Turkish delight Marmaris

The “Remove borders, and the World is your OYSTER” project seems to become more and more realistic. I am in Marmaris at the moment. It is a very nice part of the world, although a very hot one as well. Some people like it, you can see packed beaches at day time here. I arrived in Dalaman with a charter flight from Exeter last Wednesday. The whole trip started in a very strange way. First of all, I arrived at the airport over an hour or just an hour before the flight. The departure-check-in lounge looked absolutely deserted, I even started thinking that I had messed up everything and had come here on a wrong day, wrong time and to a wrong airport. There was nobody there at all, there was no even a single member of staff at the check-in desk there but there was the last piece of hope present there – the paper sign at the beginning of the “pass way” to the check-in desk saying “DALAMAN”. Finally some people arrived and were quite surprised to find some extra holiday makers willing to fly away to Turkey that evening.

I spent another 20 minutes in the lounge afterwards before they started the boarding. It took us about three and a half hours to get to Dalaman from Exeter. The airport in Dalaman was also deserted so it did not take us long to run through the passport control and to get our luggage back to us. I booked my transfer with A-2-B. I found the stand straight away and the minibus was already there waiting for us. I arrived in Marmaris at 4 am, the driver was dropping off all the passengers staying in the central hotels first, I chose my Huner apartments a little bit further away from the centre but I chose them because I liked the reviews and I needed Wi-Fi at the hotel or apartments. The owner let me in to my room, which was quite small and with very low ceiling but I did not expect to get anything luxurious, my apartment was only £98 per week on the Bed-and-Breakfast basis, and I got a descent size balcony as a part of the studio as well. So I got myself a very basic but a very nice accommodation. There was something else that I also liked about the location. Although I was 10 or 15 minutes walk away from Marmaris centre and its beaches, my apartments were surrounded by other holiday resorts and apartments, but I was far enough from the very tourist part of the town – there were no crowds of holiday makers passing by, it was a very relaxed environment. I felt almost being local.

My mother and her friends were staying in Marmaris Palace Hotel a part of Grand Yazici Hotels. I was visiting them every day there. This was the most ideal place out of several dozens of hotels and resorts I had seen here for those who prefer to stay on an all-inclusive basis. The hotel has got its own beach, and what is very important to me hardly able to stand the heat – anything hire than 30 degrees C, it is covered with pine trees protecting the area from the very strong heat of the Sun. The sea was very warm, usually, especially in Cornwall, I take my time before I get in the waters. Here I did not have to get used to the water temperature at all, it was 23 degrees C according to the board by the beach. During one of the days we walked along the sea side from Marmaris Palace Hotel towards Ichmeler, and I just felt that I wanted to run into the sea, and so I did. It was wonderful to cool a bit in the friendly warm waters of the sea.

The landscape is very panoramic here, sometimes you can hear people thinking that this is a lake not the sea due to the high rocks surrounding Marmaris and Ichmeler harbours.

Nothing is perfect, so I should tell what I did not like here in Marmaris.

First of all, if I decide to come here next time, that will be either middle of May or end of September when the temperatures are lower. It was taking me about an hour to walk from my apartment to the hotel where my mother was staying. On one of the days I had to stop several times o have a break in the shade because I physically was unable to stand the heat. Mind you at the same time there were people lying on the beach enjoying the Sun. Tastes differ, and we are all so different…

Secondly, I found the town overcrowded, I think next time I would prefer to stay in a villa or a house close to the beach but outside Marmaris. One of the people who I met here told me that there were lots of snakes in the mountains, so there should always be a compromise when choosing the place to stay – not too close both to people and snakes.

Finally, there are better and cleaner beaches in this world. I do not mind whether it is a sand beach or a pebble one, but I like it to be wide enough to be further away from other people. I also prefer clean beaches so that you do not swim by the end of the day together with cocktail straws and cigarette wraps – this is what I spotted once on the way back from the hotel to my apartments whils walking along the sea front.

Things to do next time

1. I did not have enough time to go to Turkish baths – hamamy. Different travel agents offer this treatment nearly on every corner of the town. Most of the 4 and 5 star hotels have these facilities on the site. I would want to go to a local hamamy where ordinary or local people go.

2. I always like to go to deserted beaches and bays, and there are quite a lot of places you can go from Marmaris either by car or by boat. Some of the companies organize a so called Lazy day out which includes BBQ on the beach as well. There is one very tiny island with fine sand beaches just half an hour away from Marmaris, where according to the legend Mark-Antonius was meeting Cleopatra.

3. My mother went on a trip to Dalyan. “An enjoyable an hour and a half cruise takes to one of the last breeding grounds of t Loggerhead turtles” – this is what the brochure says. What you also sea on this trip is the tombs of the kings which are over 2000 years old.

4. Fishing. Yes fishing. Being born on the Pacific and currently living on the Atlantic I have never ever been fishing in my life. I am a great sea food lover, I can not live without fish, scallops, oysters, sea weed, squid and other sea flora and fauna inhabitants. I think I am ready, and Neptune or Poseidon should let me do it.

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  1. […] The “Remove borders, and the World is your OYSTER” project seems to become more and more realistic. I am in Marmaris at the moment. It is a very nice part of the world, although a very hot one as well. Some people like it, you can see packed beaches at day time here. I arrived in Dalaman with a charter flight from Exeter last Wednesday. The whole trip started in a very strange way. First of all, I arrived at the airport over an hour or just an hour before the flight. The departure-check-in lounge looked absolutely deserted, I even started thinking that I had messed up everything and had come here on a wrong day, wrong time and to a wrong airport. There was nobody there at all, there was no even a single member of staff at the check-in desk there but there was the last piece of hope present there – the paper sign at the beginning of the “pass way” to the check-in desk saying “DALAMAN”. Finally some people arrived and were quite surprised to find some extra holiday makers willing to fly away to Turkey that evening. Read more… […]

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