Marmaris destination guide
Marmaris is the second biggest harbour for gulets after Bodrum. Offers shopping and nightlife along the coast from the stylish marina to Icmeler, the smaller resort close by. On the other hand, also provides culture, scenic streets and sympathetic villages, which lead to ancient ruins and perfect beaches.
Marmaris is smaller compared to Bodrum. The whole old town is set on a small hill with a Castle, so it is full of stairs, little white houses and shady corners. The sea washes it from two edges; on one side there is cruise ship harbour and on the other one port for yachts. The best atmosphere is here, of course, in the evening.
The Marina of Marmaris is one of the most important places where to start a gulet cruise vacation. All gulet journey enthusiasts will sooner or later board a cruise from here. From Marmaris, you can sail along the beautiful Turkish coast; like Hisaronu bay or Fethiye and Gocek area. Or you can decide to visit South Dodecanese with the island of Rhodes.
The town has two faces it is up to you to find the one suits you better. Either it comes at you as mass tourism place with packed crowds, squashed into narrow streets bargaining, sipping drinks and dance till dawn. Or there is also a quieter Marmaris in the back lanes between whitewashed houses overloaded with Bougainvillea.
The town centre is located 80 from Dalaman airport and about 130km from Milas -Bodrum airport. The Greek island of Rhodes is reachable by daily catamarans across less than 1.30-hour navigation.
Boarding a gulet in Marmaris
Marmaris harbour is a base port for many beautiful gulets. All gulets enter the port Friday afternoon and almost all leave for next cruise Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning. The weekend is extremely busy for gulet staff and us. Gulets are lined along Marmaris seaside promenade from the entrance to the bazaar at Anatolia Caffe till Private Marina.
If you book a cabin charter, you will most probably spend the first and last night in Marmaris. So, you will have plenty of time to visit the town, its markets, maybe try a hammam and enjoy some nightlife.
When chartering a whole gulet for your group, you will probably prefer to start your cruise immediately and maybe to spend the last night at the port. If you want to leave the port the same day make sure your arrival time is before sunset. If you decide to cruise Greek islands, your arrival has to be even earlier as the custom close after 5pm.