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Choose a Marmaris holiday in 2021 for a magical retreat in the Turkish Riviera. Marmaris is a large, picturesque resort on the pristine turquoise coast of southwest Turkey. It benefits from warm Mediterranean weather and a prime location between two intersecting sets of mountains by the sea. It boasts its own marina, a quaint old town with a historic castle, and a wealth of contemporary establishments from restaurants to bars and clubs. Not to mention a spectacular beach that stretches the entire length of the resort.
As a Turkish resort, Marmaris is full of opportunities to relax in a traditional Turkish bath, or hammam, and the Greek island of Rhodes is less than an hour’s boat ride away. Other excursions from the resort include trips to Dalyan Caunos, with its ancient tombs, mud baths and sea turtles, and the waterfalls and terraced basins of Pamukkale.
Your guide to Marmaris holidays
Top attractions on a Marmaris holiday include everything from cultural heritage to contemporary activities. Spend the day on the beach and marvel at the breathtaking turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, or pay a visit to one of two water parks in the resort for water slides, bumper boats and the kamikaze ride. The resort is also home to some of the liveliest clubs and nightlife venues, as well as restaurants serving a range of Mediterranean, Turkish and international cuisines. There are heaps of water sports opportunities, as well as cycling trails, boat trips and jeep safaris.
There are also regular excursions outside of Marmaris to nearby villages including Bayir village with its ancient mosque and local honey, Turgut village situated amid a canyon with a 300 year old watermill and spectacular waterfall, and Orhaniye village with the popular Kizkumu beach.
Expect to find over 9km of dazzling beach on a holiday to Marmaris. Marmaris Urban Beach is a stretch of organised beach close to Marmaris town centre. It’s the liveliest and most popular in the area, dotted with sun loungers and umbrellas and a variety of heart-pumping water sports. Aquatic activities on offer include pedaloes, banana boats, jet-ski hire and bungee jumps into the sea. For a more relaxed approach, there are boat and yacht cruises that also stop at other beaches along the coast.
Marmaris Urban Beach gives way to Uzunyali Beach, otherwise known as Long Beach, which stretches for 10km along the whole Marmari coast to Icmeler. Unbroken stretches of soft golden sand are backed by a pedestrian promenade lined with cafés, restaurants, bars and shops selling sunglasses and souvenirs. If you walk along the beach to Icmeler, take some time to admire the golden sandy beach there. Hire out a small fishing boat, parasail or take advantage of the crystal-clear waters with some scuba diving.
Prices last checked at 4:09 AM January 27, 2021