Activities & Attractions
A versatile beach resort in beautiful surroundings
Holidays in Marmaris are often based around the bay, which fuses seamlessly with neighbouring Icmeler. And that’s totally understandable, as the main Unzunyali Beach is an inviting arc of dusky golden sand, complemented by the sweet-smelling pines that envelop your scenery with endless shades of deep green. It’s also impossible to understate how attractive the translucent turquoise seas are too.
Beyond the beach, Marmaris has a strong understanding of how to keep its visitors happy. The famous Bar Street has enough laser-drenched clubs and bars to rival the best nightlife in the whole of Turkey, and even the capital, Istanbul. Whilst things take a more sedate turn at Marmaris Marina, an upmarket area filled with boutiques and classy restaurants.
Family fun unfolds easily at the two waterparks conveniently located in the resort, while you’ll find that the friendly nature of local bar owners means children are always welcome at the open-air terraces that line the beach front.
But it’d be a mistake to miss out on the more traditional side of Marmaris too. Whether you have a skin-soothing scrub at the Turkish Baths, explore brilliant white caves or watch centuries-old dance routines amongst the brightly coloured village of Armutalan, an authentic vision of Turkey is never too far away.
“Take some time out to enjoy the lush, stunning scenery.”
Attractions for a true taste of Turkey
Marmaris may be one of the most popular places for holidays in Turkey, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have an authentic experience here! Seeing as you’ve travelled all that way to have your holidays in Marmaris, you may as well get involved with some very unique attractions.
The Dalyan Mud Baths are the perfect example of this point. A fun activity that makes the most of the natural surroundings, the mud baths are actually a short boat trip away in Dalyan. However, it’s such a popular attraction that excursions here are available every day from Marmaris. At first, you may think it’s a little mucky and smelly to dive into a pool of mud, but it’s actually great for your skin. Once you’ve enjoyed splashing around, you sit in the sun to dry it into a mud mask, then dive into the sea to rinse and finally sit in a soothing thermal sulphur bath. Your skin will have never felt so good, and it’ll help with your tan too!
And here’s another way to treat your skin – a visit to the Sultan Hamam Turkish Bath. The main centre for baths in Marmaris, Turkish Baths are renowned all over the world for their unique approach to washing, scrubbing and massaging. The process involves hot steam rooms, salt scrubs and cool showers, but be warned though – the massaging is powerful yet effective!
Conveniently, most of the boat trips to the Mud Baths represent excellent value as their journey will often take in the astounding Lycian Rock Tombs, the brilliant white Phosphorus Cave that sits upon iridescent turquoise waters, and views of the beautiful lush forestry at Paradise Island. Only viewable by boat, the remote location of the rock-cut tombs high upon the cliffs makes them all the more special. And considering they are over 2,500 years old the intricate stonework of the Lycian King’s temples carved into cliffs is incredibly impressive.
On the subject of wondrous ancient sights, the historic settlement of Pamukkale is around 120 miles from Marmaris near Denizli, but it’s also well worth making this excursion. It’s an awe-inspiring place where natural and man-made wonders combine, from the shimmering white mountains and the steps of cascading waterfall travertines to a huge Roman amphitheatre and the hot springs in the Bath of Hierapolis.
Closer to Marmaris, (within the resort in fact) a conveniently placed historical attraction is the Marmaris Castle. Built in 1522 by the Ottoman King Suleiman, the castle has been fully restored with lush green gardens and cobbled stone turrets that look out upon the glistening sea. Inside is just as attractive and features an interesting museum about the history of Marmaris.
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el like having some great family fun, there are two waterparks within Marmaris, Atlantis and Aquadream. Atlantis Waterpark is the more popular of the two, and it features nine different colourful slides, wave pools, mini-golf and ten-pin bowling. Whereas whilst it’s smaller, the main attraction of Aquadream is that it’s set amongst the sweet-smelling pine forests that are native to Marmaris.
“When visiting the Dalaman area, don't miss out on the boat trips.”
Many British restaurants and Turkish food to try
Consisting of such a great variety of exotic flavours and fragrant herbs, the Turkish are rightly proud of their cuisine and it’s all yours to try during your holidays in Marmaris. Top Turkish restaurants serve a range of authentic dishes, from garlicky fried aubergine to juicy köfte (meatballs). But if you really want to sample lots of the delights of the region, you’d be best off ordering meze. Served in around 10-15 dishes, meze is similar to tapas in that you get a choice of lots of small portions. Meze includes dips like humus (sesame and chickpea dip), kisir (bulgar wheat in tomato sauce) and dolma, such as vine leaves stuffed with spicy rice. As you can see, the Turkish cuisine incorporates a wide range of delicious ingredients!
But if you’re not feeling very adventurous, you’ll find that British tastes are more than catered for in Marmaris. The centre of the resort has plenty of bars and cafes serving all-day breakfasts, steak and chips and tasty meat pies. Many of these bars are run by friendly ex-pats, so you’ll get a friendly welcome and delicious homemade food all thrown in to the bargain. And for extra variety, you’ll find there are several great value restaurants serving British takeaway favourites like Chinese and Indian cuisine. The several all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet restaurants will ensure you get your fill of egg-fried rice, black bean beef and chicken curry without putting too big a hole in your pocket!
For a fancier dining experience, why not treat yourself to a meal at the Marmaris Marina. This fully functioning harbour attracts wealthy yacht owners and designer-clad fashionistas, and it’s a great place to people-watch as well as eat out at a glamorous restaurant. The seafood here is melt-in-the-mouth fresh, so be sure to try delicacies like stuffed mussels and fried squid.
Plus, with Marmaris being such a popular place for family holidays, here at Jet2holidays we offer a range of great value all-inclusive hotels. So whether you choose to stay at the Green Nature Resort & Spa, the Kaya Maris or Club Viva, you’ll have all your food and drinks taken care of. That’s one less thing to worry about on your holidays in Marmaris!
A massive choice of golden beaches
The closest beach to the centre of Marmaris, named Marmaris Folk Beach, is a thin strip of dusky golden sand. However, being the most central and convenient beach in Marmaris, it can get very busy in the summer months. But still, if you’re happy to enjoy the atmosphere of a bustling beach, you’ll appreciate the fact it has free entry and crystalline waters. Plus, we must mention the view – seeing the cluster of pine-covered hills rise and sink into the sea is simply stunning.
Adjoining Marmaris Folk Beach is the Uzunyali Beach, or Long Beach in English. And it’s not surprising the beach has been given this name as it stretches for almost 4 miles, all the way to the neighbouring resort of Icmeler. This beach is slightly wider too, so you should have ample space to find a sunbathing spot, even during the busy summer season. Long Beach is well supported by bars, cafes and restaurants right the way along its pedestrianised promenade, while out to sea there’s a choice of water sports too.
Seeing as Long Beach takes you all the way to Icmeler, you may want to consider bathing at Icmeler Beach instead. It’s a beautiful arc of fine golden sand, surrounded by intensely green hills of pine. The azure waters make taking a dip in the whirlpool-warm sea very inviting, whilst further out to sea Icmeler is a watersports hotspot, with parasailing, jet-skiing, doughnuts, banana boats and more available.
Venturing further afield, it will be well worth your while to make an excursion (either by car or by boat) to Cleopatra Island, 11 miles north of Marmaris. This lush green island has some beautiful beaches, with the principal attraction being Cleopatra Beach. Laze on the velvet-soft golden sands and you’ll see rocky headlands and radiant turquoise waters with an incredible backdrop of huge mountains in the distance. If you’re up for some exploration, the east of island also has a Roman amphitheatre and temple ruins. It seems they enjoyed being here as much as you will!
A great variety of nights out in different areas
With five different nightlife areas all close by, Marmaris gives you a great choice of ways to spend your evening. Each area has its own unique atmosphere, but if you’re after lively nights out, it’s likely you’ll want to head to Bar Street. This main road in Marmaris is crammed with bars and clubs, with nearly all of them open-air and spread across two levels. And when you discover the huge (1,300 capacity) Crazy Daisy nightclub with its powerful sound system and famous foam parties, you’ll understand why Bar Street is often claimed to have the best nightlife in Marmaris.
In contrast, the pretty Marmaris Marina at the coast is the best place to go for cool drinks and an even cooler atmosphere. This is where the rich yachting community like to spend their evenings, and the bars are a suitably trim collection of white seafront buildings and leafy courtyards. With palm trees lining the promenade, it’s certainly a sophisticated way to enjoy nightlife on your holidays in Marmaris.
Families may instead prefer to enjoy the warm, balmy evenings of Marmaris at Uzunyali Beachfront. This area is literally lined with bars and restaurants from start to finish, all the way to Icmeler. Children are welcomed here and the terraces overlooking the glossy sea and rolling pine hills make for a wonderful view while you sip your drinks.
Of course, you could always continue your evening stroll right into Icmeler, giving you yet more options. Icmeler has several cabarets and bars offering lively entertainment for just the price of your drink, while there are also some foam party clubs here too.
To experience the vibrant Turkish culture, a venture into the traditional town of Armutalan is well worth the effort. A vibrant village of pastel yellow and orange houses, Armutalan merges with Marmaris a few kilometres inland. Wander its narrow streets overflowing with greenery and bright purple bougainvillea and soak up its relaxed way of life. You’ll also have the opportunity to see a Turkish Dance show, where belly-dancers dressed in crimson and gold shake rhythmically to the drum beat.