Larger than many Turkish resorts, Marmaris is certainly well set up for tourists, with restaurants, bars and shops aplenty and a buzzing nightlife. The long pebbly beach is flanked by a wide seafront promenade, leading to the pretty harbour filled with luxurious yachts, and a stunning outlook over the bay.
Despite its reputation as a modern resort, Marmaris does have an old quarter which includes an Ottoman castle, traditional houses, bazaars and old Turkish men playing backgammon in the maze of narrow cobbled streets.
If you are looking for a beach holiday then Marmaris not only offers its own, and a plethora of associated water sports, but regular boat trips to beaches on secluded islands. There is also the nearby beach of Icmeler, surrounded by pine forests and slightly less frenetic than Marmaris, and the uncrowded sandy beaches of Turunc.
If lazing about on the beach, or sunbathing by your holiday villa’s pool isn’t enough for you, then an array of day trips are easy to find; catamaran tours to Rhodes, boat trips to the Tombs of the Kings, visiting Turtle beach and much more.