A Brief Tour of the Marmaris Promenade
To the best of my knowledge there are four parts to the Marmaris Promenade. The first part begins in the Old Town by Netsel Marina. The second part heading west is right after the Marmaris Ataturk Square. Once you’re past Ataturk Square, the main Marmaris promenade begins. It follows through from there, just before the district of Siteler – where Long Beach really begins. The Long Beach promenade continues right into the district of Icmeler if you keep to the seaside path. This whole stretch is fantastic for casual cyclists, runners, and walkers. On a mild Spring, Fall or Winter day, it makes for such a pleasant stroll as its ever so scenic and abundantly colourful!
Each section of the promenade has its own specialty. The Old Town by the marina is the historical part where you can visit the Marmaris Castle dating back to the 16th century. You can also pay a visit to the limitless array of shops, dine while you enjoy either the sunrise or sunset, and party to the wee wee hours of the morning! The area is colourfully lined with seafood restaurants, traditional Turkish rug and carpet shops, cafes, and yacht charter companies on one side and boats, gulets and yachts for sale or charter on the other side. One street back from the Old Town promenade is the famous Marmaris Bar Street. At the foot of the promenade is a bridge, actually two bridges. If you go over the first one right off the promenade, it will take you to Netsel Marina and the high end shops. The second bridge further down past Bar Street will take you into the Sariana residential district and also to the road that leads to the Marmaris Yacht Marina and customs where you can take trips to Rhodes or other Greek Islands by ferryboat. Do see our photo Album on the Old Town Promenade here.
The second half of the promenade on the Old Town side is where you will find, small and large fishing boats, daily boat trip organizers with their crafts and the taxi boat service motor sandals that take you to Icmeler. Once you’re at the end of this point, begins the centre.
Here you will see the landmark of the Ataturk Statue (founder of the Republic of Turkey), bordered by a small fountain and flags. It is the centre point of Marmaris – a meeting point for many and also a place where all sorts of presentations, shows, and festivals take place throughout the year. Past this area begins the main Marmaris promenade.
The Marmaris promenade parrallels the Marmaris beach on the left and the fast food kiosks and resting benches on the right. It is also the point along this strip where the hotels, residences, and other shops begin on the other side of the main boulevard. You will know when you have reached the end of this part of the promenade when you have arrived at the last bank machine. At this point the Marmaris Long Beach begins.
The Long Beach promenade is slightly laid out differently then all the rest. Again on one side we have the beach …and it’s a long one too! To the right we have all the hotels, restaurants, bars, and cafes. You will also find a great water park along this strip. This area is great in the winter. The views are splendid and calming. In the summer, it is filled with visitors from all over the world. Long beach is a medley of good times but also an area of peace and quiet. During the summer there is a 12 o’clock curfew and all music is shut off. While in the Old Town promenade the nightlife just begins to rock after midnight…. So for those who are out to paint the town any color they want… they usually start in Long Beach and then make their way over to Old Town Marmaris. Contrary to this, some just start in the Old Town and pop over one street to party the night away in Bar Street.
Ok so we have taken our stroll along Long Beach and have reached the end. The end is when you reach a set of gates with a patrol booth on the left. Here is where Long Beach really ends and we move on to a totally different scene. I would say it is one of the most pleasurable parts of the whole promenade. It’s quiet, surrounded by nature and tall palm trees. This part of the path is totally unexpected for a first timer and a lovely surprise. On left are some beachfront bars with private beaches, as well, private beaches of the 5 star hotels, a dolphin park, a fishing farm and some more beach – but public. This is the part that leads to straight into the district of Icmeler.
And that’s it of our brief tour along the Marmaris Promenade. Whether Summer or Winter, the Marmaris promenade is one place to mark your footsteps on!
Have a fantastic Summer 2012 View our photo albums on all of these areas here!
(This article was written in 2011)
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