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Marmaris: an Aegean Pearl

Marmaris is where the Mediterranean meets the Aegean, where green verdant forests meet the famous turquoise waters of the sea, and where modern culture meets ancient civilizations.

Marmaris is one of the popular tourism towns of Muğla, with its natural beauty, long coastline, magnificent view from pine covered hills, virgin bays, beaches, ancient cities, yacht marinas and cruise harbour.

Marmaris has been an important port for many civilizations who have ruled over in the area for thousands of e years with its geographical location at the intersection of two seas.

Ancient Physkos, known as the “City of nature” in Carian language was the first Carian port city and the center of other settlements in the region.

Ancient ruins of this important port city dating back to 3400 BCE can be seen in Asartepe, in the north of Marmaris city.

Marmaris is the destination for those who want to relax, explore natural beauty and the rich history of the region. The destination for those who want to the enjoy the turquoise sea and golden sands and try many water- and land-based sporting activities.

Marmaris Castle and Archaeology Museum

Situated on a small and rocky peninsula behind the city’s marina, Marmaris Castle is one of the most notable landmarks of the region. While the origin of the city’s first walls dates back to 3000 BCE, the present form of Marmaris Castle dates to the reign of Sultan Süleyman in the 16th century.

The castle, which rises above the city, is home to the Marmaris Archaeology Museum, which exhibits an array of artifacts unearthed in the greater region. Alongside pottery, glassware, ornaments, weapons, and coins, the museum has an ethnographic section that presents visitors with the prominent crafts of the Ottoman Empire. The castle is an excellent choice for admiring a stunning panoramic view of Marmaris and learning about its long and distinguished history!


When it comes to nightlife in Marmaris the first place to come to mind is Marmaris Bar Street! This glittering street jam-packed with bars and clubs is a magnet for nightlife lovers! You’re sure to find what you’re looking for among the dance shows, live music, and laser and DJ shows that continue to dawn!

There are also many restaurants around Marmaris with relaxing music which promise a peaceful atmosphere accompanied by a beautiful view. If you’re looking for more tranquil entertainment to relax and recharge your batteries, you can enjoy a romantic dinner accompanied by a few drinks in these venues.

Dalyan Tour; Mud Bath & Ancient Kaunos

Taking a boat trip departing from the main marina to the Dalyan River Delta will be the most memorable part of your holiday in Marmaris! While your boat floats along the curving waterways, you’ll find yourself in the heart of nature.

On the Dalyan excursion you’ll encounter ancient ruins, natural beauty, authentic restaurants, and İztuzu Beach, commonly referred to as Turtle Beach. Arguably one of the most exciting stops will be to take a mud bath! It is believed that mud baths rejuvenate the skin thanks to the minerals contained in the mud – the experience is also undisputedly one of the funniest activities you can have in Marmaris!

During your boat trip to Dalyan, you’ll pass the ancient rock tombs used for the former kings of Kaunos. Your guide will inform you about the history of these imposing ruins and the region. If, however, you’d like to know more or get a closer look at the ruins, you can rent a car and visit the site.

Among the ruins, you’ll see the site of the Carian city of Kaunos, which is home to ancient theaters, an acropolis, parts of old city walls, and Roman baths. You can enjoy a scenic view of the ancient city from the acropolis and complete your historical trip with the fascinating Lycian tombs nearby.

Sedir Island & Cleopatra Beach

Joining a boat tour to Sedir Island, also known as Cleopatra Island, is definitely among the top activities in Marmaris! The island is irresistible with its golden sand and glimmering turquoise waters. Apart from its natural beauty, you can also explore the remains of city walls and an ancient theater belonging to the ancient city of Cedrae here.

Footnote: It is rumored that Cleopatra, the last Hellenistic queen of ancient Egypt, swam and spent time with her great love, the famous commander Marcus Antonius, on this island.

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