"Our plane landed at Dalaman airport," a small queue at passport control, "What is your beautiful voucher" and heart-rending creating positive bus guide-animator - so for us, began a visit to Marmaris. From an economic point of view, Turkey's resort area is easier to go through a travel agency. Tour package have not bought for six years, decided to refresh old memories.
From the airport to the coast to get somewhere hour. The roads in Turkey are made on the conscience, in spite of the difficult terrain. There is much more serpentine than on the Anatolian coast, and a vertical drop of several hundred meters along the way, are not uncommon.
In general, Marmaris - is a resort consisting of several villages on the Mediterranean coast. The largest and busiest - is Marmaris. Next is Icmeler - the town is smaller and more private. Turunc - quite small and most remote communities. Large range of accommodation and everyone can find a night life with the possibility of "light" until the morning, and complete privacy with different variations of the "vegetable" rest. All three towns are located in the bay, and mountain ridges that go down to the water, are the boundaries separating one city from another. The mountains are covered with dense pine forests. A mixture of sea air and air of pine forest - this is what you can feel at the exit of the airport, if not immediately reach for the long-awaited cigarette. The air here has healing properties and allows easy transfer of heat. Of the three towns, for our stay was chosen Icmeler, from the point of view of the balance between wilderness and bustle of Marmaris Turunç. Describe the hotel is not going to, then everything is standard and quite decent. I can only say that the staff is absolutely all the same: Do you come here a self-feed, or purchased "all inclusive" in the travel agency, therefore, a small tip dramatically improve the quality of service.
So settled, they threw their bags and went. Come on course to the sea. The town is small, to any point of the center is a leisurely walk for 10-15 minutes. Tile roofs, cobblestone streets, well-kept houses in dense greenery - this is the general impression from the first acquaintance with Icmeler. Seasonal cafe is decorated with taste and finesse felt that people like their business and it's not to a quick "cut down" money as long as there are customers. Even many outdoor cats look well fed and produce the most favorable impression.
The beach here is sandy, clean, mostly paid. There is a small piece of free sun loungers where you can lie on the sand and the money for it will not ask. However, with the sea a little problem here. Water is clear, though, but stable cold throughout the bay. In the hottest months, the water temperature here does not rise above 24 degrees, and it is the only serious drawback of the resort.
Along the beach is a path of paving stones with a dedicated bandwidth for cyclists. If you go on this path, the six kilometers to the beach of Marmaris. The transition itself is not tiresome, especially since you can always relax in one of the numerous coastal cafes, or get into the sea, if it becomes too hot. The track here is such a kind of center of local life. You go in the morning, afternoon and evening course in the light of lanterns.
During one of these walks, we were caught and photographed the turtle. Turtle there are found in the forests and are fairly common. Our sample making his way through the bushes along the path, and was calculated by the rustling of dry grass. Tortoise seems a little stunned by to give her attention, and passersby immediately gathered small international company wanting to discuss this significant event in the life of the resort.
The main stream of tourists come here from the countries of western Europe, Russian-speakers from the total number is still less than 10%, but the language barrier is not in principle. In Russian they say here very many local and English is the standard if you suddenly do not know how to speak in Turkish.
Time goes slowly here and sooner or later the question arises, what to do apart from lying on the beach and abundant consumption of the diet of the hotel restaurant? Opportunities for interesting spending time here weight. For two weeks, we selected several times inMarmaris with a view to take a walk and do some shopping, went to the offered excursions to Ephesus, Pamukkale, Dalyan and the island of Cleopatra. By the way, if prices hotel guides you seem too equine, then the same can be found on the street (which we did) at a large discount. Numerous horror stories about the horrors that occurred with the miser who bought round the corner - it is nothing more than brainwashing vparivaniya the purpose of "quality" tourism products.
View historical ruins, which is rich in local land can do on their own. Simply raid nearby Turunc and passed a couple of kilometers up the path to the cliff, where the remains of the ancient city of Amos . If you really will not want to go, you can stroll through the old village or even go to the mountains , it is not difficult, and there, too, there is something to look at. In the mountains, there are way too few excursions with it an emphasis on trekking.About any "jeep safari", horseback riding and visit the islands of the Aegean Sea, Turkish nights and Turkish baths, too, should not be forgotten. Here in this excess.
Here we definitely enjoyed it. Guests can relax very well. As evident "seals", and those who absolutely can not sit still, be sure to find for themselves on their liking.
PS Few specifics:
§ Dolmush (bus) Icmeler - Marmaris. There are frequent. Go 15 minutes. The cost of $ 1.5 per person.
§ Hamam (bath) from $ 10 per person. In the bath, too, have a place to spend money, depending on the set of services provided.
§ The average size of a tip - 1 $ -3 $ for the staff and how many do not mind to drivers on long trips.
§ Raki (local anisette) 0.5 liters. - $ 24
§ Cherry - $ 3 per kg.
§ Grab a snack in the café (barbecue, greens, juice or beer) - $ 10
§ There are several places where excursions are trading compatriots in the street. Find easy. If you have any questions on "and where better ...?", Then you can ask for including them.
§ Credit cards are accepted everywhere. ATMs are also found no problem. If the card Savings Bank, it is better to shoot in DenizBank ATMs - commission is the smallest.