Thriving with visitors in the summer months, Marmaris boasts beachside buzz and reams of ancient history. The city itself is a lively affair, with a scenic old town that hums with holidaymakers. Get your bearings with a seafront wander from Icmeler to the Yacht Marina, soaking in the water views. Head into the city, to explore a tight-knit knot of streets where drinks are shared and music blares. Boasting immense ancient ruins amid the colourful beauty of the Turkish Riviera’s glowing scenery, Marmaris is a busy holiday-capital, with something for every taste.
The peace and quiet of the scenic Datça Peninsula feels a million miles from the city’s exuberances, as you discover tucked-away coves and wide views of the shimmering South Aegean sea. Charming Mediterranean bays are filled with meandering yachts, which rest between dappled islands and green hills rolling down to turquoise waters. You’ll feel like you’re walking on water at Kizkumu Beach, where a long and narrow sandbank protrudes into the sea, and you can enjoy ankle-deep wades out into the warm waves.
The winding Calbys River spools inland through a moist delta, leading to the area's archaeological treasures. See the magnificent rock tombs that are embedded and embossed into the sheer cliffs of Dalyan's esteemed archaeological site. Explore the ancient city of Caunos, which dates back to the 9th century BC, and has beautiful faded mosaics, and a magnificent terraced theatre. Loggerhead turtles hatch and head for the waters, on the protected beaches nearby.