Icmeler Travel Guide
Icmeler at night © Yulia Savenkov
Set on the southeast coast of Turkey where the Aegean
Sea meets the Mediterranean, the purpose-built beach resort of
Icmeler has a distinctly European flavour. Luxury yachts bob in the
bay while a cosmopolitan crowd of holidaymakers sipping cocktails
at the seafront bars.
Icmeler's package holiday aura is tempered by its
scenic setting, with steep hills clad in pine forests plunging into
the turquoise waters all around the town. Unlike its close
neighbour of Marmaris just a few miles south, Icmeler has a relaxed
village atmosphere, while lacking none of the modern amenities.
The resort is scrupulously clean and well maintained,
from its regularly raked shingly sand beaches to its litter-free
promenade. The town is also resplendent with well-kept gardens,
which soften the lines of the dozens of hotel and apartment
Shopping Icmeler does have a central shopping mall, which is adequate for
acquiring essentials and holidaymakers can have a pleasant browse
for souvenirs. For more local flavour, there is a market on
Wednesdays where bargain hunters and hagglers can test their
skills. Serious shoppers, though, would be better advised to take a
short dolmus ride into nearby Marmaris where it is
possible to shop for hours, especially in the fascinating covered
bazaar of the old town.
Restaurants Icmeler is well-supplied with restaurants of all sorts, but most
holidaymakers particularly enjoy local specialities like
guvec, a clay-pot casserole, or tasty kebabs, washed down
with some Turkish wine or raki, the traditional aniseed
spirit. Good choice for Turkish cuisine is the Turkish House in
Turunc Road where the food is served up to the tune of traditional
music. For good steaks a favourite is the Love Boat at the Devamli
Hotel. For variety the menu at the Majestic Restaurant is a mix of
Chinese, Indian, and Italian. On Sundays, the Kingsland Chinese
Restaurant above the undercover market surprisingly serves up a top
Nightlife Icmeler is not a clubbing holiday resort but there are plenty of
pubs, which keep hopping with a lively atmosphere until the wee
hours. The nightlife may be low key, but those who want something
more frenetic have only to grab a dolmus and ride a short
distance to Marmaris, where the pace is hotter. Icmeler's only true
nightclub Abone, provides for those who enjoy a dance, while some
of the bars have discos, karaoke, and live shows. Like many
resorts, the more popular bars are clustered by the beachfront.
Activities Having a magnificent beach, Icmeler is primarily a sun, sea, and
sand holiday destination, with a wide variety of watersports on
offer at the resort hotels and along the sea front, including
sailing, scuba diving, and waterskiing.
Those who feel inclined to make excursions will find plenty to
be of interest. Favourites are boat trips to Cleopatra's Isle, the
waterfalls of Pamukkale with their therapeutic spring waters, and
the archaeological site of Ephesus.
Negatives The beach in Icemeler is shingle and travellers should be aware
of this before booking their holiday.