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The Dalaman region is one of the biggest draws to Turkey
for holidaymakers. Also known as the Turquoise Coast, this sandy stretch overlooking its namesake gorgeous blue/green waters has a resort to suit every taste.
Icmeler is one of those all-round resorts that are ideal for families, couples and groups looking for a friendly, welcoming spot that's lively - up to a point! It isn't the place to find big clubs or a bustling bar-lined strip, but if you want to eat al fresco, sip drinks on a seafront prom, or enjoy a quieter base near to up-all-night action then Icmeler is for you.
This purpose-built resort is also a nature lovers dream as it's flanked by the stunning clear waters of the Med and a lush, pine-clad hillside. Head out to sea or up into the hills to enjoy natures finest spoils.
Those who want to relax in a quieter base, with easy access to high-octane activities and a loud and lively nightlife, will love Icmeler's close proximity to Marmaris. Kids will love a day out at the Atlantis Water Park, based on the bustling beachfront, whereas adults can party until the sun comes up in the resort's many bars and clubs.
The Greek island of Rhodes is easily accessible, just across the water from Icmeler, and makes a fantastic change of scene for those who like the sound of a two in one holiday! Step back in time with a wander of the beautiful old town, enjoy a Greek meze at a streetside taverna, or simply relax on the beach before heading back to Turkey at sundown.
This is a great day trip for culture vultures, being one of Turkey's best preserved ancient cities. Explore among the 2000 year old structures and relics, marvel at the great theatre and enjoy the gorgeous hillside location ' it's an experience that's worth leaving the sunlounger for!
Take a Hike
Its amazing location at the foot of luscious hills makes Icmeler a perfect spot for keen hikers. If it's a gentler walk that you're after, exploring away from the beach won't disappoint, and the pine, jasmine and eucalyptus trees make for a heady, aromatic combination.
The turquoise coast of the Dalaman region is well known for being one of Turkey's best places to dive. You can take a diving boat from Icmeler, or head into Marmaris ' the choice is yours.
Have a Hammam
A traditional Turkish bath is a must-do while in the country ' especially if you want your holiday to be extra relaxing. The nearby town of Ortaca boasts a fantastic traditional bath centre, where you can be streamed, scrubbed and massaged into heavenly tranquillity.
Icmeler is a brilliant choice of affordable holiday destination for those who want to get close to nature in a laid back resort. The golden sand and shingle beach is a great place to relax, or head out into the deep blue to swim, snorkel or dive. While this is a purpose-built resort, its leafy surroundings and natural setting make it a breath of fresh air for those wanting to escape the high rises of busy tourist areas.
The distance between Marmaris and Icmeler is so short - just 10 minutes by car - that you can easily enjoy the benefits of both, no matter which resort you choose to base yourself in. Fun-loving Marmaris has everything that you'd expect from one of Turkey's biggest tourist destinations ' from the beachfront promenade to the gleaming harbour. Night owls will want to hit Bar Street at least once during their break, and active types will find plenty of fun activities, including watersports and a waterpark, on Marmaris beach.
Turunc is a pretty village in Turkey, just 30 minutes by taxi or 20 minutes by water taxi from Icmeler, which offers the opportunity to sample a taste of the Turkish quiet life. A horse-shoe shaped bay makes for safe paddling and swimming here, with the local shops and restaurants having a decidedly low-key feel. It makes for a brilliant daytrip on an Icmeler holiday, if you want to explore one of the hidden gems of the Dalaman region.
The three resorts of Marmaris, Icmeler and Turunc all have a different experience of Turkey to offer, with Icmeler sitting between loud and lively Marmaris and quiet and traditional Turunc. This makes package holidays to Icmeler a brilliant choice for those who want a relaxed, welcoming base from which to sample some of the other delights of the Turquoise Coast.
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