Days Out in Marmaris

If you’re planning a holiday in Marmaris, you’ll surely know all about the sun and sea as well as the variety of bars and restaurants available at hand. But there is far more to Marmaris than just a lazy holiday.

Turkey is a country that is rich in culture and history. Having once been home to the Ancient Greeks and later the Byzantine Empire, there is a wealth of spectacular ruins waiting at your door. For a cheap and easy day out, plan a trip with a local vendor in town to the Dalyan River. For a minimal price you’ll be transported to a small river boat in which you’ll cruise the winding paths amongst the reeds. Don’t forget your camera as this river is the home of Caretta-Caretta turtles and blue crab. On the journey you’ll also pass the fantastic ruins of Lycian rock tombs high up on a cliff face, and you’ll finally end up at the mud baths where you can bathe in the sulphur pools of warm mud.

One thing you can’t miss out on in Marmaris is having a Hammam, a true Turkish bath. This experience includes a relaxing 10 minutes in a sauna followed by a traditional Turkish wash-down using a cloth bag filled with soap bubbles and a massage. It is a brilliant thing to do on the first day of your holiday to make your tan last.

For the more adventurous among you, the Jeep Safari might be of more interest. Once you’ve embarked your vehicle, you’ll set off up winding mountain paths above and behind Marmaris in a convoy of jeeps. There will be stop offs in tiny villages along the way where you can taste local delicacies and there are chances to take a refreshing dip in the river. You are guaranteed stunning views and sometimes the opportunity to see some new wildlife.

A final recommendation for a day out near Marmaris is to visit Pamukkale. Again, you can secure a place on a trip here with a local vendor in the town for a low price. It’s a place like none you’ve ever seen before – water cascades over travertine terraces which form natural hot springs in which you can bathe.

What to do with the kids in Marmaris

When you’re looking to take the kids abroad on a family friendly holiday, the first thing that comes to mind is finding a hotel that’ll have plenty for them to do while still being nice enough for you to have a bit of peace and quiet. Marmaris is a fantastic destination, as a great deal of the hotels have a kids’ club which will be perfect to keep them occupied when you need a quiet day to yourself.

If you plan to venture out of the hotel a little, there are miles of promenades along the sea front between Marmaris and the quieter resort of Icmeler. Walking this will tire out your little ones enough that they’ll get a good night’s sleep!

You can have a great day out for all ages in Marmaris’ Aqua Dream Water Park. With slides big and small, everyone will be sure to find at least one they like. It is within easy walking distance from most hotels as it is situated by the Migros supermarket in the Armutalan district. You can wile away the whole day on slides such as the Aqua Tower, the ominous sounding Space Bowl and the Screamer. And don’t forget to stop for lunch at the onsite café. For the youngsters there are some more mild attractions such as the Pirate’s Ship and the Crocodile Frog.

If you feel the need to get out of the sun for a while or break up your swimming with a little culture, Marmaris Castle, with the attached Marmaris Museum, is open to the public with seven galleries. Even those who don’t appreciate history will find something to interest them with the archaeological room and a gallery arranged as the room of the Castle Commander.

Best beaches in Marmaris

Marmaris, situated in a beautiful sweeping bay on the Mediterranean coast, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey. The town itself has only one beach, which truthfully cannot be called a normal beach as it is made up of shingle and black volcanic sand. This however does not deter sun-seekers, and the beach is usually packed. If you don’t want to travel far from your hotel, this is the beach for you.

If you’re looking for something a little prettier but still popular, Icmeler beach is not too far afield. An 8km stroll along the promenade will get you there easily. But for the less mobile, catch a ‘dolmus’ (a type of shared taxi) on the main road which will get you there in no time. This beach is heralded as one of the cleanest around with clear seas and a Blue Flag rating. You’ll have a far more relaxing day at this beach.

Turunc is a beautiful bay set amongst the rolling forests just a half hour ride in a dolmus over the mountains or a quick journey in a water taxi from Marmaris. Again, this beach has a much more relaxing feel with safe swimming and is another with the Blue Flag rating.

For something with a story to tell your friends, take a trip to Sedir Island, also known as Cleopatra Island. Legend has it that this was the favourite beach of Anthony and Cleopatra and that the sands were transported here from North Africa. There is also the ancient city of Cedrae with the ruins of an amphitheatre to see here if you want to take a break from all the sunning and swimming.


Nightlife in Marmaris

A night out in Marmaris is an unforgettable experience. There are so many bars and clubs that you will inevitably have a hard time choosing which to visit. Indeed many people spend their nights hopping between them.

Most people begin their evenings in Marmaris at Long Beach. When you’ve visited in the day time, it’s difficult to believe how the place can transform in the evening! This area, right on the sea-front, plays host to a number of restaurants and fun bars to start the night at. With everything from karaoke bars to dance clubs, you’ll be spoilt for choice. The regulations insist on music stopping here at midnight, so at this point nearly everyone moves on to Bar Street.

Bar Street is where the fun really begins. The night really gets going around 1am when you enter this street. With so many bars and clubs facing out on to the narrow street and pumping out music, even if you can’t decide which one to enter, you can stay and play in the street. It is estimated that around 40,000 people from across the globe visit Bar Street every night in high season, and there are clubs to suit every taste, from live music to trance.

A little way out of Marmaris, around a 40 minute walk, is the Armutalan area. A little quieter than Bar Street, it has several bars and clubs for both dining and dancing. It has a one indoor club, Club Pacha, open until 4am.

And if you fancy something a little different from your usual night out on the town, there are the Moonlight Cruises. Setting off at 11pm, you will be taken out to sea with the music pumping for only 10 Turkish Lira. Arriving back at 2am, there’ll still be time to visit any other bars and clubs you like. If you are going with a large group, there is also the option of hiring a private party boat with food, drinks and music all included. It’s a fantastic way to celebrate a special event.