There’s nothing quite like escaping to a paradise like island, for a few hours of idyllic rest and relaxation. The popular holiday destination of Marmaris has some beautiful islands just off the coastline, many of which can be reached on one of the boat trips that leave the marina.
Take a look at some of the idyllic islands you can experience on your holiday in Marmaris.
Sedir Island is actually made up of three islands: Palace Island (Cleopatra Island), Central Island and Small Island.
Cleopatra Island is the largest and most famous. Legend has it that Mark Anthony and Cleopatra met in secret here, and Cleopatra loved it so much, he imported sand from Africa to create a beautiful beach for her. The silky smooth pink sand is unique; made up of tiny seashells and the beach is protected by a strict conservation order. You’re not allowed to remove any of the precious sand which means no beach towels and compulsory showering to remove any of it before you leave.
Away from the beach, the rest of the island is covered in pine trees, olive groves and is dotted with ruins including an amphitheatre.
Paradise Island is known as an island, but is actually a peninsula which connects to the mainland by the Yalanci Bogaz; or Fake Straight. It’s a popular stop for local boat trips but you can also reach it by trekking or cycling the 8km from the centre of the resort. It’s covered with lush forest and has some fascinating hidden caves to explore. You’ll also find a selection of restaurants and cafes there.
Little Marmaris is an undeveloped private island, one mile away from the mainland. It’s up for sale at the moment and this little slice of Turkish paradise could be yours for a cool 16 million euros!
Heaven Island is also known as the Nimara Peninsula and it’s protected due to its archaeological and natural importance. It’s probably most famous for the Nimara cave which was used as a place of worship for centuries and is also home to a rare species of butterfly called Trogloxenes.
The small Fenerli Island is a popular stop off for boat tours around the Marmaris coastline. With beautiful shallow waters, it’s the perfect place for a cooling swim or snorkel.
Have you visited any of these islands before, or have I missed one that is a definite must-do? Let me know in the comments below.