Resorts of Marmaris and Icmeler in Turkey
The modern city of Marmaris appeared on the site of ancient city Physkos that was known in the XI century BC and was part of Caria but now you cannot even see its ruins. The Marmara Kalesi fortress surrounded by old town with its colorful oriental bazaar and a large harbor resembles about the times of Ottoman Empire. Its mighty battlements along with tower that is highly exalted above the city clearly define the center of the peninsula. Marmara Kalesi was built in the 16th century on the order of Suleiman the Magnificent. Marmaris means “shining” from the Greek language. Where is Marmaris located? It is located in the Mugla province in Southwest Turkey between Fethiye and Bodrum.
Until the 70s of the 20th century Marmaris Turkey was just a village and its inhabitants earned for a living by fishing and citrus cultivation. That all changed when French tourists that vacationed on the island of Rhodes accidentally wandered to its picturesque bay. By the way “Le Mar Maris” means sea pearl from French. In holiday season population of Marmaris resort increases to 100,000 people. So what are the things to do in Marmaris Turkey? Marmaris resort is one of the favorite places of the Turkish beau monde - the summer residence of the 8th Turkish President Turgut Ozal was in Marmaris and the 7th President of Turkey Kenan Evren after retirement settled on the island. Marmaris promenade (Marmaris bar street) is bordered by broad slender palm trees and the countless rows of restaurants, bars and shops lined up behind them. By the way the promenade as a part of Marmaris attractions is the longest among the Turkish resort cities - 4 km. There is an indoor Marmaris market where you can buy leather, jewelry, pottery, carpets and other goods located in the heart of the city.
Where is Icmeler located? Icmeler Turkey is located in 7 km west of Marmaris Turkey in a small picturesque bay. Until recently the resort was considered as part of Marmaris resort but today it is rapidly gaining independence and more and more tourists are coming here year by the year. So what are the things to do in Icmeler Turkey? The resort of Icmeler has a beautiful Icmeler beach framed by gardens leading to the hotels. Icmeler Turkey got its name from the local mineral springs of fresh water (“Icmek” means "to drink" in Turkish) that were known since ancient times for its medicinal properties curative for the digestive system. Icmeler offers a great opportunity to enjoy nature. The river channel divides this small town for two parts and like in Venice the small boats float along the channel creating a very romantic mood. The mountainous terrain, exotic vegetation and beautiful sand and pebble Icmeler beaches form a striking atmosphere of harmony and comfort.