Perfectly situated in the centre of the Turquoise Coast, Marmaris is the superyacht centre of Turkey. With a long history in sailing, the port is now an excellent marina and the town offers everything from incredible history to a lively night scene, brimming with Mediterranean hedonism. World-class diving, beautiful beaches and clear water are complemented by the particular charm of Turkey, making this one of the best sailing destinations. On a luxury yacht charter to the Turkish Riviera you will sail along white sands with turquoise seas, ideal for water sports and swimming. Step ashore to explore ancient forests, historical sites dating back to 200 BC and traditional markets.
Key Cruising Areas: Marmaris is perfectly located in the middle of the Turquoise Coast, with the ports such as Fethiye, Gocek and Antalya a short sail away. It is also a great base to explore the Greek Islands.
Don’t Miss: Marmaris is famous in the diving world, with over 50 world-class dive sites. For a unique dive, head to Baca Cave where the conical cave is home to shoals of cardinal fish. Depths range from 5 to 50m making this an excellent dive site for all levels of experience.
Best Spots for Wining and Dining: The port has long been a stop for superyachts and celebrities, and the dining options cater perfectly for discerning clientele, with a large range of high quality restaurants offering Turkish and international food. Many of the hotels have excellent restaurants, and the waterfront is lined with eateries and bars. Try Kahveci Alibey for fine dining, a beautiful wine cellar and delicious cocktails.
Local Culture: The iconic Ottoman castle and fortress are must-dos for the area, and an impressive example of Turkish past. Visit the perfectly preserved constructions, then take a trip to the historic Bedestan covered market.
Best Beach: The long beaches of Marmaris offer soft sands and clear waters, but for a short day trip sail to Cleopatra Island. Dip your toe in waters with an interesting story – the famous golden sands were, according to legend, brought here from Egypt by Antony and Cleopatra who used to swim here.
IYC recommends: Marmaris is the place for adventures and experiences – as you sail into the port you will see the sky above the mountains dotted with the tiny forms of paragliders. As one of the highest commercial take off points in the world, this is the place to enjoy a once in lifetime flight over the stunning forested mountains of the national park. Look out over glittering coves and green hills then, with the adrenalin still pumping, immerse yourself in the buzzing atmosphere as the evening warms up in the waterfront bars.
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