- 7 Nights,
14 May 2015
- Self Catering
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A far cry from the sleepy fishing village it once was, yet Marmaris retains the charm of other Turkish holiday resorts as it's tucked between pine-covered mountains and the small bays and inlets which separate the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas.
Presiding over the city, Marmaris Castle is said to have been on the site since 3,000 BC, although legend states that when the town was invaded by Alexander the Great, the inhabitants of the town sensed defeat, stacked their valuables in the castle and burned them before escaping to the surrounding hills. The present structure was built in the 16th century by Süleyman the Magnificent, and houses Marmaris Museum, which has natural and ethnographic exhibits. Well worth a visit, the castle affords stunning views over the large port marina and out to sea.
Visitors can take a day trip to Cleopatra Island (Sedir Island) north of the city in the Gulf of Gökova. This isle is home to Cleopatra Beach, where you will discover fine, yellow sand that is not present on any other beach in the Eastern Mediterranean. Legend states that Marc Antony shipped the sand in from Egypt for his honeymoon with Cleopatra; however, tests suggest that the sand, which is high in sodium-bicarbonate, actually consists of sand-like empty seashells that took millions of years to dissolve.
A visit to Marmaris wouldn't be complete without a night on the town. Plenty of beachfront bars line Folk Beach and Long Beach to serve delicious sundown cocktails, and provide a perfect place to watch the warm sun set (Turtle Bay gets good reviews). For afterwards, there are a wide selection of bars and clubs on Bar Street (watch out for steep prices) and many different types of entertainment on offer including outdoor clubbing, foam parties, karaoke and even an open air-pub with tropical greenery and decorative bridges.