The junction point of the Mediterranean and the Aegean, the forest and the sea, the green and blue…
It is a destination for those who want to relax, explore the natural beauties and the deep history of the region, enjoy turquoise sea and golden sands and make sportive activities in the nature.
Marmaris is a very popular summer resort for both domestic tourists and foreign visitors, and the region has developed enormously over the years.
The Carians were the first hosts. Then the Rhodesians, Egyptians, Persians, Ionians, Assyrians, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans lived here.
You can see the ruins of many ancient cities in Marmaris: Physkos, Amos, Bybassos, Kastabos, Syrna, Larymna, Thyssanos, Phoenix, Loryma, Kasara, Kedrai, Euthena, Amnistos…
The city center of Marmaris is where the castle, port and marina are located. Marmaris Castle is an ancient castle, now a museum, overlooks the area around the harbor and offers a taste of the old town’s character. It’s possible to see that these historical structures are preserved as they are.
The marina is one of the largest and modern marinas in the Southern Aegean. Because Marmaris was at the port of trade between Rhodesians and Egyptians in ancient times. So, the sea transportation here was quite advanced. Today, this large and modern marina is frequented by luxury yachts and boats. These boats are available for visits to the islands and bays around its coast.
The day never ends in Marmaris. You enjoy the sea and the sun during the day. Moreover, the small shopping center in the city offers you many possibilities. There, upmarket boutiques and intimate restaurants are a pleasant contrast with the traditional bazaar area, where hundreds of small shops offer the usual Turkish wares – clothing, leather, jewelry and handicrafts.
At night, the fun doesn’t stop. Colorful and dynamic nightlife in Marmaris’s bars street and nightclubs is always waiting for you.
Marmaris is a heaven on earth. It’s possible to swim seven-eight months. A place where even Cleopatra prefers to swim. A legend says Cleopatra, the last Hellenistic queen of ancient Egypt, swam on Sedir Island, 10 kilometers north of Marmaris City Center. That’s why, this island is also known as Cleopatra Island today.
In addition, small district centers around Marmaris must be visited. İçmeler is one of the most popular touristic sites with facilities and entertainment areas. Turunç has high quality motels and restaurants, too. Kumlubük is a very popular beach with thick sands.
Marmaris, in addition to all this, offers us dozens of opportunities for sporting activities. Horse riding, Jeep safari in forests around, sailing, trekking and hiking, rock climbing, and of course cycling! Let’s focus on cycling routes in the next pages.