Marmaris is not only a beautiful summer holiday location in Turkey, it is also the center of attractions and great things to do in the Turkish Riviera.
Below, find our top ideas of things to do in Marmaris and enjoy the location and your trip at the fullest.
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1. Wander at Gebekse Bay
Marmaris has 36 magnificent bays in total and is a very rich area in terms of bays. Gebekse Bay is one of them. Although there is no land access to Gebekse Bay, it is accessible by boats that leave from Çiftlik Bay nearby, as well as daily cruises departing from Marmaris.
Gebekse Bay, whose sea is clear and clean, is especially famous for its underwater views. Besides, sometimes Caretta Caretta turtles visit this beautiful bay, too. After enjoying the sea in Gebekse Bay, also known for the ancient city ruins that surround it, you may have a peaceful stroll among the historical ruins.
2. Boat Tour to Sedir Island & Cleopatra Island
Sedir Island is a 16-kilometer-long island known for the ancient Carian civilization city Kedrai City and the famous Cleopatra beach. The island, also known as Cleopatra Island, is notable for its golden sandy beach and turquoise sea.
Sedir Bay, located 40 minutes from Marmaris, is also a popular spot on boat cruises. Further, Sedir Island is said to be the location of Cleopatra and Caesar’s secret love affair. In addition, if you have the Museum Pass (MüzeKart in Turkish), which provides free access to many activities in Marmaris, the entrance to Sedir Island is free.
- Book the most popular boat tour to Sedir Island from Marmaris here!
3. Visit Marmaris Castle
Marmaris Castle is one of the top destinations to visit in Marmaris with its seaside location and breathtaking views. The castle’s history, which is the most important historical structure in Marmaris’s center, goes back to 1044 BC during the Ionian period. The currently visible component of the structure comes from the Ottoman Empire, when it was rebuilt and enlarged under the reigns of Alexander the Great and Suleiman the Magnificent.
With the Marmaris Archeology Museum’s establishment in 1991, the Marmaris Castle was opened to the public. The museum, which draws a large number of visitors each year, exhibits oil lamps, bottles, and many other historical artefacts made of terracotta from the Hellenic, Roman, and Byzantine periods that were unearthed in the Knidos, Hisarönü, and Burgaz districts.
4. Hike at Günnücek Marmaris National Park
Günnücek, or Marmaris National Park as it is more widely known, is located 2 kilometers from Marmaris and has woodland sections that are rarely seen in the world. It’s a great area both for a picnic and a dip in the sea.
Moreover, the park is conveniently located in terms of transportation, with alternate sites nearby. The road that extends behind Marmaris Netsel Marina initially leads to Günnücek, then to Yalancı Boğaz and Cennet Island. This National Park is well-known for its red pine woods and sweetgum trees in regions where there is plenty of water. You can have a pleasant picnic with your loved ones in the Günnücek/Marmaris National Park or swim in the cool waters of the Mediterranean coast.
5. Swim at Turgut Waterfall
Turgut Waterfall, one of Marmaris’s most outstanding points, is in Turgut Village. Turgut Waterfall a 5-minute walk from the Pyramid Cemetery, is a site where you may escape the crowds of Marmaris and immerse yourself in an entirely another atmosphere.
Turgut Waterfall consists of five waterfalls in total. It is one of Marmaris’s hidden natural gems. Since it gets rather crowded in the afternoon, you’re more likely to find a quiet atmosphere in the morning. Its chilly water, on the other hand, may make you feel a bit cold, yet you will feel rejuvenated after the lonely, clean, and refreshing water.
There are regular minibus services to Turgut Village from Marmaris town center. Thus, it is easy to get there with minibuses.
6. Explore the Old Town & Marina
The Old Town of Marmaris is a historic center full of rich culture and heritage. Wander throtugh narrow alleyways and past hidden squares while admiring traditional Turkish architecture. The buildings here date back to the 16th century, during the era of the Ottoman Empire. Exploring this area is a great way to learn more about local history and culture.
The Old Town is framed by the harbor, the already mentioned Marmaris Castle and the marina. On this occasion, do not miss the opportunity to see the marina, which is a great place to stroll around and admire the views. There are also plenty of bars and restaurants in both areas, so you can enjoy a meal or a drink while taking in the sights.
7. Take a Mud Bath in Dalyan
If you’re looking for a unique and relaxing experience, a mud bath is definitely one of the best things to do in Marmaris! There’s nothing quite like a mud bath to relax and rejuvenate your body – and there’s no better place to enjoy one than the hot springs of Dalyan!
The mineral-rich mud here is perfect for exfoliating your skin and helping you feel refreshed and invigorated. Plus, it’s a great way to take in the stunning natural beauty of this region. Full-day Dalyan cruises are offered from Marmaris, taking you to the famous hot springs as well as other famous sights in the area, such as Turtle Beach.
- Book the most popular Dalyan Cruise with Mud Bath from Marmaris here!
8. Enjoy the Nightlife
Marmaris is home to plenty of live music venues, so there’s no shortage of opportunities to enjoy some good tunes while you’re here. Whether you’re looking for some Jazz, rock or pop music, you’ll find something to your taste, and the party goes on until the early hours of the morning.
If you’re looking for a lively night out, head to Bar Street, Marmaris’s dedicated party district. There you’ll find a range of bars and clubs playing everything from Turkish pop to international hits. For something a little more laid-back, take a stroll along the waterfront and enjoy the views with a drink.
9. Take a Dip amidst Ruins
One of the best things to do in Marmaris is to dive among the ruins at Marmaris bay. The bay is full of colorful fishes and there are plenty of interesting things to see underwater, most notably ancient ruins. If you’re lucky, you might even spot one of the area’s protected loggerhead turtles.
There are plenty of Dive Centers in Marmaris that can help you with equipment and lessons, so you can enjoy the underwater world safely. A particularly popular dive site is Galleon Cove, with the ruins of a ship from the Hellenistic period and the rocky seabed littered with amphorae.
- Book your underwater adventure in Marmaris here! Or you can also book a scuba diving tour in Marmaris if you like!
10. Have Fun at Water Park
If you’re looking for a fun-filled day out, then visit a water park! Top choices are the Atlantis Water park, as well the Aqua Dream Water Park. Both are perfect for a day of thrills and spills with family or friends.
There are plenty of slides and rides to enjoy, as well as a lazy river for relaxing in between adrenaline rushes! There are also several restaurants and cafes on site, so you can refuel after a long day in the sun.