Spring, Summer, Autumn
June – August
LCY → DLM
Up to 3 months
Taxi: 23 £GBP (90 min)
Lunch ≈ 3.45 £GBP
Dinner (for two) ≈ 12 £GBP
Espresso ≈ 1.30 £GBP
Bottled water ≈ 0.30 £GBP
Marmaris is bigger than most resorts meaning it is little surprise there is so much to see and do. Located on the Turquoise Coast of Turkey, it features a charming old town with historic castle and a smart marina, as well as all the contemporary bars, restaurants and lively clubs you would expect to find. And, of course, it also has a beach that runs for the entire length of the resort.
A palm-lined promenade brimming with bars, cafés and restaurants also runs almost the entire length of Marmaris’ narrow beach, which consist of pebbles and volcanic sand. There are sun-loungers aplenty, plus you’ll find the full range of watersports on Marmaris holidays. The strip links up eventually with Long Beach, which runs for full 10 kilometres to the neighbouring Icmeler – you can go there by a dolmus bus for a change of scenery.
No trip to Turkey is complete without visiting a traditional Turkish bath, or hammam. A session usually includes a steam which is followed by a soapy massage and loofah-like rubdown. The 16th-century Suleymaniye Hamami is the oldest Turkish bath to be found here and is within walking distance from the Grand Bazaar, however many of the resort’s hotels also offer hamman service.
Marmaris never sleeps. Set where Aegean and Mediterranean Seas meet, it has features some of the best clubs and bars on the south coast of Turkey, so holidays in Marmaris are never boring.
Temperature: Average temperatures of 20 to 26 degrees Celsius.
Best time for holidays to Marmaris: Autumn and spring, when you can enjoy a pleasant 25 degrees Celsius average.
Marmaris weather enjoys a typically balmy Mediterranean-type climate – you can even swim in Marmaris in winter! Be sure to keep fully hydrated if you visit the hot summer months. Between May and October it rarely rains.
Situated where the Aegean and the Mediterranean seas meet, Marmaris has a rich history and cultural heritage. It is one of the reasons why Marmaris holidays are so attractive. Marmaris Castle, built in the 16th century, is a famous Marmaris attraction. Set on a hilltop with walls draped in purple bougainvillea, it is the site where Suleyman the Magnificent mustered his troops.
Now, it is home to the archaeology museum which exhibits underwater excavated treasures. From Kumlubük cove, it is an easy walk to the ancient city Amos, its five towers and parts of the city walls and theatre are still there. Relax after sightseeing with a massage in the Armutalan hamam, one of Turkey’s largest.
In less than an hour aboard a catamaran and you can be on the Greek island of Rhodes and in its capital, Rhodes Town. On a walking tour of the Medieval old town you will see its top sights, the cobbled Street of the Knights and the Crusader castle, along with the Roman amphitheatre and the Greek acropolis. Remember to take your passport as you are changing countries.
It’s no surprise that Marmaris is famed for its nightlife – on the aptly named Bar Street you have literally dozens of places to choose from. Friendly and lively, you’ll be dancing on this street until the sun comes up on your holidays to Marmaris. For a slight change of pace take a midnight cruise to watch the moonlight dancing across the surface of the Med.
The marina also offers a wealth of entertainment after the sun goes down, whether it’s a quick walk or a drink in one of the open-air cafes that overlook the yachts bobbing on the water. If you have the children in tow, take them to see the dazzling late-evening show put on by the dancing fountains.
Marmaris resort boasts some 52 diving spots – you can learn from a qualified PADI instructor or, if you have experience, dive the Baca (Chimney) Cave. There is also plenty of fun on the beaches in Marmaris. Hop aboard a banana boat or try some energetic jet-skiing or parasailing. Içmeler beach is more appropriate for relaxing strolls through its swaying eucalyptus trees and palms. For an escape from the busy beaches on Marmaris holidays, board a boat to Cleopatra Island, which features soft golden sand surrounded by pine trees, find a secluded cove – there are plenty!