Beautiful scenery on a Marmaris, Turkey holiday

Stretch out on the sand and soak up the sunshine during holidays in Marmaris.

This jewel of Turkey's Turquoise Coast is the perfect holiday destination for those who love days spent under blue skies and evenings enjoying the local hospitality in pubs, bars and restaurants.

The cosmopolitan resort of Marmaris is a lively destination where yachts bob on the water, money changes hands for goods at the bustling bazaar, and parties spring to life when darkness falls.

Palm trees and a naturally beautiful Marmaris

Marmaris holidays are popular with groups, couples and families who enjoy the energetic pace of life on the Turkish Riviera. The resort is reached by a one and a half hour transfer from Dalaman airport served by flights from all over the UK which take around four hours.

This corner of Turkey is blessed with lovely pale sand beaches and clear waters. The beach and sweeping bay at Marmaris is set against a backdrop of pine-clad hills, while nearby Iztuzu Beach is another popular spot to sunbathe and swim. Loggerhead turtles lay their eggs at this beach, and it's wonderful to watch the babies hatch from their eggs and take their first wobbly steps on the sand.

If you can tear yourself away from the marvellous beaches, Marmaris offers plenty to see and do. You should start on the promenade in the Old Town, where you'll find the 16th-century Marmaris Castle. From there, continue to stroll along the promenade through Ataturk Square and beyond. Attractions along the way include restaurants, shops, cafés and Netsel Marina. There's an enchanting blend of sight, sound, smell and action if you detour and visit the city's bazaar. Shopping in Marmaris ranges from stalls to boutique shops.

A unique day trip from Marmaris involves a dip in the Dalyan mud baths. Coat yourself in the mucky stuff to make your skin feel wonderful. Other excursions while on holiday in Marmaris include a trip to the market in nearby Icmeler or exploration of the ancient Roman city of Ephesus. The Greek island of Rhodes can also be reached via an hour on the sea.

Holidays in this beautiful corner of Turkey are suitable for all types of holidaymakers and there are many excellent hotels to cater for different tastes and budgets.

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Summers are long and hot in Marmaris and the resort benefits from pleasant conditions in spring and autumn. Winter is wet and cool. Temperatures in summer peak at around 35C, with July and August seeing the hottest days. Expect averages of 22C in April and November.


Marmaris Maritime and Spring Festival; May:
Running over several days, this springtime festival features a variety of events, from dance troupes to sea-based fun.

International Marmaris Yacht Festival; May: The marina hosts this annual show and anyone interested in yachts and boats should find interesting things to see and do during this event.

Marmaris concerts; July/August: The sultry summer months are the perfect time to gather and watch amazing performances at the amphitheatre. Be mesmerised by belly dancers wiggling their hips.   

Best of Marmaris holidays for...

Babies and toddlers:
Treat the whole family to a day out at Marmaris Atlantis Waterpark - the largest waterpark on the island. There's plenty going on to keep tots entertained, such as the kids' pool and mini slides, while older children can enjoy the wave pool, mini golf and bowling.

Grown-up families:  A jeep safari is a great day out and a fantastic holiday memory. Enjoy rolling over hills, exploring local villages, driving through rivers and stopping off at picturesque waterfalls to cool down.

Nightlife: If you're looking for a holiday with fun and lively nightlife, Marmaris won't disappoint. Whether you're looking to sip a cocktail in a beach-front bar, live out your inner popstar during karaoke or dance the night away, Marmaris has it all.