Marmaris is a seaport located to the South-west coast of Turkey where Aegean and Meditteranean seas meet. The province is hosting hundreds of thousands tourists with its natural beauties, long costal band, awesome shore upon the hills surrounded by pine trees, untouched bays, unique beaches, yacht marines and all kind of activities.
Besides, Marmaris is an important place for yacht tourism and blue
voyage. Marmaris yacht marine, which I
s one of the biggest marines in Turkey
has an important value for yacht tourism. Moreover there are shuttle
ferryboats to Rhodes. There are plenty of endemic sweet gum trees in the
border of district.
History of Marmaris leans back to 2000
B.C. In the excavation of Nimara cave in Bedir Island
verifies that. The plentifulness of Aegan and
Mediterranean shores always render the region
appealing. The city is the most important bridge
to Rhodes and Aegean islands. Thereby, in time
the city become a place where many civilization
ruled. It is possible to see the ruins of Ottoman
,Egypt, Ayssria, Ion, Persion, Macedon, Syria,
Rome, Byzantine, Seljuq civilization.
Physkos was the first name of the city. The ruins of Physkos can
be seen in Asartepe. According to local belief, Suleyman the magnificent
didn’t deem the castle suitable and said “Mimar as !” (Means “hang the architect”)
In time this statement transformed to “Marmaris”.
Fiskos was the first Carian seaport and the center of the other settlements. The mane means “City of Nature” in Caria language since it contains all the elements and the beauties of the nature. There are strong evidences point that the history of Physkos leans back to 3400 BC. Remains
of this important port town of the Archaic
Caria region can be seen from Asartepe, north of
Marmaris City center. Some of the City walls in
Acropolis still survive today.
The theatre, temple and some statue pedestals of the ancient settlement
is located on a hill in the northwest of Kumlubük Bay, close to
Turunç. Walls surrounded the city. The theatre is still in good
condition. It is possible to distinguish the seats, sidewalls and three
rooms of the stage house.
Loryma was founded in Bozuk Bay, which is located on the southwest
edge of the Bozburun Peninsula. The most impressive remain among the ruins spread over a wide area in Burunbaşı is a well-preserved castle. The Bozukkale port is an important destination point for daily boat tours.
Kedrai (Sedir Adası)
Sedir Island in the Gökova Bay is well known for the ancient
city of Kedrai and the famous Cleopatra Beach.
Kedrai was a Carian city until it was adhered to Rhodes. Kedrai
Kedrai, being the most important settlement area of Karşıyaka of
Rhodes was surrounded by city walls could be seen from the shore,
today only the foundations of the Apollo Temple in Doric style remain,
which is located in the middle of the city. At the eastern end of
the city there are some remains of buildings; Agora and the theatre
are in good condition.
Established in the Selimiye Bay (Kamışlı Bay) located to
the North of the Bozburun Peninsula. There are remains
of the city walls and a square tomb in the city. On the shore, there is an observation tower and a few tombs on the tower located 3 kms away from Hydas.
When turn to south towards Bozburun on the 20th km of the
Marmaris-Datça road Hisarönü village can be reached via a 2km asphalt
road. A 3km forest road allows access to ruins from the Roman Age.
The archaic ruins and holy place close to Hisarlık Village
can be reached by an hour climb from the Hisarönü plain. The temple
is situated on a platform. The Ionian style temple of the 4th century BC
also has Doric elements. Temple foundation may be seen on the
platform. Dazzling walls supporting the platform survived and may be seen. Together
with the temple, the ruins of the theatre located in the south,
is the only recognizable building in the area.
Thyssanos ( Söğüt)
There are remains of the Thyssanos settlement on a small
hill behind the school, 1 km southwest of the Village Söğüt. Only some pieces of walls, traces of foundations and walls remains can be seen since no excavation work has been done so far.
The remains of Phoenix, a Carian City, are on and around
Asar Hill 4km ourside Taşlıca. First tombs come up in the path possibly
belonging to the archaic period, between the village and the
archaic settlement. Somewhere in the middle between Taşlıca and
Asar Hill is the city of Agora. While climbing up the hill remains of a building
and later the necropolis (cemetery) can be seen. The acropolis of
the city is on Asar Hill. Rather than the remains, the views from the
hill are more impressive.
The Orhaniye Village today is established on the slope of
the hill where some of the city remains of city wall can be found. The
remains can be seen in a wide area of the forest. City necropolis, city
walls and astern can be seen around Altınsivrisi Hills.
There is another city near Karacasöğüt. Remains of the ancient
Amnistos town are in a promontory close to Söğüt. Some old
port walls near the shore are still present today.
Bays and Beaches
Marmaris-Muğla road has a left intersection on the 12th km and after 6km the road reaches the coast of Gökova gulf and finally reaches Çamlık pier(Gelibolu pier)
As is evident from its name there are many pine trees (Çamlık means pinetum in Turkish) there. It is the stopping place for the Sedir Adası ships. On the pier zone, there is a
snack bar, tea garden and restaurant in the woods.
Boncuk is one of the most favorite bays of the district.
The water of the bay is clean and relaxing. There is a stopover on the beach where
oil palms planted orderly. The zone between the
Bocuk and Karaburun bay is the only known reproduction area in Mediterranean Sea to observe sandbar sharks that are approximately 2meters long. For observation and recording diving tours are organized during May and June.
Sedir Adası is well known with its ancient Kedrai city and famous Cleopatra beach.
There are regular direct services from Akyaka and Çamlık piers almost in every hour of the day. Ships leave with full of passengers. The beach with gold colored sands and shallow sea is suitable especially for families with children.
Kedrai means “Sedirler” (Cedars-Cedar Tree) Cedar wood is an enduring
tree for making keel but its existence is not known in the island.
Karacasöğüt Waterfalls, Caves and
To visit Karacasöğüt Waterfall and Karacain Cave, you
should take the right turn after 2-3 kilometers on the way from Karacasöğüt
to Okluk Cove. The water falls down from 25-meter-height,
under of which three is a natural pool.
Kumlubük is renown with its beautiful beach and fish restaurants. There is an also highway from Turunç to Kumlubük, where you can find the best seafood.
It is claimed that Bayır Village was established on ancient city of Syrna and there was a dedicated temple of Asclepius, god of health, which is located around where the mosque is now. There are not any ruins left from those days to these. The Acropolis of the Syrna is on the Yancağız Hill on the 2km northeast of the village that can be reached via ancient pathway by approximately half an hour climbing. You will see ruins of settlements, tombs and parts of the city walls in Acropolis. The ancient stones of Bayır cemetery are probably dating back to Syrna.
Turgut attracts attention of tourists by silk and wool carpets
and seafood in restaurants, still it is possible to find traditional local food of the village. Peanuts are one of the major products the
villagers of Turgut alongside of tourism, apiculture, fishing, raising livestock and agriculture.
In one of the coves within the Turgut village borders, remains of the archaic period deserve attention. Remains can be seen on a garden
wall at the seashore and further inside, on the Temenos wall which
is thought to be surrounding the holy Ygeia area. Those remains are
believed to belong to the ancient city of Hygassos
On the road to the waterfall from the village center, about 1km on
the right slope, there is an ancient construction that not easily noticed. A
short time ago archaeologist determined that this was the mausoleum
of a warrior named Diagoras, circa BC 3-4th century.
Orhaniye and Kızkumu
The sea is always very still in Orhaniye. The shades of the
pine forest around falls on the sea and paints the sea to a color, unique to this place. As a result of sand dune movements a high stripe of
sand is formed. This strip, about 600m long is called Kızkumu. There
is also legend “The girl who wanted to meet her lover filled her skirt
with sand, and walked filling the sea with the sand in her skirt. But
ran out of sand and drowned at the end this path.
Selimiye is one of the haunts of blue cruises between
Bodrum and Marmaris. There are small but good restaurants
gathered around the pier, providing service to boats and those that come from around.
Hisarönü village is at the furthest point of the bay
which is named Hisarönü Bay. The sea is shallow here and the
sand has a terracotta color. Hisarönü is another good choise for
those who want to have a relaxing vacation far from the crowds
of Marmaris. Since the weather is always windy with low humidity and the water is clear Hisarönü said to be good for those who suffer from asthma and heart diseases.
Bördübet Bay is one of the most beautiful and untouched
caves around. There is only one camping area and a boutique hotel. These facilities are operated by people who are
highly sensitive to the environment. The camp area also caters
to yachters. They are ready to help seamen in trouble. Their radio
code “Amazon” channel 16. Those stopping by for the day
can also enjoy the food served.
Çubucak and İnbükü Forest Camps
With their clean air, relatively cool and glittering seas,
these coves are nice places for those driving to Datça to stop by.
Bencik Pier is one of the most preferred coves of
Hisarönü Gulf by yachts and is the narrowest point of Datça peninsula. The Pier is located between Gökova Gulf and Hisarönü Gulf. The locals named it “Balıkaşıran”(fish stealer) because of its narrowness. The entrance of Bördübet Cove from Bencik pier is just a 20 minute away on foot.
Günnücek, Fake Strait and Cennet
There is a brook in that area with little water left in the
summer, between the sweetgum(günlük) trees where a special
oil called sweetgum oil used in perfumery is obtained from.
A long natural formation that resembles a strait when viewed
from Marmaris is called the “Yalancı Boğaz/Fake Strait”. This set
of bays is being used as a yacht port and slipway operations today.
Cennet Island, which is known as an island but is, in fact, a peninsula,
stretches out across Marmaris. The peninsula is one the
haunts of day boats.
When you enter the Big Marmaris Bay, the pier and marina are at
the far north end. Netsel Marina is under a green slope to the east of town.
It has a 750 yachts capacity. Land service is provided by two mobile cranes
(120 and 20 tons) and a wide slipway area. All kinds of maintenance, paint,
engine, electricity and electronic works are carried out by the marina or by
the other agencies and workshops in Marmaris. There is a large shopping mall
within the marina. Shops selling yachting materials, grocery store, clothing
shops, chandleries and good quality restaurant and bars serve the yachts.
The beach of the peninsula where Marmaris Castle rests at the top
of the hill is surrounded by the quay. All the schooners and some Turkish and
foreign yachts drop anchor along this quay. The quay is just near a 3 to 4 meters deep sea and its promenade is very crowded especially in the cool of the night runs
around the quay. There are many bars and restaurants around.
Albatros marina is located at the East of the cove, on the road to Yalancı Boğaz after passing Günlük Park. It is small marina with 60 boats capacity where generally the yachts belonging to the “charter”
companies drop anchor during the summer season. With its 20 ton
mobile crane the marine provides the slipway facility for 240 yachts
for the winter season. It has a restaurant, a bar and a small grocery
Akdeniz Martı Marina
In the marina that locates in Orhaniye Bay provides slipway facility for 100 yachts, and mooring for 300 yachts. It has a Hotel, restaurant,
bar, grocery store, swimming pool, maintenance and repair services.
Karacasöğüt Martı Marina
Karacasöğüt Martı Marina is in the Karacasöğüt Bay. It has
25 yachts capacity. Electric, water, shower-toilet, market and restaurant services are available.
Yacht Fests and Races
International Marmaris Yacht Festival is organized regularly at the Marmaris Municipal Yacht Marina at the beginning of May. International
Marmaris Yacht Racing Week of Marmaris begins at the beginning of November. International Marmaris Yacht Festival is one of the few yacht festivals that has been holding continuously for 21 years. Festival venue has been established on the mole of Marmaris Municipal Yacht Marina where yachts can moor easily. The Festival is the sign of season’s start for the yachts. The roadshow organized in the end of the festival is open to all the agencies wish to participate.
Marmaris Yacht Races
The results of the day are evaluated and
announced every night and a prize ceremony is organized.
The elaborately prepared food drinks and live
music makes these nights unforgettable and the races
end with the closing night where the best receive their
Marmaris is one of the primary regions for Turkey’s diving
tourism and there are 52 diving spots around the Marmaris
coastline that may be visited daily.
Marmaris is famous for its honey, Pine honey is the most widely produced honey in the region. In addition, flower honey and carob honey are also produced and sold. 70% of the honey production of Turkey belongs to Muğla of which more than half is produced in Marmaris.