The crowning jewel in Turkey’s tourist scene, Marmaris is the ultimate holiday destination on the Turquoise Coast. With more to it than initially meets the eye, Marmaris is a melting pot of culture and history, its resort centre of towering hotels and endless bars and restaurants sheltering an old town quarter and castle which pre-dates the 1500s!
With its palm-fringed promenade and yacht-filled marina, Marmaris promotes quite a cosmopolitan vibe, without being in any way pretentious. The volcanic sandy beach spans the length of the resort and is dotted with bars, cafes and restaurants. While away the daylight hours lazing on the sand or haggling for souvenirs in the Grand Bazaar before digging out your dancing shoes and partying the night away.
Although not quite in the same league as party capitals like Magaluf or Sunny Beach, Marmaris has its own diverse and lively nightlife, making it a popular destination for young holidaymakers as well as families.
Combining natural beauty with a real zest for life, Marmaris is the perfect holiday hotspot for those seeking the best of both worlds on their holiday; a resort which offers enough activities to keep you occupied, but without becoming spoilt by tourist humdrum.
From Marmaris, you are ideally located to explore surrounding resorts and even indulge in a spot of island hopping. Only an hour away by boat lies the paradise Greek island of Rhodes. A hotbed of ancient history and stunning to boot, why not hop on one of the regular Marmaris ferries and enjoy a day trip? Don’t forget your passport though!
Dolmus buses run frequently through the resort along the coast to Icmeler’s Long Beach. A 10km sweep of golden sand, Long Beach isn’t as volcanic as Marmaris’ pebbly bay, making it a lovely spot for some sandcastle building!
Of course, when in Turkey, you simply must visit a traditional Turkish bath house. A routine of repeatedly heating, cooling and cleansing the body leaves you feeling exhilarated and relaxed, the perfect accompaniment to a week in the sun! The majority of the hotels in Marmaris offer Turkish bath spa facilities, but for a truly authentic experience, book yourself into an authentic Hammam for the day.
Embracing its Asian heritage, Marmaris is home to the Grand Bazaar shopping centre. Like a giant indoor souk, you can haggle with local craftsmen for fine souvenirs. Leather goods, silks, clothes and trinkets can all be found in the bazaar, even if you have to visit each one of the 1000 shops to find them!
Like in tourist resorts around the world you can find cuisine of every type in Marmaris. Fancy Indian? Mexican? French? Not a problem! The prices of eating out in Marmaris are very reasonable so you can afford to indulge yourself a little while on holiday!
If you would rather sample the traditional however, pavement cafes around the Grand Bazaar serve up authentic Turkish dishes like köfte (a type of Turkish meatball) or ?i?lik (barbequed chicken or beef). Soups and salads are also popular Turkish snack foods.
Largely regarded as the national drink of Turkey, Ayran, a yoghurt based drink mixed with salt is widely consumed for its health properties. The salt content helps stop the body from dehydrating in the hot summer months.
Although Ayran is available in Marmaris, Efes is the local drink of choice. Usually bought in bottles, this Turkish lager is generally a lot cheaper than imported brands. The same rule applies to spirits, local variations of vodka and other liqueurs are used in the majority of the cocktail menus in the resort, keeping the prices down for the tourists.