MARMARIS Holiday Resort - For fun filled holidays
Once a sleepy fishing village, Marmaris is now one of the most popular holiday resorts in Turkey. Located on the coast between two sets of mountains it has many beautiful coves & bays making a favourite for yacht charter cruises along the Aegean & Mediterranean. Marmaris has several marinas & attracts yacht enthusiasts & owners alike.
Marmaris is served by Dalaman airport approximately 90 minutes away. Cheap flights to Dalaman are readily available especially when booked some time in advance
MARMARIS HOLIDAY DESTINATION - Lots to see & do & a huge choice in places to stay.
There are innumerable hotels & apartments in Marmaris offering a wide range of boards & budgets from small pensions to 5 star all inclusives. The majority are 3 star standard & make holidays to Marmaris very affordable - hence its popularity with visitors of all ages. Alot of the accommodation is situated close to the beachfront but the tourism & subsequent building boom has meant that many new hotels have been built on the hillside in the Armutalan area which is much quieter thatn the main part of Marmaris.
Due to its popularity the population increases from 31,000 to over 300.000 during the summer season & the harbour area with its waterside restaurants , cafes & bars has a vibrant atmosphere with all the milling visitors. There are also plenty of boutiques, markets, bazaars, gold , leather & souvenir shops to browse through & barter in for those holiday in Turkey mementoes
Nightlife in Marmaris is varied & lively with something to suit everyone. From variety shows , nightclubs & foam parties to enjoying a quiet drink on the waterfront to the accompaniment of a live guitarist , young or old Marmaris has somewhere to let your hair down . Bar Street is probably the most noisy area of Marmaris but it is THE place to party.
Other than relaxing on the long beach during the day, there are lots of activites to enjoy in Marmaris from scuba diving to boat trips & tours such as jeep safari
Marmaris is probably Turkey's most commercial , Anglified resort, but there is no doubt given the number of people who return year after year that it is a success story.
Marmaris has several sub resorts & nearby towns each with their own distinct “personality” though none as lively or vibrant as Marmaris itself. These resorts include Icmeler, Turunc, Bozburun , Yalikavak & Sogut. All are served by Dalaman airport like Marmaris & each has plenty of choice for places to stay & things to do even if they may be a little more sedate in nature.
Marmaris - past to present
The actual timeline for the foundation of Marmaris is unknown however records show that during 6th century BC it was part of the Carian Empire & was known as Physkos when it was invaded by the Lycians.
During the Hellenistic age Alexander the Great invaded Caria & the castle was besieged. ( Writings from the historian Heredotus show that a castle has been on that site since 3000 BC or so ) the local populace burned all their valuables before feeling to the hills. The invaders repaired the castle .
After 300 BC the Carians came the rule of the Egyptians, Asstrians, Ionians and Dorians successively. The Dorians turned the Carian province into 9 colony cities ( including Halicarnassos and Knidos ) These became an active trading centre for Anatolia and led to an increase in maritime trade.
In 138 B.C. Attalos the 3rd, King of Bergama, whose predecessors had ruled Caria for 90 years, ceded Physkos to Rome and the city was ruled from Rhodes by Roman generals.
The city became part of the Ottoman Empire in 1425, and the castle was rebuilt in 1521 AD by the Ottoman sultan Suleyman the Magnificent when he had set out for his campaign on Rhodes to defeat the Knights of St John, during which Marmaris ( then known as Mimaras ) served as a base for the Ottoman Navy.
There is small Ottoman caravanserai ( a roadside inn built to shelter animals & men along the ancient caravan trade routes ) built at the same time as the castle in the bazaar built by Suleyman's mother Ayse Hafsa Sultan
Lord Nelson and his entire fleet sheltered in the harbour of Marmaris in 1798, en route to Egypt to defeat Napoleon's armada during the Mediterranean campaign.
Marmaris remained a small fishing village until tourism started in the region. With its beautiful scenery & fabulous coastline yachting enthusiast & blue cruise lovers put the town on the map. Today Marmaris is one of Turkey's most popular holiday destinations