Set against a backdrop of pine-clad hills, Marmaris is one of Turkey’s most popular resorts. This lively resort is part of the Turquoise Coast, named for the beautiful colour of the waters where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean Sea.
A cheap holiday choice, with a good selection of accommodation, Marmaris is also a sailing centre. Netsel Marina, a state-of-the-art yachting facility, shines out as a pretty solitary beacon of taste in town.
Cruise ships also stop here, disgorging hundreds of passengers, so it can get busy in the summer. If you need to escape, jump on a boat to Greece – Rhodes is 30 minutes from Marmaris – or head inland to traditional villages.
Getting there/getting around Marmais
Holidaymakers arrive at Dalaman Airport, the gateway to this popular tourist region. It’s about 75 miles from Dalaman to Marmaris – transfers take one or two hours.
Once in resort, dolmuses are a cheap way of getting around. These shared minibuses cover specific routes and depart when full. Taxis are also in good supply. Car rental would be a good option if planning on investigating beyond Marmaris.
Ferries can also be caught to one of Turkey’s other leading resorts, Bodrum.
Beaches in Marmaris
In Marmaris, the hotels have bagged the best beach stretches. But there are so many stunning beaches to choose from – including the gorgeous one at Fethiye and one of the most beautiful bays of the Turkish coast, Gokova.
‘Walk on water’ at the beach of Kizkumu in Orhaniye, near Hisaronu – a sand bar extends 800 metres into the bay.
Olu Deniz is charming and relaxing and its ‘Blue Lagoon’ is one of the most famous beaches in Limassol.