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Marmaris Travel Guide: Things To Do, Where To Eat & Stay (With Video)

Planning a vacation to the cherished coastal town of Marmaris, Turkey? In this travel guide (with video), we feature tips, things to know, best things to do, where to eat & stay in Marmaris.

Nestled in the Muğla Province in the Aegean region of Turkiye, Marmaris is a popular holiday destination for those looking to relax along the Turquoise Coast. As part of my 2-week Turkish coast road trip, I visited Marmaris after a 3.5-hour drive from Kaş.

Marmaris has a lot to offer from serene beaches and natural beauty to historical landmarks and a lively culture. You can also do all-inclusive resorts here if you’re looking for something different from the usual Cuba, Jamaica and Mexico destinations.

I’ll be sharing everything I did and what I learned in Marmaris, Turkey in this travel guide, including a video for a full virtual immersion.


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Travel Video: Why I Love Marmaris

In this travel vlog, I spent 2 days in Marmaris:

  • Explored Old Town, including popular tourist attractions like the castle and museum, bar street, yacht harbor and town square
  • Walking tour of Long Beach waterfront including local restaurants, bars and cafes
  • My first time visiting a shopping mall in Turkey
  • Immersed in nightlife and friendly locals
  • Stayed at a 3-star hotel with complimentary pool and breakfast buffet
  • What Marmaris in winter is like
Watch my Marmaris travel video above. This is the 3rd episode of my Turkish coast road trip series.

Best Time to Visit Marmaris

Though the most ideal weather in Marmaris are from February-June or September-December, the best time for travel is May-October. The warmest time of year is generally July and August where highs are regularly around 36°C.

When I visited Marmaris in December 2023, it was already off-season and kind of their winter season. It was definitely very quiet and not a lot of tourists. Some activities, attractions and tours are not available including the fountain show at the town square.

Boats along Uzunyali Beach

The resort section of the beach felt like a ghost town, which I show on my video. Surprisingly, the local areas like the city center and Old Town are more lively and happening with the locals.

Despite being winter, the weather during my visit was surprisingly pleasant at around 18-20C. As a Canadian, I loved this weather as I was fine with shirt and shorts, while locals were wearing jackets. So, if you’re looking for a quiet, more laid-back Marmaris holiday, winter might just be your season.

Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua enjoying Turkish Coffee at Saman Iskelesi Cafe in Marmaris

Is Marmaris Safe To Visit?

Yes, Marmaris is one of the safest destinations for tourists in Turkey. This coastal town boasts a calm, peaceful and hospitable culture.

Law enforcement in Marmaris is active and they even have what’s called a Tourist Police for any issues travellers may encounter, including safety and scams.

I never drove during my time here. I just walked everywhere in Marmaris Long Beach and Old Town from morning to night, and I felt very safe.

Seaside view at Saman Iskelesi Cafe

Attractions & Things To Do

There are plenty of tourist attractions and things to do in Marmaris from historic sights and nature to shopping and nightlife.

Bar Street

If you’re looking to experience the nightlight in Marmaris, this is it. The Bar Street is a lively area filled with a variety of bars and clubs.

Blue Port AVM

Blue Port AVM is a shopping center that’s great for indoor refuge, especially during the summer heat. This 3-floor mall has a cinema, toy shops, restaurants, food court (with Turkish cuisine) and a variety of stores.

Address: Siteler, Kemal Seyfettin Elgin Blv. No:47, 48700 Marmaris/Muğla, Türkiye

Grand Bazaar

Unlike the bazaars in Istanbul which feels like a market of vendors selling Turkish products, the Grand Bazaar in Marmaris is a modern bazaar with over 400 shops and plenty of different products like luggage, shoes, jewelry, etc.

As typical with bazaars in Turkey, negotiating and bartering are key to get the best value. Never pay the first stated price!

Main Square (Town Square)

Located in Kemeraltı, the Main Square or Town Square is the heart of Marmaris. It’s a great place to relax with plenty of outdoor seating where you can also enjoy food and drinks from the restaurants in the square.

At night during summer (09:00PM and 10:30PM for 15 minutes), the central fountain turns into the Dancing Marmaris Fountains with colorful water and light show synchronized to music, their version of Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Address: Kemeraltı, 48700 Marmaris/Muğla, Türkiye

Marmaris Castle and Archeology Museum

Located by the harbor, Marmaris Castle and Archeology Museum is one of the most popular attractions and a must-visit for history buffs.

By the time I arrived, it was already closing time at 5pm, but the staff let me peek in from the entrance to take a quick look and it was actually nice inside.

The castle is nicely maintained and offers historical content and artifacts. The museum pieces are scattered around the open space and not just behind glass in a museum environment, which I found was a nice touch.

Inside Marmaris Castle in Turkey

Website / Address: Tepe, 30. Sk No:54, 48700 Marmaris/Muğla, Türkiye

Marmaris Harbor

The Marina and Harbor is a bustling area filled with yachts, boats, beaches, restaurants and bars. If you’re more into relaxed nightlife, this is the place to be instead of bar street.

Being a marina, this is where you’ll find most of the boat tours and activities. Note: The tour operators only run during summer/peak season. When I went in December, none of them were operating.

Marmaris Yacht Marina and Harbor

Address: Tepe, 48700 Marmaris/Muğla, Türkiye

Marmaris Long Beach (Uzunyali Beach)

Stretching a sandy 10-km shoreline, Marmaris Long Beach, also known as Uzunyali Beach, is one of the most famous and largest beaches in this resort town.

This is definitely a beach you won’t want to miss because there is so much happening here with its abundance of restaurants, cafes, shops, bars and hotels. Marmaris Long Beach is also connected to the Harbor where the boats are.

Walking along the waterfront is the best way to get to places, and that’s pretty much how I went to all the other places. It reminds me of the long beach boardwalks in California and Florida.

Palm Tree with different signs

Restaurants, Places To Eat & Drink

As a popular coastal town, there are many places to eat & drink in Marmaris. Aside from traditional Turkish restaurants, being a seaside means plenty of seafood restaurants and beach restaurants with a view.

Related: Best Michelin Guide Restaurants in Istanbul To Try (With Video)

Alzena Restaurant Bar

A cozy gem behind the boardwalk, Alzena Restaurant Bar is a family-run restaurant specializing in authentic and traditional Turkish cuisine. You can also enjoy live entertainment on certain days.

The Levrek (Sea Bass) and Icli Kofte (Turkish Stuffed Meatball) were delicious. It was my first time trying Icli Kofte (also known as Kibbeh), and it reminded me of an empanada. What’s interesting is the kofte mixture has walnuts in it.

Seafood Meal at Alzena Restaurant in Marmaris
Levrek / Sea Bass (290TL)

Address: Çıldır, 230. Sk. no:6/a, 48700 Marmaris/Muğla, Türkiye

Arada Burger

Located in a more local part of Marmaris, Arada Burger is a THE spot for burgers, made fresh with its unique Turkish twists. This local fast food restaurant is owned by the friendliest people.

Highly recommend the Selimiye Burger! The kofte patty with smoked meat combined with cheese and truffle sauce on grilled buttered buns is amazing.

Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua with Turkish guy at Arada Burger in Marmaris
Selimiye Burger (170TL) – Arada kofte, smoked meat, tomatoes, lettuce, caramelized onions, cheese, truffle sauce. With fries and onion ring.

Address: Çıldır, Hasan Işık Cd. No:9, 48000 Marmaris/Muğla, Türkiye

Dali Kunefe and Baklava

Located near the Main Square, Dali Kunefe and Baklava is a must-visit for dessert lovers offering homemade baklava, kunefe, chocolates and more.

The kunefe is made-to-order and you can see them make it, which is a nice touch. A must-try with its gooey cheese and crispiness. I love that it’s also not overly sweet and oily.

Dali Kunefe and Baklava in Marmaris, Turkiye
Regular Kunefe (125TL)

Address: Tepe Mahallesi, Ulusal Egemenlik Caddesi, Kaya Apt No:8A-Z2, Tepe, 48700 Marmaris/Muğla, Türkiye

Kebapland

Located near the Main Square close to Dali Kunefe, Kebapland is a local one-man doner joint that specializes in Hatay Style Doner, which I was very surprised and confused about when I first tried it because I was totally unaware of this style of doner that time.

What is Hatay Style? It uses mayonnaise, ketchup and garlic sauce as the sauce, compared to traditional doner. Apparently, it’s the doner that young Turkish people eat.

The ketchup and mayonnaise combination in a doner totally caught me off guard but it was definitely interesting and still tasty with the spices.

Doner prices here are cheaper than the doner I had in Antalya.

Hatay Style Doner at Kebapland in Marmaris, Turkey
Meat Doner (100TL)

Address: Tepe, 59. Sk. 12/D, 48700 Marmaris/Muğla, Türkiye

Roma Beach & Cafe

Located along the boardwalk, Roma Beach & Cafe is a great restaurant to relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the beach. The restaurant has two parts: the main dining room and the beach cafe, which is al fresco dining right on the sand.

The Bonfile Lokum / Beef Filet (355TL) is tender and juicy, and perhaps the cheapest priced I saw among the beach restaurants. Highly recommend getting a Happy Hour beer to enjoy at their beach cafe too.

Travelling Foodie Raymond Cua enjoying Efes Beer along Uzunyali Beach
Efes Kampanya (70TL)

Address: Çıldır, 48700 Marmaris/Muğla, Türkiye

Saman Iskelesi Cafe

Located along the local side of the boardwalk, Saman İskelesi Çay Bahçesi is one of the best cafes in Marmaris and where the locals hang.

This Turkish cafe right by the water has a very affordable menu of both food and drinks. It’s a very popular spot with locals, but the turnaround is quick so don’t let a full house deter you from checking it out.

Seaside view at Saman Iskelesi Cafe in Marmaris, Turkey
Turkish Coffee (30TL)

Address: Kemeraltı, Atatürk Cd. No:4, 48700 Marmaris/Muğla, Türkiye


Where To Stay in Marmaris

Myra Hotel

Myra Hotel is a 3-star hotel conveniently located a short 10-minute walk from the boardwalk. The hotel offers clean and no-frills rooms with free wi-fi.

What’s great about Myra Hotel is there’s complimentary breakfast (continental and Turkish, plus a fresh egg station), complimentary all-day beverage station (tea, water, coffee, juice), an outdoor pool, and it’s very affordable.

Website / Address: 2, Siteler, 216. Sk., 48700 Marmaris/Muğla, Türkiye
Check reviews, prices and availability: Booking.com

Check other hotels and places to stay in Marmaris via Booking.com or Agoda


How To Spend 2 Days in Marmaris Itinerary

A day trip or two is a great pit stop for a Turkish Riviera road trip like mine, 4-5 full days is definitely a great way to enjoy Marmaris as a relaxing vacation.

Here’s a quick itinerary for a 2 day trip in Marmaris, based on my experience:

  • Day 1
    • Myra Hotel
    • Blue Port AVM
    • Lunch at Alzena Restaurant
    • Marmaris Long Beach
    • Roma Beach Restaurant and Cafe
    • Saman Iskelesi Cafe
    • Harbor & Marina
  • Day 2
    • Breakfast at Myra Hotel
    • Marmaris Long Beach
    • Arada Burger
    • Marmaris Castle and Archeology Museum
    • Grand Bazaar
    • Bar Street
    • Kebapland
    • Dali Kunefe and Baklava
    • Fountain Show at Town Square
Marmaris Sign on Boardwalk

Whether you’re looking for adventure, nature relaxation, or a chance to soak in the rich cultural heritage, Marmaris is one of the popular beach towns to visit in Turkey.

I hope the travel guide and video gave you an idea on what makes Marmaris so special and tips on how you can enjoy your time on this coastal town on the Turkish Riviera. As always, happy travels and eat well!


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