This beautiful city is position between the Mediterranean and Aegean means it gets the best of both climates. Expect long, hot summers and cool winters, with the rain starting to fall as the autumn arrives, around October. The heat peaks in July and August, with the temperature climbing into the mid-20s and dips into single figures in December and January.
If you’re looking for a break in a holiday destination that has a vibrant nightlife, beautiful beaches and enjoys the reputation of being something of a Mediterranean paradise, then holidays in Marmaris are for you! This buzzing port city is surrounded by olive groves and perfumed by pine forests, giving it a distinctly Turkish feel. To see how the other half live, take a stroll along the Netsel Marina and admire the million-pound yachts that bob in their moorings. Alternatively, get your haggling head on and flex your bargain-hunting muscles in the local bazaar! Those travelling with little ones will appreciate the family-friendly beaches and the more-adventurous might enjoy snorkelling in the caves that pit the coast.
Things to do
An ideal destination for sun-seekers with two main beaches: Marmaris Urban Beach and Marmaris Long Beach. The Urban Beach is the busiest of the two, offering a spectacular sweep of golden sand and calm, warm waters. The Long Beach might be less well known, but it’s just as popular and backed by convenient cafés, bustling bars and some remarkable restaurants. However, beyond the beaches, you’ll find plenty of things to do in this slice of paradise.
Marmaris has several small yet charming beaches that provide stunning views of the picturesque coast. The popular shores are a mix of shingle and sandy beaches with warm shallow waters, which are ideal for families with children. You can rent sun loungers and relax in the beautiful weather before taking a refreshing swim in the crystal clear sea. There are other beaches just 15 minutes away in nearby Icmeler that provide a much quieter setting to relax in.
Marmaris has several family friendly festivals happening throughout the year, so you may find your holiday is full of traditional celebration.
Visit in May to experience the Marmaris Maritime and Spring Festival. The streets will be lined with entertainment and competitions like photography exhibits, basketball games, cutest dog contests and folk dancing. Head down to the beach for extravagant sandcastles and boat building competitions and join in with the traditional communal picnic with the other visitors.
October is racing month in Marmaris with the biggest sailing event in the region, International Race Week. Watch as over a 100 yachts race across the water for a chance to be crowned champion.
Continuing with Marmaris’ upbeat atmosphere, during both festivals, the beach comes alive with live music and discos playing late into the night.
Aside from the stunning beaches and restaurants, Marmaris has a vibrant nightlife. From streets of sports pubs to live music bars, you’re bound to find somewhere with a great atmosphere. The neatly named Bar Street is where you’ll find a huge array of vibrant bars and nightclubs, which are perfect for those wanting to dance the night away. Most places stay open until the early hours of the morning meaning your evening will never be cut short.
If you’re looking for something a little more family friendly, Marmaris has a great selection of restaurants which stay open late and have picturesque views and tasty food. For elegance, spend your evening by the harbour in one of the delicious seafood restaurants and charming cocktail bars.
Enjoy a warm, Mediterranean climate, with cool winters and hot summers here. For the best tan-topping-up weather, book your break between June and September, when the temperatures hover in the mid-20s, peaking at around 28°C.
Flights here land at Dalaman International Airport, which is roughly an hour and 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of the resort.
Night-owls: If you’re looking for world-class parties, head for ‘Bar Street’ in the centre of town. Here, you’ll find bars and clubs, offering everything from dress-code evenings to foam parties and live music. Bars open late in the evening and stay open until early in the morning.
Diving: Marmaris holidays Turkey are set where the Mediterranean meets the Aegean Sea, creating outstanding conditions for snorkelling and scuba-diving. Explore colourful coral reefs and get up, close and personal with shoals of shimmering fish in clear blue waters.
Families: Beyond the beautiful beach, there are plenty of days out for those travelling with children. Enjoy the watery rides and slides at the Atlantis Waterpark or head to the town centre by night and enjoy a family dinner, while watching the colourful dancing fountains.
Language: The official language spoken here is Turkish. While the locals seem to have a good grip on most European languages, it’s worth a packing a phrasebook or downloading an app, just in case.
Currency: You’ll need to exchange your pennies and pounds for Turkish Lira before jetting off on your holiday.
Local time: This part of Turkey is two hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Flights land at Dalaman International Airport, which is roughly 95km from the city centre.
Flight time from UK: Between four and four and a half hours, depending on where you fly from
Tourist information: Further tourist information can be found here https://www.marmaristown.com/marmaris-travel-info.asp.
Visa / health: Before you travel, click here fwww.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holidays.
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By dolmus: While the bus services in and around this city are in good order, the preferred method of transport is the dolmus. These are minibuses which leave from the city centre and stop when requested. Dolmus services tend to stop running at around 2am
By taxi: Taxis are plentiful and can be hailed from the roadside or booked in advance. Be sure to agree on the fare with your driver before getting in.
By water taxi: If you want to travel further afield to Icmeler or Turunc, you’ll be able to catch a water taxi from the seafront.
Marmaris Spring Festival: Book your Marmaris holidays in May and you could catch the spectacular Maritime and Spring Festival. There are plenty of activities on land and at sea, including yacht races, sporting events, street theatre and live music concerts.
Marmaris Cinema Festival: Film buffs and those with an interest in World Cinema should book travel here in June, when the Film Festival rolls into town. With seven different films, by seven different directors, held over seven days, it’s a week’s worth of reel-to-reel relaxation!
International Marmaris Yacht Festival: Mid-May sees the biggest event in the local, maritime calendar. Wander through the markets, live music and street performers to the marina and you’ll see an astonishing collection of pristine yachts and boats from all over the world.