Why choose a cruise to Marmaris?
Most people take a Marmaris cruise for the beaches and to party. If this is your aim you won’t be disappointed, because Marmaris has a hip and happening nightlife, and the beaches surrounding Marmaris are some of the Mediterranean’s finest.
Step away from the lively harbour-front and you’ll discover a completely different side to Marmaris. Narrow winding lanes lined with traditional buildings snake up to the stunning Marmaris Castle. Meanwhile, the countryside around Marmaris is freckled with unspoilt traditional villages, and there are some fascinating attractions just a short drive away.
A guide to Marmaris’ hotspots
Marmaris itself is a town of contrasts. If you’re looking to party, the best place to start is Bar Street. By day it’s a picturesque boulevard of al fresco restaurants and bars, and by night it comes alive as a high-octane party spot. But Marmaris has a quieter side, found in the twisting lanes of its old town.
There are three water parks located within the town limits, which kids and adults alike will go mad for. The best park for adults is Aqua Dream, where alongside hair-raising water rides you’ll find foam parties and Latin American dancing. Meanwhile, Atlantis Water Park, right next to the beach, has a kid’s area with child-friendly activities.
Take a boat trip on a traditional Turkish gulet to the stunning Cleopatra’s Island (also known as Sedir Island). The sand here is icing-sugar soft, and the sea is beautifully clear. Needless to say, it’s a great place for swimming and scuba diving. There are also some fascinating ruins to explore on the island.
Just over an hour from Marmaris is the tiny fishing village of Dalyan, renowned for being a nesting site for endangered loggerhead turtles. Visit their nesting site on Turtle Beach and relax and enjoy the sunshine. Nearby is the ancient city of Caunos, where you’ll find ancient tombs hewn into the cliffs.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Marmaris
The best time to visit Marmaris
Marmaris is a great summer destination, with temperatures averaging 28°C in the summer months of August and July (and highs in the mid-30s). This time of year is great for boat trips and other watersports.
Visit during October when the temperature averages 20°C, and the weather is pleasant for sightseeing. With highs of 26°C, there’s still the chance of beach time too, minus the summer crowds.
Did you know?
- Cleopatra Island is said to be the private meeting place for Queen Cleopatra and her lover, Mark Antony
- The sand on Cleopatra Beach is made of tiny seashells that are millions of years old
- In Marmaris you’ll find some dancing fountains, which put on a free nightly show of music, rushing water, and brightly coloured lights.