Cosmopolitan charms of Marmaris, that used to be a fishing village less than 20 years ago, will surprise anyone with a choice of accommodation and entertainment. Marmaris is a Turkish Rivera. Once you set your foot here you will join its true vacation atmosphere! The old quarter of the town with its bustling bazaars and restaurants are well worth a visit. During the day, people head for the beach to do catamaran trips, parasailing, water skiing, sailing, scuba diving and the list goes on! Yet in Marmaris you are not confined to the town beach. Icmeler and its beach is 8 km down the road. Alternatively take advantage of one of the boats that chug away in the morning from the marina to scores of sandy beaches like Cleopatra's Island and the Turtle Beach.
Once a little fishing port, Marmaris has developed into one of Turkey’s busiest and most Anglicized resorts. Its port welcomes luxury cruise liners, which disgorge passengers keen to sample the town’s extensive facilities and visit the archaeological sites nearby, just to name a few - the ancient city of Efes, (the second biggest city of Roman Empire, after Rome); another sightseeing place not to be missed is Pamukkale, that is considered to be the 8th world wonder. And much more! Marmaris also is South Aegean's prettiest resort for scuba diving. There are several dive centers in Marmaris that arrange guided diving trips, excursions and even provide diving lessons for the inexperienced individuals, eager to try out this underwater sport. Shopping is a delight in Marmaris. Some truly shop till they drop in this shopping Mecca! Leather goods of all kinds, natural sponges and the local blue glass beads (the Boncuk) are among the bargains to be found in the friendly little shops along the downtown bazaar. Charming boutiques at the end of the promenade offer kilims, carpets, sandals and embroidery as well as original fashions.
TOP SOUVENIR TIPS
Leather and suede Jackets / Coats - Latest chart-topping CDs & DVDs - Rugs - silk, wool and cotton - T-shirts - Levi or Lee Jeans - Turkish Delight in a variety of flavours - Gold and Silver - Herbs and spices (saffron is a particularly good buy) - Fruit flavored tea (apple, orange) - Meerschaum pipes (a soft white clay/light material smoking pipe) - Alabaster chess sets - Ceramic plates and bowls - Copper vessels (if you are going to use them for cooking or eating, make sure they are lined with tin) - Lacy or embroidered bed linen and table cloths - Inlaid wooden or Mother of pearl boxes (cigarette, backgammon sets)
NIGHT LIFE IN MARMARIS (*****)
There is so much to do in Marmaris. Hundreds of restaurants, a walk along the sea front gives you a miriad of choices. International cuisine, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Mexican, English, French and of course Turkish. Turkish food is made from scratch with very fresh ingredients and tastes out of this world.
There are night club all over Marmaris, but particularly in the world famous Bar Street, which is one long street in Old Marmaris, with nightclub after nightclub. The clubs usually close a 4 am , you can find any kind of music and any kind of club from the huge 3,000 people foam party club to initmate jazz clubs. You will never get tired of clubbing in Marmaris.
Bars by the hundred seem to be on almost every street. You will be made very welcome and bar owners work hard to ensure you come back to them. You and your local bar staff, can become friends for life. People come back to the same bar year after year
Each summer Marmaris schedules many events. Them amphitheatre in Armutalan has many concerts well worth seeing. International yacht races run early every year. Festivals and other events will entertain you during your holiday.