Lying on a large bay encircled by pine covered hills, Marmaris enjoys one of the most beautiful settings af any Turkish resort. It is close to such ancient ruins as Physkos, Saranda, Amos and Loryma.
The Ancient City was inside the walls on the hills and around them. Later, the town spread down the skirts of the hills towords the shore. In recent years, the town expanded along the harbour by a tourism boost.
Marmaris is one of the Turkey's most beautiful towns and every inch of it is worth seeing. It has an extraordinary beauty with its coves, sandy beaches, evergreen forests and plants. Some of the wonderful sea journeys, which have become the most popular activity in the region, take place in the beautiful coves of Marmaris.
Near Marmaris, at Icmeler, the hazy mountains of the interior slope down to sandy beaches. Under blue skies, the clear sea is ideal for all types of water sports. Many find this area so irresistable that they stay longer than originally planned. And there are some excellent accomodations here, in which you can prolong your contact with nature. As you drive down from the high mountains into the village of Turunc the scene opens out onto the spectacular blue waters beyond the natural harbor. The village itself is small and scattered around the bay. Most of the restaurants border the beach. A few bars and restaurants farther back from the water's edge offer fresh fish and superb views.
Kumlubuk, a turquoise paradise, lies on the southern side of the bay. On the northern side, above the water, stands the ancient Rhodian city of Amos. Loryma, at the tip of the Bozburun Peninsula, where the ruins of the ancient harbor and castle remain, can only be reached by boat. Natural quiet bays and scattered islands punctuate the northern shore of peninsula, ideal for those who want to get away from it all.