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Marmaris: A splendid holiday resort with a history dating back to 12 thousand BC, surrounded by a lush green forests of pine trees and the deep blue sea stretching in front of it, Marmaris bedazzles its visitors also with its splendid marina.Thanks to the excavation works conducted in the region it is possible to follow the traces of a variety of civilizations that have settled and ruled the area since the ancient times.Named Physkos in the ancient times, the seaside town is located in the province of Mugla at the intersection of the Aegean and Mediterranean region. Due to the variety of harbors and bays located in the area, Marmaris has been a central port of maritime trade for centuries.Offering different natural wonders and tourist attractions in every corner Marmaris has a mild Mediterranean climate. While the summers are hot and dry the winters are mild and rainy. It is possible to enjoy the sea also during off season as the humidity in the air is quite high.Marmaris will captivate you with its historical heritage, natural beauty and shining sun in addition to its entertaining night life and pristine bays.Home to national parks and forests and beaches with blue flags, Marmaris is ready to welcome you any time of year!

Bridging the Aegean and the Mediterranean region and extant since the ancient times, Marmaris is a major holiday resort where vacationers will experience unforgettable moments.It is possible to sightsee the relics of the ancient cities that have been established in Marmaris since 12 thousand BC. The historical and cultural monuments of the ancient cities of Physcos, Loryma, Amos, Saranda, Cedra, Hydas, Castabus, Erine, Bybassios and Euthenna shed light on the history of the region.One of the major cities of quite a many empires, Marmaris attracts attention particularly for its exquisite structures exemplifying the Ottoman architecture.Marmaris Castle, built by the Ionians was put through improvement works during the Rhodes campaign of Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. The castle is still well-preserved in the present day.Serving as the Marmaris Museum nowadays, the castle bears a large collection of artifacts from the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine periods. Moreover, the incredible view of the castle is pleasant to watch particularly during sunset.Hafza Sultan Caravanserai, Kisayali Bridge, Sariana Tomb and Ibrahim Agha Mosque are among the must-see historic buildings of the Ottoman period.Another appealing aspect of Marmaris is the variety of blue cruise tours offered in the region. Boat or blue cruise enthusiasts should not miss the chance to partake in one of the blue cruise tours departing from Marmaris.A variety of bays and seaside resorts such as Cennet Adasi (Paradise Island), Fosforlu Magara (Phosphorous Cave), Turunc, Kumlubük, Icmeler, Günnücek, Sedir Adasi (Cedar Island) and Yalanci Bogaz are waiting to welcome their visitors.Furthermore, the most delicious Turkish specialties are awaiting you in Marmaris. Delicacies ranging from seafood to mezes (appetizers), specially prepared and arranged, are served at a great variety of restaurants.Offering fantastic beaches and coves beyond perfection, Marmaris will mesmerize you and draw you to its deep blue seas. Do not miss the chance to explore Marmaris.

You can have a daily cruise taking you around the turquoise coves, 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, however it does not have a connecting road to the rest of the mainland), which encloses the Bay of Marmaris. Just take one of yachts (which have a capacity of 20 people) which can be found all along the waterfront of city center, you can easily recognize them by their boards and touts—who will try to convince you to take their tour, but basically all tours are the same. A tour doing the Bay in an anti-clockwise fashion (i.e. Turunç first, Paradise Island last) may be worthwhile to look for, as most tours ply around the Bay in clockwise direction, and thus you don’t have to be with hundreds of others who took other boats all the time. Book or buy a seat at least one day beforehand. Such an excursion cost about 25 TL per person in Summer 2010 (including a meal). This type of cruise is good value but even better when offered with all-inclusive local drinks which can be expensive once on board a boat! Many of the local tour companies offer trips such as:Marmaris to Ephesus Jeep Safari – 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, see below, “get out” section for more information. Great value fun day out at about 25TL per person. Marmaris to Ephesus 95 TL Turkish baths – a traditional turkish bath (Hamam) with sauna, body peel, foam massage and oil massage. From 20TL per person including transport to and from the baths. Turkish night – entertainment night with traditional Turkish food, dancing and entertainment including belly dancers. Many hotels do their own Turkish nights and prices range from 15-30TL for the buffet and entertainment. Also, trips to further afield such as Dalyan turtle beach and mud baths, Pamukkale, Lycia etc

Whilst on holiday in Marmaris you will be spoilt for choice for things to do. There are a wide range of tours available for both day time and evening. Examples of day activities include, Jeep Safari, All Inclusive Boat Trip, Dalyan Tour, Waterpark, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Watersports. Evening activities in Marmaris such as the famous Talk Of The Town drag show, the traditional Turkish Night, and Moonlight Dinner Cruise are great entertainment. Most activities and tours are very family friendly and suitable for all ages, whether you are young or still young at heart there is something for everyone! To secure your reservation for activities and tours please follow the ‘Make a Reservation’ link on each tour page. By following the link you will also find extra information on prices of the tours, and times and dates available.At your first day, after you settle into your room, the first thing most people do is go for a walk on the beach front. This is where most of the action is during the day. This is a looong beach front, from Icmeler to Yacht Marina. There are tons of cafes, restaurants and bars where you can hang out. All the beach is covered with sunbeds. You want to get comfortable with some spot where you think you will be comfortable with the staff of the bar or restaurant. Because they will be serving you and entertaining you while you come to the beach to sunbathing. You can chose to go away from hustle and bustle and go to one of the five star hotels on the same beach front. Mares Hotel has really nice Pine forest on the beach where you can relax while enjoying the beach. No one will bug you. Take a nap, read, enjoy delicious food just around the corner.So it is a good idea to go and walk the Long_beachfront, the Marina area and if possible Icmeler beachfront. Basically and practically you can walk from Marmaris Marina to all the way to Icmeler. It is just so beautiful. Most importantly you will get a clear idea of the most active parts of Marmaris. Restaurants, bars, clubs, cafes, beach, majestic yachts, cruise-ships, activities are mostly are along on this beachfront. You can do this during the day on in the evening.You have to start making plans though according to your lifestyle. Of course you dont want to spend your whole vacation on the beach. You want to take some tours and laugh, enjoy and see more of Marmaris.The most popular tours are “Daily Laz-y-Day Boat Trip“, ” Turkish Bath“, “Turkish Night” and “Jeep Safari“. These are the most popular tours that you might want to join more than once. So much fun 🙂 . Check out our other Excursions that you might like. Just pick some more to enjoy based on your lifestyle.

Marmaris, which has flourished over the centuries with the bountiful contributions of nature and history, aims to promote its natural and historical riches with the organization of events and festivals.The Marmaris International Race Week is held in late October every year with the participation of contesting boats from all around the world.Apart from that, the International Marmaris Maritime and Spring Festival organized annually in May with participants from all over the world, is celebrated with various activities such as competitions, concerts and dance shows.Held in June every year, the Marmaris Motorcycle Festival is an international festival offering a rich program including motorcycle driving tours and concerts.Many more activities and concerts are waiting for you in Marmaris. Vacationers who want to spend a good time should not miss attending the festivals.

Marmaris is famous for its fantastic nightlife. For pre partying drinks many small bars along the beachfront offer the perfect place to watch the warm sun set. 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 where the party’s at. Located in the old town this street has over 100 bars and clubs ranging from rock bars to Club areena, a huge outdoor nightclub with foam parties. All are open to at least 4AM. Beware when drinking in Bar Street as prices are much higher (15-20TL for a spirit and mixer) than those along the beach front although entry to most clubs is free and there are periods when there are special offers available.

Marmaris is situated in the province of Mugla which has highly advanced transportation facilities. The holiday resort is accessible in a short time both via airway or highway.Mugla Dalaman Airport receiving direct flights from nearly all cities in Turkey is very close to all the districts located in Mugla province. The shuttle services and other transportation vehicles stationed outside the exit gates of the airport will take you to Marmaris within a short time.Positioned at the intersection point of the Aegean and Mediterranean Region, Marmaris can be easily reached via highway. There are shuttle busses from almost every province of Turkey to Muğla. Travelers to Marmaris can take the shuttle services leaving from Mugla Central Bus Terminal to Marmaris.Once in Marmaris, vacationers will surely enjoy the unique nature and quaint history of this holiday resort.

Datca is located 70-80 km west of Marmaris. It’s a nice place for who want to escape from Marmaris’ crowd and noise. Datca, is a holiday place who doesn’t like much noise, but would like to see natural things. Espicially it’s beatiful coves and bays are (Palamutbuku, Hayıtbuku, Mesudiye) very famous. Also the ancient city of Knidos on its tip. It’s very easy to find direct bus services from main terminal of Marmaris. Bozburun Peninsula, has beautiful coves, pine covered mountains and villages. Especially interesting on this peninsula is Kızkumu (literally “Maiden’s Sand”), a sandbar that shuts the entrance of a cove almost completely. It’s located on the western shore of the peninsula, near Orhaniye village. Story has it that a young lady started to spill the sand she gathered into her skirt, while escaping foreigners on one shore of the cove, and also to meet her lover who was waiting at the opposite shore. But the sand hadn’t lasted enough for the entire gap of the cove, so when her sand ran out, in order not to be caught by the foreigners chasing her, she commited a suicide by jumping into the water. Scientists have another explanation, though. Kızkumu’s length is about 1 km, and the sand (or more like reddish finely grained pebbles) is only one ankle under the water surface all along the road, also its width is more than enough for 5 people to walk side by side, so you can easily walk on the top of it (as many other people do). Its ending point is signed by an easily-visible Ionian column, so don’t worry. Akyaka about 20-25 min of driving in the north has a stony-but-beautiful beach, pine forests, and buildings that maintain a lovely local architecture. Icmeler, Cennet Island, Gunnucek, Turunc, Kumlubuk, Turgut, Orhaniye, Hisaronu, Ciftlik, Sogut, Bozukkale, Bozburun, Gokova, and Dalyan are some of the popular coastal towns close to Marmaris. Sedir Island (Sedir Adası) a.k.a. Cleopatra Island — north of Marmaris in the Gulf of Gökova, Sedir Island, known in ancient times as Kedreae, features an amphitheatre and some other Greek/Roman ruins shadowed by the silvery green olive trees. However, its biggest claim to fame is its Cleopatra Beach, with the golden sands virtually non-existant anywhere else in the Eastern Mediterranean, accompanied by milky turquouise waters of the cove. The legend has it that Marcus Antonius have this sand brought in from Egypt for honeymoon on the island with his lover, Cleopatra of Egypt, however experts conclude that this unique sodium bicarbonate-containing sand is actually consisting of dissolved seashells. The sands are under heavy protection and removing any quantity of sand from the beach is forbidden, so no towels or shoes are allowed in the beach and anyone entered the beach must have a shower before exiting. Sometimes bags are searched upon exiting, too. Frequent boats to island depart from the harbour near the highway north to Akyaka/Gökova/Muğla, about 10 km north of Marmaris (watch for brown Sedir Adası signpost) after crossing the mountain pass just after leaving Marmaris behind. Boats cost 10 TL pp return, and admission to the island is a further 10 TL pp. There is a small kiosk on the island with fairly priced drinks. Kiosk doesn’t sell any alcohol but it’s allowed to bring in from the mainland with you (as well as any other snacks and drinks). The beach closes at 7PM and it’s best to visit the island in the morning, as early as possible, because the beach gets overcrowded especially after 1PM during the high season.