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  • 10 vibes for Marmaris

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    1- Visit the Marmaris Castle and Archaeology Museum

    The first major renovation of the ancient Marmaris Castle was undertaken by the famous Sultan of the Ottoman Empire Suleiman the Magnificent (1494-1566) during his Rhodes campaign.

    The building was heavily damaged by French warships in the First World War and went through a ten-year restoration in the 1980s.

    A visit is a must for the exceptional archaeology museum, a repository for artefacts unearthed at digs all around the Marmaris and Muğla areas.

    There’s pottery, glassware, architectural fragments, coins, amphorae and much more, from many periods including the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine.

    2- Visit Sedir Island and Go for a Swim

    The contrast between modern, bustling Marmaris and this gorgeous uninhabited island on the north side of the peninsula is striking!

    To get to Sedir Island you’ll need to make the relatively easy trip to the village of Çamlı, and from there you can make the short boat crossing.

    The island is also referred to as Cleopatra Island, as legend has it that Cleopatra and Mark Antony bathed here 2000 years ago.

    3- Visit Marmaris National Park

    If the resort at Marmaris ever feels crowded, you can always escape to the almost 30,000 hectares of protected nature all around you.

    The national park surrounds Marmaris on land and encompasses the islands in the bay.

    The landscape is one of tall rocky hills under a mantle of pine, sweet gum and eucalyptus.

    4- Watch the Dancing Fountain

    One symptom of Marmaris’ high-speed regeneration is Youth Square, a plaza at the heart of the resort that took the place of a run-down building from the 20th century.

    What grabs your attention here, at the lower end of Ulusal Egemenlik Cd., is the circular fountain.

    This has two basins and draws the crowds at 21:00 and 22:00 in the high season when there’s an automated light and music show.

    5- Swim at the Turunç Beach

    Half an hour south of the resort by road is the village of Turunç facing east on the Bay of Marmaris couched in a bowl of rocky hills covered with forest.

    The beach withdrawn from the coastline, in a cove where the water is a darker shade of aquamarine and as calm as can be.

    The beach at Turunç is Blue Flag and has a blend of coarse sand and pebbles, covered with sun loungers and parasols for a blissful afternoon in the sun.

    6- Participate in Safari

    A great way to traverse the rugged landscapes of the Marmaris National Park is on horseback.

    You won’t need any previous riding experience and will take a leisurely trek through fragrant pine forest, beside orange groves and through traditional little villages.

    Your horse will be calm and steady, and all you’ll have to do is sit in the saddle and watch the scenery roll by.

    7- Participate All-Exclusive Boat Tour with Lunch

    Such is the amount of natural beauty around the Bay of Marmaris that it’s a good idea to sit back and just be shown around on a cruise.

    You’ll step ashore at paradise island, lounge on deserted beaches and swim in the strange, phosphorescent waters of the Phosphorus Cave.

    Your vessel will also call in at Turunç, which we talked about above, as well as another picture-perfect bay at Kumlubük a little way south.

    8- Travel to Dalyan River

    Further out, the Dalyan Delta, about 30 km east of Marmaris proper, is a nature conservation area set up to protect the loggerhead sea turtles that nest in the sandy beach and can be spotted swimming in the water.

    The marshy environment here feels like a world away from the craggy coves of Marmaris, and there will be some unforgettable moments on your trip.

    9- Go to Marmaris Bar Street

    The place to go out in Marmaris is just one street inland from the waterfront next to the marina.

    True to its name, Bar Street is full of the bars and clubs catering to people in their late-teens and twenties.

    In the high season the place is heaving, and each venue starts to fill up around 23:00, with the party continuing until daylight.

    10- Go Cycling in the Forests on marked routes.

    Marmaris boasts 9 road bike and 11 mountain bike waymarked routes. From the town centre to hidden bays, on single paths or narrow asphalt ways…

    You can click here for further information about Marmaris Cycling Routes.