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Marmaris - magnificent bay of Incekum

Marmaris - Magnificent bays

The city of Marmaris is located on a bay, with sea as smooth as glass, which forms the meeting point of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. It has a very well equipped natural harbour, one of the largest in Turkey, surrounded by pine-clad hills.

The pleasant, lively and vibrant atmosphere of this little pearl will provide some memorable moments for you. Marmaris is an attractive holiday resort, ideal for water sports and sailing. It can be the starting point for the Blue Voyage on a traditional wooden Gulet. Many small bays and inlets where one can go swimming, diving, fishing or windsurfing make the lace-like coastline more beautiful.

If you are travelling with your own vehicle, when following the road through the pine forests stop and take a break when you see the sign that reads,"İşte Marmaris" (Viola Marmaris). You will see the town from above. Dalaman airport is 85 km far from the city centre. Icmeler stands near Marmaris. The hazy mountains of the interior slope down to sandy and pretty beaches. The village of Turunç is spread over a wide area. Beyond the natural harbour, hotels, restaurants and many other facilities are plentifully available at coves like İçmeler, Turunç, Kadirga and Kumlubük.

Sedir Island, in the Gulf of Gökova, is the ancient site of Cedrai. Its old city walls, theatre and temples should be visited. Drive from Marmaris to Gelibolu Bay and take a boat across to see the panoramic views of the mountains. Gökova village nestles in the bay with its houses at the base of the mountains. Cennet Island (Paradise) is linked to the mainland by a causeway. In ancient times it was known as Nimera. The ruins of a monastery can still be seen.

Bozburun is a traditional seaside village set on the Loryma Peninsula, which is situated to the east of Datça, among the green mountains. The Loryma Peninsula is scarcely populated and mostly visited by sailors and enthusiastic hikers. To stroll among the small shops and lovely restaurants by the water, or watch the boat builders, will give a lot of pleasure to those who like an intimate atmosphere. It is about 45 minutes from Marmaris by car and can also be reached by local bus.

The Datça Peninsula stretches west of Marmaris, between the Gulf of Gökova to the north and the Gulf of Hisarönü to the South, separating the Mediterrenean and Aegean Seas. The twisty road from Marmaris to Datca, through deep and narrow pine-clad valleys, will always provide lovely views. Datça is renown for its honey, almonds and fish. The ancient city of Cnidos stands at the end of the Peninsula. The marina is on the southern tip of the bay. There are many bars, restaurants and small shops around the marina. Watersports are also on offer.

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