What to do in Marmaris Turkey

When you think of a Turkish summer holiday, Marmaris Turkey comes to mind to a lot of people and not surprisingly because there are a lot of amazing things to do. From taking a dip in Turgut Falls to taking a cruise down Azmak River, the problem is deciding what to do when you’re there to get the most out of your trip.

Things to do in marmaris turkey Boating the calm waters of Azmak River
Cruising the beautiful Azmak River Dalaman Turkey

What to do in Marmaris Turkey

With Marmaris being a popular destination for boats, cruise liners and also for tourists flying into the nearby Dalaman International Airport, I can understand why it is one of the most popular Turkish destinations on the Mediterranean.

Read How about taking an adventure in Oludeniz Dalaman Turkey 

Not to mention a coastline strung with stunning beaches and marinas, trendy cocktail bars and delicious restaurants to indulge in too.

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Overlooking the marina in Marmaris Turkey

Take a dip in Turgut Falls

Turgut Falls or also known as Selale (‘waterfall’ in Turkish), are two small narrow waterfalls located southwest of Marmaris Dalaman region. The area around the waterfall is a wide valley with forests and lush greenery. The whole area has been carved out as a conservation area and has been under the Turkish government control since 2011.

⇒ Do you require a visa for Marmaris Dalaman or Covid test before you go? You can check and see if there are any requirement.  

The place has been a big attraction with both local and foreign visitors recently and I can see why. You may take a short nature walk through the forest and take in the serene atmosphere. or you can take a dip in the small lake below the waterfall to keep cool.   

If you are wanting to take a break from the beach or are up for seeing some pretty waters and discovering nature, then this is a great option. Also, If you have a gopro, this is the place to bring it and use it under the waterfalls to get some amazing pictures. 


  • It gets really busy here and it is not big, I would recommend going late in the afternoon or early morning. Especially if you want pictures of the waterfalls without people getting in them.
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A selfie infront of one of the waterfalls at Turgut Falls – Marmaris Turkey

Visit Marmaris Honey House and learn about the Bees

Visiting a honey centre may not be at the top of some people’s summer holiday to do list in Marmaris but it is one you should think about adding to your list, especially if you love sweet things and history. Me personally, I find Bees fascinating insects, so when we took a trip to the Marmaris Honey House, I was somewhat intrigued.

Turkey itself ranks in the top 5 honey producing countries in the world and the centre was created to not only raise awareness of bees but also produce pine, honey. I was pleasantly surprised what I learnt about bees and the whole set up of the exhibition, you even get to see the real queen bee with her workers making honey and living everyday life (don’t worry they are behind glass).

The building is even built like a honeycomb and they have a children’s playground area for the young ones and a small cafe to enjoy honey drinks and yoghurt. The only real problem is deciding what yummy honey products you want to purchase!


  • Try the natural honey that they have on tap, it is delicious even for people that don’t like sweets.
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Trying the yoghurt with honey – Marmaris Dalaman

Try a Traditional Turkish Bath Marmaris

You can’t come all the way to Turkey without visiting one of the Turkish baths in Marmaris and trying a traditional massage. Upon arriving you will be taken to the hamam (sauna), before enjoying a soothing steam bath, followed by a relaxing full body wash and foam and aromatherapy oil massages. 
Then you will retire to a cooling room for a period of relaxation. Now the only hard decision is whether to have one at the start of your holiday to start your trip on the right foot or at the end to make you feel all smooth before going home.

Additional Treatments about Marmaris Turkish bath

  • Facial masks
  • Different types of massages like using Stones
  • Pedicures and manicures
  • Make sure you take your bathers along and if you can leave any jewellery at your accommodation, as you can’t wear it. 
Circular marble slab in traditional Turkish bath
Inside a Turkish Bath

Plan in advance by booking your Turkish bath in Marmaris through GetYourGuide.

Take a cruise on Azmak River in Akyaka

One of the top things to do in Marmaris is to have lunch (or dinner) at one of the riverside restaurants. Before taking a cruise down Azmak River through the aquarium like crystal clear waters. Where not only can you admire the wildlife above like the many types of birds but also underneath the water, where you watch the fish and turtles swim about. 

Located just outside the town of Akyaka is the Azmak River, a stunning natural paradise which is considered to be a hidden gem amongst the local people. Whether you have lunch there, take a boat ride or even a swim, you will love the chilled atmosphere the area has about it and you will find you come away more relaxed. 

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  • If you have time, I recommend spending half a day here and having lunch or dinner at one of the riverside restaurants. It was so nice watching the water and ducks at lunch. 

Ducks on the waterway in front of restaurant

Other top things to do in Marmaris

If you looking for other ideas for places to visit while in Marmaris. Here are just a few top things to do in and around Marmaris that involve either history or outdoor activities.

  • Marmaris Castle – Is one of the few castles in Turkey that also possesses a museum. 
  • Grand Bazaar – Shopping and market. Great spot for tasting local dishes

  • İçmeler Beach – Public beach with restaurants nearby

  • Marmaris Amphitheatre – Historical amphitheatre

  • Atlantis Water Park – Aqua waterpark with mini-golf facilities

  • Keci Island – Visit the island, where water activities are available.

Here are some amazing activities that you can book while in Marmaris, Dalaman Turkey before you go.

Accommodation in Marmaris

Being a popular summer destination for European travellers there is no shortage of places to stay in Marmaris Turkey. You can stay in anything from hostel’s and apartments for budget travellers to one of the 5 Star hotels situated along the Mediterranean Sea.

Most of the accommodation is within walking distance, from the harbour and the centre of town. However, if you don’t feel like walking, there are lots of options of getting around like catching a golf buggy or even the local bus. 

Accommodation in Turkey uses European adapters for electrical equipment, which has two round pins

⇒  Check the current availability of accommodation for the Marmaris Turkey area.

Grand Azur Marmaris

I stayed at the luxury beachfront hotel Grand Azur located only 15-20mins walk from the central Marmaris and marina. The hotel has a stunning freshwater pool set in a tropical setting, as well as a private beach. If food and drinking is your thing then you will be glad to know the resort has 5 bars (including the pool bar) and 2 restaurants. 

I had a spacious room with two huge single beds with a large private balcony and some of the best ocean views that I have seen in a while.  The luxury room had everything you want in a summer holiday, from flatscreen TV, powerful air conditioning, lots of power points and good room WiFi. Even though it was all-inclusive the room also had coffee and tea facilities.

Grand Azur Marmaris was the perfect spot for that summer holiday. Not only did it look like I was in paradise, but it was also in a great location right on the Mediterranean Sea. You can read reviews on Trip Advisor.

Staying in Oludeniz another popular beach town? I recommend checking out the Liberty Hotel Oludeniz, located in a fantastic position. 


  • Go down to the beach bar and have a glass of wine while watching the sunset before dinner one night.

Top Things to do in Marmaris. Turkey

Getting to Marmaris

Marmaris is part of the Dalaman Region on the southwestern coast of Turkey. The closest international airport is Dalaman Airport and it is roughly 95kms away. It should take you 1 and a half hours to get from Dalaman airport to Marmaris via car. 

I flew with Jet2 airlines as apart of Dalaman with Jet2 Holidays, which currently services 9 airports routes from the UK and various other areas in Europe. From Dalaman airport, it is easily accessible to reach the 7 Resorts areas that are currently serviced by Jet2 in the Dalaman area. 

Take your holiday to the next level and obtain a Priority Pass Membership. Where you can gain access to over 1500 lounges that offer complimentary refreshments, FREE Wi-Fi and so much more.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Please make sure to have your Face Mask and Hand Sanitiser where required before travelling. #Travelsafe 


The best way to get to MarmarisDalaman is via transfer, whether shared or private.  If you are taking a Jet2 package, they will give you a choice of options, however, all will depend on how much you want to spend. 

Hire a car to drive around Marmaris

Alternatively, you can hire a car to get around Marmaris and Turkey’s top attractions, especially if there is a group of you. There are numerous companies at Dalaman Airport where you can hire a car. Hire a Sav Nav with the car if you are worried about getting lost. 

⇒  Check out Travel Supermarket for FREE, easy fast comparison on car hire in Dalaman. 

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Flying into Dalaman International Airport

Top Tips for visiting Marmaris

  • Check out the dancing Fountains located in the center of Marmaris which has different music every night.
  • Wifi; Have non-stop WiFi access in Turkey to keep everyone updated with your activities.
  • If you are wanting nightlife and clubs then head to the main strip to indulge in drinking and dancing till dawn. 
  • Have dinner or drinks at the High Side Restaurant, which has great views over the marina especially at night.
  • Sunscreen: Marmaris gets really hot during the summer period, please make sure to wear the appropriate lotion.
  • I felt safe travelling in Marmaris turkey for me and I had no trouble.
  • Keep hydrated; Best to have a 1 Litre bladder bag (Also known as Hydration bladder) or a sports water bottle to keep you hydrated. Especially during the hot summer months in Marmaris.
marmaris turkey things to do - View over the city and bay from the mountains
View over the city and bay from the mountains

Discover more places around the Mediterranean Sea

Millions of people flock to seaside cities along the Mediterranean coast every year for a summer holiday. Discover some of these places around the Mediterranean, which are just pure paradise. Feel free to read my following articles. 

⇒  Make sure that you do not require a visa or covid test for Marmaris Dalaman before you go? You can check and see if there are any requirement.  

Thank you for reading this article ‘What to do in Marmaris, Turkey’, I hope it helped you to decide what to do in Marmaris. It is such a great place with lots of things to do, plenty of history and nice places to eat.


What to do in Marmaris Turkey   

Have you been to Marmaris Turkey?

Please feel free to share your experience in the comments below or if you know any other places to see while in Dalaman or the surrounding area.

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28 thoughts on “What to do in Marmaris Turkey

  1. Avatar
    Lindsay Nieminen says:

    WOW! that View from the plane! I cannot wait to get to turkey! We are coming this July! I am still hotel hunting so will check the D Resort Grand Azur for sure! I have two kids, any things for kids there?

    • Melbtravel
      Melbtravel says:

      The D Resort would be perfect as it has kids activities and also a waterslide in the pool. Can you pack me in your bag for when you go? Definitely go see the dancing fountain at night too, as the kids will love it and its FREE.

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    Mary McCartney says:

    I have been to Marmaris before with my family but l never knew that you could do half these activities. I would definitely do that boat ride next time, so pretty.

    • Melbtravel
      Melbtravel says:

      Well it gives you a good excuse to go back and explore more with your family. You will have to let me know when you do, I would love to hear about it.

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    Bonbon says:

    Oooh…. so jealous hihihi I’ve been wanting to visit Turkey for the longest time. Oh well…one day, hopefully sooner🤩 Thanks for sharing! Xoxo

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    Heather says:

    You just have me hooked on Marmaris! I didn’t know Turkey was in the top 5 honey-producing countries in the world and honey on tap? Yum!! Turgut Falls is a beautiful, but your tip to visit early or later is helpful because I hate when places are so overcrowded. And those paragliding views are phenomenal!

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    Nic says:

    It has been so long since I’ve been to Marmaris but this post has brought so many memories back! We have been to Oludeniz quite a few times as we have family there and will be going again in October! We are definitely doing the paragliding again too!

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    Delisa Zak says:

    Great photos! I would love to go to Turkey and sadly haven’t been yet. Marmaris looks great. I would definitely visit the honey house. I love honey and I love bees so that would be number one on my list! I would also like to try a Turkish bath, but I think I would struggle to figure out if I should do it at the beginning or end of the trip. Thanks for sharing!

    • Melbtravel
      Melbtravel says:

      I really enjoyed the honey house but it was good to go in the morning before it goes too hot. hmm, that would be a hard one abut the Turkish bath, I would go with it at the end.

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    Lauren Pears says:

    I wish I’d known about some of these activities while I was in Marmaris! I’ve been a few times on family holidays but family are very much “relax by the pool and don’t move” kind of people, unfortunately. I’ll make sure to go back and see it properly one day!

    • Melbtravel
      Melbtravel says:

      It is definitely a good excuse to go back for a visit. A lot of these you can do in the morning before it gets to hot and to the pool in the afternoons.

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    Kylie James says:

    I never knew you could do half this stuff in Marmaris. I usually just relax and stay by the pool. Thanks for the tips, I’m definitely keen to head to the waterfall next time I’m there.

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    Tiffany Petersen says:

    This is a whole different perspective of what I envision Turkey is. I love it!! Looks stunning and so much fun! I would definitely add it to my list!

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    Becca Talbot says:

    I’ve actually just got back from Turkey – though my friends and I stayed in Izmir, not Marmaris! I had no idea there was so much to do in Marmaris though 🙂 We did try a Turkish bath while we were in Izmir, it was so relaxing x

    • Melbtravel
      Melbtravel says:

      I really liked Marmaris and I agree with you I didn’t know how much you could do until I was there but loved every minute of it. Hmm, I could have a turkish bath right now 🙂

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    Marmaris Travel says:

    Very well written post about our city 🙂 Thank you very much. If you can come to here again, glad to see you here and we can be your sponsor for daily excursions 🙂

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    APRIL KEY RODE says:

    OMG! I’m glad I got a problem with mix then I got to read all the excellent articles! I love everything you wrote here and made me want to go there. I add it in our bucket lists!

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