As a Mediterranean resort town along the Turkish Riviera, it was just a matter of time before Marmaris, Turkey is discovered as the next famous tourist destination. So it is no surprise that its popularity just keeps growing and growing.
In fact, in 2014, more than 1 million tourists flock in the districts of Marmaris and its surrounding areas. But what draws the crowd to this side of the world? What hidden treasures make them keep coming back for more?
For one, less than 30,000 people live in Marmaris, so even when the population increases up to a quarter of a million during peak season, it would still be less crowded than other tourist destinations. This beautiful resort town presents an amazing getaway for anyone looking to escape the crowd.
For another, it has everything for all types of tourists and travelers, from ancient and historical cities to a wide range of excursion offers. Regardless of your idea of a holiday, there is something waiting for you in Marmaris.
What to See
Marmaris nearly has everything a tourist looks for when going on vacation — beaches, natural attractions, historical landmarks and world heritages sites, just to name a few. If you are visiting for the sun, sea and sand, head out to Uzunyali or Long Beach, the town’s public beach. Staying true to its name, it shoreline stretches over 6 miles and is sandier than other beaches along the Turkish Riviera.
Marmaris is also surrounded by many islands that you can only reach through a water taxi. The Paradise Island (Cennet Adası), for example, is completely closed off from the rest of the town, making it the perfect place for a well-deserved escape.
For some history lesson, you can visit Ephesus, a large archaeological site and major tourist attraction in Aegean Turkey. Although all that is left of its glorious days are ruins that stood the test of time, it can still give you a glimpse of its rich and amazing past with every step you take. No trip to Marmaris would be complete without checking out the Travertines of Pamukkale, terraces of hot springs surrounded by what can only be described as frothy, white foams.
What to Do
Apart from being a tourist resort, Marmaris is also a port town and is a center for sailing and diving. Nearly any activity that involves water can be enjoyed in this destination. You can sign up for a cruise that will take you to various breathtaking places in and around Marmaris. A boat trip from Marmaris will take you along the Mediterranean or Agean coast, along coves, bays and sea caves. These include the Paradise Island, Phosphoric Cave, Turunc Village, Kumlubuk Beach and many others. You can take on other adventures and see more of Marmaris at the same time when you go on a jeep safari or a boat ride.
Marmaris is also famous for its Turkish baths and Turkish nights, both of which are sure to rejuvenate and entertain you, respectively. After a long and fun day of engaging in various activities, experience a popular traditional Marmaris Turkish bath to ease your tired bones and get you ready for a long night of dancing, entertaining and eating Turkish cuisine.
With all these spectacular things that you can see and do in Marmaris, you should book your trip right this instant. What better time than now to see and enjoy this magnificent part of the world?
Grecia is the author of tournavationmke.com. She loves to travel around the world and share her experience and knowledge about the travel industry, features about travel trends. Prior to travel writing, Grecia covered Internet and Technology articles and contributing for many other web blogs.