Marmaris Destination Guide

Marmaris, a port city on the Mediterranean coast, is located in southwest Turkey in the Province of Mugla. A highly desirable tourist area, Marmaris used to be a fishing village up to a few decades ago. However, it still remains one of the most charming holiday vacation spots on the Turkish Coast. Known for its amazing nightlife and sailing, Marmaris has a wonderful climate, great beaches and spectacular views.

With two major marinas as well as several smaller marinas, Marmaris is home to many cruising boaters. Marmaris also has regular ferry services to the nearby Green Island of Rhodes. Not to mention, Marmaris is also a port of call for many larger cruise ships. Considered to be one of the most developed of the Aegean resorts, Marmaris is very easy to get to from the Dalaman airport as well as via bus routes.

The majority of attractions in Marmaris centre around the Ulusal Egemenlik Bulvari also known as the Marmaris Castle area which is an area that literally cuts Marmaris in half. It also has a maze of narrow streets that brings you to the Kaleici district which is at the base of the tiny castle and Castle Museum. With a worthwhile archaeology and ethnography collection, it is usually one of the main stops on the tour of Marmaris where you can also tour the olive farm known as the Mountain of Roses farm. Around the centre of town you will find a free minibus transfer that takes you to the ferry docks as well as the tourist office. It will also bring you to many of the hotels and backpacker accommodations. In the centre of Marmaris you will also find the Tansas shopping centre, the Marmaris bazaar and various restaurants offering traditional Turkish food. Following the streets up to the top of castle hill you can also find not only great views, but a wealth of drinking venues and restaurants.

Marmaris offers a lot of ancient charm both within the town itself as well as a short drive away. You can travel the villages along the peninsula, find the secluded beaches, or head to the resort of Icmeler which is on the outskirts of Marmaris. Popular stops for boaters are Gokova and the village of Turunc which is notable for its handmade honey, garden thyme and sage tea. Other interesting spots are Kizkumu beach, the Turgut village waterfall, and Siliman Beach.

Many of the holiday homes in Marmaris are located in and around the harbour area or on the road north of Marmaris on the way to Mugla or Gokova. You can also purchase property in Icmeler nearby to the cove and pine covered mountains. There are many scenic trails around here as well as the beach which makes it perfect for the outdoor enthusiast or just a romantic getaway all your own.