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Marmaris is a cosmopolitan town which has been built around a natural bay surrounded by pine clad mountains and it is situated on the south western side of Turkey's Mediterranean coast - the tiny fishing port has certainly grown and offers tourists here many attractions.
The destination airport for Marmaris is Dalaman International Airport which is approximately an hour's drive from the resort itself. The majority of major airlines operate flights to Turkey including easyJet, Thomas Cook and Turkish Airlines. Duration of flights from the UK to Dalaman International Airport vary between four and five hours and depend on the airport you depart from. To gain entry into Turkey, UK visitors must hold a passport valid for at least three months prior to their planned trip.
Transfer to Marmaris from the airport is really straight forward as there are numerous taxis and coaches for hire to take you on the final part of your journey. Representatives from the tour companies will greet holidaymakers at the airport and accompany them to the resort by coach transfer.
There is plenty to do in Marmaris and the sunny daylight hours see many people heading to the beach where a variety of watersports are on offer. You can try parasailing, water skiing and scuba diving to name but a few of the activities found here but those of you who just want some rest and relaxation can stretch out on one of the many sun beds just soaking up the super Turkish sunshine.
Boat trips are extremely popular in Turkey and from Marmaris marina you can take a leisurely trip to one of the many islands with gorgeous sandy beaches such as Cleopatra's Island or the turtle beach at Patara. Marmaris is also a port large enough to accommodate cruise liners and it is very interesting watching the arrival and departure of some of these ships.
There is the Atlantis Waterpark to visit where a variety of slides will keep you tumbling into cool water and there are horse safaris riding through untouched forestry land with picturesque scenery.
There are several archaeological sites of interest here as well including the Lycian Tombs and Kaunos Theatre at Dalyan, the amphitheatre ruins in Fethiye and in the mountainous village of Kas you will find the remains of a theatre as well as sarcophagi. The Roman ruins at Ephesus are an experience to see and really do illustrate how the old Romans actually lived. Pamukkale which was once thought to be the 8th wonder of the world is also worthy of a visit.
The range of restaurants in Marmaris is second to none and every palette is catered for here. You will find both Chinese and Italian restaurants as well as fish and chip shops and most of the restaurants will also serve delicious traditional Turkish dishes such as kebabs and seafood platters. If you wish, you could dine at a different restaurant every night of your holiday as there are so many to choose from.
The nightlife in Marmaris can be wild and you will find most nightclubs and bars buzzing until at least 4am and many of these are centred around the waterfront. There are bars serving inexpensive cocktails, others where the staff join in the fun and dance along the counter and you will find several restaurants staying open to cater for the late night or shall we say early morning partygoers.
Shopping in Marmaris is delightful especially for items such as leather, ceramics, carpets and jewellery. The art of haggling and bartering for bargains is practised here and you will certainly find shopping can be very entertaining. There are several bazaars and there are many bargains to be found in the Carsi Market in the Ottoman Castle where over 200 shops and a flea market are open every day of the week. Locals sell their fruit and vegetables amongst other things at a weekly market held on Thursdays and this too is very colourful.
Original designer wear can be found around the Marina area but, as you will probably be aware, Turkey is famous for its fake goods but even though fake, they are still very good value. The jewellery in Turkey is amazing and gold in particular is also extremely good value with an incredible range of unusually designed and attractive gold items to be found. In fact truly dedicated shoppers will feel that Marmaris is their mecca and for those holidaying at the end of the season they will be pleased to learn that most things are half price throughout October.
Marmaris is a real piece of Turkish delight and is one of the most popular destinations in Turkey to take a holiday with people returning again and again to enjoy all that this stunning place has to offer.