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Marmaris, an old, but very modern city in the south-west of Turkey, is situated at the point where the Mediterranean meets the Aegean Sea. This resort was built where the 3,500-year-old city of Phykos once stood. Not long ago, Marmaris was just an obscure fishing village, occasionally visited by cruise ships sailing across the Mediterranean. Once its beauty was discovered, however, it soon became a flourishing resort. It has one of the most important Mediterranean yacht ports, where many tours around the coastal landmarks are organised, and here you can also try out catamarans and water skis.

The current boom of tourism in Marmaris is somewhat controversial, as the city has now become one big, never-ending party. You won’t find many Turks here, either – this resort has been adapted to tourists from Western and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Russia. Since everything is aimed to please the tourist crowds, peace and authenticity in Marmaris are in short supply. The city’s natural environment, however, is beautiful enough to please absolutely anyone. Anyway, if you ever get bored of the region, you can always take a ferry to the famous nearby Greek island of Rhodes.

Old historical Marmaris Tower
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Old historical Marmaris Tower

One of the unmissable accents of the Old Town here is the 11th-century castle, looming over the city centre on a hill, which was built in 1522 by Suleiman the Magnificent after a successful battle with Rhodes. The castle is surrounded by ancient narrow streets. The old districts of Marmaris attract people with their loud noises emanating from local markets. Here you can buy some excellent leather items, carpets and traditionally decorated souvenirs. If you travel a little further from the city, you’ll find the iconic sea grotto of Fosforlu.

Old historical Marmaris Tower
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Old historical Marmaris Tower

The region of Marmaris has many remaining monuments that remind one of great ancient times – which is why we advise you don’t stay in the city for too long. Travelling through Ephesus, Miletus, Priene, Didim, Halicarnassus and Telmessos you’ll see how majestic and beautiful cities were in ancient times. The remains of the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus in Bodrum strikes one with their sense of mystery - these two Wonders of the Ancient World used to be located in Marmaris.

The city’s resort area stretches from Bodrum to Antalya. Some tourists call this region the land of azure travels. Since the summer climate of Marmaris can be a little too much, most visitors choose to come here in September, when air temperatures are not as high. Winters here, while not cold, are usually very humid and rainy – occasionally even causing a flood.

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