In the 6th century BC Marmaris was known as Physkos, and was considered part of Caria. The island (Paradise Island) in the entrance to Marmaris gives it the feeling of being a large lake surrounded by pine mountains. There are 2 major marinas within the Bay of Marmaris. Netsel Marina is one of the largest marinas in the Eastern Mediterranean, with berths for over 700 yachts. Call ""Port Marmaris"" on VHF channel 6 on your approach to the marina.
Marmaris, not long ago a small fishing village, expanded quickly and is a very popular tourist resort. Marmaris is famous for its nightlife and there are restaurants and nightclubs all along the beach. In the old town, bar street, one street back from the yacht harbour, is lined with bars on both sides and stays open until 4 am.
Why Marmaris? Marmaris is often chosen as the start / end port for yacht charters, as it offers fabulous possibilities either east or west. One or two week holidays can be planned either way depending on you or your crew's experience and willingness to put in the miles. The itinerary possibilities bring people back for decades, discovering treasures with every trip.
Marmaris is also the perfect base for creating a mediterranean cocktail that all of the family can enjoy. Fancy a bit of dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, coastal sailing, professional sailing lessons? Maybe you just want to build sand castles? A week of sailing followed by a week of land based relaxation works out to be the perfect balance for many young families.
The unbelievably large amount of restaurants in Marmaris offers something for everyone. For those just trying to get home quickly with the young ones there are the typical fast food outlets such as MacDonalds and Burger King, but apart from that meals from all types of cuisine can be found. The most delightful of course would be to find a small local restaurant serving meze starters & fresh fish, washed down (in moderation) with local Raki. You might even be lucky enough to be recommended such a restaurant where the tables are in the sea on the beach and you can blissfully soak your feet as you take in the Mediterranean, dinner eaten quintessentially alfresco, under the bright stars and moonlight.
Land based tours from Marmaris:
As one of the most popular tourist towns in Turkey for foreign and local tourists alike, tourists can choose whether to be in on the hubble bubble of the town, or to take the back seat, going out on day trips to see the ragged beauty that Turkey is from the sea rather than the shore, or finding a peaceful corner to soak it all up in.
There is plenty to do in Marmaris for every interest. For families with young children there are aquaparks, Jeep Safaris for families with older children, most of the hotels offer professional entertainment services. Excursions are available locally to waterfalls, carpet factories, horse riding, or further afield to the internationally renowned attractions such as Dalyan (Turtle Beach), Ephesus, Cappadocia & Pamukkale. Marmaris is famous for being an international sailing centre, boasting the largest Marina in the Eastern Mediterranean, so for those keen sailing lessons are available for adults and children, together of individually.