Marmaris is city that is located in the Mugla Province of southwest Turkey. It is a major tourist destination and lies on the Mediterranean coast. Marmais has a population of thirty thousand residents, but during the tourist season the population can reach up to four hundred thousand people. The city has a Mediterranean climate and is known for its hot summers and cool winters. Summer temperatures are over forty degress Celsius during the months of July and August. As a result, many tourist choose to visit the city during September and October when the temperatures are not as oppressive. The winter months here is characterized by heavy rains and annual rainfall is over forty-six inches a year.
The exact date of the city’s founding is not known for sure, but it is known that around the sixth century it was known as Physkos. During the Hellenistic period, Alexander the Great invaded the city. There were six hundred residents in the city at that time and they knew that they had little chance of defeating the advancing army, so they burned their castle and fled the city. Alexander’s army realized the strategic value of the castle, however and subsequently rebuilt and occupied it. They camped in the castle until they left the city and turned back towards their home.
Marmaris is a fast developing tourist destination that is alive with a distinct European vibe. The city is situated in a natural bay and has a fantastic main street that is lined with tons of bars, cafes and restaurants. Along this main street are moored large sailing boats for chartering and day tours. The city has also developed a lively night scene. The various hotels housed in the city are adjacent to its beach. Residents of Marmaris are known for their hospitality and are generally very friendly toward tourist. Visitors to the city can enjoy surfboarding or can rent motorbikes to tour the beautiful countryside. Marmaris has a number of hotels and restaurants. Hotels in the city include Gozpinar Hotel, Grand Cettia Hotel, Maritime Hotel, Marti La Perla, Hotel Kalemci, Poseidon Hotel and the Hotel Blue Rainbow. Restaurants in the city of Marmaris include Amigo’s Paradise, KervanSaray Ocakbasi Restaurant, George Dragon Apart and the Love Boat. Bars and clubs in the city include The Oasis, Albatross, Sea Side, The Side Walk, Jackies Bar, Apple Bar and the Baran Bar.
Popular attractions in the city of Marmaris include the Finding Nemo Boat, Dortnal Ranch, Dalyan Mud Bath, Dalyan River, Pamukkale, Marmaris Mountains, AquaDream Water Park, Atlantis Waterpark, Lycian rock tombs, Marmaris Marina, Grand Bazzar, Icmeler Beach, Ataturk Park, Vogue Jewellery & Diamond Center, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Caunos, Carian rock tombs, Marmaris Castle, Marmaris Museum, Alternatif Outdoor, Marmaris Thursday Market, Loryma ruins and the Halici Ahmet Urkay Museum.