This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Marmaris.
Marmaris is one of the most popular resort towns on the Turkish Riviera, located in the southwestern corner of the country. The town's past as a fishing village is minimally visible as the place's popularity keeps growing -- in peak season, the population is ten times its original number. Although the place has an impressive range of both ancient and Medieval ruins and monuments in the vicinity, including the Marmaris Castle in the centre of the city, the town is mostly visited by people wanting to enjoy the nonstop sunshine and beautiful turquoise waters as well as the bustling nightlife of the area.
With clear waters, beautiful scenery, and nice panoramas, Marmaris is a hidden gem of the country. The city itself offers a long, pebbly beach called Icmeler that is normally covered by sun umbrellas and beach towels with a long seafront promenade that is ideal for evening walks. The diving, snorkeling, and sailing scene is also really vivid and the centre offers a wide range of water activity centres. Moreover, the city has all the usual seaside sports like jet ski, banana boats, and paragliding. For a day trip, you can take a boat around the nearby islands, which offer perfect, untouched nature with romantic beaches and see-through waters.
During the midday sun and heat, you can find shelter in the downtown Grand Bazaar market that offers traditional Turkish atmosphere and a tempting selection of souvenirs. To indulge yourself, visit one of the Turkish "Hamam" baths or eat at one of the elegant restaurants near the marina. There are Turkish nights -- not only for male guests -- organised almost every evening, featuring traditional belly dancers.
As Marmaris is located really close to the Dalaman airport, it is easy to reach your Marmaris hostel from anywhere within Turkey or from abroad, making it one of the top beach towns the country has to offer.
Written by local enthusiast for Marmaris hostelsJudyM