Marmaris is a town in Turkey, along the Agean coast in the province of Mugla. It has around 28 000 inhabitants, however the population can be up to 250,000 during the height of the tourist-season
You can get flights to Dalaman, the nearest regional airport which is 100 KM away from Marmaris. Coach transfers are 1 1/2 hours. Airport is served by many operators such as thomsonfly, flythomascook, EasyJet and Turkish airline OnurAir. Transfers are easily arranged on-line and there are frequent bus connections which correspond to the arrival of domestic flights provided by Havas costing 25YTL single. (Havas bus tranfer times are detailed outside the airport terminal building). Tourists from the UK have to buy a Turkish multiple entry visa at the point of entry costing £10 (Bank of England Notes Only) which are valid for 90 days entry and visits of up to 90 days.
Cheapest way of getting around is using the dolmus minibuses. These are 11 seaters which travel the main road in Marmaris and Icmeler, the neighbouring resort. The fee is 1.25 YTL anywhere in Marmaris and 1.75 YTL between Icmeler and Marmaris. Marmaris dolmuses have a green band across them and orange for Icmeler. Other dolmus services serve Armutalan which is a suburb of Marmaris. The Armutalan dolmus has a blue band across them.
You can pick them up from the side of the road by hailing for them and they will stop wherever you want on the route.
Other buses are frequently available and compete with dolmus services. They are slightly cheaper and are council owned buses which are similar in concept but slightly larger than dolmus minibuses.
Taxis are also available on the meter or arranging prices up front but are expensive
There's plenty to do in Marmaris. Busy beaches, lots of bars and restaurants,
plenty of shopping with fabulous bargains if you dont mind wearing fake designer
labels. Marmaris has a busy nightlife with a street devoted to dance music and
all the high tech clubbing scene. Bar Street is opposite the busy bazzar and
will satisfy the most discerning clubbers with it's huge outdoor dance venues
and all of the latest tunes
You can have a daily cruise taking you around the turquoise coves, mountainous shoreline, ruins of ancient cities, and a cave (the only entrance of which is from the sea) surrounding Marmaris. Just take one of yachts (which have a capacity of 20 people) which can be found all along the promenade of city centre, you can easily recognize them by their touts and boards. Book or buy a seat at least one day beforehand. Such an excursion cost about 20 YTL per person in summer 2001 (including a meal, except drinks).
Many of the local tour companies offer trips such as:
Jeep Safari - drive around mountains surrounding Marmaris and visit villages, waterfalls and picturesque beaches.
Turkish baths - a traditional turkish bath (Hamam) with sauna, body peel, foam massage and oil massage.
Turkish night - entertainment night with tradidional Turkish food, dancing
and entertainment including belly dancers
Livley hotels can be found generally in Marmaris City Centre
More laid back hotels can be found in the Armutalan area at the back of Marmaris where the local council has banned the playing of music after Midnight. Armutalan council has also banned live entertainment from bars limiting it to hotels.
There is exceptions however so make sure you choose a hotel that suits you.
As with any trip it is advisable to check websites such as trip advisor, for
info on your hotel before you book as there cn be great differences. All
inclusive deals are good value but beware of bed and breakfast and half board as
hotels may restrict you bringing food or drinks into their premisies making you
dependent on their offerings which will be vastly more expensive than buying
from a supermarket. In a very hot climate like Turkey a few drinks each day can
add a lot to a holiday cost.
We are happy to help with any travel arrangements and our friendly staff are always avalible to answer any questions. If you let us know when you arriwing we willl pick you up free of charge from the any bus or train station