Around the Bay of Marmaris on the southwest side is İçmeler (EECH-meh-LEHR, map), a seaside vacation “suburb” of Marmaris.
Shuttle boats cruise across the bay regularly between Marmaris and İçmeler, and minibuses make the 5-km (3-mile) trip frequently, but holiday-makers in İçmeler might just as well stay put: the beach is good, the views fine, the noise and traffic levels much lower in İçmelerthan in Marmaris, and İçmeler has over 60 of its own hotels.
İçmeler is a fine base for excursions to the less-developed towns of Bozburun and Datça out on the peninsulas that jut westward into the Mediterranean.
Distances & Travel Times
Antalya: 595 km (367 miles) E, 7 hours
Bodrum: 170 km (103 miles) W, 3 hours
Dalaman: 125 km (75 miles) E, 2 hours
Fethiye: 175 km (106 miles) E, 3 hours
Istanbul: 905 km (560 miles) N, 13 hours
İzmir: 325 KM (200 miles) N, 5 hours
Kaş: 310 km (190 miles) E, 4.5 hours
Köyceğiz: 80 km (47 miles) E, 1.25 hours
Marmaris: 5 km (3 miles) N, 15 minutes
Muğla: 60 km (34 miles), 1 hour
Pamukkale: 190 km (115 miles), 4 hours
—by Tom Brosnahan