There’s far more to Marmaris than sweeping sands and a bustling evening scene, and if you’re in the process of planning your next holiday, this Turkish treasure should be high on the must-visit pile. From restful retreats to action-packed adventures, we’ve covered all bases in this handy guide, so read on...
Brilliant boat cruises
Set sail on an adventure the whole family will love with a boat ride along the sparkling Med. You’ll cruise the waters on a gulet (a traditional Turkish sailboat), soaking up spectacular views of the shoreline and its hidden coves, bays, beaches and ancient tombs. There’ll be plenty of time for refreshing dips too, as well as water-skiing, windsurfing and diving for the thrill-seekers. If you’re looking for an authentic, action-packed experience, this one’s for you.
Fabulous 4x4 safaris
Gather up the gang and jump into a Jeep for an unforgettable adventure around Marmaris. You’ll journey through charming Turkish villages and magnificent mountainous landscapes in your 4x4, tackling the terrain as you go. All that excitement is sure to build up an appetite, so you’ll stop for a delicious dinner as part of your tour. If there are any adrenaline-junkies or nature-lovers in your clan, this fun-filled 4x4 safari should be high on the agenda.
Roam around ruins
History buffs in tow? The ancient city of Amos awaits. Discover a fascinating temple, centuries-old ruins and stunning sea views in this small but spectacular site, just 25km from the centre of Marmaris. You’ll also stumble across an incredible amphitheatre dating back to the 10th century BC, where one of the first ‘Lease Agreements’ in history was signed – an absolute must-see if you’re looking to cram some culture into your trip.
Bask on the Blue Flag beaches
It’s golden grains galore in Marmaris, and you’ll find plenty of family-friendly sweeps that cater for both tots and teens and everyone in between. Içmeler Beach boasts sugary sands and a lush, mountainous backdrop, making it the perfect spot to lay your towel. If you're after a dash of excitement, slip into a wetsuit and take to the seas on a thrilling jet-ski ride. The main beach in Tutunc is also a total crowd-pleaser, and has Blue Flag status for its glistening waters and spotless sands. Spend dreamy days listening to the lapping waves, while the sporty ones can partake in a spot of windsurfing – everyone's happy!
There’s a haven of flora and fauna just waiting to be discovered in Marmaris National Park. Marvel at kestrels, falcons, eagles and hawks gliding through the skies as you wander through pine-fringed pathways and verdant valleys. The younger ones will be delighted when they spot wild goats roaming the area too. This peaceful paradise is just 6km from the centre of Marmaris, so if you’re looking for a wholesome activity away from the bustling resort, look no further.
Bag a bargain at the Bazaar
If you fancy getting your haggle on, a trip to the Grand Bazaar might be just the ticket. You can pick up everything from pottery and home décor, to souvenirs and traditional snacks, so there’s something for every family member. Marmaris is famous for its pine honey too, so make sure you pop that on the shopping list.
Don't miss the marina
Looking for dining options to suit all taste buds? Make a beeline for Marmaris Marina. Packed with restaurants, bars and shops, this sublime spot has grub for every group member, not to mention the unbeatable scenery for those all-important Insta snaps. Perch by the dazzling fountains and admire the luxurious yachts or visit the hilltop castle and museum for an unrivalled view of the marina.
Amyntas Rock Tombs
Make sure you set some time aside to visit the Amyntas Rock Tombs, especially if you've got culture-lovers in your crew. Located in Fethiye, the tombs are carved out of the towering rock face and mark the final resting place of the local Lycians some 2,500 years ago. If you don’t mind tackling a set of thigh-burning steps, you can hike right up to the Tomb of Amyntas – don't forget to turn around and take in the stunning panorama of Fethiye too! It’s a bit of a drive from Marmaris, but well worth a visit.
So, are you ready to round up the troops for a traditional taste of Turkey (Türkiye)? Marmaris awaits...
Posted: 10th Mar 2023.