Despite a swathe of development in the 1980s that launched Marmaris from a sleepy fishing village into an internationally renowned resort town, this is still a stunningly beautiful place to visit.
The sheltered natural harbour has been used for hundreds of years and today many thousands of visitors come to Marmaris via the sea.
Large cruise ships and luxury yachts dock here, and Marmaris is one of the popular stops on a Turkish Blue Cruise too.
Startpoint or a stop on your Blue Cruises
If you are planning to enjoy one of those fabulous Blue Cruises around Turkey’s coast, the town of Marmaris is roughly half way between Kusadasi and Antalya so it would make a good place to stop and spend a night or two.
Anyone craving a little nightlife, shopping, and dining variety will more than find their fill here. Marmaris is, after all, one of the top nightlife towns on the Turkish coast.
Marmaris Cruise Port is just one of several marinas serving the town. Luxury yachts can moor at the exclusive Marmaris Yacht Marina which is actually a couple of miles by boat from the centre of the town, yet there are free ferry services between here and Marmaris, making this a popular alternative to the ones closer to town.
One thing that Marmaris has no shortage of is shopping. For a more traditional shopping experience there is the market and covered bazaar. The market happens every Thursday and with such a broad assortment of goods on sale here you can usually find anything you need.
Right in the town there’s a melting pot of shops too, while for shopping luxury-style you can visit the upmarket shopping centre at the harbour to buy designer names and luxury goods.
Marmaris has a selection of things to see that would suit most tastes. It’s not a town well known for ancient history, though there has been a settlement here since ancient times.
Marmaris Castle is not an ancient structure but it is historically important – the structure you see here today was rebuilt in 1522 by the Ottoman sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, and historians believe there has been a castle here since 3000BC.
Marmaris has some beautiful beaches to enjoy, while the scenery surrounding the natural harbour is stunning, and best enjoyed by walking along the waterfront.
Sailing in and out of this harbour is a real treat, and if you want to experience it a couple more times there are ferries and high-speed hydrofoils that transport passengers to and from the Greek island of Rhodes several times a day.
You may want to stay in one of the town’s luxury hotels. There are several in the 5 star range such as Blue Bay, – Cettia Beach Resort, – Casa de Maris Spa and Resort Hotel, and Elegance Hotels International Marmaris, to name just a few.
The Elegance hotel
The most luxury hotel stay you can get in Marmaris is probably the spacious 150 square meters large Presidential Suite with 3 bedrooms, living room and a unique designed bathroom.
Some VIP services and privileges is also included when you hire this luxury suite, and from the terrace you have a great view. The other suites and rooms are also very beautiful and will give you some “luxury for less”.
Here is a link to the Elegance Hotels International Marmaris so you can have a look at more pictures from this marvelous hotel.
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