I recently went on a girls holiday to Marmaris, it was a sun and beach kind of holiday, which isn’t my first choice, but I couldn’t refuse the offer of fun in somewhere new and hot! But how much fun did I really have in a self-confessed party-town?
Marmaris is a very touristy place, so expect to be ambushed by pushy restaurant owners, small businesses offering boat trips and shops which will promise to find you sunglasses at “cheap, cheap price”. At the very least, you’ll enjoy good weather and seafood, but depending on what you’re looking for you might even find yourself a holiday romance
From Marmaris you can hop on a bus that goes very often to Icmeler, you won’t need to wait longer than 10 minutes until the 2lira ride comes past. Icmeler has a nicer beach than Marmaris so we took advantage of the 5 minute bus ride to sunbathe there a few times in our holiday.
I think Marmaris has a little bit for everyone, but with its nightlife, sun-bathing culture and watersports it definitely sway towards younger people. I wouldn’t recommend going as a couple, as there is not much in the way of culture and your girlfriend may get unwanted attention by some of the men… In a nutshell, Marmaris is better aimed at the ‘young and single’ crowd, with Iclemer offering a better alternative for couples and slightly older people. Needless to say, I didn’t find myself a holiday romance but I did have a fun with my girlfriends. Would I recommend people to go? No, I don’t think I would. Turkey has so many other more beautiful and authentic places to offer, and sadly I don’t think Marmaris is one of them!