Marmaris, the ancient Physcus, was an important town on the
Anatolia-Rhodes-Egypt trade route. The history of Marmaris dates back to 3400 BC
and traces of different civilisations can still be seen in the area. Due to its
natural protective nature, the harbour has played an important role in naval
history and provided shelter to the fleet of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent
during his conquest of Rhodes in 1522. Admiral Nelson also assembled his fleet
here before sailing to Egypt in 1798.
Today the town remains important as an attractive, modern holiday resort and the
leading yachting hub of the Eastern Mediterranean, with its marinas home to
yachts from all over the world.
With its dramatic backdrop of rugged, pine-clad mountains, the crystal-clear,
calm sea of Marmaris bay provides the perfect setting for water
sailing. Onshore, an elegant palm-lined promenade runs along the beach to the
castle, marina and vast covered bazaar, where everything from authentic Turkish
handicraft and carpets to Turkish delight and Ottoman antiquities can be found.
Colourful and lively cafes and restaurants line the quayside offering freshly
caught local seafood, and surrounding the old town and castle are lively bars
and nightclubs with light and dance shows. All these attractions are just a few
minutes scenic walk from the port.
Local villages around Marmaris are famed for the building of unique,
hand-crafted, traditional Turkish wooden yachts (gulets), definitely worth
seeing on a village tour excursion.