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Holidays in Marmaris
A holiday to Marmaris is the place to head for a never-say-sleep fun resort. Nestling on the cusp of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, it has some of the best bars and clubs on Turkey’s south coast. There’s something for everyone, from strolling along the busy Netsel Marina bobbing with high-end yachts, to haggling for local honey and traditional rugs in the bazaar, family-friendly beaches and diving trips to underwater caves.
Spring and autumn, when you’ll enjoy a pleasant 25°C.
Dalaman Airport lies approximately 100km east of Marmaris.
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Marmaris to enjoy a buzzing Turkish nightlife and picturesque yacht marina, with plenty of beaches to soak up the Mediterranean sun.
It’s no surprise that nightlife in Marmaris is famous – on Bar Street you have dozens of places to choose from. Lively and friendly, this street will have you dancing until the sun comes up. Or perhaps you’d prefer a midnight cruise to watch the moonlight dancing on the Med. The marina has plenty of entertainment once the sun goes down, whether you enjoy a quick walk or a drink in open-air cafés overlooking the yachts bobbing on the water. If you have the kids in tow, take them to see the dancing fountains for a dazzling late-evening show.
Marmaris resort boasts 52 diving spots – why not learn from a qualified PADI instructor or, if you’re an expert, dive at the Baca (Chimney) Cave. There’s plenty of fun on beaches in Marmaris. Hop aboard a banana boat to whizz across the water, or show off your sporty side and try some energetic parasailing or jet-skiing. Içmeler beach is more suited to relaxing strolls through its swaying palms and eucalyptus trees. To escape the busy beaches, take a boat trip to Cleopatra Island, with soft golden sands surrounded by pine trees, or discover your own secluded cove – there are plenty to find!
Located at the point where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean Seas, Marmaris has a rich cultural heritage. The 16th-century Marmaris Castle is a famous Marmaris attraction. Perched on a hilltop and draped in purple bougainvillea, this was where Suleyman the Magnificent gathered his troops. Now, it houses the archaeology museum with underwater excavated treasures. From Kumlubük cove, you can walk to the ancient city Amos, where its five towers and parts of its city walls and theatre remain. Relax after your Marmaris sightseeing with a massage in Armutalan hamam (a traditional Turkish bath), one of the country’s largest.
Night-owls: Party ‘til dawn along ‘Bar Street’, or enjoy an evening drink at Netsel Marina with fabulous waterfront views.
Divers: Explore underwater caves as you scuba dive in the Med.
Families: Whizz down the waterslides at Atlantis Waterpark, then ooh and ahh at the dancing fountains.
Language: The language spoken in Marmaris is Turkish.
Currency: The currency used in Marmaris is Turkish Lira (TL).
Local time: Marmaris is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Dalaman Airport lies approximately 100km east of Marmaris.
Flight time from UK: Approx. 4 hours
Tourist Information: Further Marmaris tourist information can be found at www.gototurkey.co.uk
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Marmaris.
Temperature: In July and August the thermometer tops 30°C
Best time to visit Marmaris: Spring and autumn, when you’ll enjoy a pleasant 25°C.
Marmaris weather enjoys a balmy Mediterranean climate – you can even swim here in winter! Make sure you keep well hydrated in the hot summer months. You’ll rarely see rain between May and October.
By minibus: Get around Marmaris on a minibus (dolmuş), plus many plying the coastline, including the short trip to the popular resort Içmeler. Cheap and reliable, this is the most popular way to get around – and they run until around 2am during summer season.
By taxi: The yellow taxis are easy to hail – ensure the meter is switched on before you start the journey.
By boat: You can also take a boat taxi to head further afield.
May festivals: May sees the popular Marmaris International Maritime And Spring Festival, bringing together folk dance shows from around the world, watersports and colourful parades. In the same month, the International Marmaris Yacht Festival sees the marina packed with gulets (traditional boats), sleek yachts and motorboats.
For movie buffs: June’s Marmaris Cinema Festival, showing off up-and-coming Turkish directors.
Set sail: It’s all hands on deck for autumn’s Marmaris International Race Week, where you can cheer on the crews in this series of exciting yacht races.