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Marmaris (Turkey)

Practical information on Marmaris

  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Port
  • Water Sports
  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Festivals
  • Archaeological Site
  • Museums
  • Castle and fortress
2 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
120 km by road from Fethiye
When to go
From May to October
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Marmaris

Timothée D. Seasoned Traveller
564 written opinions

A hideous seaside town in a lovely setting overflowing with western tourists in party mode - that's my opinion of Marmaris, should you want to go there.

My suggestion:
Unless your aim is to spend a few days living a completely non-Turkish life, my advice is don't go to Marmaris.
My review
A seaside town that is not completely devoid of charm, with a small port that is still (a bit) traditional, and an old fortress which overlooks the town, Marmaris has suffered the same fate as a lot of towns on the Turkish Mediterranean coast - the development of massive hotel complexes to house hordes of western tourists on all inclusive holidays of swimming pools, beaches and nightclubs.
Wonderful Mediterranean countryside near Marmaris
Gaëtan MOLENE Seasoned Traveller
60 written opinions

Located opposite the Rhodes Island, Marmaris remains a picturesque port for arriving in Turkey.

My suggestion:
Now a popular destination among tourists, visiting Marmaris out of season is much more peaceful.
My review

Marmaris was the gateway to my trip to Turkey. I arrived by ferry from Rhodes. Before noticing the town, the smell of pines, the sonorities and the warmth of Turkish tea transported me to another continent.

I envisaged Marmaris as a stop-off town to prepare for the famous hike of the Lycian coast and was pleasantly surprised by the old port's peaceful, welcoming atmosphere. Small cafés, tiny lanes which lead to bazaar stores where you can find heaps of treasures. But it's the leisurely stroll along the sea with a magnificent view of the Marmaris bay that really touched me.

Charmed by the atmosphere, I decided to stay a day to visit the "Kale Müzesi" Fortress Museum and I skipped to Kaunos to see Lycian tombs for the very first time.

Seafront and "Kale Müzesi" Fortress
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