Located in Southwest Turkey where the Aegean and the Mediterranean seas meet, Marmaris is one of Turkeys’ top tourist destinations. This charming port city, once a small fishing village, is considered a popular sailing and diving destination. Find the enchanting surroundings in a town that is situated in a small bay on the world’s biggest natural harbor and enclosed by pine-clad hills. In summer, the port fills up with international cruise ships and more than ten thousand boats enter the beautiful Bay of Marmaris.
Founded in the 6th century BCE, the city was first known as Physkos. Since then the town has grown into a popular tourist destination. The town has a population around 28,000 which rises to 300,000–400,000 during the tourist season.
This port city with an incredible coastline and crystal-clear waters, friendly people, fresh seafood, good shopping, and good local wines is the perfect destination for wonderful days on the beach. The active entertainment life combined with the stunning clear-blue waters makes Marmaris a great choice for families as well as for people looking for a crazy nightlife. Marmaris is believed to hold the best Turkish night life. Anyone will enjoy the Turkish night with fun games and Turkish belly dancers frequently offered in the local restaurants.
There are many things to discover in this small port city, and tourists will not have time to get bored. One of the main tourist attractions is the Marmaris Castle that originally dates back to around 3000 BCE. Discover the fantastic panoramic view from this historical building which was rebuilt in 1522 and restored in 1991, when it started to serve as a museum. The Marmaris Museum has an archeology lounge and an ethnography lounge. In these exhibits you can study antique glassware works, coins, carpets and ornaments. More archeological pieces can be spotted in the Private Museum of Ethnography and Archeology 10 km from Marmaris resort, on the way to Mugla.
Stroll around and find the local bazaars and try your haggling skills in the busy Thursday market where you can find everything you never thought you needed. It is advisable to take a bottle of water since it can get really hot in this inside market. Take the opportunity to enjoy a steam bath and scrub in the traditional Turkish Hammam. Go on a boat excursion to fish, dive, relax, or for sightseeing. Dance away during the day or night on one of the popular party boats, where DJs play the most popular dance tracks. Make an excursion by boat to Daylan to visit the famous Turtle Beach or find an interesting mud bath. Visit nearby Icmeler to discover more beaches to enjoy the Turkish sun. Also, you can explore the excellent mountain pathways during an extended hike.
If you have time for longer excursions, why not visit the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site Pamukkale in Hierapolis. It will be worthwhile to take the four-hour ride to get here to discover the famous hot springs and the beautiful white cotton-like landscape of the “cotton castle”. Marmaris has a Mediterranean climate with hot and humid summers and cool winters. Summer temperatures can sometimes reach over 40°C in July and August.
Main tourist season has been from April/May until the end of October. Since December 2010 the area has decided to try to become an all-year-round destination. The new motto of the region is: “Four Seasons in Marmaris” promoting walking, sports, traditional culture and third-age tourism during the autumn and winter months.