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Marmaris, in the Dalaman
region of Turkey
, is one of the most popular holiday spots in this exotic and intriguing part of the world. Set on the shimmering ¿Turquoise Coast¿, Marmaris has a lively, party atmosphere that brings fun-loving holidaymakers flocking to its shores.
Putting the abundance of bars and clubs to one side, Marmaris also has a cultured and sophisticated side, with a pretty traditional quarter boasting its very own castle, and a smart marina. While the beach here is volcanic sand and pebble, it doesn¿t stop sun-lovers from hitting the lounger or enjoying the watersports by day. Also, with the popular resort of Icmeler just five minutes away, you¿re not far from soft sands if you want them.
Direct Holidays has amazing deals on package holidays to Marmaris, so you can discover this fun-filled Turkish delight for yourself.
Amazingly, you can take a day trip to Rhodes from Marmaris - a high speed catamaran takes just an hour to reach the historic Greek island. Enjoy a tour of Rhodes Town, wander the ruins of the Roman Amphitheatre or explore the UNESCO-certified medieval citadel. Just don¿t forget your passport ¿ you¿ll need it to go from Turkey to Rhodes!
If you want to be where the party is in Marmaris, Bar Street is the place to head. Lined with pubs, bars and clubs, this Marmaris melting pot is packed with amazing places to party. The beachfront is also a great place to let your hair down, with some bars lucky enough to have their own private spot on the sands.
Marmaris Castle makes a good trip away from the beach or the pool if you fancy stretching your legs. Not only is it an interesting historical site, but the views back down over the marina and out to sea are amazing. Why not take a picnic and make the most of the hillside location?
You¿ll find watersports galore on Marmaris beach, with seaside inflatables, floats, boats, jet-skis and more! And if you want some thrills poolside, or have kids to keep occupied, Marmaris has two waterparks to choose from ¿ Atlantis and AquaDream.
Shop the Souks
A traditional Turkish market is always going to be a great experience ¿ whether you¿re just looking or buying. Go to the covered market in the shadow of Marmaris Castle for a real souk vibe. Jewellery and shawls are good buys, and make great mementos of your Marmaris holiday.
Scuba diving is a popular activity in Marmaris with all abilities catered for - whether you¿re a beginner wanting to learn the basics, or an experienced diver wanting to explore the colourful world beneath the surface of the Med.
Stay in the centre of Marmaris and you¿ll be treated to a loud and lively holiday with plenty to keep you busy away from the pool or beach. Watersports, water parks, beaches and bars are what Marmaris is about for many, but don¿t let an opportunity to explore the old quarter pass you by, you might be surprised by what you discover.
Next door neighbour Icmeler is an altogether quieter prospect ¿ ideal for families and couples who want to enjoy a fun-loving but less frenetic destination. Bright, clean and beautiful, Icmeler boasts a long, soft sand beach and a lush landscape. While Icmeler has its own nightlife, with lots of restaurants and bars to choose from, those who want to party all night will find that nearby Marmaris is only a five minute dolmus (local share taxi) ride away.
Think a long, gently sloping beach surrounded by ancient ruins and you¿ve got a good idea of what Fethiye is about. One of the most laid back resorts on the Turquoise coast, Fethiye is an ideal base for couples wanting a gorgeous getaway, and young families who want to escape the crowds of the more popular resorts. Wander the old quarter, shop down cobbled streets, admire the yachts in the harbour, or head to the soft sands of Calis Beach and make the most of a relaxed getaway in Fethiye.
Whether you want to be right in the heart of the action, or base yourself somewhere slightly quieter, Direct Holidays has the perfect cheap Marmaris holiday for you.