Marmaris

Marmaris Turkey
Marmaris Turkey

Marmaris

The town of Marmaris is located at the meeting place of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, on the world’s largest natural harbour, surrounded by
pine-clad hills.

Situated in southwest Turkey, in the province of Mugla, Marmaris is one of Turkey’s biggest tourist resorts. To the north lies the Gulf of Gokova, to the south the Mediterranean. On the west is Datca peninsula and to the east Koycegiz lake; all year round Marmaris is surrounded by blue and green. The hills running in to the sea and the beautiful bays make Marmaris very special.

The old part of town is a residential area around the castle. The old houses, all under preservation order and the narrow streets leading to them are a delight to explore: there are some classic examples of Mugla architecture on display. Marmaris later began to spread out around the castle hill and along the shore, but the growth of tourism resulted in housing being prohibited along the shoreline and planning permission granted only to tourist hotels.

Marmaris is a year-round home for many foreigners, a large number of whom have yachts in the modern 700-berth marina. The population rises from 15 000 in winter to around 75 000 in summer due to available hotel accommodation.

Marmaris is 60 kilometres away from the provincial capital Mugla, and the mountainous landscape of the surrounding countryside shows that forestry plays an important part in the area’s economy. The town boundaries enclose and area of 86 000 hectares, 65 000 of which are forested. The beauty of Marmaris stems from this just as much as from the natural harbour.

Cosmopolitan charms of Marmaris, that used to be a fishing village less than 20 years ago, will surprise anyone with a choice of accommodation and entertainment.

Marmaris is a Turkish Rivera. Once you set your foot here you will join its true vacation atmosphere! The old quarter of the town with its bustling bazaars and restaurants are well worth a visit. During the day, people head for the beach to do catamaran trips, parasailing, water skiing, sailing, scuba diving and the list goes on! Yet in Marmaris you are not confined to the town beach. Icmeler and its beach is 8 km down the road. Alternatively take advantage of one of the boats that chug away in the morning from the marina to scores of sandy beaches like Cleopatra’s Island and the Turtle Beach.

Once a little fishing port, Marmaris has developed into one of Turkey’s busiest and most Anglicized resorts. Its port welcomes luxury cruise liners, which disgorge passengers keen to sample the town’s extensive facilities and visit the archaeological sites nearby, just to name a few – the ancient city of Efes, (the second biggest city of Roman Empire, after Rome); another sightseeing place not to be missed is Pamukkale, that is considered to be the 8th world wonder. And much more!

Marmaris also is South Aegean’s prettiest resort for scuba diving. There are several dive centers in Marmaris that arrange guided diving trips, excursions and even provide diving lessons for the inexperienced individuals, eager to try out this underwater sport.

Shopping is a delight in Marmaris. Some truly shop till they drop in this shopping Mecca! Leather goods of all kinds, natural sponges and the local blue glass beads (the Boncuk) are among the bargains to be found in the friendly little shops along the downtown bazaar. Charming boutiques at the end of the promenade offer kilims, carpets, sandals and embroidery as well as original fashions.

There are daily hydrofoils, catamarans and ferries to the Greek island of Rhodes May through October. Use your chance to visit two countries on one holiday!