Although it’s best known for its fabulous, golden-sanded beach, you’ll find plenty of other things to do in Marmaris, if you can bear to tear yourself away from your sun lounger! If you’re here on a break with the family you might like to take your little sea dogs on a trip in a pirate galleon to earn a certificate in pirating, or test their nerves against the rides and slides in the Atlantis Waterpark.
History buffs wondering what to do in Marmaris will find a visit to the ruins of the Ancient City of Ephesus fascinating, you’ll also enjoy a trip to the Temple of Artemis, which was known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. To get to grips with the stunning local scenery, there’s the opportunity to explore the region in comfort, on a 4×4 excursion.
However, once the sun starts to go down, Marmaris’ other major attractions burst into life: the clubs, pubs and bars that make up the town’s vibrant nightlife. So how do you choose where to start? Let’s take a closer look at things to do in Marmaris and see if we can help you decide.
Beside the seaside
Fringed by pine-capped mountains and dusted with powder-soft sands, it’s no wonder that spending time on the beach is one of the most popular things to do in Marmaris. With the shore shelving gently into the sapphire waters, Marmaris beach is ideal for families with little ones or nervous toe-dippers. The bustling promenade is lined with beach bars and restaurants, so you’re never far from a meal. If you want to add a shot of adrenaline to proceedings, there are some knuckle-whitening water sports on offer at the harbour.
If the lure of the sea is too much to resist, you’ll find plenty of boat excursions along the seafront. One of the most popular with families is a trip aboard the Barbossa: a fully-functioning pirate galleon, which’ll cruise the coast in search of treasure, with entertainment and food laid on by a crew of swarthy buccaneers. By the end of the day, your little ones will be fully-fledged pirates and have a certificate to prove it!
Wandering around the town is one of the most popular things to do in Marmaris. Just like many other towns in Turkey, Marmaris is a whitewashed maze of twisting streets that house rustic restaurants, traditional tavernas and quirky shops. By day, get your haggling head on at the Grand Bazaar or soak up some local history with a visit to Marmaris’ very own 16th Century castle. By night, take the family or your better half to the town centre and enjoy a leisurely dinner, before watching the aquatic acrobatics displayed by the Dancing Fountains!
Get out and about
Fans of the great outdoors will find plenty of exciting things to do in Marmaris. Whether you’re hillside hiking or mountain biking, be sure to pack a camera and take advantage of some of the fantastic photo opportunities you’ll encounter on your travels. However, if that all sounds a bit too much like hard work, you can get to grips with the stunning scenery as part of a 4×4 jeep excursion.
Under the sea
While the countryside around Marmaris provides some beautiful backdrops, there’s plenty more scenery to be discovered underwater. Marmaris boasts over 50 fabulous diving spots, making scuba-diving one of the most popular things to do in Marmaris. Don’t worry if you’re green behind the gills: there are some excellent diving schools in the area, with PADI-qualified instructors waiting to train you up to the point that you can join them on a dive to the spectacular underwater Baca Cave.
With so many things to do in Marmaris, you can make your break as low-key or as lively as you want it to be.