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Nestled amongst the peaks of two pine-covered mountains, it’s fair to say that Marmaris is placed in an idyllic location. Perhaps that’s why holidays here are proving ever more popular. Spread across four distinct districts, Marmaris offers everything a modern holidaymaker would expect whilst still retaining an evocative hint of warm Turkish culture.

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.

But if you just feel 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.”

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