Nestled down in the southwest corner of Turkey is the port town of Marmaris. One of Turkey’s most popular holiday towns, you definitely won’t be short of things to do during your stay whether you’re visiting on a budget, or you don’t have one at all.
Marmaris is the perfect destination for those seeking relaxation by the sea or an activity filled trip. The huge range of activities caters for all types of holidaymaker and we’ve put together some of the best things to do that can be enjoyed by those on a budget, and by those who aren’t.
Have a Turkish bath (Hamam)
A classic Turkish activity, and a must do!
You’ll lie on a gently heated marble slab in a warm marble tiled room. Your body will be scrubbed all over for full exfoliation, then massaged with foam and washed clean with hot water. Anyone else feeling totally relaxed already?
Best taken at the beginning of your holiday if you care about your tan, a Turkish Hamam will prepare your skin for exposure to the sun and you’ll feel like a brand new person when you emerge. They’re offered everywhere in Turkey, so naturally there are different versions and prices on offer.
Budget: A public Hamam is the cheapest and most authentic way to experience a Turkish bath. These are generally around £3, available throughout the town of Marmaris and you can go any time during opening hours.
Splash out: If you don’t mind paying a bit more, you can indulge in what your hotel has to offer and in a bit more of a private setting. A hotel spa can cost around £15-£20, possibly more, depending on your hotel and what they include within the treatment.
Go on a day trip
As soon as you step foot in Marmaris you’ll realise there are so many different day trips for you to take advantage of, you just need to find the right one for you.
Marmaris is close enough to the island of Rhodes that you can take the ferry and be in a different country in just an hour! You could also spend a day visiting beaches and coves around the area, or visit other Turkish towns such as Dalyan for a more cultural experience. The best thing is, they’re generally quite inexpensive and include a delicious lunch (always a bonus!).
Budget: For roughly £10/£11 you’ll set off at 10am and spend the day on a boat jumping into crystal clear waters and snorkelling with the fish. There are sunbeds on the top deck for you to dry off, and there’s usually a stop off in another town such as Turunc for a spot of shopping. Then it’s back to your hotel by 6pm. This is the perfect choice if you’re craving a day out but don’t want to spend all your holiday money.
Splash out: Alternatively you could experience an entirely private day on the waters of the Aegean Sea by chartering a yacht. Marmaris sits in a valley between pine-forest covered mountains and clear sparkling waters, making it a perfect destination for sailing. It is one of the world’s biggest natural harbours, so sailing opportunities are plentiful; the only problem will be choosing which yacht you’d like. There are so many amazing yachts around; you only have to walk along the marina to get a glimpse of some of them. Prices can start from around £1200 per day, but it will be a day you won’t forget.
If there’s one thing that’s absolutely allowed when you’re on holiday, it’s eating out. The urge to have a meal cooked for us whilst we lounge in front of the gently lapping sea watching the sunset is one we can all relate to. But as tempting as it is, eating out every night does add up.
If you gravitate towards the more ‘touristy’ areas of Marmaris like the main street, you’ll find the restaurants are moderately, but not overpriced.
Budget: If you’re looking to watch the pennies, we’d highly recommend branching out into some of the more quiet side streets. The restaurants that take a bit more time to find are some of the best, and are usually cheaper and taste incredible. The food is more likely to be authentically Turkish and you’ll feel like you’ve had a taste of the real Turkey if you eat where the locals eat. It might turn out to be the best meal you’ve ever had.
Splash out: If your taste buds enjoy a little more of a luxurious experience while dining out, or if you’ve got a special occasion you want to celebrate, you should definitely head towards the marina and castle area of the town where you’ll find the more expensive restaurants perfect for a luxe night with delicious food and wine.
Of course there are countless activities for you to take part in outside of this list too, so make sure you really have a look around and chat to others, to ensure you don’t miss out.
If you’re a bit of a thrill seeker, water sports are particularly popular in Marmaris because it’s right on the sea. Jet skis, diving and banana boating are just a few of what there is on offer. There’s also fantastic shopping in the heart of Marmaris town at the Grand Bazaar. Careful not to get lost wandering the avenues full of shops! One of the best things is, getting around is so easy. The Dolmus is a public bus that takes you up and down the main street for as little as 60p per person, so you can be your own tour guide in your own time.
Whatever your budget, Marmaris can be enjoyed to the fullest by any type of holidaymaker. It’s a holiday town with the perfect balance between relaxation and fun, and there’s so much to enjoy you’ll definitely need to go back for another visit.
Flights with Thomas Cook Airlines to Marmaris start from £42.99 one way. Book here > Dalaman