Information & Facts
Holidaymakers who prefer to spend their beach time being active
will be spoilt for choice at Marmaris where dozens of watersports
operators service the sea front, offering everything from banana
boat rides and paragliding to jet-skiing and scuba diving, all at
very reasonable prices (which can usually be bargained down even
more). The local Atlantis waterpark is a must for families. Those
who want to sightsee or explore can choose from a variety of
excursions, including guided horse safaris through the countryside
or jeep safaris to visit nearby country villages, with visits to
verdant untouched forests where crystal waterfalls beckon one to
have a dip. The ancient site of Ephesus and the spring waters of
Pamukkale are also popular outings, as are a variety of boat trips,
including the nearby Greek island of Rhodes.
Turkish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in the main tourist areas.
The official currency is the New Turkish Lira (TRY), which was
introduced on 1 January 2005, whereby six zeros were dropped from
the TL and the sub-unit New Kurush was created. Currency can be
exchanged at banks, exchange booths, post offices, airports and
ferry ports; banks have the worst rates and highest commissions,
but will exchange lesser known foreign currencies. Banks open
mainly Monday to Friday, but some are open daily in tourist areas.
ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas, but
Turkish ATM keypads usually do not have letters of the alphabet on
their keys. Most bank branches have ATMs which accept Cirrus and
Plus. Major credit cards are widely accepted; the most popular are
Visa or MasterCard, but American Express is accepted in many of the
more expensive places. Travellers cheques can be exchanged at some
banks and currency exchange offices, but are not as welcome as cash
or credit cards. US dollars or Euros are preferred. Some pensions
and hotels in the most popular destinations accept US dollars as
Touts for everything from restaurants to excursions and souvenir
stalls can be annoying in Marmaris. Many have also reported on
various tourist rip-offs, and visitors should be alert. The summer
months can be incredibly crowded, swelling the town population from
around 28,000 to nearly 250,000.
Marmaris' wild nights are centred on Bar Street around the
waterfront, packed with nearly one hundred nightclubs and bars that
rock until about 4am, attracting hundreds of holidaymakers.
Although the atmosphere is fun, be aware that the price of drinks
in Bar Street is significantly higher than other parts of town.
Many restaurants stay open all night to cater for early morning
Whether you want to go international, or try local fare at a
'lokanta' (Turkish restaurant), Marmaris' hundreds of dining
establishments will have something to suit any holidaymakers'
appetite and any pocket. You'll find fish 'n chips if that's your
bag, good Chinese, satisfying German or the ubiquitous Italian.
Visitors should not balk at sampling Turkish delights, however,
particularly popular doner kebabs and seafood meze platters.
To enjoy shopping in Marmaris, holiday visitors need to be clued
up and prepared. Vendors, particularly in the bazaars, can be
annoying with their touting (although this is illegal), and there
are a large number of fake designer goods on sale. If you fancy a
bargain-priced Rolex watch, be prepared for it to be fake, although
this does not mean it is not worth buying because in Turkey fakes
are good quality! Prices are very cheap, and everywhere, except in
the larger stores, haggling is expected and it is possible to knock
about 30 percent off the asking price. Bearing all this in mind
Marmaris can be a shopper's delight, particularly for items like
leather, ceramics, jewellery and carpets. Best value goods are to
be found in the Carsi Market in the Ottoman Castle, where 200-odd
shops and a flea market are open seven days a week. The Thursday
market is a colourful experience where locals sell fruit,
vegetables, fabric and clothing. Netsel Marina is a good place to
find original designer clothing. 'Caam Ball', a locally-produced
pine-scented honey, is a popular souvenir. Duty free goods are also