Marmaris is a gem situated in the Mediterranean coast of South West Turkey. Marmaris served as a fishing town till the 1980s and only after that did it become a tourist hotspot. The city of Marmaris is bounded by scenic mountains on one side and the mighty Mediterranean Sea on the other side. The city has a population of about 50,000 but during peak tourist season, the population rises to a whopping 400,000. Being on the seaside, Marmaris hosts many international Yacht festivals throughout the year. The city is a centre for sailing and diving and consists of many small marinas. Its primary income is through tourism and hence there are many things to do in Marmaris as a tourist.
The Grand Bazaar is a humungous collections of stall, restaurants and bars. Its covered walkways provide you with apt shelter from the elements. There are many hidden gems of the city located in this Bazaar which should be explored by tourists to get mesmerised by the beauty of the city.
This majestic structure was made by the Ottoman Turks back in the 16th century, the walls still adorn the city with pride. The Castle has been undergoing many renovations since the 1980s. The castle now serves as a museum which consists of seven galleries. The entire area is covered with wonderful flowers at any time of the year and is Marmaris’ priced monument. The castle is only open from 8AM to 12PM from Tuesday to Sunday every week. Exploring the place requires an entrance ticket which costs $2. Visiting the castle is one of the most important things to do in Marmaris as a tourist.
Hamam is an old Turkish traditional bath. The bath cleanses your body clean and makes you feel rejuvenated. These baths are conducted in dome shaped structures called Gobek Tasi which is essentially like a sauna. All the
flooring is marble and there will be attendants waiting for you to give you a nice body rub.
Dalyan is an hour away from Marmaris but there are regular boat rides to and fro. The Lycian tombs in Dalyan are cut into the sheer cliffs of the mountains and is a great monument to see during the boat ride. The city is also good for sunbathing.
This landmark is four hours away from Marmaris city and has a spring which is surrounded by calcium deposits. The calcium deposits look like icebergs and you feel instantly transported to Antarctica!
Datca and Knidos:
These are two historic hill top cities in Marmaris and can be accessed by a short road trip. It houses and ancient theatre and the roads to this destination contains breath-taking sceneries.
Apart from the listed places these are safaris which provide an insight to Turkish lifestyle and a belly dance show. Apart from an aqua park, scuba diving packages and quadbike safaris in Marmaris is also a good way to spend your vacation.