When planning a trip to TurkeyI was very doubtful whether to visit bodrum (which I already told you is a paradise) or marmaris. After a lot of research, I saw that whoever had been there, whether Brazilian or not, was divided between these two of the most famous Turkish resorts. It was then that I decided to fit the two cities into my itinerary. And I didn’t regret it.
Bodrum and Marmaris are very different. While the first, on the shores of the Aegean Sea, has a typical charm of the Greek islands, the other is bigger, busier and with the most popular nightlife in the country. It is not by chance that visitors, mainly young people, cross Europe to enjoy the clubs in Marmaris, one of the most famous in the entire continent.
With just over 35,000 inhabitants, Marmaris is one of the favorite destinations not only for international tourists, but also for Turks. In the summer, when the thermometers rarely go below 30ºC, the city is invaded by up to 200 thousand visitors. Although it is located on the Mediterranean Sea, the urban beach is not the most beautiful, as it has dark sand and water. But that doesn’t deter bathers, who fill the shore with sun loungers.
As the main thing there is the beach, try to stay close to it, even if it costs a little more (unless you are staying at one of the resorts outside the city). I stayed in Otel Dostwhich will have a post yet, and it was great to be able to do everything on foot, without relying on any means of transport.
The main beach bars are to the right of Marmaris Bay, on 207 Sk, practically a continuation of Atatürk Cd, the main beach promenade. There it is possible to enjoy the sea on the sun loungers (in some establishments they are free), taste a delight of Mediterranean cuisine and have a few drinks. The beach is lively, with music and young people.
To the left of the bay is the Marmaris marina, from where you can take boat trips throughout the region. On the boardwalk of Kordon Cd are the best restaurants in town overlooking the Mediterranean. Be sure to have lunch there or enjoy a happy hour.
Nearby is Barbaros Cd, the city’s nightlife hub. There are bars and more bars as far as the eye can see, completely packed until dawn.
For those looking to spend the night at the club, this is the region. Parallel to Barbaros Cd is 39 Sk, where the liveliest nightclubs in Marmaris are located. From afar it is possible to hear the loud music and see the lights that cut the city sky all night long, no matter the day of the week.
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Regardless of whether or not you want to enjoy the Marmaris nightlife, the city is undoubtedly a gastronomic hub in Turkey. Be sure to try Turkish delights at a reasonably low price, usually accompanied by the unforgettable pita bread, huge and puffed up.
Take the opportunity to set up a base in the city to see the various local attractions. Dozens of agencies offer tours around the Mediterranean Sea, pamukkale and Ephesus.
HOW TO REACH MARMARIS
The closest airport to Marmaris is Dalaman, about 1 hour away by car. There are several daily flights to Istanbul, which is also about 1 h long. To get to the airport, use the executive buses Havaşwhich are comfortable and much cheaper than a taxi (see departure times to and/or return to Dalaman).
Marmaris is 900 km from Istanbul and a bus trip takes around 12 hours. Buses in Turkey are comfortable and serviced on board, but this is a long journey, so try to do it overnight. Several minibuses also connect the city to others in the region, including Bodrum. Although the distance is only 165 km, it took me more than 5 hours to do this route, which included a car change in Muğla, the capital of the province of the same name, and many mountains to cross. To Fethiye (170Km), the trip takes between 3h and 4h.
Also famous for its port, the resort is a gateway for those who want to travel to the Greek island of Rhodes, with several ferries daily departures for Greece in high season (less frequent in winter).
WHEN TO GO
Spring and summer (May to September) are the best times to visit Marmaris, when there are practically no clouds in the sky and the thermometers are always above 30ºC. Between November and February, it rains a lot and temperatures can approach 5ºC.
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