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A gorgeous backdrop of pine clad mountains looms behind the seaside resort of Marmaris in southwest Turkey. Popular as a cruise ship and yacht port and with the British budget holiday crowd, Marmaris offers an abundance of fast food restaurants, the restored castle of Suleyman the Magnificent and an appealing cobblestoned old quarter. Outside the busy town, coves and bays of the Dat├ža Peninsula make lovely daytrip destinations for those traveling by boat.

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Marmaris is a port town and tourist resort on the Mediterranean coast, located in Mugla Province, southwest Turkey, along the shoreline of the Turkish Riviera. Marmaris' main source of income is tourism. Little is left of the sleepy fishing village that Marmaris was just a few decades ago, after a construction boom in the 1980s. Marmaris still retains its charm due to its exceptional location between two intersecting sets of mountains by the sea. Marmaris' nightlife rivals anything on the Turkish coast. It is also a centre for sailing and diving, possessing two major and several smaller marinas. It is a popular wintering location for hundreds of cruising boaters.



Climate and when to go

Marmaris is part of the city of Mugla (pronounced Moola). The climate is very mild in winter, great holiday weather in spring and autumn and very hot in July and August. Temperatures can reach 42 degrees centigrade. Dehydration is a big problem for visitors during these months, so please take adequate precautions.


Between May and October it almost never rains! Marmaris is surrounded by mountains which retain the heat and makes the water temperature very comfortable.


Winter is very mild, Tshirt or light jacket weather most days, however heavy rains and storms can occur but dont last long. The nights can be chilly but there is rarely a frost. Marmaris has a perfect winter climate, you can still swim and get a tan and it is very inexpensive. You can get a hotel room for approx 5 pounds per night. So try Marmaris in winter!



Do's and don’ts for sailing Turkey’s Mediterranean coast

The Turquoise Coast is a glistening stretch of clear blue sea where gods once played in sublime pebble coves and now spectacular ruins abound. By far the most dramatic way to see this stretch of coastline is by skimming through the crystal waters aboard a gület (traditional wooden yacht) where you can party till it’s every man and woman overboard, or plain relax with the salt between your toes.



*Ask for recommendations from other travellers

*Bargain, but don’t necessarily go for the cheapest option because the crew will skimp on food and alcohol

*Check out your boat (if you are in Fethiye) and ask to see the guest list

*Ask whether your captain and crew speak English

*Confirm whether the boat actually uses the sails, rather than relying on a noisy diesel engine

*Trust your gut – if instinct tells you that three days at sea in this boat sounds horrible, then trust yourself!

*Book well ahead for July and August in order to be sure of getting on a cruise



*Don’t pay until the day you leave, just in case the weather turns foul

*Don’t go for gimmicks such as free water sports. They often prove to be empty promises and boats rarely have insurance for them in case of accidents.

*Don’t buy your ticket in ?stanbul, as pensions and commission agents take a healthy cut

*Don’t take a boat just because it is leaving today




If you happen to be in the city during lunch time, there are many place where you can eat and drink. You can go to one of the local Marmaris supermarkets to buy food, go to one of the many touristy restaurants, with their international menus, or go to one of the dinners that offer local cocking. The prices range from 3 YTL (New Turkish Lira) per person, all the way to 60 YTL.


Eating outside the hotel, is safe, though it is always good to pay attention to few simple rolls, like you do at home; See if the place is busy, if the place is clean and so on. In Marmaris, the restaurants and dinner, are located all around. If you go to Marmaris (the Bazaar) in the center of Marmaris, you come upon many small food stands and dinners, where many of the locals eat out.


Most of these places offer home made food, such as; Lentil soup, Vegetable soup, Köfte (A kind of Turkish meatball), barbecued chicken, beef, many kinds of salads and more. Many dinners and restaurants can be found along side the road that connects Marmaris to Icmeler. If you fancy “English” breakfast, Chinese, Mexican, France, Indian, Italian, you'll find it here. The same goes to the roads that lead to Armutalan. In a way, Armutalan has a bigger rang of food types and many more restaurants, then Marmaris.



Beautiful Turkish Women Are Very Desirable

Turkey is a democratic republic, however about 99 % of the population are Muslim, therefore Turkish women are very family orientated, have high moral and good manners. They are not looking for fun, if they decide to go for a date, then they can see a future with a potential date.