Quick Guide to Marmaris
The holiday resort of Marmaris has been gaining more and more popularity over the last few years and we don't see this changing in 2018/2019. This Turkish Mediterranean resort offers an intoxicating combination of warm weather, historic sites, beautiful surroundings, great nightlife and a ready supply of cheap Marmaris holiday deals. Combine all these factors, and this resort seems unstoppable!
In addition to all of this, Marmaris is also a centre for diving and sailing, so it's the place to be if you want to get out on the open water, or see what lies beneath the surface. Cheap holidays to Marmaris could be just the ticket for your next trip.
With up to 14 hours of sunshine a day in the sunniest months, cheap holidays to Marmaris will certainly get you to the beach, enjoying the sun, the sand and the warm seas, without putting too much pressure on your budget. That's why Turkey holidays are a regular in our weekly Top 20 Deals too.
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Top 5 Things to do off the Beach in Marmaris
If you can drag yourself away from the wonderfully long beach on your holiday in Marmaris then you will find a range of other things to do as well.
- Atlantis Water Park
- The Atlantis Water Park is probably the most popular attraction in the resort, offering plenty of thrill rides as well as some more sedate offerings, making it a great place for families as well as groups of friends and couples.
- For many, Marmaris holidays are an ideal opportunity for some sailing, with a choice of charter and day rental, as well as boats offering a whole range of day trips - whether that's to nearby islands, or aimed at all day drinking! There are also some exhilarating water sports on offer if you need more thrills.
- Marmaris harbour
- Stroll down the harbour and explore the authentic wooden-hulled yachts, sail boats and traditional fishing boats. They stand in contrast to the yachts worth millions nearby.
- If you like walking, take a trip all the way along the sea front and beyond to Icmeler which is the neighbouring beach, offering quiet stretches of sand and a different range of beachfront, cafes, and bars.
- Ancient Castle
- Marmaris is overlooked by an ancient castle, which is home to a small museum. Head inside and learn about the local history, with seven galleries featuring nautical, archaeology and ethnography exhibits and a small art gallery. And the views over the town are pretty fantastic.
Why Book a Holiday to Marmaris?
With such stunning surroundings, a picturesque coastline, a refreshing landscape of pine-covered hills, intriguing bays, inlets and sandy beaches, it's no wonder why Marmaris is incredibly popular. So popular it can attract 400,000 people during peak season. That means it's a great destination if you like a lively resort with a choice of bars and eateries. With a wealth of other attractions, such as marinas and ancient cities, Marmaris is quite rightly one of the best places to go in Turkey. Not to mention, it is also often among the most affordable holiday destinations in Turkey!
How to get to Marmaris
All Marmaris holidays will start with a flight into Dalaman Airport, which is the nearest to this popular destination. Opt for direct flights from the UK, which take around four hours - travelling times on indirect flights vastly outweigh any small savings in price.
Look for package holidays to Marmaris if you want to keep things nice and simple or if you're lucky you might find a last minute deal, to help keep things cheap. The airport is around a 90-minute drive from the resort, so the easiest way to arrange this is to book a holiday with transfers included, even if you have to pay a little extra. It's also worth checking if your hotel offers this service if you're booking your flights and accommodation separately. There are also dedicated shuttle bus services that you can book online or catch once you arrive, and of course, if you're planning on touring the area a little you could also look into renting a car from Dalaman Airport.
Taxis are also available, although they will be significantly more expensive. Whichever option you choose, you should find getting to Marmaris and starting your holiday relatively simple!
How to Travel Around Marmaris
If you're staying in Marmaris centre, most of the resort is walking distance. But if you're a bit further out you might find minibuses, known as dolmuses in Turkish, a good option if you want to get to the beach quickly and cheaply. You'll spot these 11-seater buses frequently on the main roads of Marmaris. You can just hail them on the side of the road, and they will stop wherever you need to go on their route.
Alternatively you can hail a taxi. In Marmaris taxis are yellow, and they use meters. If you want something a bit different you could also catch a taxi boat between Marmaris and nearby destinations like Icmeler and Turunc.
Where to stay in Marmaris
Marmaris seems almost entirely made out of hotels once you get away from the Old Town, so finding somewhere to stay will not be difficult. The beach is long, meaning there are a huge number of beachfront hotels too, although you can save money by picking a hotel just back from the seafront.
There are more hotels popping up on the outskirts of Marmaris too, offering more space and a chance of peace and quiet amongst the mountains, rather than in the hustle and bustle of the resorts. Many of these are skewed towards luxury Marmaris holidays, although the prices remain very reasonable.
If you're after a family holiday in Marmaris then look towards the more southerly end of the beach, which tends to be quieter. The Strip is located by the Old Town and the Marina, which are at the northerly end of the beach, so look to stay closer to here if you're planning on partying the nights away.
Most hotels offer all inclusive holiday packages in Marmaris, although there are an increasing number of self catering places available, too. You will also be able to find a range of restaurants and bars close to your hotel, wherever you stay.
When to go to Marmaris
There is no best time to book a holiday to Marmaris. The Mediterranean climate equals mild winters and long, hot summers. July and August are when the tourist season - and the heat- is at its peak. The average temperature is 28°C at this time, so pack your suncream! This is also the most expensive time of year to visit, so if you're hoping to get the most bang for your buck, but with sunshine still included, try visiting in the shoulder months of May and June or September and October. Winters do get cooler, and a lot of tourist facilities shut down, so avoid during this time if you want the full Marmaris resort experience!
Things to do for couples in Marmaris
Maramaris' Old Town is fantastic to explore together. The atmospheric lanes feel so distant to the flashy yacht-filled marina. This part of town is where you'll find Marmaris Castle and Museum. Head inside for a glimpse into this region's long history, including a look at artefacts recovered from nearby archaeological sites.
Things to do for Families in Marmaris
Filled to the brim with hotels, Marmaris is a wonderful holiday getaway for families. With sun, sea and sand - what more could your little ones want? Once you arrive, you will be impressed with its glorious beaches just waiting to be discovered. There is a well-known Aqua Dream Water Park too, which will be your little one's dream getaway! Filled with water slides, bumper boats and a zipping kamikaze ride, this is fabulous entertainment for your kids. Some families choose to stay in neighbouring Icmeler, which boasts the same beautiful beach as Marmaris, but is a bit calmer and more family friendly.
Food and Drink in Marmaris
The cuisine in Marmaris consists of light healthy food due to its blazing heat. Being a coastal town, seafood is always popular too. Other common ingredients for Turkish food include lamb, aubergines and chickpeas. Food is delicately spiced with flavours such as cumin, paprika, thyme and mint. Popular dishes include kuzu güveç (lamb casserole), olive oil-drizzled lamb kebabs and köfte (spiced meatballs) to name just a few.
Vegetarian cuisine is popular here with firm favourites such as hummus and dolma (vine leaves, peppers, pumpkin or aubergines stuffed with rice and/or meat).
Local beer is served all over Marmaris, the most famous brand is called Efes. The usual imported beers are available along with wine, although these can be pricey. Ayran is a yogurt-based drink and very traditionally Turkish and very refreshing. When in Rome!