Marmaris Travel Guide
Overview One of the larger holiday resorts, Marmaris is probably the most
European of the Turkish resort towns on the Mediterranean coast and
is a bustling cosmopolitan tourist centre in the summer months.
Marmaris also marks the start of the Turquoise Coast along the
Mediterranean Sea. Built around an extensive natural bay at the
foot of forested mountain slopes, the town is the best base for
some of the finest sailing in the Mediterranean. Its modern marina
caters for private yachts and holiday cruise business. According to
legend, the town got its name when, not finding the castle he had
commissioned on the hill to his liking, Suleyman the Magnificent
muttered 'mimari as' ('hang the architect').
Marmaris © Annahme der Existenz
Shopping To enjoy shopping in Marmaris, holiday visitors need to be clued
up and prepared. Vendors can be annoying, particularly in the
bazaars, while there are a large number of fake designer goods on
sale and many counterfeit products are of surprisingly good
quality. Prices are low and haggling is expected, except in the
larger stores. It's possible to knock about 30 percent off the
asking price. Bearing all this in mind, Marmaris can be a shopper's
delight, particularly for items like leather, ceramics, jewellery,
and carpets. Best value goods are to be found in the Carsi Market
in the Ottoman Castle, where 200-odd shops and a flea market are
open seven days a week. The Thursday market is a colourful
experience where locals sell fruit, vegetables, fabric, and
clothing. Netsel Marina is a good place to find original designer
clothing. 'Caam Ball' is a locally-produced pine-scented honey and
is a popular souvenir. Duty free goods are also on offer.
Restaurants Whether you want to go international, or try local fare at a
lokanta (Turkish restaurant), Marmaris' hundreds of dining
establishments will have something to suit any holidaymakers'
appetite and any pocket. You'll find fish 'n chips, good Chinese,
satisfying German, or the ubiquitous Italian. Visitors should not
balk at sampling Turkish cuisine, particularly, popular doner
kebabs and seafood meze platters.
Nightlife Marmaris' wild nights are centred on Bar Street around the
waterfront, packed with nearly one hundred nightclubs and bars that
rock until about 4am, attracting hundreds of holidaymakers.
Although the atmosphere is fun, be aware that the price of drinks
in Bar Street is significantly higher than other parts of town.
Many restaurants stay open all night to cater for early morning
Activities Holidaymakers who prefer to spend their beach time being active
will be spoilt for choice at Marmaris where dozens of watersports
operators service the sea front, offering everything from banana
boat rides and paragliding, to jet-skiing and scuba diving, all at
very reasonable prices (which can usually be bargained down even
more). The local Atlantis waterpark is a must for families. Those
who want to sightsee or explore can choose from a variety of
excursions, including guided horse safaris through the countryside
or jeep safaris to visit nearby country villages, with visits to
verdant untouched forests where crystal waterfalls beckon one to
have a dip. The ancient site of Ephesus and the spring waters of
Pamukkale are also popular outings, as are a variety of boat trips,
including the nearby Greek island of Rhodes.
Negatives Touts for everything from restaurants to excursions and souvenir
stalls can be annoying in Marmaris. Many have also reported on
various tourist rip-offs, and visitors should be alert. The summer
months can be incredibly crowded, swelling the town population from
around 28,000 to nearly 250,000.