glory and now serves as a popular shopping area. The courtyard, with its paved stone floors, and the shade from the high walls, give you the opportunity to get out of the harsh mid day sun and relax while you sip your Turkish tea.
In 1200 BC there was a town called Ainda on the present site of the city of Mugla which became part of the Ottoman Empire in 1451. The Great Mosque of Mugla ( Ulu Cami ) was build in 1344. The Kurşunlu Mosque from Ottoman times was built in 1495. There is another restored caravanserais near the Muğla Museum which is an art gallery open to the public. The Vakıflar Hamam is also worth visiting. This Turkish bath, which is still in operation, dates back to 1258.