Aerial view of Marmaris harbor with yachts and sailboats

Things to do in  Marmaris

Adventure awaits on the Aegean

Nestled on the picturesque Aegean coast, Marmaris is a highly sought-after destination for tourists seeking an affordable Turkish Riviera vacation. The city provides many activities to cater to travelers of all ages and interests. From exploring historical attractions like Marmaris Castle to embarking on scuba diving excursions to uncover the underwater world, there are plenty of things to do. Full-day boat tours to nearby wonders such as the Dalyan mud baths, Turtle Beach, and Lycian rock tombs offer a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. Marmaris also boasts a vibrant nightlife, pristine beaches, and a range of kid-friendly activities, making it a well-rounded destination.

Top 15 attractions in Marmaris

Dalyan River

Ancient ruins, endangered wildlife, thermal springs—a boat cruise along the Dalyan River is full of surprises. Winding its way from Lake Köyceğiz to Dalyan Village before emptying into the Mediterranean Sea, the river follows a scenic route flanked by rocky mountains, pine-clad valleys, and sandy beaches.More

Iztuzu Beach (Turtle Beach)

A narrow spit of sand stretching out into the ocean, Iztuzu Beach (Turtle Beach) takes its name from the loggerhead sea turtles that nest on its shores. Forming a natural barrier between the Dalyan River and the Mediterranean Sea, the protected beach is one of the most important breeding grounds for the endangered creatures in Turkey (officially the Republic of Türkiye).More


Surrounded by lush greenery, turquoise waters, and impressive historical relics, the small town of Dalyan really packs a punch when it comes to its top attractions. The town also works as a base for exploring nearby attractions. Though it’s set up for visitors—with a wide range of shops, restaurants, and accommodation options—the town still retains its authentic Turkish charm.More

Dalyan Mud Bath

Warm springs bubble around and under Lake Koycegiz, making mud baths a signature of the waterfront town of Dalyan. Minerals give the mud a sulfur smell, but can, locals say, work miracles on aging skin. Just lounge in the shallow pools, coat yourself in glop, then rinse off in the river, lake, showers, or spring-fed pool.More


Located 12 miles (20 kilometers) south of Marmaris, Turunç is a charming fishing village on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast that offers respite from the lively resorts the region is renowned for. Its Blue Flag beach and calm, sheltered waters are backed beautifully by tree-shrouded mountains, whose secluded trails beg to be explored on horseback or by ATV.More

Fethiye Lycian Rock Tombs (Tomb of Amyntas)

Carved into the cliff sides above the town and looking out over the ocean, the Fethiye Lycian Rock Tombs offer a fascinating glimpse into the city’s ancient past, dating back to 350 BC. The cluster of tombs is crowned with the grand Tomb of Amyntas, thought to be a Lycian ruler or nobleman.More

Marmaris Marina

With colorful fishing boats and home to a dazzling fleet of luxury yachts, Marmaris Marina is the vibrant focal point of the city’s waterfront. Marmaris Castle reigns over the harbor, which serves as the gateway to natural wonders such as Dalyan Mud Bath, Iztuzu Bach, and the Gulf of Gokova.More

Atlantis Waterpark Marmaris

A waterfront park with its own private beach, Atlantis Waterpark Marmaris is one of Marmaris’ most popular water parks. Nine high-adrenaline slides include freefall, whirlpool, and rafting options; little ones love the Kids’ Land pool, slides, and soft play area; sun loungers, restaurants, and a bar keep adults entertained.More

Ancient City of Kaunos

The ancient city of Kaunos, near Dalyan in Turkey (officially the Republic of Türkiye), was founded in the 9th century BC, and was located between Lycia and Caria—hence it embodies characteristics of both empires. Though now abandoned, Kaunos was once a flourishing city that served as a bustling trading post on the coast, and its ruins provide a vivid glimpse into the past.More


Akyaka is a charming village nestled in Turkey’s Mugla province along Gokova Bay. The town—often overlooked by foreign visitors—is famous for its clear waters, rich culture, and outdoor sports opportunities. It’s the ideal destination for those seeking a peaceful or adventurous getaway without noise or aggressive salespeople.More


Selimiye is a quaint coastal town in the Mugla province of Turkey (officially the Republic of Türkiye). Situated between Marmaris and Datca, it boasts a picturesque harbor with locally crafted fishing boats, a quiet seaside, and a handful of ancient ruins. Selimiye offers travelers an opportunity to experience authentic Turkish life away from the bustle of more touristy cities nearby.More

Marmaris Castle & Museum

Reigning supreme over Marmaris Marina, the 16th-century Marmaris Castle is one of the city’s oldest landmarks. As well as offering panoramic views of the coast from its turreted lookout towers, the castle is also home to Marmaris Archaeology Museum.More
Cleopatra Island (Sedir Island)

Cleopatra Island (Sedir Island)

According to legend, Cleopatra enjoyed clandestine rendezvous with her lover, Marc Antony, on the shores of this tiny island in the Aegean Sea, just off the Gulf of Gokova. Their story makes the island a renowned romantic spot. Its other claim to fame is its unusually textured sand, which is made up of smooth, white, ground-up seashells.More

Aqua Dream Waterpark

Aqua Dream Waterpark is the largest water park in Marmaris and one the biggest in Turkey. With over 24 slides, pools, and water attractions, Aqua Dream promises a fun-filled day for visitors of all ages. Experience the thrill of the Kamikaze slide, relax on the lazy river, or let the kids enjoy the pirate ship and children’s pool.More

Icmeler Beach

Curving around the mountain-backed bay of Icmeler just west of Marmaris, Icmeler Beach offers some of the best scenery and waters on Turkey’s (officially the Republic of Türkiye) Turquoise Coast. The dark-sand-and-shingle stretch is lined by Icmeler’s shops, restaurants, and watersports—making it ideal for whiling the day away in the sun.More

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All about Marmaris

When to visit

Marmaris truly shines during the summer, from June to August, with temperatures averaging 85°F (30°C). The hot, sunny weather is perfect for beach activities, boat tours, and experiencing the town's lively nightlife. If you don’t mind slightly cooler water, book your trip in May or September and be rewarded with pleasant weather and uncrowded streets, beaches, and historical sites. Winter brings clouds, rainy, and cool temperatures averaging 50°F (10°C), but Marmaris retains its charm, offering a peaceful retreat and discounted accommodation.

Getting around

Marmaris is a compact town, and many restaurants, attractions, and beaches are within easy walking distance, making it easy to discover the city independently. Getting around the city is a breeze with its shared minibusses called dolmus. (Note that bus fare is to be paid in local currency—Turkish lira—only.) Taxis are also readily available throughout the city. For intercity travel, head to the Marmaris Otogar (bus terminal) to find comfortable, efficient, and affordable transportation around Turkey.

Traveler tips

Get out of town! One thing that sets Marmaris apart from other Aegean destinations is its proximity to numerous historical and cultural sites and cities. Private and group day trips from the city enable you to experience further flung attractions - like the UNESCO-listed Pamukkale travertines, Sakilkent Gorge, the Dalyan River, and the ancient city of Ephesus—with ease. For a fun international escape, take a full-day boat excursion from Marmaris to the island of Rhodes, Greece.


People Also Ask

What are the top attractions in Marmaris?

Marmaris Castle is often at the top of visitors’ bucket lists, along with the city’s charming Old Town, pristine Marmaris Beach, and Dalyan Delta. Initially built by the Romans in the 5th century, the Marmaris Amphitheater is also worth a visit but best appreciated during a live concert.

Is Marmaris family-friendly?

Yes, absolutely! Marmaris offers a wide range of family-friendly activities and attractions. While the city is well-known for its nightlife, it’s also a safe and welcoming destination for families with children of every age. Kids will love exploring the Atlantis Waterpark, swimming, and snorkeling at Aqua Dream Water Park, or taking a full-day boat cruise to the city’s surrounding islands.

What is there to do in Marmaris?

Marmaris is famous for its nightlife scene, offering everything from live music to foam parties. During daylight hours, popular organized excursions, like scuba diving, ATV safaris, horseback riding, and a dip in the Dalyan mud baths, are the perfect way to immerse yourself in the area’s flora and fauna.

Is it safe to visit Marmaris, Turkey?

Yes, it’s safe to visit Marmaris. This Aegean city is considered one of the safest vacation destinations in Turkey. The city’s relatively small size, vigilant municipality, and Turkish hospitality ensure that visitors, including solo travelers and families with small children, can enjoy a relaxing and secure holiday.

Can I pay in Euros in Marmaris?

Yes, Euros are (for the most part) an acceptable payment method in Marmaris. Credit card is the most common form of payment in Turkey; however, most restaurants and stores accept euros. Note that change is usually given in Turkish lira. Have lira on hand for public transportation and small vendors.

Which city is better: Marmaris or Bodrum?

Whether you choose to vacation in Bodrum or Marmaris depends on what you want from your holiday. Both cities offer lush nature, top-notch restaurants, and historical attractions. However, families, thrill-seekers, and party animals may prefer Marmaris, whereas travelers searching for a more tranquil and culturally immersive experience will find it in Bodrum.

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