Known to Turks as Green
Marmaris) because of its pine- and olive-clad mountains, the resort city of Marmaris is set on a broad mountain-ringed bay 3 hours by road east of Bodrum, 2 hours by road west of Dalyan (map), and just across the water from the Greek island of Rhodes.
It's among Turkey's most popular seaside resorts for foreign tourists coming on packaged holidays. They fill the town's many hotels small and large, promenade along its palm-lined waterfront, set out on jeep safaris and yacht cruises, go in for water sports, laze on the beaches (particularly Cleopatra Beach on Cedar (Sedir) Island), and have a good time.
Marmaris is also the hub for an ever-expanding resort area which includes the separate town of İçmeler across the bay, and smaller vacation getaway villages on the Bozburun Peninsula and Reşadiye Peninsula which jut into the Mediterranean to the west and southwest (map).
Holiday-makers are not the first foreign visitors to come to Marmaris. English admiral Lord Nelson readied
his fleet in this perfect
natural Mediterranean bay
in 1798, then
sailed out to defeat the Napoleon's
navy at the Battle
Since then, the
beautiful natural harbor of Marmaris has been pretty quiet.
That is, until the tourism boom of
the 1990s made it Turkey's premier
yachting port for Blue
Voyage yacht cruises. Sleek
boats now crowd its modern full-service
marina, and jostle for space along
the waterfront promenades.
Its small fortress/castle is
now a museum. More...
to and from the Greek island of
several times daily during the summer
(less frequently off-season), bringing
yet another flow of visitors. Here's
full ferry information.
Marmaris's small market
district and covered bazaar in the center of town
is usually crowded with foreigners.
Resort complexes have sprung
up all around the bay, adding a lot
of white concrete to
Those who find
and noisy flee to colonies
like İçmeler, Datça, Orhaniye and Selimiye out
on the peninsulas that jut west- and southwestward
into the Mediterranean.
You'll see beehives everywhere, set to gather Marmaris's famous honey. You'll also see workshops quarrying and shaping the region's famous mable.
of Marmaris & Mediterranean
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—by Tom Brosnahan