Marmaris is a seaside resort and port town set against a gorgeous backdrop of pine clad hills, and it combines natural beauty with an astounding zest for life. It offers the best of both worlds; it is famous for the unending nightlife in its numerous clubs and bars that stretch along the coast. On the other hand, the surrounding countryside offers the best in culture in the scenic roads and postcard villages, which lead to ancient ruins and unspoiled beaches.
Although the marina gives you the feel of a sophisticated Western resort, the narrow streets of the Old Quarter give the town a more traditional Turkish atmosphere.
A Little Bit of History
In ancient times, the port was known as Physkos and was a part of Caria. Alexander the Great invaded Caria and the castle of Physkos was captured.
It was during the reign of Beylik of Mentese that the town came to be known as Marmaris.
The View of Marmaris
The name refers to Turkish word Mermer and Greek word Marmaron, which means marble, in reference to the marble deposits of this region.
In 1522, the Marmaris Castle was rebuilt completely by the Ottoman Emperor Suleiman the Magnificent, who made this port town his base to attack the Knights of St. John, who were based in Rhodes.
On their way to Egypt to fight against Napoleon’s armada, Lord Nelson and his fleet took shelter in the Marmaris Harbor in 1798.
Port of Marmaris
At Marmaris you can buy cheap leather goods, rugs, embroidery, Alabaster chess sets, and inlaid wooden boxes.
Youth and Spring Festival, International Yacht Festival, International Regatta, and Maritime and Spring Festival are some of the popular events here.
Where is Marmaris?
- 55.4 miles/ 89.3 km from Dalaman, Turkey
- 68.3 miles/ 110 km from Bodrum, Turkey
- 164.6 miles/ 265 km from Izmir, Turkey
- 196.9 miles/ 317 km from Antalya, Turkey
- 455.4 miles/ 733 km from Istanbul, Turkey
- 37.9 miles/ 61 km from Rhodes Airport, Greece
- 152.8 miles/ 246 km from Izmir Airport, Turkey
- 203.1 miles/ 327 km from Antalya Airport
Things to See
- The Marina
- Carian Rock Tombs
- Ataturk Park
- Atlantis Waterpark
- Turkish Bath
- Carsi Market
- Dalyan Mud Bath
- Marmaris Beach
- Icmeler Beach
- Dalyan Beach
- Jeep Safari
- Boat Trip
- Cleopatra Island
The once sleepy fishing village has turned into the country’s busiest yacht-charter port.
Marmaris is a perfect destination for all age groups, and it provides the perfect weather for sunbathers, an interesting countryside for explorers and an enchanting nightlife for night owls.
We wish you a fantastic Mediterranean cruise!