Cruise Port Atlas | Marmaris, Turkey Day Trips | Attractions

Marmaris, Turkey Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Marmaris: Azamara Club Cruises, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, Silversea, Holland America

Key Attractions: Marmaris Castle, Dolphinarium, Aquadream Water Park, Atlantis Water Park, Grand Bazaar, Icmeler Beach, Marmaris Beaches, Turunc Beach, Kumlubuk Beach, Cleopatra (Sedir) Island, Dalyan, Dalyan River, Caunos, Lycian Tombs, Datca Peninsula, Blue Cruise

Marmaris Attractions

Port to Old Town / Marmaris Castle / Grand Bazaar - 2.4 KM, 8 minutes
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Aside from its beaches (see below), Marmaris has attractions for many other interests. One of the most popular day trips is the boat tour which includes exploration of various coves and islands and may include stops for swimming and sunbathing. The Marmaris Castle became important during the reign of Suleyman the Magnificant while he was battling the Knights of St. John on Rhodes. In the center of the old town of Marmaris, the castle is now a museum with a variety of displays. Nearby is the Bazaar where local (and some fake) designer goods are available at generally low prices. Marmaris is famous for its shopping and competitive prices, but to take advantage of the best values you must be ready to haggle. There are two water parks in Marmaris - Atlantis Waterpark, right on the water, and AquaDream Waterpark, on the hills above the bay. If you are open to new and relaxing experiences, a Turkish bath would be worth considering!



Photo of Marmaris Waterfront and Castle by Hajotthu

Marmaris Area Beaches and Watersports

Port to Marmaris Beaches - 2.5 KM, 8 minutes
Port to Icmeler Beach - 10 KM, 25 minutes
Port to Turunc Beach - 22 KM, 45 minutes
Port to Kumlubuk Beach - 30 KM, 50 minutes
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Beaches in and near Marmaris are mainly of the urban, developed variety with clubs, restaurants, shopping, and beach chairs and umbrellas for rent. There are several miles of beach that begin about 1 mile west of where ships dock. Water sports including boating, scuba, snorkeling, and more can be arranged from the beach. Icmeler has a wider and popular beach that attracts a more affluent crowd. Further along the coast, heading west and south, are the beaches at Turunc and Kumlubuk. The farther you are from Marmaris, the less developed the beach. There are also beaches near Dalyan, on the Datca Peninsula and on Cleopatra Island (discussed below).



Photo of Marmaris Beach by Neushorn

Cleopatra Sedir Island

Port to Cleopatra Island - 22 KM, 30 minutes
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Officially called Sedir Island, the islet is traditionally a place where Marc Antony and Cleopatra met. Legend says that he brought sand from the Red Sea to surprise his lover. In fact, the sand is very special and almost unique in color and texture for the Mediterranean because it is made of seashells. You are not allowed to remove the sand and cannot take shoes or towels to the beach to ensure that the sand stays where it is. There are also small ruins of ancient settlements on the island. There is an admission fee for visiting the island in addition to transportation costs.



Dalyan Attractions

Port to Dalyan - 46 KM, 1 hour 15 minutes
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The most popular way to visit the Dalyan area is by boat after you travel from Marmaris by land. There is a significant area of ruins at Kaunos, which was once a port but is now 8 kilometers from the coast because of silting. Where water meets the river delta is the turtle beach which became famous when environmentalists blocked the construction of a huge resort to protect the local sea turtles. Viewing the huge turtles and taking mud baths are the most popular activities. Navigating up the river, you will see the famous Lycian tombs carved directly into the cliffs.



Photo of the Dalyan River's Lycian Tombs by Radomil

Datca Peninsula and Orhaniye Bay

Port to Orhaniye - 28 KM, 35 minutes
Port to Datca - 70 KM, 1 hour 25 minutes
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The long narrow Datca peninsula is a place of important natural beauty and will appeal to those who want to escape the crowds of Marmaris. The landscape is dry and windswept, offering vistas of the coves and small bays and trails leading to quiet beaches. The northern coast is sandy and flatter, while the south is rocky. At the very end of the peninsula is a cape which offers views of water in every direction but east. There are several Greek ruins on the peninsula as well.

Closer to Marmaris and offering similar natural attractions, but on a smaller scale, is Orhaniye Bay. Boat tours to this area are offered out of Marmaris as an alternative to the more popular Marmaris Bay cruises.



Photo of Windmills on the Datca Peninsula by Nosferatu

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