An Adult’s Guide To Marmaris
There are very few towns in the world which can offer pretty much everything. Marmaris is certainly one of those. Located in the Mugla Province of southwest Turkey, the town has been a popular tourist spot for many years thanks to its stunning location.
The port town is one of the prettiest locations in Turkey, with a harbour surrounded by quite staggering mountains and a castle sitting proudly by the bay. The yachts docked show the high-life of Marmaris, and also give you a sneaky clue of the best way to experience and see every bit of the town’s coastline.
However, all this seems rather calm and relaxed, and whilst there are elements of that in the Turkish town, with some five-star resorts, Marmaris is a lively and vibrant place.
Since the 1980s it’s blown up into a must visit for adults who want to escape their day-to-day lives. And luckily for you, we at alpharooms can guide your through every step of the way.
Firstly, Where Do We Stay?
Of course any holiday in Marmaris begins with deciding where to stay. There are dozens of first-class resorts in Marmaris from opulent five star resorts to great value hotels, there’s something for everyone.
At the top end is D-Resort Grand Azur in the city centre. With its own private beach it locks you away from the rest of the city and offers a truly luxurious stay, right on the shoreline of the Turkish Riviera. It’s one of a host of five-star resorts along this stretch, with the Grand Pasa Hotel just over the road, and the Golden Rock Beach Hotel also within a stone’s throw.
There are plenty of offerings on a budget too in the town, and in fact it isn’t just in Marmaris, Turkey holidays in general can offer some great resorts at reasonable prices. For those wanting to visit Marmaris however, Icmeler, just a short journey from the town is a great place to stop.
The Club Ekinci Palace is priced at almost a steal with rooms starting from £3 per night, and regularly receives rave reviews. It’s within walking distance of the beach and has a huge pool, for those wanting to lounge around all day before heading into town for an evening out.
First Class Dining
As you’d expect with anywhere in Turkey, the food in Marmaris is pretty special, and you won’t find a better experience than down by the harbour. Watching the yachts come into the harbour and tucking into some of the exquisite seafood plucked straight from the Mediterranean.
A bit of an institution in Marmaris, Pineapple has been serving up some of the best international cuisine in the town since 1988, and its seafood is simply a must. The seafood linguine is perhaps the highlight of the menu, whilst its range of wines and beers mean almost every dish has the perfect partner.
Of course, when in Turkey you’d want to discover the delights of Turkish cuisine too. You want to sample the mouth-watering taste of a kebab, or the pleasantries of Turkish pizza, the Lahmacun. For authentic cuisine it’s worth travelling further inland to Kebabe Ocakbasi BBQ Restaurant, where this no-thrills eatery serves up food to tourists and locals in equal measure.
Dancing The Night Away
Marmaris is fast becoming one of the Eastern Europe hotspots for partying, and there are plenty of bars dotted across town to dance until the early hours. On almost every street in town you’ll find bars catering to every taste, from karaoke nights, to rock and roll, to parties that wouldn’t look out of place in Ibiza.
Bar Street, just off the harbour and a short walk from Pineapple is the spot to head to, with the party not stopping until the very early hours. Back Street Bar is one of its most popular haunts and is a huge open space where revellers really know how to party.
For a quieter night, it’s well worth a trip over to Armutalan Town, where you can enjoy a drink without the bustle – and prices – of Bar Street. The area is constantly evolving to attract people away from the town and you’ll normally come across some incredibly cool bars.
A Spa Recovery
Naturally, dancing the night away can be pretty exhausting, so what better way to recover than with an authentic Turkish mud bath. It’s an experience you can’t leave without enjoying and is one of the most relaxing days you’re ever likely to have.
There are dozens of packages you can enjoy, with pick-ups and drop-offs from your hotel and a range of treatments available. That all centres around the bath itself. The Dalyan Mud Bath is just an hour’s drive away from Marmaris and its thermal springs are they very height of relaxation.
The history of Dalyan is closely linked to Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty, and you can’t help but feel cleansed after a dip. It’s the perfect way to refresh after a night out in Marmaris, and the perfect end to a holiday, heading home feeling relaxed and ready to get back to everyday life.