Marmaris on Turkish Mediterranean.. Famous for its fish restaurants

MARMARISMarmaris is one of the most beautiful port towns and a tourist resort on the Turkish Mediterranean coast. The town is located in Muğla Province, southwest Turkey, along the shoreline of the Turkish Riviera.

The town which was a fishing village just a few decades ago enjoys a considerable amount of revenue thanks to its touristic activities and attraction. In 1980s the town started going through a heavy construction period after which it is not easy to say it was able to preserve the natural beauty it once possessed. However, Marmaris still partly retains its charm due to its exceptional location between two intersecting sets of mountains by the sea.

On the other hand the town which has a population of 30,000 hosts around 300-400 thousand people during the high season. Needless to say the town offers great night entertainment opportunities to its guests during the summer especially.

Marmaris-Bakla-BukuMarmaris is also a centre for sailing and diving and has two major and several smaller marinas. It is a popular wintering location for hundreds of cruising boaters, being also served by the nearby Dalaman Airport.

A gorgeous backdrop of pine-clad mountains looms behind the seaside resort of Marmaris in southwest Turkey. Popular as a cruise ship and yacht port and with the British budget holiday crowd, Marmaris offers an abundance of fast food restaurants, the restored castle of Suleyman the Magnificent and an appealing cobblestoned old quarter. Outside the busy town, coves and bays of the Datça Peninsula make lovely daytrip destinations for those traveling by boat.

Marmaris is also very famous for its delicious locally produced honey with many different kinds available.

There are many choices for specialized restaurants on sea food, fast-food, Turkish and world cuisines (Chinese, Italian, English and Indian restaurants) in Marmaris. You can eat fish at the restaurants around the pier and the marina, İçmeler, Turunç, Akyaka, Çiftlik, Orhaniye, Selimiye, Bozburun and Söğüt Saranda Neighborhood, Turkish cuisine around the market place, international cuisine, pizzas at the center, Armutalan and İçmeler, village cuisine, gözleme, mantı (Turkish Ravioli), at the road side and sea side restaurants around Çamlık, Bayır, Çiftlik, Turgut, Orhaniye. The open buffets of hotels are rich with local and international cuisines.

SURASura: This dish is served on special occasions such as weddings in Marmaris. Ingredients: Goat rib, Honey, Olive oil, Rice, Liver, Onion, Cumin, Cinnamon, Raisin

When you buy the meat, ask your butcher for ‘surhalık’ to make sure you get the right piece of meat. Marinate the meat with honey and olive oil at least a day. On the other side sauté the onions with rice for 5 minutes. Add chopped liver, raisins, cumin and a dash of cinnamon. Do not cook the rice thoroughly. After stuffing the meat with rice, you need to rub it with tomato puree and oil. Put it in the oven 180 C degrees and cook it for at least 3 hours.


There are hotels and holiday villages for all budgets around Marmaris. The total bed capacity is over 100,000.

Most of the hotels are situated in the city center,  Armutalan and İçmeler. There are many places from 4 star hotels to pensions in the ‘Fake Strait’ and Turunc directions. There is one big hotel and small pensions in Çiftlik, 2 big hotels and nature friendly smaller hotels or seeking a peaceful and silent  place, hotels in Selimiye, Orhaniye, Bozburun and Hisarönü may be recommended. There are Forest Camps for those seeking camping and caravan areas. (For Forest Camps see the relevant section).

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There are bars and  nightclubs satisfying all kind of tastes in the center, between the pier and the marina, the old town square, in the old shopping area and in the bar streets.

Heading towards Bar Street the rhythm of the music will grab you, and you may not know how the time passed, until the early hours of day. If you like, you can take moonlit boat tours after diner, leaving from the harbour side.

Uzunyalı beach reaching towards İçmeler from the Marmaris public beach is a very busy and fun place for summer night strolls. Along the shore, the restaurants, little stands on which handcrafts are exhibited, discos and bars will attract your attention.

You may enjoy yourself as you like in a