Beaches of Marmaris Turkey
Marmaris offers a very long coastline inclusive of its bays. Beaches in Marmaris include the public beach in the city centre, Long Beach to the west and Gunnucek beach past Netsel Marina to the east. Aproximately 9 km from Marmaris heading west is Icmeler Resort. It’s very much favored by visitors and known to be one of the cleanest beaches in the Marmaris area. Following the Icmeler beach is Turunc beach which is another very popular holiday resort that is a part of Marmaris. Other coastal places to visit in Turunc include Kumlubuk, Amos Bay, Ciftlik Bay, and Cennet Island.
The remaining beaches to explore are located in the villages of Marmaris. The majority of the villages offer beautiful and cozy bays that are often visited by yachtsmen throughout the year.
If you go by land, rather than following the remaining coastline, you start off with Hisaronu Bay, and then moving onward you come to Orhaniye, Turgut, Selimiye, Bozburun, Sogut village and last but not least, Taslica’s Serce Port; possibly one of the smallest bays of all the above mentioned villages however the most tucked away little surprise.
Marmaris Public Beach & Long Beach
The Marmaris public beach is active all year long. The highest volume of sunseekers can be seen during the summer months. Each season is beautiful along the shores of Marmaris beach. During the winter time, you can see fishermen all lined up for their catches of the day. On the weekends families come out on sunny days, as some have a picnic, while others let their pets run loose and children run free as they play in the sand.
The public beach continues to Long Beach, otherwise known as Uzunyali. Long Beach stetches are good 10 km, up until Icmeler. It’s the more peaceful part of Marmaris. In the early mornings you can see joggers and people out for a brisk morning stroll ass they take in the fresh sea air before the hustle and bustle of the Marmaris working crowds and local transportation traffic begins. The beach is lined with restaurants and bars, and beachfront hotels. These establishments remain closed during the winter and reopen beginning in April or May. Long Beach really livens up in the summer around June, July and August. The crowds fill the promenade and restaurants play their music as they entertainment their guests. In September Uzunyali dies down a bit but you can still enjoy good Turkish and various other cuisine such as steak houses and Chinese food.
Icmeler Beach Resort
The Marmaris resort of Icmeler is an 8 km scenic drive from Marmaris. You can continue walking, jogging or cycling from Long Beach to Icmeler or take the upper main road by car or minibus. It all depends on how fast you want to get there! During the summer dolmus or minibuses run every 3 minutes from Marmaris to Icmeler and less frequently during the fall and winter months.
The Icmeler beach stretches 6 km long. It attracts a large volume of visitors each year. The beach is very clean more so than the Marmaris public beach and mildly crowed. There are various water sports activities, boat trips, great restaurants available.
Turunc Beach Resort
Heading west past Icmeler the next fantastic beach stop is found in Turunc. It’s about 20 km from Marmaris and is a designated Blue Flag beach. The waters in Turunc are calm. The beach is not as big but still quite a favored destination for sunseekers. If you choose to go to Turunc beach by car, do expect some major windy roads however the whole drive down is absolutely breathtaking. You will notice that the whole area is tucked in between lush green forest hilltops and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. Its consider a bit more peaceful and quiet compared to that of Marmaris and Turunc beaches.
Shortly after Turunc heading southwest is another magnificent spot to enjoy. Kumlubuk beach is a part of Turunc but with its own private little bay. Its located aproximately 25 km from Marmaris. The waters are crystal clear, not too deep and a pleasure to swim in. The beach itself is golden sandy without exaggeration! You can reach Kumlubuk bay by car, minibus from Marmaris or Turunc, or by boat.
Also a part of Turunc is the historical Amos Bay. You can take a 45 minute walk to Amos from Turunc as it is a rather pleasant walk if the temperatures aren’t too high. The whole trip is breathtaking. There are magnificent views to enjoy should you get tired and decide to take a rest. During the summer months you can see, further up your path, the inlet that leads you into Marmaris. Absolutely spectacular!
Ciftlik is a part of Bayir village and located 2 hours by sea. It is a great attraction and favored by many yachtsmen. It offers a very wide and sandy beach that practically covers the whole cove. There you can enjoy a dining experience at the local fish restaurants. Ciftlik is a sloped area where on one side you see Ciftlik Cove and on the other Hisaronu Gulf. Ciftlik also a very popular spot for daily boat tours.
Cennet (Paradise) Island Beach
Although it is called Paradise Island, it is actually a peninsula and located right across from Marmaris. The area is quite favored by daily boat tours and various visitors that arrive by boat to the beach. It offers very ideal conditions for swimming as well. This area makes for a great day trip as you can find many lovely restaurants to eat in, or you can simply pack a lunch and have a pleasurable picnic instead!
The Gunnucek beach is located 2 km on the east side of Marmaris near the Netsel Marina area. It is recognized as a great picnic and camping area and stretches 400 meters long with sandy beaches.
Gunnucek is also known for its unique forest (Liquidamber orientalis). The oil gathered from the trees are used in medicine and perfume industries.
All in all, each beach and its bays offer their own unique beauty and attraction. You might like to start from Marmaris and take a private boat trip all the way through and visit each one of them!