Marmaris travel guide

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You're Going to Love Marmaris

The bustling town of Marmaris is one of the most popular resorts on Turkey's 'Turquoise Coast'. It's a great choice for party lovers, sun worshippers and history buffs who adore its prime location, its unique attractions and its 'anything goes' atmosphere.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Marmaris

1. It's Party Central

During the summer season, Marmaris is filled with fun-loving tourists who want to soak up the sun by day and dance until dawn in the many bars, clubs and music venues on the appropriately named Bar Street.

2. It's on the Turquoise Coast

Marmaris enjoys a truly great location on the stunning Turquoise Coast. Fine, sandy beaches; clear, turquoise waters; and more water sports than you'll have time to try.

3. It's the Ideal Base for Excursions

There's so much to see in south-eastern Turkey. Visit the ancient rock tombs at Caunos, take a boat trip on the Dalyan River or see how conservationists work with endangered turtles at Iztuzu Beach.

4. The Turkish Baths

Enjoy a traditional Turkish steam bath and massage at local establishments like Ottoman Turkish Bath or Armutalan Turkish Bath. Alternatively, visit the magnificent terraced hot springs at Pamukkale.

5. It's a Family Destination Too

Beautiful scenery, great beaches and kid-friendly attractions like Marmaris Water Park and Marmaris Aqua Park make the resort a great choice for family vacations.

What to do in Marmaris

1. Marmaris Kalesi: A Castle Fit for a King

Situated in the heart of Mugla province in Turkey, Marmaris Castle, or Marmaris Kalesi, is a majestic 16th-century castle and is one of the few castle museums in Turkey. Marmaris Kalesi is estimated to be approximately 5000 years old, and being there is like being transported back in time. Throughout the years, it has undergone a series of reconstructions, including one by Süleyman the Magnificent during his expedition against Rhodes. The castle was established as a historic structure in 1983 and officially opened the public in 1991. When visiting this castle, be sure to come prepared with a camera in order to capture the breathtaking views of the Marmaris Bay.

2. Atlantis Waterpark Marmaris: Splash and Swim

Located in a beautiful natural environment, Marmaris Water Park is the ultimate tourist summer getaway. Otherwise known as Aqua Dream Water Park, it is situated next to the Migros supermarket within the Armutalan district, Marmaris. Engage in the plethora of activities and splendid water attractions, such as the Rafting Slide, Body Slide, Black Hole, a wave pool, the Kamikaze Slide, and the impressive Aqua Tower. When you need a break, stop by the restaurant and bar for good eats and spectacular views. With so much to offer, Marmaris Water Park is sure to give adults and children alike the time of their lives.

3. Marmaris Museum: A View to Remember

At the heart of Marmaris overlooking the sea, you'll find the Marmaris Muzesi museum. It was built by Caliph Suleiman in 928 AH and features figurines, pottery, and other archaeological relics from the country's long and fascinating history. But the museum's treasures are just one reason to visit the museum, as it offers spectacular views. Enjoy the beautiful lookout from the ramparts, where you'll witness clusters of hills that stretch out toward the horizon.

4. Dans Eden Fiskiyeler: Dance the Night Away

The Dancing Fountains are located at the heart of Marmaris' town center. Through the years it has gained popularity with kids and parents alike, making it a tourist magnet. This bustling public square turns into a fantastic spectacle at night, when at around half past eight the fountains light up, followed by music and performances. Enjoy entertaining shows or relax in one of the many restaurants nearby as you marvel at the spectacular, glistening fountain.

5. Atatürk Heykeli: A Salute To Tukey's Founder

This monumental statue is located at the town center and is surrounded by Turkish flags. It was erected to honor Turkey's first President Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who is recognized as the founder of modern-day Turkey. To the casual tourist, this site does not offer too much in terms of activities, but the statue serves as an brilliant monument to Turkey's fascinating history. Plus, the location is ripe with excellent photo ops! Roam the surrounding areas of the Ataturk Statue and take a relaxing boat trip, with vessels stopping regularly at the nearby docks.

1. Marmaris Kalesi: A Castle Fit for a King

Situated in the heart of Mugla province in Turkey, Marmaris Castle, or Marmaris Kalesi, is a majestic 16th-century castle and is one of the few castle museums in Turkey. Marmaris Kalesi is estimated to be approximately 5000 years old, and being there is like being transported back in time. Throughout the years, it has undergone a series of reconstructions, including one by Süleyman the Magnificent during his expedition against Rhodes. The castle was established as a historic structure in 1983 and officially opened the public in 1991. When visiting this castle, be sure to come prepared with a camera in order to capture the breathtaking views of the Marmaris Bay.

2. Atlantis Waterpark Marmaris: Splash and Swim

Located in a beautiful natural environment, Marmaris Water Park is the ultimate tourist summer getaway. Otherwise known as Aqua Dream Water Park, it is situated next to the Migros supermarket within the Armutalan district, Marmaris. Engage in the plethora of activities and splendid water attractions, such as the Rafting Slide, Body Slide, Black Hole, a wave pool, the Kamikaze Slide, and the impressive Aqua Tower. When you need a break, stop by the restaurant and bar for good eats and spectacular views. With so much to offer, Marmaris Water Park is sure to give adults and children alike the time of their lives.

3. Marmaris Museum: A View to Remember

At the heart of Marmaris overlooking the sea, you'll find the Marmaris Muzesi museum. It was built by Caliph Suleiman in 928 AH and features figurines, pottery, and other archaeological relics from the country's long and fascinating history. But the museum's treasures are just one reason to visit the museum, as it offers spectacular views. Enjoy the beautiful lookout from the ramparts, where you'll witness clusters of hills that stretch out toward the horizon.

4. Dans Eden Fiskiyeler: Dance the Night Away

The Dancing Fountains are located at the heart of Marmaris' town center. Through the years it has gained popularity with kids and parents alike, making it a tourist magnet. This bustling public square turns into a fantastic spectacle at night, when at around half past eight the fountains light up, followed by music and performances. Enjoy entertaining shows or relax in one of the many restaurants nearby as you marvel at the spectacular, glistening fountain.

5. Atatürk Heykeli: A Salute To Tukey's Founder

This monumental statue is located at the town center and is surrounded by Turkish flags. It was erected to honor Turkey's first President Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who is recognized as the founder of modern-day Turkey. To the casual tourist, this site does not offer too much in terms of activities, but the statue serves as an brilliant monument to Turkey's fascinating history. Plus, the location is ripe with excellent photo ops! Roam the surrounding areas of the Ataturk Statue and take a relaxing boat trip, with vessels stopping regularly at the nearby docks.

Top activities & attractions in Marmaris

Where to Eat in Marmaris

Try delicious Turkish kebabs or seafood dishes at Kircicegi or visit the Steak House for family favorites. Dinner for two with wine in an upscale restaurant costs TL60.00 while an inexpensive lunch is just TL15.00. Be sure to end your meal with locally made Turkish Delight.

When to visit Marmaris

Marmaris in March
Estimated hotel price
£9
1 night at 3-star hotel
Marmaris in March
Estimated hotel price
£9
1 night at 3-star hotel

Most people consider the period from May to September as the ideal time to visit Marmaris. Marmaris is very busy from July to August so choose early or late in the season for slightly cooler days and less crowded beaches.

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How to Get to Marmaris

Plane

The closest international airport is at Dalaman. Take a shuttle bus from the airport to Marmaris for TL25.

Train

There are no trains to Marmaris at present. The closest railway station is at Aydin for those traveling from Izmir.

Car

Turkey has good roads and the 502 mile drive from Istanbul to Marmaris via the E881 toll road takes 8 to 9 hours.

Bus

If you're flying to Istanbul initially, you can travel on to Marmaris by bus for just TL75.

Airports near Marmaris

Airlines serving Marmaris

Lufthansa
Good (1,371 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (1,075 reviews)
British Airways
Good (937 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (357 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (930 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (662 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (196 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (1,165 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (305 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Good (155 reviews)
LOT
Good (257 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (36 reviews)
easyJet
Good (338 reviews)
Pegasus Airlines
Good (172 reviews)
Royal Air Maroc
Good (89 reviews)
Oman Air
Good (2 reviews)
Air Serbia
Good (30 reviews)
Royal Jordanian
Good (118 reviews)
Kuwait Airways
Good (31 reviews)
Transavia France
Good (63 reviews)
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Where to stay in Marmaris

Try D-Resort Grand Azur Marmaris or Grand Pasa Hotel for 5-star luxury or opt for affordable mid-range hotels like Hotel Ideal Premium or Hotel Ideal Pearl.

Popular neighbourhoods in Marmaris

Old Town - the Old Town is one of the most beautiful parts of the city. Explore the narrow, hilly streets around Marmaris Castle or visit the Eski İbrahim Ağa Cami mosque.

The Marina - the Marina district is the resort's most upscale neighborhood. Spot luxury yachts or take a boat trip along the coast.

Central Marmaris - central Marmaris is a bustling area of shopping streets like Ulusal Egemenlik Bulvarı and the city's main square, Mayıs Gençlik Meydanı. Be sure to see the Ataturk Statue.

Most popular hotel in Marmaris by neighbourhood

Where to stay in popular areas of Marmaris

Most booked hotels in Marmaris

D Maris Bay
Excellent (9.2, Excellent reviews)
£383+
Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort & Spa
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
£215+
Labranda Mares Marmaris Hotel
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
£63+
Blue Bay Platinum
Good (7.6, Good reviews)
£76+
Doruk Hotel and Suites
Excellent (9.3, Excellent reviews)
£34+
Green Nature Diamond Hotel
Good (7.6, Good reviews)
£129+
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How to Get Around Marmaris

Public Transportation

The easiest way to get around is by dolmus. These 11-seater minibuses cover the city and the neighboring resort of Icmeler. It costs just TL1.50 for a single journey in Marmaris or TL2.50 from Marmaris to Icmeler.

Taxi

Taxi is considered an expensive option. Metered taxis charge TL4.00 to start plus TL3.50 for each additional 0.6 of a mile (kilometer).

Car

Rent a car locally or at Dalaman Airport and plan outings to Fethiye or Pamukkale. You'll be able to explore the turquoise coast region at your leisure for as little as TL115 per day.

The Cost of Living in Marmaris

Shopping Streets

Visit the Blue Port shopping mall for branded clothing and accessories or try the Thursday market in Marmaris for leather goods and souvenirs. Be prepared to haggle, as vendors often start with a price that's much higher than the one they'll accept.

Groceries and Other

Shop for essentials like groceries and toiletries in local supermarkets. Popular stores include Midi Tansas and Migros Jet and you'll pay TL2.75 for a quart of milk and TL5.00 for 12 large eggs.

Cheap meal
£3.48
A pair of jeans
£32.46
Single public transport ticket
£0.58
Cappuccino
£1.58