While the beach in Marmaris is not as well kept as some of Turkey’s other resorts, there are plenty of stretches suitable for sunbathing and relaxing. Watersports are popular here too, with all the usual jet skiing, paragliding and diving available for the adventurous. The beach area is also where the majority of Marmaris’ bars, nightclubs and restaurants are to be found, and it gets pretty hectic at night during peak season. For those wanting a bit more relaxation, Icmeler, six miles to the south, has a better beach and is a lot less busy.
Package holidays in Marmaris are great for shoppers. The old town is where you’ll find the best bargains and is great for exploring all the medieval Ottoman streets. Leather goods, carpets and jewellery are particularly good value. Haggling is not just welcomed but positively expected, and don’t be surprised if the market sellers offer you tea or coffee and expect you to go into lengthy negotiations before they let you buy anything. The old town also has a nice castle and museum for those wanting a bit of culture, while an authentic Turkish bath is an experience not to be missed. For those wanting to get out of the town, horse riding tours are available, while boat and yacht charters enable you to see more of the surrounding coastal areas.