Marmaris is perhaps the most European of the Turkish resorts, although a venture into the maze of narrow streets which make up the Old Quarter soon reveals a very Turkish atmosphere. Old men sit in the shade playing backgammon just yards from the more sophisticated bars of the seafront, the market area is thronged with local life.
Sandwiching the Old Ouarter are to one side Netsel Marina, home to smart quayside restaurants, an open-air amphitheatre cinema, and a marina housing majestic yachts. To the other is the newer district of the resort where many of our featured properties are situated. Marmaris is lively and bustles well into the small hours with bars and smart discos.
The fjord-like Bay of Marmaris is hemmed in by rolling pine-covered hills which sweep around to form a stunning and dramatic backdrop to the resorts. Lined with a double row of majestic palms, the seafront at Marmaris is edged with a long sand-&-shingle beach, with its new traffic-free promenade stretching from the marina all the way round the bay to Icmeler. It has a sophisticated 'Riviera' feel to it, vaguely reminiscent of Nice.
The newer resort of Icmeler has blossomed into a delightful resort in its own right with a very individual charm. Its superb beach is now flanked by lush gardens leading to impressive hotels.