Marmaris is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen, there it is. I’ve just said it and I am not taking it back. If it were possible, I would drop everything and move to this gorgeous Mediterranean resort town in Mugla province in the south-west of Turkey. So what makes Marmaris my favorite place on earth? Aside from the beautiful beaches, great restaurants, nice food, friendly people, the amazing nightlife on bar streets, nice hotels and beautiful sunrises, there are so many amazing things to do in Marmaris from day cruises on the ship, spending the day at the spa to relaxing at the beach.
If you are an outdoor person, the activities to do in Marmaris are endless. So here are the fun and amazing things to do in Marmaris. All you need to do is have time and enjoy this paradise.
Tip* You will madly fall in love with this place that you might want to relocate here. I was torn between traveling the entire world and staying in Marmaris forever, it is that breathtaking.
1. Enjoy a full day cruise on a ship from Marmaris to Dalyan
Activities to do on a full day ship cruise
- Swimming in the clear blue waters of the sea and sunbathing.
- Then in the small boats, you head to the turtle beach. It is called the turtles’ beach because of the turtles that are always at this beach around June/July every year.
- View the rock-cut tombs of the ancient Kings as you cruise on a small boat on Dalyan river. The view is amazing and the story behind the Tombs is fascinating to hear from the tour guide.
- Enjoy the mud bath. (ignore the smell and enjoy the bath)It might sound weird but yes, you literally bathe in mud. You might be thinking it is a crazy idea but actually many people pay to do this. It is one of the fun things to do in Marmaris. The mud is usually warm and perfect for the skin, your skin is left glowing after the mud bath. It is also believed that after the mud bath, your life is prolonged for more 5 years.
Swim in a thermal pool.Yes, the pool with warm water. I know what you think, that it is a jacuzzi- no it is a thermal pool. The thermal pool is located where the mud bath is. so after enjoying the mud bath, clean up and hop into the thermal swimming pool. It is such a relaxing experience.
2. Spend the day at the Spa
A Turkish spa is not your typical kind of spa, it has so much more than you might have seen in your country. Here is a list of Spa activities to do in Marmaris.
Things to do in Marmaris on a spa day
- Take a Turkish bath.
A Turkish bath which is locally known as Hammam is one of the most relaxing things to do in Marmaris. The bath is not typically private but one of the ways to relax your body. If you visit Turkey, a Turkish bath is a must do. It is a very famous activity in Marmaris that most spas offer.
- Go for an oil massage.
Relax from the trip’s fatigue by enjoying an oil massage from the professionals.
- Enjoy the sauna
- Relax from the steam bath
- Enjoy the fish pedicure. This is one of the exciting things to do Marmaris. The fish pedicure is done by putting your feet in a container of water with small fish called Garra rufa fish. The fish pedicure activity is very famous in Turkey as it is one of the origins of the Garra rufa fish. The experience is amazing and tickling as the fish poke your feet to remove the dead skin. By end of the pedicure, the feet are left smooth with no dead skin.
3. Visit the Turgut waterfall. (Selalesi)
The waterfall is located in the small village of Turgut. It might not be one of the fancy waterfalls to see but you can add it to your Marmaris itinerary as it is a beautiful place to relax and dive into the ice-cold water.
*However much it says don’t jump, you gotta taste how deep the water is.
4. Visit Jesus beach (Kizkumu beach).
This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Marmaris which is approximately 36km southwest of Marmaris town. There is a walkway in between the sea that allows one to walk through the sea from one end to the other.
The tales as to why the beach was named Jesus beach are interesting but I will just share with you one that fascinated me the most.
The tales of Jesus beach.
The legends say that when the daughter of a Bybaboss King fell in love with a fisherman, it angered the king. So the King gave a directive to capture both of them and kill the fisherman.
When the Princess heard of the news that the soldiers where planning to kill the fisherman from the beach where they used to secretly meet, in hopes of saving the fisherman, the princess panicked and instead ran into the sea.
And as soon as she had stepped into the sea, a miracle happened. A walkway in form of sand was made for her and the fisherman to walk through and later covered with water just behind them so that they are not followed by the soldiers.
When the soldiers realized that they couldn’t catch them, one of them aimed an arrow at the fisherman but accidentally hit the princess who bled and died. Her blood was spilled and that part of the sea became red instantly.
5. Spend the day at the beach.
6. Watch the Dancing fountain of Marmaris.
What seems like a normal fountain during the day transforms into a sightseeing adventure at night. Every day around 8 30 pm, the show begins with the fountain splashing water in different colors, different kinds of music being played in the background and people from all walks of life dancing and others taking video and photos.
What might seem like a kid’s show has transformed to be one of the major tourist attractions in Marmaris for people of all ages and the best way to enjoy the nightlife of Marmaris. This is a must see sight in Marmaris as it is the best water show in town. To think that I almost missed it since I just stumble upon it by accident.
7. Watch the sunrise.
Watching the sun rise over the sea is everything. I literally woke up 3 times in the night not to miss the beautiful sunrise of Marmaris. First at 3 am, 4 am and at 5 am. I finally captured this amazing shot at 5 30 am. (the sun was rising at 5 30 am during the month of June).
This photo is not edited at all. This is how beautiful the Marmaris sunrise is!!
8. Walk around Marmaris town and play tourist.
Marmaris is a fun city to walk around and play tourist as there are so many sculptures within the town.
Enjoy the beauty of this amazing town and do some window shopping.
9. Drive a go Kart.
This is a fun and thrilling activity more so if you don’t know how to drive a car but want to have some adrenalin kick in.
10. Visit the Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Monument in Marmaris city center
Ataturk was a Turkish field marshal and the founder of the Republic of Turkey who became the first Turkish president in 1923 until when he died in 1938. He played a huge role in rebuilding Turkey into a modern nation and was rewarded with a surname Ataturk by the Turkish parliament in 1934 which means “Father of the Turks”
Till this day the Ataturk monument has remained a big tourist attraction in Marmaris in honor of the huge role Ataturk played in reforming Turkey.
What to wear in Marmaris?
There is literally no restriction when it comes to what to wear in Marmaris. Just wear what you will be comfortable in. Whether pants, shorts, tank tops, or dresses – you name it, pretty much everything is acceptable in Marmaris.
Where to stay in Marmaris?
Marmaris is a beach town with so many beautiful hotels that it might become a challenge to decide on where to stay. Traveling to Marmaris means staying right on the beach or at least 2 blocks away. The perfect hotel to stay at is the Sunflower Hotel. (This is not a sponsored post, but I am just sharing with you the best place I stayed at).
Located just 2 blocks away from the beach and close to everything else you might need, this a perfect hotel to stay at. The staffs are very friendly and helpful, the rooms are amazingly big and clean. You also get a view of the sea from the balcony.
Book your stay at the Sunflower hotel with booking.com
With those many things to do in Marmaris, you might get overwhelmed about what to do when and where. So here is the itinerary I’ve put together to help you.
4 days Marmaris Itinerary|Marmaris travel guide
Day 1: Ful day cruise from Marmaris to Dalyan- This is a full board cruise, the tour company picks you from the hotel at 10 am and drops you back at 5 pm. Lunch is Inclusive.
Day 2: Spend the day at the Spa
Day 3: Visit the waterfall in the morning and head over to Jesus beach in the afternoon.
Day 4: Spend the day at the beach and at night enjoy the dancing fountain.
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