Travel Guide to Marmaris Beach in Turkey

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Marmaris Beach Turkey
Marmaris Beach Turkey

Marmaris beach in Turkey is a very popular summer holiday destination, and in part this is due to the numerous activities on offer. The city is known for its bargain shopping, quality restaurants and the amazing Bar Street, ideal for those that also want to have some fun at night. From the stunning white sand beaches and turquoise waters, to the magnificent relics and ruins, Marmaris is a city unlike most others.


Turkey is a European country, an Asian country, a Middle Eastern country, a Balkan country, a Caucasian country, a neighbour to Africa, Black Sea country, Caspian Sea, all these.

– Ahmet Davutoglu –

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Introduction to Marmaris Beach, Turkey

Marmaris is a Mediterranean resort town along the Turkish Riviera (also known as the Turquoise Coast) with a long seafront promenade. It’s known for its lively nightlife on Bar Street, and it is a popular sailing and diving destination. It has two large and several smaller marinas, and it is a popular wintering location for cruising boats. Marmaris sits in a valley between two intersecting sets of pine-forested mountains and clear waters.


Map of Marmaris Beach

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Map of Marmaris Beach, Turkey

Population of Marmaris Beach

This Turkish city has a population of approximately 34,000, however, this population can increase up to 350,000 during the height of the tourist-season.


How to Get to Marmaris Beach

The closest international airport to Marmaris is Dalaman International Airport, roughly 100 kilometres to Marmaris city centre. From the airport, you have a number of transport options to get you to Marmaris Beach area, however, the easiest is via an airport coach,

A coach transfer can be easily arranged on-line with frequent bus connections corresponding to the arrival and departure of scheduled flights. Havas airport bus transfer times are detailed outside the airport terminal building, and will cost 15 TL for a single ticket, and will take approximately 90 minutes.


How to Get Around Marmaris Beach

The cheapest way of getting around Marmaris Beach area is using the dolmus minibuses. These are 11 seaters which travel the main road in Marmaris and Icmeler, the neighbouring beach resort town. The fee is 1.50 TL anywhere in Marmaris and 2.50 TL between Icmeler and Marmaris.  The dolmus minibuses have a green band across them and orange for Icmeler. You can pick them up from the side of the road by hailing for them and they will stop wherever you want on the route.

Metered taxis are also available or you can negotiate a price up front but they are very expensive.


Best Time to Visit Marmaris

Marmaris weather is influenced by its location on the southwest coast of Turkey. The peak tourist season in Marmaris is between the months of June and October when the average summer temperature ranges from 24°C to 28°C. July, however, can get extremely hot and unpleasant.

The months from mid-May to the end of June, and from early September to mid-October are ideal.

Most of the rain in Marmaris falls from November to January and temperatures are quite cold in winter, dropping to 10°C in January with evening lows of 5°C.

Rugged Coastline Seen on Our Marmaris Boat Trip
Rugged Coastline Seen on Our Marmaris Boat Trip

Is Marmaris Safe?

Marmaris beach area is a safe destination and suitable for couples and family holidays. However, the one area that is a safety concern is traffic rules and conditions. Cars speed along the roads and pedestrian crossings are not respected.

We witnessed this first hand when an older western couple stepped out onto a pedestrian crossing expecting traffic to stop like it does in other parts of the world. The bus we were in saw them at the last minute and locked up their brakes (we were travelling well in excess of the speed limit), and slid our way towards them. We thought for sure the bus would run straight over them but luckily, we stopped just in time, lightly bumping the couple and knocking them to the ground. There were no serious injuries other than some bumps, bruises and scrapes, but all who witnessed this were shocked.  It could have been so much worse!

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Major Events Calendar

April

  • Presidential Cycling Tour (one of eight stages starting in Istanbul and ending in Alanya)

May

  • Marmaris International Yacht Charter Show

October

  • Marmaris International Short Film Festival
  • Marmaris International Race Week (end of)

November

  • Marmaris International Race Week (beginning of)

What Does the Marmaris Beach Area Have to Offer?

The options are plentiful for things to do in Marmaris. Beautiful beaches, lots of bars and restaurants, and fantastic shopping with wonderful bargains to be found. Bar Street is opposite the busy bazaar and will satisfy the most discerning clubbers with its huge outdoor dance venues and all of the latest tunes.

Marmaris has lots for families too. Great inexpensive boat excursions can take you out and to neighbouring towns like Icmeler and Turunc. The town also has two water parks and local travel agents offer a range of trips to Dalyan, Fethiye, Pamukkale and Ephesus.  

Old Town - Marmaris Beach, Turkey
Old Town – Marmaris Beach, Turkey

Best Beaches In and Around Marmaris

Marmaris has some wonderful beaches within half an hour’s drive. There are approximately 10 kilometres (6 miles) of breathtaking beaches and crystal clear waters in Marmaris starting from central Marmaris to Icmeler. The beach esplanade / promenade boasts great restaurants, cafes and bars.

  1. Marmaris Downtown Beach

The beach in central Marmaris is not the prettiest of beaches with its mostly black, gritty sand. The sea is warm, crystal clear and perfect for swimming. In addition, it does have plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas which you can rent for a nominal fee.

2. Siteler Area Beach

This beach is very quiet in comparison to Marmaris beach and very relaxing.

3. Icmeler Beach

Previously a fishermen’s village, Icmeler has rapidly developed into a popular holiday resort town over the last 15 years. It is a stunning beach with fine, golden sand, and clear, azure waters.

4. Amos Beach

The ideal beach if you are looking for peace and quiet. The waters are crystal clear off a pebble stone beach.

5. Turunc Beach

Turunc Bay is just a 40 minute dolmus ride to the west of Marmaris.  Set in a quiet, traditional village, the extreme differences to the neighbouring resorts of Marmaris and Icmeler are very noticeable.

6. Kumlubuk Beach

Amos and Kumlubuk are very close to each other and can be reached by dolmus or a boat trip. There are great restaurants that serve all kinds of dishes and the water here is crystal clear.

7. Ciftlik Beach

Çiftlik is famous for its beaches and is worth planning a day trip to visit. Also, most tour boats offer a swimming break in Çiftlik Bay.


Monthly Average Max / Min Water Temperatures

 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min °C15.715.715.815.718.221.624.4262521.318.516.5
Max °C19.617.517.819.122.325.928.629.628.926.523.420.7
Monthly Average Max / Min Water Temperatures – Marmaris Beach, Turkey
Dalyan Mud Baths
Dalyan Mud Baths

Things To Do in Marmaris

  1. Marmaris Grand Bazaar

For most, the Grand Bazaar is a shopper’s paradise! Here you can find anything: ceramics, the famous Turkish tea, Turkish lamps, kilim rugs, spices, scents, etc. There are also many ‘designer label’ items for sale.

2. Günnücek National Park (Marmaris Milli Parkı)

Enjoy a beautiful walk in the dense forests of Turkish pine trees and sweetgum trees just 10 minutes outside Marmaris resort town.

3. Ibrahim Aga Mosque

This mosque, completed in 1789, is situated not far from the market and it is worth visiting this majestic building to explore the interior decoration of this unique landmark. 

4. Kapurcuk Kultur ve Gastronomi Evi Museum

This museum is the best place to witness the traditional way of life of local residents in Turkish homes in days gone by. Its collection includes costumes, household items, textiles, furniture, and jewellery. 

5. Kemal Ataturk Monument

This monument is a real work of art and dedicated to the first president of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. You will find it on the promenade opposite the entrance to the Grand Bazaar.

6. Marmaris 19 May Youth Square

Fountains, statues and seating are features of this square, and it is surrounded by cafes and shops on all sides. It is especially charming in the evening.

7. Marmaris Atlantis Waterpark

Atlantis Marmaris Waterpark offers numerous slides, kids’ pool, wave pool, mini golf, soft play areas, restaurants, bars and entertainment. This waterpark is located right on the sea front with private beach and offers free sunbeds and umbrellas all day long.

8. Marmaris Marina

This is the perfect area to take e a leisurely stroll and admire the yachts docked along the pier. The marina is a social hub and constantly brimming with atmosphere and fun including live performances all down the waterfront, and a wide variety of excellent restaurants and bars.

9. Marmaris Museum

The Marmaris Museum is located inside a castle and hosts a wide array of exhibits and artefacts that are all clearly labelled and offer a thrilling insight into the past of the Ottoman Empire. The castle also offers stunning views of the surrounding area.

Marmaris Castle and Museum
Marmaris Castle and Museum

10. Mona Titti Art Gallery

Art connoisseurs will appreciate the art gallery Mona Titti with its beautiful collection of paintings and hand-made items.

11. Museum of Beekeeping (Marmaris Bal Evi)

This museum will teach you all about the local traditional craft of beekeeping, including an exhibit with all the tools used in beekeeping. At the exit of the museum you will find a shop where you can buy honey, honeycomb and cosmetics based on honey. 

12. The Dancing Fountains

Each evening, there is a nightly show lasts approximately half an hour and consists of a choreographed show of water timed to music and coloured lights. The show is free of charge and attracts many people each night.

13. Turkish Bath (Hamam)

An experience not to be missed is a traditional Turkish bath (Hamam) with sauna, body peel, foam massage and oil massage.

14. Turkish Night

A Turkish Night experience is a night with traditional Turkish food, dancing and entertainment including belly dancers. Many hotels do their own Turkish Nights and prices range from 15-30 TL for the buffet and entertainment.


Marmaris Excursions / Day Trip

  1. Ancient Town of Kavn

Just like the ancient town of Amos, Kavn is not a crowded tourist destination, but it is worth spending some time here. The main attractions remaining from the ancient city are:

  • Acropolis of Impbros
  • Fortress of Heraclion
  • The shipyards
  • Well-preserved amphitheatre
  • The Agora
  • Ancient temples
  • Roman baths
  • Ruins of a Byzantine Basilica with large mosaic fragments

2. Carian Rock Tombs

Turkey is, of course, very rich in fascinating and well-preserved archaeological sites, but even among those, the Carian Rock Tombs are among the most memorable sights in Turkey. These stunning and unique rock-cut temple tombs are cut high into a cliff-side above what used to be the approach to one of the city’s ancient harbours. In an effort to preserve these intricate and majestic carvings, tourists can only see them by boat.

3. Dalyan

Dalyan is a serene holiday town located on a beautiful riverside connecting Koycegiz Lake with the Mediterranean region. This area offers riverboat cruises, ancient and beautifully preserved ruins, Turtle Beach, mud baths, and some of the best and authentic restaurants in all of Turkey. One of the most notable sights would be the majestic carvings into the rock face of the nearby hills, the Carian Rock Tombs.

4. Dalyan Iztuzu Beach(Turtle Beach)

Iztuzu beach is a sandy stretch of about 4km at the end of a river delta surrounded by mountains. It is also an important nesting place for the endangered Caretta Caretta sea turtle. Apart from its unique setting, Iztuzu beach offers visitors many facilities including sunbeds, picnic tables, and cafes.

Carian Rock Tombs - Marmaris, Turkey
Carian Rock Tombs – Marmaris, Turkey

5. Marmaris Mountains

There are many tourist companies offering private tours of the Marmaris Mountains. They will, take you on a hike up the mountain, over rocky trails, past natural flora and fauna, to breathtaking waterfall lagoons and even to the summit where you can watch the sun setting into the sea.

6. Mugla

Mugla is the regional capital and can be reached by frequent bus services from Marmaris Bus Station (Otogar) for 12 TL. The trip will take about 1 hour over the mountains but it is well worth the effort. This Turkish town has not been affected greatly by tourism so the pace of life feels a little slower. The trip is worth it just to wander around the old town’s narrow streets on the hill overlooking Mugla.

7. Scuba/ Snorkelling

Scuba and snorkelling excursions are incredibly popular in this area due to the extensive marine life.

8. Sedir Island

Sedir Island is known for its crystal clear, turquoise blue waters, white sandy beach, the ruins of Kedrai and Cleopatra Beach.

9. Town of Amos

The ancient city of Amos (or rather, its ruins), is another ancient culture worth seeing. The main attractions remaining from the ancient city are:

  • Ruins of town walls, towers and gates
  • Remains of the theatre
  • The Altar of Dionysus
  • The Temple of Apollo
  • Ruins of the Necropolis

Marmaris Boat Trips

Marmaris offers an abundance of daily boat trips / cruises to take you around the coves and mountainous shoreline. You will see ruins of ancient cities, a cave (the only entrance of which is from the sea), a stop at the beach of leafy Cennet Adası (“Paradise Island”), and towns such as Icmeler and Turunc.

Book or buy your ticket at least one day beforehand from one of the many boats (which have a capacity of 20 people) which can be found all along the waterfront near the Marina. You can easily recognize them by their boards and touts who will try to convince you to take ‘their’ tour, but basically all tours are the same.

Generally, a boat trip will cost about 25 TL per person and our trip included lunch, and all you can drink beer, wine and cocktails all day. This type of cruise is exceptional value!

Top Tip: A tour doing the Bay in an anti-clockwise fashion (i.e. Turunç first, Paradise Island last) may be worthwhile to look for, as most tours go around the Bay in a clockwise direction, and as such, you won’t have to be with the hundreds of other tourists all doing the same sights at the same time.

Marmaris Boat Trip
Marmaris Boat Trip

Marmaris Shopping

Marmaris offers a wide variety of products for sale for tourists. The most popular shopping area for tourists is the Grand Bazaar selling the usual tourist fodder, as well as local specialities such as Turkish Delight, Turkish carpets, etc.

There are also markets in both the Armutalan area of Marmaris on a Thursday and the Icmeler market is every Wednesday. These local markets sell a range of products including, fruit, vegetables, cheese, olives, textiles, clothing, shoes, hand made goods, souvenirs etc.

READ MORE: MARKETS IN MARMARIS, TURKEY


Nightlife in Marmaris

Marmaris is famous for its fantastic nightlife. There are a selection of good bars and clubs along the beachfront near the Marina which play a wide variety of music and cater to different tastes. Also, there are some great ‘Happy Hours’ on offer early in the evening.

For those serious party animals, Bar Street is where the party is at. Located in the Old Town, this street has over 100 bars and clubs ranging from rock bars to huge outdoor nightclubs with foam parties. All are open until the wee hours of the morning.

N.B. When drinking in Bar Street, expect to pay much higher prices for your drinks (15-20TL for a spirit and mixer) than those along the beach front. On the upside though, entry to most clubs is free and there are periods when there are special drink offers available.


Eating in Marmaris

Restaurants are in abundance everywhere in Marmaris. There are many places on the beachfront main road, and in the side streets just off it serving Turkish, English, Dutch and other cuisines. We found the restaurants away from the harbour and marina were much cheaper for the same quality food, if not better.

If you are staying somewhere you can self-cater, visit the many supermarkets located in Marmaris such as Tansas, Migros, and Tesco Kipa. These are some of the larger supermarkets and sell a very good range of foods and other items, including international brands. Shopping in the local supermarkets are a great way to say money on simple items like bottles of water i.e. 3 TL for an 8 litre bottle.

One of the Crabs Jonas Caught on our Boat Trip to Dalyan
One of the Crabs Jonas Caught on our Boat Trip to Dalyan

Accommodation Options in Marmaris

There are multiple accommodation options in Marmaris catering for tourists ranging from all-inclusive to self-catering apartments. Lively hotels can generally be found in the Marmaris City Centre.

More laid back and family friendly hotels can be found in the Armutalan area at the back of Marmaris. The local council in this area has banned the playing of music after Midnight and has also banned live entertainment from bars, limiting it to hotels.

Prior to booking any accommodation, we recommend checking websites such as booking.com for reviews of your hotel. All-inclusive deals are good value but beware of bed and breakfast and half board, as hotels may restrict you bringing food or drinks into their premises making you dependent on their offerings which will be much more expensive than buying from a supermarket.


In Summary

We stayed in Marmaris for 2 weeks and loved every minute of it. Everyday presented a new activity to experience or a new city to explore. We travelled at the end of May and the weather was perfect for sightseeing as it wasn’t too hot, but certainly warm enough to enjoy swimming at the many beaches (the water was refreshingly cool). We love Turkish food and we were spoilt for choice, and the happy hours were enjoyed enormously. Overall, we had a wonderful holiday in Marmaris beach and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Have you been to Marmaris? What was your favourite thing about this seaside town? Leave a comment below.


EXIT 45 RATING

The Exit45 Rating scale runs from a low of 1 to a high of 5 in each of the 9 categories.  As such, the higher the score out of 45, the better the Exit45 Rating.  N.B. These scores are our own personal opinions and are based on our experiences, budget constraints and what we love doing i.e. adventure seeking foodies who love snorkelling and water related activities.

Value for Money4.5
Cuisine4.5
Friendliness of Locals4
Ease of Language Barrier3.5
Climate4
Activities and Tours4
Ease of Travel4
Culture Barrier4
Safety4
TOTAL EXIT45 RATING41 / 45

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We are Peta (Australian) and Jonas (Swedish/Australian), a couple in our mid 40’s / early 50’s who have been travelling the world fulltime since January 2018. We met and lived on the Gold Coast, Australia and spent many evenings researching and watching YouTube vlogs about travel and dreaming of the day we would retire and be able to enjoy a lot more travel ourselves. Over the years, a number of events happened to family and friends and an opportunity arose which made us decide to not wait but to instead take a “Gap Year”. We are now in our 3rd year of travel and still hunger for new adventures and embrace the uncertainty that comes with full-time travel. If you want to know more about who we are, why we choose this lifestyle and how we do it, please follow our adventures and see how you can do it too.

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