If you want a seaside resort that is not too big but is well-established and still has plenty of old charm left, Marmaris, Turkey should be on your radar. After reading this post, you will be wowed by its quaint old-town streets, impressive castle and museum, and natural surroundings including an out of this world cave. Have a look at these gorgeous spots that Marmaris has to offer!
Exploring the narrow streets of Marmaris
If you are heading towards old town Marmaris, make sure to wander the narrow old streets around the Castle. It’s a maze of charm, cobbled streets, stairs, and character. In short, it’s lovely and quaint and has a unique character that makes Marmaris what it is today. The old town gives a good insight into what life looked like back in the days when Marmaris was called Physkos and part of the Carian Empire in the 6th Century BC. Nowadays you will find souvenir shops, cafes, and restaurants in this part of town, some of which offer mesmerizing views of the bay where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean.
With authenticity everywhere you look, consider buying an authentic souvenir. Kapurcuk is a lovely initiative housing the Marmaris Kültür ve Gastronomi Evi (Marmaris Culture and Gastronomy House) in a carefully restored old house. You will find it at 43 Sokak, the street connecting the Tourism Information Office and the old Water Cistern. It is a sort of museum, souvenir shop, and cafe in one. You are welcome to go in and have a look, even upstairs, to see how people lived back in the days. The shop is a colorful collection of locally handmade gifts and food. The perfect way to return home with an authentic souvenir supporting the local community!
Conquering Marmaris Castle
Along with the natural harbor came a castle to protect the inhabitants. Over the course of history, Marmaris Castle has been besieged, destroyed, repaired, and restored. Today it is a great place to visit as it houses a museum with artifacts from ancient sites in the area. In the different galleries, you will find pieces recovered from Kaunos and Knidos, to name a few. The view from the towers towards the sea is mesmerizing, the courtyard a haven of peace.
Nature all around Marmaris, Turkey
Marmaris is surrounded by nature. You get to enjoy the always present turquoise sea, pine-clad mountains, Günnücek (Marmaris National Park) or Nimara Cave on Heaven Island. In fact, Nimara Cave is the perfect cool escape on a hot summer day. It is a bit like being on another planet. With stalagmites and stalactites in deep green and dark grey colors staring at you. You’ll have to head out of town, but the scenic drive along the coast and past Günnücek is a great bonus! If you plan a stop at Günnücek park, there is a small entrance fee to be paid. But the park is well worth it. It offers plenty of shade under the numerous Pine and Sweetgum trees and has wooden paths and platforms for a leisurely walk all the way down to the beach.
And for those of you who are worried about missing out on their favorite touristy boat trip, Marmaris also has what every other seaside resort in Turkey has: pirate boats!
Practical information to visit Marmaris, Turkey
Marmaris, Turkey, is located between the Gulf of Gökova, the Datça peninsula, and Lake Köyceğiz; all gorgeous day trips from Marmaris. If you are after a charming place to stay right in the heart of old town, check out 8 oDa. You won’t be disappointed!
Dalaman is the nearest airport. It has regular connections with Istanbul airports if required. Find cheap flight options here, or use the search widget on the side to quickly find the best available flights.
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