Location guide: Marvellous Marmaris

April 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

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If you were to pick a holiday location purely based on how idyllic it looks in photos, Marmaris in southwestern Turkey would be a shoe-in. This idyllic little coastal town is surrounded by gorgeous azure water and pine-forested hills and stuffed with lively nightlife, amazing places to eat and traditional Turkish culture.

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Whether you want to lap up the summer sun and meander along the bustling main beachfront or pop into one of the bars and restaurants along its length, there are tons of places to stay dotted around the town. If you prefer things a little more laid-back, the Marmaris Marina might be more your scene – as well as the dozens of yachts in the harbour, there are upmarket restaurants, as well as a wide variety of bazaars and boutiques if you feel like a little shopping. Or party late into the night – Bar Street, as the name suggests, has plenty of drinking establishments in which hilarity will ensue. A great place to stay is the Serin Hotel Marmaris, offering some of the best accommodation around.

The view from the Serin Hotel

The view from the Serin Hotel

History buffs will want to check out Marmaris Castle and the surrounding Old Town, or head further afield to Pamukkale, which also is home to the Greco-Roman ruin of Hieraopolis – it’s a lengthy trip, but absolutely worth the journey. The glistening white terraces of Pammukale are a natural wonder formed from travertine, a rock deposited by the numerous hot springs in the area. Hierapolis is equally marvellous, with an incredible theatre, necropolis and temples to explore, or swim in thermal water amongst incredible ruins in Cleopatra’s Pool.

Cleopatra’s also got an island named after her, situated off the coast to the north of Marmaris, famous for its unique beaches with fine white sand made from seashells. Take a boat and visit Paradise Island, the ancient Lycian Rock Tombs and the spooky Phosphorus Caves. Or for aquatic thrills and spills, try an aqua park – Atlantis is situated right on the beachfront, while Aquadream is tucked away amongst the pine trees. Or head to Daylan and lounge around in the mud baths, which are incredible for your skin.

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Ultimately, there’s a good reason that Marmaris is such a popular destination, and that’s because there’s so much to do while you’re there – whether you’re exploring Turkey for the first time or are a seasoned visitor, it’s a great place for a holiday.

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