Picture perfect Icmeler
Icmeler holidays are perfect for those who are looking for a calm and peaceful resort that's no more than a stone's throw from the bustling resort of Marmaris.
Originally a sleepy fishing village, Icmeler is a relatively small area that boasts beautiful and jagged mountains covered in pine forests. Expect fantastic local hospitality, fresh seafood dishes and one of the most beautiful Blue Flag beaches in Turkey. With a dramatic landscape and stunning scenery at every turn this is a great area of Turkey to explore where you can delve into hiking up the mountains, make a splash and go deep-sea diving or just simply kick back and relax.
Things to do in Icmeler
Icmeler is a fabulous place to be if you want to combine an exotic beach break with lots of local day trips. Close by you can find the bright lights and bustling streets of Marmaris and for those wanting to discover more you can head to the Greek hotspot of Rhodes.
With Marmaris just down the road you can take an exciting daytrip to this busy tourist destination. Stroll along the cobbled streets of the old town, indulge in some shopping at the bazaar and admire the beautiful mosques.
The Icmeler beach is picture perfect. Swaying palms and sweet-scented eucalyptus mingle with the salty, sea air and long stretches of sand and shingle are a welcoming retreat. With calm, blue waters you can spend endless hours padding softly across the sand and diving down into the sparkling waters. Even in the more popular months you can still find a quiet spot to call your own where you can truly immerse yourself in the beauty of the glittering Turquoise Coast. The beach is also perfectly placed as a fantastic viewing point for spectacular sunsets. Take up a place on the sandy bay and watch the sun set over the nearby island of Keçi Adasi.
Along the waterfront you'll find a great array of friendly eateries, serving up a mix of the freshest seafood and the finest, most authentic Turkish cuisine. It's also home to a fabulous night life where you'll find trendy bars hidden along the narrow streets and karaoke bars nestled in the heart of the town. Although there are plenty of options, the nightlife scene is generally laid back, so those who are looking for a loud party vibe should head to the nearby town of Marmaris. Expect clubs open all night and plenty of places to enjoy a drink and a dance.
Action and adventure
If you can tear yourself away from the beautiful beach, there is plenty of inland adventure to embark on. Hike and trek to your heart's content and enjoy jasmine-scented meadows, deep pine forests and the looming mountain range that backs this area. Those who want to keep their exploration in line with the sea can have a ball with all the fabulous diving opportunities on offer in Icmeler. With so much natural beauty on your doorstep you will be itching to get out and explore.
Please note that Irish Passport holders arriving in Turkey from 10 April 2014 need to obtain an e-visa online before travel. You can apply for your e-visa on www.evisa.gov.tr.