Turkish magic

Marmaris – my second home. I love the place, the sights, sounds, atmosphere, it’s all so intoxicating that I return time and time again. I’m not amongst the minority either, as I’ve met many people that feel the same, and quite a few of them have moved their lives there permanently.


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Turkey as a whole has become extremely popular for summer holidays over the last few years, and that’s mainly down to the low prices of package holidays. Perfect for families, couples and groups of friends, there is something for everyone no matter which resort you choose, but Marmaris for me has it all.

The downside is that most flights to Dalaman Airport are generally night flights or early flights, which means tiredness. I’ve found a good way to beat that is to pre-book a night at one of the large range of airport hotels with yes, you guessed it, AirportHotels.com, and really make a day of it pre-flight, with an enjoyable browse around duty free and a good meal before you take off. If you’re travelling with children, this is also a huge bonus, as your little ones won’t be sleep deprived and irritable.

There is a great range of Gatwick hotels, with fantastically low flight prices from the capital, and if you’re planning to take advantage of the lower prices and travelling down to the capital by car, train or bus, then a night’s chill-out is just what the doctor ordered. You might find that the cost combined is still lower than some more expensive regional flights.

Once you arrive in Marmaris, the sun will no doubt be shining. Getting around is easy, thanks to the regular and cheap dolmus, which runs the length of the resort, down to Icmeler and back. This is a mini-bus, which you just need to hold your arm out to stop, and shout when you want to get off – easy! Taxis are plentiful too, but be sure to set your price before you get in.

Marmaris beach itself is busy and fun, with bars running the length, however it’s not the best in terms of width or quality, and I find Icmeler better. Again, jump on the dolmus.

Water-sports are plentiful at both beaches, and if you have a head for heights, give parasailing a go, as it’s an experience you won’t forget. Alternatively, a boat trip is my holiday must-do.

Back on dry land, a jeep safari day out is great fun for all the family, and often involves a water-fight, so keep your valuables back in the hotel safe! A Turkish bath is another must do, but head there at the start of your holiday, as it will give you a great base for a golden tan.

Shopping? Head to the bazaar and haggle, haggle, haggle! You’ll come away with many a bargain, and the Thursday market is another one for souvenirs and haggling opportunities.

Marmaris’ nightlife is extremely varied, and ranges from quiet bars, to family-friendly entertainment and all the way back to night-club central. Bar Street is where the main all-night parties are, however Long Beach is great until around 1am, and cheaper than Bar Street. Food-wise, nobody will go hungry, as all international tastes are catered for.

As you can see, Marmaris offers plenty of activities to keep everyone occupied, so that pre-holiday relaxation is probably needed! If you’re flying from Manchester, as I often do, search hotels Manchester Airport, and see what great deals you can find, and start your holiday with a smile.

Turkey has plenty of delight, but Marmaris is the jewel in the crown.

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