Marmaris is a coastal town in Turkey, located along the Mediterranean coast in the province of Muğla. With about 28 000 inhabitants, this is a small town, but the population can be up to 250,000 during the peak of the tourist-season.
How to get there
You can get flights to Dalaman, which is the nearest regional airport which is 100 KM away from Marmaris. From there you can get a coach (transfers every one and half hours).
Nearby places to visit
Primarily, you are here for the beaches. During the season, the beaches are packed with tourist. The plethora of bars and restaurants, the shops with crazy bargains will get your attention too (notice: most of the clothes here are fake designer labels). Marmaris has a busy nightlife with a street devoted to dance music and all the high tech clubbing scene. Bar Street is opposite the busy bazzar. But, Marmaris is quite suitable holiday destination for families too. Great inexpensive boat excursions can take you out round the bay and to neighboring towns like Icmeler and Turunc with all inclusive food and drinks all day. There are two water parks and local travel agents offer a range of trips to Dalyan, Fethiye, Pamukkale, Ephesus and other popular locations in Western Turkey. Take trip to Mugla, the regional capital which can be reached by frequent bus service from Marmaris Bus station (Otogar). Journey time over the mountains is about 1 hour and is well worth the effort as Mugla is a real Western Turkish town not affected greatly by tourism.
Marmaris is a place where you can see ocean going yachts costing $10 million, and often wealthy people are stopping in this lovely town for a quality and expensive shopping. In the past Marmaris was primarily a resort for British holidaymakers but recently has become popular with Russian and other Eastern European visitors.
Things to do
Take a daily cruise taking you around the turquoise bays, mountainous shoreline, ruins of ancient cities, and a cave (the only entrance of which is from the sea) surrounding Marmaris with a stop at the beach of leafy Cennet Adası (“Paradise Island”—actually a peninsula officially named Yıldız, which is not connected with road to the rest of the mainland).
Jeep Safari is a great way to drive around mountains surrounding Marmaris and visit villages, waterfalls and picturesque beaches. A tour around the Peninsula of Bozburun to south of Marmaris usually combines a visit to the Kızkumu sandbar.
Don’t miss the Turkish baths. The traditional Turkish bath (Hamam) with sauna, body peel, foam massage and oil massage is the best way to treat yourself with good relaxation and crystal clear and gentle skin.
Turkish night is an entertainment night with traditional Turkish food, dancing and entertainment including belly dancers. Many hotels do their own Turkish nights, of course you will have to pay additional fee for that.
Accommodation and night life
Marmaris is famous for its fantastic nightlife. Get in any of the small bars along the beachfront where you can have your drink before heading to the night clubs. There are a selection of good clubs along the beachfront which play a variety of music and cater to different tastes. Turtle Bar is by far one of the best bars there, bar outside with nightclub inside, without the incredulous prices of Bar street. For hardcore partiers Bar street is the street to be. It is located in the old town and has over 100 bars and clubs ranging from rock bars to Club arena, a huge outdoor nightclub with foam parties. All are open to at least 4AM.
When comes to accommodation hotels can be found generally in Marmaris City Centre. If you want to be in the epicenter of the town’s life then you will have to face the noise and the loud tourists. More laid back hotels can be found in the Armutalan area at the back of Marmaris where the local council has banned the playing of music after Midnight. All inclusive deals are very popular in Turkey because this way you wouldn’t have to worry about deck chair, drinks and food, but if you don’t want this option make sure to get your food and drinks from a supermarket.
Best season to visit
The best time to visit Marmaris is in spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October) when temperatures range between 16°C and 25°C. If you still prefer summer, get ready for extremely hot hot weather; in summer from July to mid-September, temperatures often go over 35°C. Marmaris usually have long hot summers and mild rainy winters.