Pearl of the Aegean Sea
Marmaris is a very popular tourist destination due to its being in the so-called ‘Turkish Aegean'. The city is situated by a large protected bay, which finds itself in luscious surroundings with attractive pine trees and serves as a natural shipping port. Its location in such a protected area makes the region the ideal spot for water sports and sailing. The marina is also the starting point for the popular "blue cruises". Traditional "gulets", sailing boats with broad wooden hulls, have been built here for many years.
Cruise ships belonging to international companies also dock in the commercial harbour. There are two large marinas, and several smaller ones, with hundreds of skippers spending winter here each year. The marina has over 600 mooring areas and is the largest in the Turkish Aegean Sea. Ferries set sail from Marmaris to the Greek island of Rhodes, which can be seen in the distance.
The beach promenade, which is ideal for holidaymakers to go for a stroll along, is approximately 11 km-long and is full of places to shop or stop for a bit to eat. While in the harbour district, it is also well worth paying a visit to the attractive castle, which dates back to the Ottoman era. The beach is 10-15 metres wide and its surface comprises fine to rough pebbles. The hotels and restaurants situated by the beach have laid out sun loungers and parasols, which can generally be used by guests free of charge. There are many pubs and restaurants open in the evening, and for night owls there is also a range of clubs and bars.