If there’s one place in the world I can’t get enough of, it’s Turkey. There’s just something about the atmosphere, the sights, smells and culture. Marmaris is the place that has kept me returning time and time again.
Turkey in general is a great place for families, as the locals love nothing more than making children laugh. However, it’s also a fantastic destination for groups, couples and single travellers.
The other added bonus is that Turkish holidays are often cheap compared to other European destinations, thanks to it being out of the Euro zone. There are many cheap flights heading east, and costs can be cut even further by being smart and adding airport extras. I recently used Birmingham Airport parking and can certainly vouch for it. In fact, airport parking is a service I rarely travel without, having become addicted to the convenience and low cost. This service is offered at most UK airports, and also for flights from Ireland, with Dublin Airport parking offered. It’s something to take into serious consideration.
Once you’re in resort, it’s easy to get around, both on foot and local minibus, or dolmus. The dolmus is extremely cheap and runs along the main street until late. Simply hail the bus and shout when you want to get off.
So what is there to do in this magical town? Well, plenty. For starters, there’s the beach. Now, Marmaris beach isn’t the best in the world, I’ll be the first to admit, and if you’re after a more sandy affair, I’d suggest heading down the road to Icmeler, again easily accessible by dolmus. However, the town’s main beach offers water-sports, and it’s here I tried parasailing for the first time – a must if you have a head for heights! Alternatively, there are two water-parks for a less sandy day out.
The weekly Thursday market is where you need to be heading for those all-important bargains. The market itself is an experience, with a bright and loud atmosphere. This is where you need to haggle, and if you can manage it, you’ll come away with bargains aplenty. There’s also a large bazaar with everything from shoes and clothes to jewellery and trinkets.
There are many excursions offered by street vendors, and if you do just one excursion out of the wide choice available, make it a boat trip, as the surrounding coastline is simply breathtaking. This is one trip I never miss, even six years on.
When night-time falls, Marmaris comes alive. If you’re after partying, you won’t be disappointed, with bar street and the beach front offering plenty of dancing ‘til dawn opportunities. Alternatively, the marina offers a more sedate, cosmopolitan feel, with up-market restaurants and bars.
However, one thing you must do is have dinner in a traditional Turkish restaurant. There are several around town, usually set back from the main roads, and you’ll be staggered at the cheapness. The food is delicious and plentiful, and certainly worth trying.
Whatever your choice of activity in Marmaris, there’ll be something to suit everyone, all with a typically warm Turkish welcome. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that your holiday will probably come with a low price tag, and be lowered even further with added extras. Definitely check out my idea of airport parking, I can’t stress enough how convenient it is. Stansted Airport parking is another service I’ve used in the past and was really impressed.
So, why not sample the Turkish delights of Marmaris this summer?