The Top 9 Things To Do and See In Marmaris

The Top 9 Things To Do and See In Marmaris
Marmaris is an incredibly popular tourist destination in Turkey– and with good reason. The wealth of historical, social and cultural activities on offer, will fill ever day of your trip with adventure, fun and education! From the white sand beaches and glimmering water, to the magnificent relics and ruins, Marmaris is a city unlike any other.
Marmaris, Turkey © Alexis/Flickr

Marmaris Marina

Whether you’d prefer to take a leisurely stroll and admire the yachts docked along the pier, or shop until you drop, the marina is a social hub and constantly brimming with atmosphere and fun. There are many live musicians performing all down the waterfront, a wide variety of excellent restaurants for you to eat in, and several shops selling authentic Turkish keepsakes as well as clothing and anything else you could wish for.

Mamaris Marina, Marmaris, Turkey, +90 252 412 2708

The Dancing Fountains

The dancing fountains are a beautiful spectacle for all those who behold its nightly shows! The show lasts approximately half an hour and consists of the shoots of water timed to music and colored lights! The show is free of charge and attracts many people each night. The fountain is a regular and functioning water feature during the day and even boasts a beautiful statue of a mermaid within. So why not throw a penny and make a wish?

Marmaris Mountains

The vast outcrop of beautiful, sun-kissed rock is guaranteed to attract your attention during your time here. There are a variety of companies that offer private tours of the mountains, taking you over rocky trails, past stunning panoramas of natural flora and fauna, to breathtaking waterfall lagoons and even to the summit where you can watch the sun setting into the sea. We could not recommend this experience enough!

Marmaris Mountains © Arser/WikiCommons

Carian Rock Tombs

In an effort to preserve these intricate and majestic carvings, tourists can only see them up close by boat. You will get an extensive look at the mysterious carvings from all angles and will truly be fascinated by this landmark. The guide on board your riverboat, will happily share their extensive historical knowledge of the tombs and the local area. You will be in for a relaxing, visually stunning and educational river ride for sure.

Carian Rock Tombs © AlexanderShap/WikiCommons


Dalyan is a beautiful riverside community that offers incredible experiences for its visitors. These include riverboat cruises, and up close and personal look at ancient and beautifully preserved ruins, a turtle beach, and some of the best and authentic restaurants in all of Turkey. One of the most notable sights would be the intricate carvings into the rock face of the nearby hills, the Carian Rock Tombs. They serve as a poignant guardian for the rich history to be found here.

Icmeler Beach

The water is shallow and clear and the sand is immaculate and soft. This is a beach that is ideal for families or any group! As you settle into this tranquil paradise, be awed by the mountain views just across the way. This is the perfect place to watch the sun set from, safe in the knowledge that you’re experiencing a little piece of heaven on earth.

Icmeler Beach © Crymaker/WikiCommons

Scuba/ Snorkeling

Scuba and snorkeling excursions are incredibly popular in this area due to the extensive marine life and the picturesque views that have benefited from being largely untouched by humans. You are at your leisure to choose from one of the many companies that offer this wonderful experience as they all cater to every budget and skill level. Don’t hesitate to sign up for one of the most sublime and ethereal activities you can try in Marmaris.

Scuba/ Snorkeling © U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jayme Pastoric/WikiCommons

Marmaris 19 May Youth Square

Located next to Dolmus Station for ease of access, the Marmaris 19 May Youth Square is a buzzing social hub. Not only is it the home of the dancing fountains, but an array of restaurants, shops, live music performances, and culture. Every bar and restaurant will welcome you with open arms, the vast and picturesque square is filled with fun-loving people and you’ll want to spend every evening drinking in the relaxed atmosphere.

Marmaris Museum

Museum, Archaeological site
In typical Turkish decadence, the Marmaris Museum is located inside a castle; the perfect tribute to its noble past. This is definitely the place for the keen historian! Our recommendation would be to leave approximately three hours to see the entire museum thoroughly. It hosts a wide array of exhibits and artefacts that are all clearly labelled and offer a thrilling insight into the past of the Ottoman Empire. The castle also offers stunning views of the surrounding area! Whilst the museum has been described as somewhat tricky to find, as with most adventures, it is definitely worth searching for.
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