Top 5 Things to Do in Marmaris, Turkey

Top 5 Things to Do in Marmaris, Turkey

While Marmaris is renowned as the nightlife capital of Turkey’s Turquoise coast, it’s a resort with an awful lot more going for it than cocktails and clubs. Our featured travel writer Katie Belle discovered a whole new side to this bustling resort during her latest trip, combining coast with culture, shopping with historic sites.

 

1. Turkish Baths

Having made the mistake of going for a traditional Turkish Hammam on the last day of my holiday last time, and having most of my tan scrubbed off, this is my first stop this time round. It’s the ideal way to start your holiday because the experience involves your skin being deeply cleansed and exfoliated with a Turkish kese mitt before a massage with argan oil. Many of Marmaris’ hotels, including ours have their own Hammam, and there are also public Hammams including the Bedlibi Hammam on the outskirts of Marmaris, where Sunday afternoons are a delightfully quiet time to go. Smooth, clean, moisturised skin makes the perfect base for a sunkissed tan.

 

2. Walking Trails

We take advantage of our hotel’s location in the lush green pine forests on the outskirts of Marmaris to walk and picnic along the forest trails. For the more serious walking enthusiast, the Lycian Way, which opened in 1999, starts in nearby Oludeniz. Consisting of old footpaths and mule trails, it is marked with red and white stripes along the way. But, as it takes 25 days from start to finish, we put that on our bucket list for when we have more time, and are feeling fitter.

 

 

3. Historic Baths

Historical Baths of Marmais

Instead, we turn our attention to some of Marmaris’ historic attractions. The Iyilik Kayaliklari Archaeological Park, which thankfully for us has an easier to pronounce English name, the Rocks of Goodness, is just a little way east of Marmaris. It’s a fascinating site with ruins dating back to the 4th century BC, containing the remains of the ancient cities of Phykos and Amos.

There’s also a remarkably well preserved amphitheatre. It gets incredibly hot here during the height of the summer though, so we visit early in the morning before the mercury levels start to soar. While not quite so old, having been built a mere 500 years ago, Marmaris Castle is no less compelling. It’s the second time we’ve visited and, both times, sections have been closed due to archaeological excavations but the building itself, draped in bougainvillea, is lovely and the views out over the marina alone make the trip worthwhile.

 

4. Shopping

As far as my little girl is concerned no holiday is complete without a mother-daughter shopping day. Marmaris’ Grand Bazaar is a vast maze of stalls selling curios, spices, rugs and handicrafts. Overall, there are more than 1,000 small shops making up the bazaar, so we don’t get through them all, but we make a good attempt, leaving with colourful lanterns, scarves and leather handbags, along with ‘designer’ jeans. Just make sure your bartering skills are up to it – you should aim to pay less than half the original price cited by the stallholders.

 

 

5. Traditional Turkish Meze

Traditional Turkish Meze, Marmais

Meeting up with the rest of the family in the early evening, we head to the Ney restaurant, having spotted it earlier among the twisty streets surrounding the castle. It’s a tiny little restaurant, but big on atmosphere and flavours. Our final evening is spent tucking into a home-cooked meze with stuffed vine leaves and grilled aubergines, followed by moussaka, meatballs and Turkish ravioli. The steps up to the terrace were a steep climb, but worth it for the views and we watch the sun go down over the marina as we round off our meal, and our holiday, with traditional Turkish coffee.

 

Related Pages

 

Related Opportunities

Turkish Sailing

Channel your inner sailor as you explore the stunning Turquoise Coast on a traditional gullet for the ultimate week of relaxation. Swim, snorkel & discover hidden hideaways or just work on your tan on deck in-between delicious home cooked treats. Bliss.

Turkey & Greek Island Odyssey

Travel to the edge of Europe with this Turkish & Greecian adventure. 

Blue Lagoons

8 Days, Fethiye to Fethiye - come sail in Turkey and soak up the sun, sea and culture.

Turkey Explored

Enjoy all the sights, sounds and smells a tour of Turkey offers. Fascinating culture paired with stunning scenery make a tour of Turkey a truly unforgettable experience.

Online Turkish Language Courses

Discover the best way to learn Turkish with our course, and start learning today to get the most out of your next visit to Turkey.

Ultimate Turkey Adventure

Combining the best of western and eastern Turkey, this comprehensive adventure offers a sweeping view of this fascinating country.

Absolute Turkey Tour

If you are looking to travel and experience the best highlights Turkey has to offer join this 15 day absolute tour.

Sail Turkey - Bodrum to Fethiye

When it comes to beautiful coastlines and natural geographic wonders, it's hard to beat the Turkish Rivera. 

Turkey on a Budget Tour

Discover Turkey and join this exciting 15 day overland tour.

London to Beijing Adventure (17 weeks)

Join this epic journey, travelling Overland from London to Beijing.  Visiting 17 countries, we see Europe’s most iconic cities, where UNESCO sites await us and ancient trade routes once flourished.  

ANZAC Day Memorial Tour, Turkey

With symbolic links to the dawn landing at Gallipoli, stand in the morning breeze and pay respect to the fallen on ANZAC Day at a dawn vigil. 

European Explorer plus Greek island Cruising

The European Explorer is the ultimate holiday for those wanting to travel to all the major destinations and do it with a little luxury! Make your way through 17 countries in a little over a month.

Sailing Turkey - Fethiye to Bodrum

Discover tiny villages and secluded islands with deserted beaches, swim in clear turquoise waters, learn to sail a catamaran, hike through ancient ruins, marvel at the ancient rock tombs in Dalyan, sail into the ancient port of Bodrum

Northern Morocco on a Shoestring

Modern, ancient, bohemian, sophisticated – no matter how many superlatives you can think of, Northern Morocco surpasses them all

TEFL Certification Course in Istanbul, Turkey

A crossroads of civilizations and seat of empires, Istanbul is the economic, financial and educational center of Turkey. The training center is located in Kadikoy, an ancient, but trendy district on the Asian side of the Bosphorus.

London to Istanbul by Rail

Whether you’re looking for Europe’s most famous highlights or its undiscovered treasures, the answer lies aboard the trains running between London and Istanbul. 

Summer Childcare Jobs in Greece, Italy & Turkey

We have some great summer childcare jobs for fun-loving individuals at our stunning Beach Resorts.

London Explorer (4 nights)

Why come all the way to Europe and not spend some quality time in the English capital?

 

 

      

 

About  |  Disclaimer  |  Privacy Policy  |  Company A-Z  |  Advertise  |  Press  |  Contact

One World 365 © 2007 - 2017