7 things to do in Marmaris
There’s a lot more to it Marmaris than beaches and night bars. This Mediterranean jewel of the Turquoise Coast has a lot to shout about when it comes to attractions.
If you want to soak up the sun, head to Marmaris Long Beach, which stretches along the length of the resort. The water is warm, which makes it perfect for swimming, snorkeling and water sports. But if sightseeing is more your bag, there are pieces of Turkish history around every corner to explore.
You can’t escape the lively nightlife either and the atmosphere of Bar Street is second to none. Hop from bar to bar before ending the night dancing to live DJs at an outdoor nightclub.
If you’re heading to the Turkish Riviera, discover the best things to do in Marmaris with our handy guide.
- Marmaris Castle
- Atlantis water park
- Marmaris National Park
- Marmaris Marina
- Mountains of Marmaris
- Datca Peninsula
1. Marmaris Castle
Located in the old town, Marmaris Castle is believed to have been originally built by the Ionians and then restored in the 16th century. After suffering damage during the First World War, the castle was converted into a museum in the 1990s.
Pass through the castle grounds and you will find the Marmaris Archeology Museum. There are seven areas to explore, including the fascinating archeology room where you can see glassware and ornaments from the Roman era, as well as the ethnography room where you will find Ottoman textiles and weapons.
2.Atlantis water park
The largest water park in Marmaris,
Atlantis offers a fun-filled day for the whole family. There are eight water slides, including Space Bowl, Black Hole and Rainbow, where you can race your friends to the bottom.
Away from the slides, there is also the KidsLand play area, wave pool, crazy golf and bowling. If you need a break, there are plenty of deckchairs and hammocks dotted around the park to soak up the sun. There is also direct access to the beach and free sunbeds and umbrellas to use at your leisure.
3. Marmaris National Park
Do you enjoy being outdoors? Spend a day at Marmaris National Park, where you’ll find more than 30 hectares of pure bliss. This dense forest is filled with Scots pine, gum, eucalyptus, pine and cypress trees that provide welcome shade on a hot summer day.
In addition to the wide variety of plants and flowers, there are also wild animals that are home to this national park, such as goats, wild boars, peregrine falcons, lynxes and bears. Make the most of the raised wooden platforms dotted throughout the park and see if you can spot any local wildlife. Towards the edge of the forest, there is a small shingle beach if you fancy a swim. It’s also a great place for lunch, so remember to pack a picnic!
4. Marmaris Marina
Just a few minutes’ walk from the center of the resort, this luxury marina is the perfect place to spend a day exploring in the sun. You’ll find an impressive range of shops and bars on either side of the harbour, offering some of the best places to watch the world go by. Watch local fishing boats and luxury yachts cruise in and out of the marina, and if you’re lucky, you might even catch a giant cruise ship.
By day, stroll the promenade and grab a tasty ice cream cone, and by night, dine al fresco at one of the many waterfront restaurants. Seafood is the specialty, so ask for the catch of the day for some of the freshest fish in the country!
A day trip to the fascinating town of Dalyan is a must if you are staying in Marmaris. Enjoy a boat ride through the river’s quiet coves and pass the rock-cut Tombs of the Kings.
Along the Köycegiz Lake, you will come to the Sulfuric Pools of Sultaniye, known to help improve your health. Also, if it’s healing powers you want (or just fun), the adjacent mud bath is the perfect option.
The spectacular Iztuzu Beach juts out into the Mediterranean Sea and acts as a barrier between the sea water and the fresh water of the Dalyan River. It’s also a natural nesting site for the loggerhead turtle – you can learn about the species at the Beach Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.
6. Mountains of Marmaris
As the backdrop to the center of Marmaris, the mountains certainly have a lot to show when it comes to stunning views. These rugged peaks can be easily explored either by car or on foot. If you want to see the mountains from a different perspective, get on a boat and appreciate the valleys and ridges from the sea.
7. Datca Peninsula
Less than an hour’s drive from the bustling center of Marmaris, the Datca Peninsula is home to rolling olive groves and some of Turkey’s lesser-known beaches. Surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters, the town of Datça is a sleepy place, offering a great mix of ancient sites, vine-covered cafes and stylish hotels. Do you like going to the islands? The Greek islands of Symi and Nimos are on the doorstep.
Published: December 4, 2018.