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Marmaris Bay

Relax on the Aegean!

Located on a large, sheltered bay Marmaris is the most popular starting point for a pleasant and relaxed cruise on the Turkish Aegean.

In the bay of Marmaris, the power of the Meltemi wind does not come through. Thermal winds blow here only during the early morning hours offering perfect sailing conditions. Feel free to relax, swim, snorkel or just lazing around on deck.

Places of interest

Izmir - the sunny city of the Aegean

Izmir is the third largest city of Turkey with 3.5 million inhabitants. The historically, culturally and economically important metropolis is especially characterized by its richness in contrasts: layers of ancient history left their marks in the cityscape while modern urban lifestyle is humming around.

Izmir is bursting of cultural sights: The well-preserved ruins of the Roman Agora, the castle of Kadifekale from the times of Alexander the Great or the Ottoman Kizlaraoasi Hani, where you can buy all sorts of silverware, carpets, clothing and leather goods, as well as the numerous museums in the city - just to name a few. Culinary Izmir is hard to beat: The many restaurants offer a wide variety of international as well as typical regional dishes where every type of gourmet will be satisfied. Also unconventional modern to traditional rustic cafés and tea rooms invite you to relax with a freshly stirred Limonata (traditional turkish lemonade).

In order to escape the midday heat just seek for a shady place in the courtyards of the many mosques in Izmir and listen to the gentle chants of the imam. The hill of Belkhave is a perfect place for an evening stroll with a beautiful view. The entire Gulf of Izmir and also the dimensions of the metropolis can be viewed from this beautiful vantage point.

Fethiye - the secret paradise

Remained untouched by tourist crowds, the Turkish port city of Fethiye is an inside tip among active holidaymakers seeking idyllic tranquillity. The most famous postcard motive of Turkey is hidden in here: the beautiful Ölüdeniz lagoon with its white sandy beach embedding into the turquoise, crystal clear water. But not only the beaches of Fethiye are worth to be explored. The city itself has a varied cultural and culinary offer. In the 1950s an earthquake destroyed the well preserved remains of Telmessus, the ancient city on which Fethiye was built on. The old town still holds many relics of Old Turkish and Hellenistic architecture and culture: winding streets, the Eski Cami Mosque, the famous temple of Amyntas and the remains of an ancient Theatrum offer a varied tour through this intimate seaside town.

Kabak - a unique holiday in hidden bays

Get away from annoying tourist crowds, stressful city life and enjoy the peace and beauty of untouched nature! The so-called nature camps at Kabak are a real inside tip from alternative off-the-beaten-track travellers. These very personal, intimate camps offer a great alternative to the standard tourist accommodations in the region of Marmaris. The picturesque bays, surrounded by smaller hills that offer a refuge to those who want to escape the heated bustle of big cities and crowded beaches of the Aegean Sea. The camps are equipped with everything a modest traveller heart desires: the accommodation ranges from wooden bungalows, tree houses to simple canvas tents. A camp-site restaurant and bar are also available. Creative minds may attend art and craft workshops which are offered as well as active athletes who are up for yoga classes. In the evening, a bonfire is lit and everyone gathers around the fire for an improvised jam session. Under the starry sky one can sit and listen to the tunes and call it a day with an ice cold glass of Raki (Turkish anise spirit) on the beach.

Rhodes- Greece just around the corner

Not far from the Bozburun Peninsula lies the Greek island of Rhodes. According to the myth the god of the sea Poseidon watched over Rhodes. When he was busy his daughter Rhode, a beautiful nymph, fulfilled this task for him. The sun god Helios fell in love with Rhode when he was on one of his trips to the Earth. He asked Zeus if he could claim the island for himself and he agreed. Helios took Rhode to be his wife and they got seven sons: the Heliopolites. The symbiosis between the sun god and a sea nymph is a well-deserved metaphor for this stunningly beautiful island.

In the Valley of the Butterflies (Petaloúdes) visitors can enjoy swarms of the Russian Bear, a special species of butterfly, which is attracted by the smell of the oriental amber tree.

The recently reconstructed Kallithea Springs are a good way to chill out.Culturally interested travellers may visit the local Acropolis of Lindos which is second most visited Acropolis in Greece after the one in Athens. Wine lovers can enjoy a wine tasting at the traditional wine merchant CAIR in Rhodes City.

Getting there

Dalaman Airport is about 120 km east of Marmaris. Turkish Airlines offers a shuttle service for its passengers.

by bus

It is also possible to come out of Dalaman City with a local bus to Marmaris. The bus station in Marmaris is approximately 3 km north of the city centre. From the bus station you can easily reach other destinations in the region, such as Fethiye, or even more distant cities such as Istanbul or Izmir. For a trip to Rhodes, which is 38 km away, take a catamaran or freighter which serves the port of Marmaris daily.

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