LCY → DLM
Up to 3 months
Icmeler’s setting on the southwest coast of Turkey is first-rate. It is in a curving bay that is surrounded by pine-clad mountains. The resort has a canal that bisects it and is complemented by a traditional old village. The resort may be purpose-built, but there is a host of cafes and restaurants that serve up authentic cuisine. As for location, it is close to the larger and more energetic Marmaris.
Icmeler has a large shingle and sand beach which circles around the whole bay. Eucalyptus and palm trees provide loads of shade, while the promenade – which runs the full distance to Marmaris – is packed with shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. The full range of watersport is on offer on Icmeler holidays too – banana boats, pedalos, paragliding, jet-skis, and it is an ideal destination for snorkelling and diving.
Exploring on foot is when you really see Icmeler come into its’ own. A 15 minute walk from the centre gets you to the old village, while taking an evening stroll on the beach presents you with a sunset view of Keci Adasi, the island in the bay. Head up into the hills for the scent of the jasmine, pine and eucalyptus that grow wild there.
Temperature: From May, the temperature regularly hits 25 degrees Celsius climbing to an average peak of 28 degrees Celsius at the peak of summer.
Best time for holidays to Icmeler: The months of April and May in spring offer the best beach weather.
Icmeler has very long and very hot summers, with gloriously warm sea temperatures. The summer kicks off as early as May and continues through to October, with temperatures hitting the low 30s degrees Celsius in July and August.
A sunny day spent at the fantastic Atlantis Waterpark, is perfect for families. It is packed with water slides and also offers bowling and mini golf.
Icmeler’s golden beaches are surrounded by palm trees, and they all feature the beautifully warm water typical of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast.
Icmeler is renowned for its busting markets, which are an ideal place to pick up locally made souvenirs and gifts from your holidays to Icmeler.
A 10 minute ride on a dolmus bus gets you to Marmaris. This resort is packed with cafes, restaurants and bars but there is also an Ottoman castle to discover and a marina that is ideal for waterfront dining. From here, a high-speed catamaran will whip you to the Greek island of Rhodes in less than an hour. Rhodes has two millennia of history to be uncovered. You will, however, need your passport.
Icmeler’s curving bay is lined with green palms and eucalyptus trees, with a mix of golden-coloured sand and shingle running down to the blue, warm water. The beach has plenty of umbrellas and sun-loungers and a sun-soaked promenade that stretches along the coast to Marmaris, it is brimming with great beachfront cafes and restaurants. Popular beach activities include on holidays to Icmeler jet skiing, banana boating and pedal boating. The clear water is also very popular for snorkelling and scuba diving.
Test out your bargaining skills at the lively market that takes place every Wednesday on Icmeler holidays, it is a favourite with the locals for its busy atmosphere, wide variety of fresh local produce and hand-made goods. There are many more places for a spot of shopping on the promenade. The nightlife is a little quieter than lively Marmaris, but there is still a first-class range of bars that buzz after sunset, and they are complemented by a wide variety of eateries including Indian, BBQ and Italian. To sample authentic Turkish cuisine, Icmeler’s best place is the waterfront, where you can indulge in mezes or kofte.
About a 20 minute drive away is Marmaris’ Atlantis Waterpark, a fantastic family attraction. The park features nine water slides the range from the kid-friendly to the thrilling Black Hole, plus there’s a wave pool and a special zone for children. Out of the water the park also has bowling and mini golf and boasts three restaurants and a bar. Boat trips along the beautiful coast are also a firm family favourite. Keep an eye out for the chance to spot turtles, the beaches here are nesting sites for Caretta Carettas and Loggerheads.