Surrounded by pine-clad hills, Marmaris is located on the site of ancient Phykos of
which nothing at all remains since the modern town sits atop the ruins. There are however
numerous examples of Ottoman
architecture from the reign of
Suleyman the Magnificent since Marmaris was taken by him as part of his campaign against
the island of Rhodes nearby. Among the buildings that may be seen are the castle built in
1521; a caravanserai built in 1545; Tashan, also built in the 16th century; and the Mosque
of Ibrahim Agha, dated 1789.
Marmaris is deservedly better known for its natural beauty: the lace-like coastline is
embellished with coves and inlets where one may go swimming, diving, or fishing. The
sheltered bay is excellent for windsurfing. Accommodations, restaurants, and cafes are
plentiful and tours are available to coves like Icmeler, Kumlubuk, Turunc, and
Nearby is a sea cavern called Fosforlu (Phosphorescent). The forests of fragrant storax
trees around Marmaris offer tempting picnic spots. Marmaris is a calling place on the Blue
Voyage and boats may be hired here to go to Bodrum and Fethiye. Boat tours are also available to the nearby ruins of
ancient Caunos. Good highway connections make it easy to visit
more distant places like Knidos, Pamukkale, Aphrodisias, and even Ephesos. The Marmaris
marina is amply provided with everything a yachtsman might need.
Above text and pictures are from the book titled "Bodrum-Marmaris".
You can purchase "Bodrum-Marmaris" book and other Turkey related books from Explore Turkey Bookstore.