Marmaris is located on a bay surrounded
by mountains full of pine trees, in a place where Aegean Sea and the
Mediterranean meet. The city is a lively and relaxed holiday town with modern
hotels, restaurants, traditional turkish baths, beaches and nightlife. As Marmaris has been a favourite
destination for some while now, it is not difficult to find English speaking
people among the locals or the personnel of the hotels.
Waters in Marmaris are excellent for swimming, diving and yachting. The beaches
are suitable for children thanks to their sheltered location. The city has many
local and international restaurants. You can enjoy your Turkish specialities in
a harbour restaurant and watch the sun disappear into the sea.
is a popular walking street. After an evening walk you can drop into a bar or
restaurant to listen music and watch folklore show or you can dance in a disco
until dawn. Bar Street in the Old City is a must. You can make a day tour
to Efes or
Pamukkale. On the tour you will see the House of Virgin Mary, Temple
of Artemis, 200 years old amphitheatre. You can visit Pamukkale, where
the waters of which are believed to have remedial qualities, to help you feel
younger and healthier. Fast ferry takes only 45 minutes to Rhodes. It leaves in
the morning and returns in the evening. But, you have time to see the Old City
of Rhodes before travelling back to Marmaris.
Historical City Centre
The most important building in the centre is the castle. The castle was first
constructed by Ionians. The preserved form today was built by Ottomans in 1522.
During the First World War, it was damaged by cannonball fire opened from a
French war ship. A museum in the Castle was restored between 1980-1990. The
entrance of the castle opens directly to the garden. From both sides of the
courtyard, stairs climb up the walls. It is worth the climb to see the view from
Two of the covered places are arranged as
archaeological museum s.
Amphorae, baked clay, glass art of work, coins and various ornaments found as a
result of excavation work done in Knidos, Burgaz, Hisarönü are displayed in
those two salons and in the garden. One of the galleries is an ethnographical
salon arranged as a Turkish House, and the other one is the room of the
commander of the castle.
Another Ottoman building in the city is Hafza Sultan Caravanserai built in 1545.
Seven small rooms and one big room of the Caravanserai are allocated to gift
shops. The historical shops in the market place which used to sell second hand
goods are still in the shopping centre of the city.