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Find information on Marmaris in our Travel Guide covering sights, foods and nightlife plus more...
Marmaris, on southern Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, was one of the first Turkish resorts to become popular with British holidaymakers and is one of Turkey’s most beautiful towns. It is a lively centre populated by very friendly locals. Its large beach, water sporting facilities, boulevards with shops, bars and restaurants all combine to draw thousands of visitors every year.
Marmaris sits in the centre of a large bay that is encircled by pine clad hills. The resort stretches for miles along the bay having grown to accommodate its increasing numbers of visitors. This has lead to other villages, such as Icmeler, becoming resorts and benefiting from tourist revenue. A Marmaris holiday provides all the essential ingredients that go into making pleasurable memories.
Marmaris is popular with families with small children and those who just want to relax in the sun. There is a wealth of sporting activities to satisfy the most energetic of holiday makers. The nightlife in Marmaris is fairly lively and, if they wish, young people can dance until dawn.
The holiday season lasts from early spring until late autumn when the temperature range is from the twenties to the high thirties. Although the summer period is the most popular, spring and autumn are good times to visit historical sites when the days are cooler.
Marmaris lies framed by hills on a beautiful Mediterranean coastline. With its guarantee of summer sun it is very popular with British tourists. Its long sandy beaches stretch five kilometres along the coast offering perfect conditions for families with children. There is good provision of water sports with wind surfing and sailing being particularly popular. There are many opportunities for taking a trip in a Gulet, a large wooden sailing boat, to explore the coast or visit islands.
An exciting attraction is the Atlantis Water Park which is very popular with all age groups. It has some nail-biting flumes and rides that are certainly not suited to the Nervous Nellies of this world.
There are shops and markets to satisfy most people and numerous bars and restaurants serving a wide range of food. The promenade is particularly attractive in the evening when the sun goes down. Nightlife is lively with many clubs remaining open until dawn.
A day trip to Bodrum is a must as this busy resort has much to offer. The medieval Castle of St Peter with its amazing maritime museum is fascinating. Take a stroll through the marina with its charming boutiques, elegant yachts and take a break at the waterfront restaurants.
As you might expect, boat trips are widely available and you can even take your passport and enjoy a trip to the nearby Greek island of Kos.
A short journey from Marmaris is Ephesus, one of the best preserved archaeological sites in the world, which shows examples of Roman life that are second only to Pompeii.
A Marmaris holiday provides fun and entertainment for all the family in guaranteed sunshine surrounded by friendly locals.
There is a great choice of bars and clubs in Marmaris providing clubbers with a choice of music. Many remain open until dawn. Large hotels provide their own entertainment with cabaret and karaoke evenings. Drinks are inexpensive.
Marmaris is a great place for shoppers. Those who like to try their hand at bartering will love the covered market where they will find many original craft items. Here you find good quality carpets, leather goods and jewellery. The Sunday market is the busiest with over two hundred stalls. Apart from the markets there are some good clothes shops and a large number of beach and gift stores.
Marmaris claims to have over a thousand bars and restaurants so it should be possible to find dishes that appeal to everyone’s palate. There are some excellent fish restaurants where only the freshest of ingredients are used. Traditional Turkish fare is very tasty and includes stuffed peppers and vine leaves, kebabs and of course feta cheese, olive and tomato salads. Rice dishes are also popular.