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Travel Guide

With a yacht-lined marina, charming old town and a seafront promenade that runs its full length, the sunny beach resort of Marmaris is among the most sought-after holiday destinations on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast.

Marmaris was once a sleeping fishing village, but you wouldn’t know it today. Set in a sheltered bay surrounded by thick pine forests, Marmaris’ natural beauty has drawn hotel developers and holidaymakers here for decades. The picturesque, mountainous backdrop spills down to a lively palm-lined promenade that is packed with cafés, bars and sea-view restaurants.

Sunbathe on one of Marmaris’ sand and pebble beaches, or jet-ski and parasail around the bay with one of the water sports centres along the seafront. You will find boats the full length of the promenade offering day-trips out on the beautiful clear water for leisurely afternoons of swimming and diving. Or, if you’re feeling flash, charter a luxury yacht for the day and explore the bay in style.

From al fresco cocktail bars to neon-lit nightclubs, the buzz of nightlife in Marmaris is one of its biggest draws. You’ll find restaurants serving international fare all along the strip. Head to the bazaar for traditional dishes, or enjoy a romantic meal in the lovely waterfront restaurants overlooking the marina. After dark there is a cluster of lively nightspots on Bar Street, where the party lasts until the early hours.

Away from the beach and bar scenes, discover Marmaris’ history at the 16th-century hilltop castle and in the surrounding lanes of the atmospheric old quarter. Seek out the restored stone houses, which offer a glimpse into the past, and stop to people-watch in one of the shaded courtyards above the marina.

Explore Marmaris’ bustling bazaar, where you will find stalls piled high with tourist souvenirs, bags, jewellery, herbs and spices. Before you leave Marmaris, embrace the local tradition of Turkish massage at a hammam and enjoy a vigorous steam, scrub and rub down. The enormous Armutalan Hamam, around a mile from the town centre, offers one of the best.

With its reliable hot summer weather, beaches, nightlife and history, Marmaris caters well to most types of traveller looking for a sunny getaway in a pretty setting.

Where to stay in Marmaris

Top hotels in Marmaris

D Maris Bay
D Maris Bay
5 out of 5
Datca Yolu Uzeri 35. Km, Marmaris, Mugla
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Offering direct access to the beach, this Marmaris resort is within 20 mi (32 km) of Girl Sand Beach, Icmeler Beach and Cleopatra Island. Aqua Dream Water Park ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (127 reviews)

"Just Amazing!"…"

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2020

D Maris Bay
Elif Hanim Hotel & Spa
Elif Hanim Hotel & Spa
Akyaka Mah Koyuncu Sok No 26 Akyaka, Ula
The price is Rs3,492 per night from 26 Feb to 27 Feb

Located in Akyaka City Center, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Akyaka Beach and Akyaka Azmak Deresi.

4.7/5Exceptional! (195 reviews)
Relaxing in Akyaka.

"The Hotel was very clean and comfortable, the Manager and Staff excellent, could not do enough to make your stay enjoyable. Good location for beach, shops, restaurants and bars."…"

Reviewed on 9 Jul 2020

Elif Hanim Hotel & Spa
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Motto Premium Hotel&Spa
4 out of 5
Kemal Seyfettin Elgin Bulvarı No 59, Marmaris, Mugla
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Located in Marmaris City Center, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Atlantis Water Park, Blue Port Shopping Center and Marmaris Beach. Aqua Dream Water ...

4.3/5Excellent! (79 reviews)

"The hotel is super clean , bed is very comfortable, amenities are good"…"

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2021

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Top Holiday Rentals in Marmaris

XOX Apart Hotel
XOX Apart Hotel
Ataturk Caddesi, Akyaka, No: 34, Ula, Mugla
The price is Rs2,458 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Situated on the Strip, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Akyaka Beach and Akyaka Azmak Deresi. Çınar Plajı Beach and Asiklar Yolu are also ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (12 reviews)
Horrible service - terrible management

"Avoid this place if you dont want to hassle with the standard Turkish style cons. The manager tried to get more money from us when we were leaving - although we had already paid in advance on our check in. When we didnt pay him the extra - he threatened us and sent us rude messages after we left. ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2019

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Alenz Suite
Alenz Suite
Siteler mahallesi, Yunus Nadi caddesi No:93, Marmaris, Mugla

This family-friendly Marmaris apartment building is located near the beach, within a 10-minute walk of Aqua Dream Water Park and Atlantis Water Park. Marmaris ...

3.5/5Good! (14 reviews)

"First class all the family loved it will be booking again next year"…"

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2020

Alenz Suite
Kocer Club Apartments
Kocer Club Apartments
Çildir Mahallesi, 172.Sokak Marmaris, Marmaris, Mugla

Located in Marmaris City Center, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Blue Port Shopping Center, Marmaris Beach and Atlantis Water Park. Aqua Dream ...

3.9/5Good! (36 reviews)
Return guest

"Great location. Clean, basic apartments perfect for what i wanted. Big pool area. Ive stayed here before and will again."…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2020

Kocer Club Apartments
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28 Feb 2020

I gave family here so it’s oercect

5/5 - Excellent


5 Nov 2019

Marmaris is a place that you will go back time and time again.

4/5 - Good

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24 Oct 2019

If interested in going to the waterpark in october, only the larger park is open and you need to book tickets in advance, with it only being open days where enough tickets are purchased, which we unfortunately found too late.

5/5 - Excellent

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23 Oct 2019

Best place ibhave ever been cant wait 2 go back

5/5 - Excellent

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23 Oct 2019

Was quiet for october but warmer at night than last year

5/5 - Excellent


19 Oct 2019

Marmaris is lovely just hotel is rubbish

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