During your journey, visit the extensive bazaar filled with fresh spices, “designer” T-shirts, leather jackets, pashminas, hand-carved backgammon sets, stunning silver jewellery, hand-woven kilim rugs and much more. Perhaps you will catch a whiff of the region’s famed frankincense forests as you boat around the southern coast of Turkey. On Ephesus, Caunus, and Pergamos you can see historic ruins ranging from the proto-Greek period to the Byzantine period.

From Marmaris you have the option of heading East, towards Gocek, and the Gulf of Fethiye, taking in the famous tombs carved into the cliffs by the Dalyan river. Alternatively, you can head west and explore the Bozburun peninsula which offers great sailing over short distances with crystal clear waters.

Sailing conditions

Situated on the southern coast of Turkey, Marmaris offers the perfect base in which to explore beautiful bays, quiet coves and anchorages.

Afternoon breezes from the west average Force 3-5 during the summer, but can reach force 6-7. The Meltemi wind dies down in September. The sailing season runs from early May to late October. The average summer temperature is 27°C.

Getting there

The nearest airport is Dalaman, although transfers can be arranged from Bodrum international airport. There are charter and low cost flights from the UK to Dalaman with airtlines including Easyjet, Pegasus, Monarch and Thompson. A taxi from Bodrum airport to Marina Marmaris is about 2.5 hours. A taxi from Dalaman airport to Marina Marmaris is about 1.5 hours.

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