Marmaris is one of the most popular holiday resorts in Turkey. If driving your private car you may want to give a break on the way going down to Marmaris to get a panoramic view of the city. Marmaris is an enormous holiday resort with an inner city population approaching 100,000 in the summer months. The bed space of the hotels are over 60,000. It's possible to find an accommodation for any budget. Hundreds of restaurants, cafes, amusement grounds have opened.
In spite of all the construction work thanks to the environmental monitoring and the water treatment systems, it is one of the rare cities that one can jump in the water from one of the city beaches. There are bays that can be reached from land or with a boat tour for ones who prefer uncrowded beaches or cleaner seas. The hotels and tourism agencies offer many options for people that are interested in water and nature sports.
The most important historical structure of the city center is the Castle. A castle was first built by the Ionians but the castle today is the one built by the Ottomans in 1522.
Marmaris Castle was damaged to a great extent of an artillery fire that was blown from a French battleship in 1914. In the republican period this castle was opened for housing and 18 residential buildings and a fountain was built inside. The houses built inside the castle have been removed in 1980-1990 and now there is only a museum. When going up to the castle you will pass through old Marmaris. Old stone buildings, narrow streets, bougainvilleas will make you feel that you're in a very different Marmaris, When entering the castle from the beach side, you can pop into Beatrice Picture gallery in the 26th street just behind the old mosque or "iyi insanlar için iyi şeyler" shop where you can find handmade modern-authentic gifts and clothes or give a coffee break accompanying a spectacular view in one of the cafes on the hill.
Beatrice was a Swiss painter that had been living in Marmaris for over 30 years. She was a colorful aspect of the city that even the locals of the city assumed local. She died in 2013. Her drawing office and gallery are protected as it is. Proceed to the castle by moving through old streets and stone buildings. When you reach the castle you will directly enter its courtyard . Inside there is a small museum that you can find historical objects found in Marmaris and its surroundings. You can go up to the castle walls by taking either one of the two staircases on each side of the courtyard. You should see the spectacular view from the castle walls.
Two of the indoor spaces in the castle are designed as archaeology museums. In the quad and in these two indoor spaces, pieces from the excavations of the region, amphora's, terracotta and glass work, old coins, ornaments are exhibited. One gallery is organised as an ethnography lounge, the other one as the room of the castle commander.
The other Ottoman structure of the city is Hafza sultan Caravansary. From the inscription on it, It is known to be constructed in 1545 . This Caravansary that is covered with arches on top is just in the entrance of a narrow road with a flight of steps going up to the castle. Today the 7 small and 1 big room of the caravansary are allocated to shops selling touristic goods and gifts.
The downtown historical bazaar is still in the main shopping center of today.The only difference is the people shopping and the goods sold, everything has turned to be very touristic.
There are also other pieces from the Ottoman period in the surroundings of Marmaris. İbrahim Ağa Mosque in Kemeraltı district was built in 1789, Taşhan and Kemerli bridge that are situated on the 10th km of Mugla motorway were built in 1552. The famous Sarıana tomb that is known for its prophecies was known to be visited by Kanuni Sultan Süleyman before going to Rhodes, is in the same district. There's a rumor telling about the whole Ottoman army having breakfast with the milk of only one cow of Sarıana before going to Rhodes. Another rumor says, when he solders drank buttermilk from a pot that was held by Sarıana the buttermilk started increasing on its own.
Netsel Marina, near the port is the biggest and the most modern marina in all south Aegean region. The marina gives service to yachts in all possible ways. The city marina between the shopping center and Netsel marina is the place where daily and blue trip boats moor.
From the marina if you follow up the Venedik stream you will end up in bar street. Bars appealing to all kinds of music taste are lined up on this street...