Holidays to Marmaris

The popular port town of is one of Turkey's busiest resorts, and it is easy to see why holidaymakers choose to disembark at this stunning location year after year. The town boasts 179 days of sun per year and the coastline is awe-inspiring. This former tiny fishing village has retained its quaint charm while continuing to evolve as a bustling, modern-day retreat.

Marmaris sits on a marvellous natural harbour, one of the world’s largest, and even though the wonders of the once picturesque old part of town near to both the castle and harbour are less spectacular than in years gone by, the setting is still very beautiful. Time has not taken its toll on the vast majority of the town, however, and the Turkish culture is far from forgotten. The bazaars are full of souvenirs and budget-conscious novice hagglers, typical of what you would expect across most of the country. The harbour-side promenade has recently undergone considerable renovations and now boasts handsome modern buildings alongside the long-standing constructions. The coastline, which is indented and vast, sits 10 minutes from the town's bright lights and houses bays of azure sea backed by pine-covered mountains.

Turkey's largest and most modern yacht marina is situated in Marmaris town and is consequently the country's busiest yacht-charter port. The bar district and harbour area are hailed as two of the best places to drink in the region. Marmaris Castle and Museum is a hilltop sight to behold; built in 1522, the castle was used to capture Templar-held Rhodes and the museum now holds glassware, amphorae, coins and other finds. It is easy to lose yourself as you saunter along the castle walls and gaze down on the thriving marina below.

Marmaris accommodation ranges from budget-friendly hostels to extravagant hotels, while the food also caters to a wide range of taste and expenditure. The food is fresh and encompasses cuisine from the world over as well as everything Turkey has to offer your taste buds. Offshore, sailing and ferry cruises are the order of the day for many Marmaris travellers: If it's a trip over to Greece you are after, a jaunt to the island of Rhodes, or a thrilling catamaran ride, your needs can and will be catered for. Back on land, late nights are on the agenda if you fancy partying until dawn, or why not hire a car and drive around the beautiful yet rugged Resadiye and Hisarönü Peninsulas and find a romantic spot to admire the views. Diving is also a major attraction in Marmaris and those who indulge in some deep-sea action travel many miles to sample what the town's waters have to offer. Professional diving instructors adorn the coastline primed to impart their wisdom so there is always an opportunity to try something new.

From Jeep safari to Turkish baths; deep-sea adventure to quad bike rental; or fishing to white-water rafting, Marmaris is a town of versatility and not just a haven for the sun-worshipping, bargain-hunting youths on which the town's reputation has been built.


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