As Dalaman airport is close by, this means both domestic and foreign tourists pour in constantly during the season which makes the city packed. The town’s population swells from around 40,000 to 400,000 during high season and its nightlife rivals anything else to be found on the Turkish coast.
Also called “Yesil Marmaris” (Green Marmaris), it becomes extremely humid during summer months.
Marmaris AttractionsThere are plenty of things to do to do in Marmaris with ample shops for bargains, especially if you like wearing fake designer labels, lots of bars and restaurants and a very busy night life with one street (Bar Street) just for dance music or the high-tech clubbing scene and huge outdoor dance venues blasting out the latest sounds. The east side of town is where most of the monuments and facilities are that interest the average tourist, including the castle, bazaar, banks and post office.
Netsel Yacht MarinaNetsel Yacht Marina , the largest in Turkey, is where most yacht charter businesses are based and who operate along the Turquoise Coast . There is also a centre for sailing and diving and it is a popular wintering location for hundreds of cruising boaters.
Beaches of MarmarisThe town’s Kordon Beach attracts hundreds of daily bathers even though it is not as clean as it used to be, the beach at Icmeler 9km west of Marmaris has coarse sand and is a much cleaner option, as is the sea and a dolmus or boat taxi will take you there.
Daily Boat ToursDaily boats tours are available and take you around the turquoise coves, mountainous shoreline, ruins of ancient cities, to caves surrounding Marmaris and stop at the beach of Cennet Adasi or Paradise Island and finishing at Kumlubükü or Turunc coves as all these places are difficult to reach by land and is well worth the effort.
ShoppingOn the west side is the weekly Friday market where local women sell their range of homemade crafts and delicious food. The bazaar rivals those in Istanbul and Kusadasi with all manner of things on offer.
Kaleici and CastleIt’s nice to wander around the warren of streets in the Kaleici district at the base of the tiny castle. The castle itself is a museum stocked with displays of local finds and acts as a venue for events that take place during the May festival.
Other SuggestionsThere is an open-air cinema that shows international movies with Turkish subtitles, a yachting and arts festival takes place during May and a large yacht race in the first week of November. You can take jeep safaris into the mountains and surrounding villages or a traditional Turkish Bath (hamam) or go to a Turkish night with its traditional food, dancing and belly dancers.
Transportation in MarmarisMarmaris otogar is 2km outside of the town centre and a regular dolmus service takes you to the huge shopping centre which is where all the dolmus services start. The Havas airport bus from Dalaman Airport takes you into town. Ferries from the Greek Island of Rhodes and hydrofoils from Bodrum both dock at the Iskele Boulevard or Meydani which is the best place to charter boats and take boat taxis to Icmeler and Turunc .
Cennet or Paradise Island Marmaris
Ekincik Cove Marmaris
Top Bars and Nightclubs of Marmaris
Marmaris Property For Sale
Turkish Food Recipes
Saksuka - Fried Aubergine with Yogurt and Tomato Sauce - Vegetable Mezes
Sultan's Pleasure with Fish - Other Main Courses
Garnished Rice - Rice & Pasta Dishes
Beef and Aubergine Moussaka with Cheese - Red Meat Courses
Minced Beef & Bread Kebab - Red Meat Courses
Flour Soup - Soup