Once a little fishing port, Marmaris has developed into one of Turkey’s busiest and most Anglicized resorts. Its port welcomes luxury cruise liners, which disgorge passengers keen to sample the town’s extensive facilities and visit the ancient sites nearby - the biblical city of Efes where the stories in the Bible come alive, ( the second biggest city of Roman Empire, after Rome ); another sightseeing place not to be missed is Pamukkale, that is considered to be the 8th world wonder. The tours and breathtaking scenery are reasons why Marmaris, Turkey, is considered a quality tourist spot. During the summer, more than 300,000 travelers from England, Holland, Russia, Macedonia and Germany occupy the streets and hotels. The melting pot of tourists is ideal for anyone's holiday.
Marmaris also is South Aegean's prettiest resort for scuba diving. There are several dive centers in Marmaris that arrange guided diving trips, excursions and even provide diving lessons for the inexperienced individuals, eager to try out this underwater sport.
Shopping is a delight in Marmaris. Some truly shop till they drop in this shopping Mecca! Leather goods of all kinds, natural sponges and the local blue glass beads ( the Boncuk ) are among the bargains to be found in the friendly little shops along the downtown bazaar. Charming boutiques at the end of the promenade offer kilims, carpets, sandals and embroidery as well as original fashions.
There are daily hydrofoils, catamarans and ferries to the Greek island of Rhodes May through October. Use your chance to visit two countries on one holiday!
Marmaris is the heart of yachting, situated on a large sheltered bay with many anchorages. All entry and exit formalities are completed at the customs post, located to the east of Marmaris, at the berthing point of the daily catamarans and ferries to Rhodes.