One of the most beautiful port cities of Turkey, Marmaris is an exquisite tourist destination. It is now one of the most visited winter vacation spots and is well known for the sparkling Mediterranean waters surrounding it. If you are a fan of beautiful sceneries and outdoors, Marmaris is just the place for you. There are many enchanting beaches one can take walks upon or to simply sit on a sun bed and bask in the warm sunshine. The endless beachfront is full of cafes, bars and restaurants and offers the best place to just enjoy the breathtaking surroundings.
Of all the places to see, the Marmaris Mountains and the Marmaris Marina are two places you oughtn’t to miss. The mountains are full of wonderful pine trees and the rough terrain can also be a perfect hiking opportunity while the height provides a marvelous view of the lower altitudes. Apart from hiking, Marmaris Jeep Safari facilities up and around the slopes are also available. The Kizkumu beach is a popular safari sight and tours around nearby waterfalls, villages and beaches are also available. The Marmaris Marina is famous for the many yachts, restaurants and bars located here. It is a long walk from the port to the local market and proves to be a memorable area. Restaurants here are a particular favorite because of the fresh fish and the cafes are famous for the lovely ambience and mesmerizing view. This is the perfect place to enjoy in solitude or in quiet company.
From the Marmaris Marina, one can also hire a yacht and go on a cruise to the nearby coves, ruins, islands, caves and beaches. One of the most popular nearby destinations is Dalyan which is accessible via daily ferries. Here lie the ruins of Caunos, ancient Carian Rock Tombs and several species of unique birds as well as fishes. Near Dalyan, there is the Iztuzu beach which is home to the endangered Loggerhead and Green Turtles. There is also a warm sulphur pool, an outdoor spa and many mud baths for the ultimate sea side experience. The infamous Cleopatra Beach lies just 10 km to the north of Marmaris and is one of the most visited spots on the Mediterranean shore. It is lined by green olive trees and is the only beach with striking gold sand on the whole planet. The turquoise water of the sea surrounds the island and the beach is under heavy security due to its uniqueness. Another outdoor destination from Marmaris is Akyaka which is a stony beach with stunning views of the sea and has many pine trees as well. It is well known for the typical Turkish architecture prominent in all its buildings. Marmaris has many facilities for boating, scuba diving and fishing and the area is a dream destination for people who prefer the outdoors more. Jeep safaris, horse riding and several other excursions are popular tourist activities.
Apart from these, the city also has many restaurants, bars, clubs, amusement parks and market areas to visit. To soak up in the local culture without much activity, one can also avail of the services of the local Turkish baths and spas. Water Park lovers should head over to Atlantis Water Park and Aqua Dream Park which have several water rides like the black hole, wave pool, kamikaze slides and free fall for general entertainment. Sightseeing includes the ancient Marmaris Castle which is believed to be built in the 1044 BC and has a marvelous landscape as well as interesting displays depicting the rich history and heritage of the area. The Marmaris Museum also has some extremely interesting artifacts belonging to Roman and Byzantium eras as well as antique weapons and other handicrafts. Nightlife in Marmaris isn’t that active but places like Malibu Beach Bar, Santana Bar, Blackpool Bar and Ushers Bar offer great cuisine, drinks and stay open beyond the usual closing time of the restaurants.
Marmaris can be both a quiet retreat for work weary individuals seeking a respite from their busy lives with its sandy beaches and quiet surroundings. It can also be an adventure for thrill seeking tourists who want an action packed vacation with all the hiking, diving and safari facilities available. It is truly a gem of the Turkish Rivera.
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