Marmaris owes its debatable desirability to the industrial-tourism concept, and it does deliver by providing a non-stop party atmosphere for its British, Scandinavian and Russian summer tourists, most of them packaged. Still, the sprawling town does have a pretty harbour, crowned by a castle and lined by wood-hulled yachts and the vessels of visiting sailors.
Nevertheless, without the refinement of Bodrum, coarser Marmaris is essentially a sort of Kuşadası on steroids. Not many Turks you will encounter here actually come from the area, and few cultural attractions remain.
Nevertheless, Marmaris' immediate surroundings – including the rugged and relatively unvisited peninsulas of Bozburun and Datça – are spectacular, and the town makes a good base for gulet cruises, diving in pristine waters, and for visiting the Greek isle of Rhodes. And hey, there's always the nightlife.
Marmaris destination guides
Turkey Walk and Cruise
Explore the coastline and islands between Marmaris and Fethiye on foot from a comfortable Turkish gulet base
Sea to Cappadocia
A journey linking the Lycian Coast with the marvels of Cappadocia