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The bustling town of Marmaris is one of the most popular resorts on Turkey's 'Turquoise Coast'. It's a great choice for party lovers, sun worshippers and history buffs who adore its prime location, its unique attractions and its 'anything goes' atmosphere.
During the summer season, Marmaris is filled with fun-loving tourists who want to soak up the sun by day and dance until dawn in the many bars, clubs and music venues on the appropriately named Bar Street.
Marmaris enjoys a truly great location on the stunning Turquoise Coast. Fine, sandy beaches; clear, turquoise waters; and more water sports than you'll have time to try.
There's so much to see in south-eastern Turkey. Visit the ancient rock tombs at Caunos, take a boat trip on the Dalyan River or see how conservationists work with endangered turtles at Iztuzu Beach.
Enjoy a traditional Turkish steam bath and massage at local establishments like Ottoman Turkish Bath or Armutalan Turkish Bath. Alternatively, visit the magnificent terraced hot springs at Pamukkale.
Beautiful scenery, great beaches and kid-friendly attractions like Marmaris Water Park and Marmaris Aqua Park make the resort a great choice for family vacations.
Most people consider the period from May to September as the ideal time to visit Marmaris. Marmaris is very busy from July to August so choose early or late in the season for slightly cooler days and less crowded beaches.
The closest international airport is at Dalaman. Take a shuttle bus from the airport to Marmaris for TL25.
There are no trains to Marmaris at present. The closest railway station is at Aydin for those traveling from Izmir.
Turkey has good roads and the 502 mile drive from Istanbul to Marmaris via the E881 toll road takes 8 to 9 hours.
If you're flying to Istanbul initially, you can travel on to Marmaris by bus for just TL75.
Try D-Resort Grand Azur Marmaris or Grand Pasa Hotel for 5-star luxury or opt for affordable mid-range hotels like Hotel Ideal Premium or Hotel Ideal Pearl.
Old Town - the Old Town is one of the most beautiful parts of the city. Explore the narrow, hilly streets around Marmaris Castle or visit the Eski İbrahim Ağa Cami mosque.
The Marina - the Marina district is the resort's most upscale neighborhood. Spot luxury yachts or take a boat trip along the coast.
Central Marmaris - central Marmaris is a bustling area of shopping streets like Ulusal Egemenlik Bulvarı and the city's main square, Mayıs Gençlik Meydanı. Be sure to see the Ataturk Statue.
The easiest way to get around is by dolmus. These 11-seater minibuses cover the city and the neighboring resort of Icmeler. It costs just TL1.50 for a single journey in Marmaris or TL2.50 from Marmaris to Icmeler.
Taxi is considered an expensive option. Metered taxis charge TL4.00 to start plus TL3.50 for each additional 0.6 of a mile (kilometer).
Rent a car locally or at Dalaman Airport and plan outings to Fethiye or Pamukkale. You'll be able to explore the turquoise coast region at your leisure for as little as TL115 per day.
Visit the Blue Port shopping mall for branded clothing and accessories or try the Thursday market in Marmaris for leather goods and souvenirs. Be prepared to haggle, as vendors often start with a price that's much higher than the one they'll accept.
Shop for essentials like groceries and toiletries in local supermarkets. Popular stores include Midi Tansas and Migros Jet and you'll pay TL2.75 for a quart of milk and TL5.00 for 12 large eggs.
Try delicious Turkish kebabs or seafood dishes at Kircicegi or visit the Steak House for family favorites. Dinner for two with wine in an upscale restaurant costs TL60.00 while an inexpensive lunch is just TL15.00. Be sure to end your meal with locally made Turkish Delight.