Beautiful scenery, sparkling sea and a warm welcome awaits you every time you visit the Turkish resort of Marmaris. Pine covered hills provide the backdrop to the attractive old harbour and winding roads lead out of the town to some of the prettiest villages and most unspoilt beaches on the Turkish south coast.

There is another side to Marmaris though; Marmaris is lively despite its sedate surroundings. Vibrant and loud, holidaymakers thrive on the party atmosphere; the numerous bars and clubs offering the perfect opportunity to combine the best of Turkish culture with the very best of times. Ideal for lovers of both fun and sun Marmaris has fast become one of the most popular resorts in Turkey and with very good reason.

Much of the resort was developed during the 1980’s and the choice of hotels appears to reflect this, accommodation tends to be modern but clean with a modest price tag giving you an excellent choice of great places to stay throughout the resort.

The Angels Inn might look like a standard modern building from the outside but the rooms consistently rate highly and are regarded as being of an excellent standard. Comfortable beds, friendly staff and a good central position give this small hotel a feel that far outweighs the budget price.

Although not technically in Marmaris the luxury D-Hotel Maris deserves a mention for its stunning cliff top location in the nature reserve on the Datca Peninsula. Private beaches give this hotel added appeal and the secluded feel makes it the perfect place for a relaxing holiday. Airy modern rooms, spa facilities, beach sports and excellent restaurants make this highly acclaimed hotel a resort in itself, but for those seeking out a livelier nightlife Marmaris is just a short drive away.

Turkish food is always good – the local fresh produce and simple healthy cooking styles make Marmaris a culinary dream. Turkish kebabs eaten in Turkey are delectable, grilled marinaded meats served with freshly cooked flat breads and local salads bear no resemblance to their British cousins. For a great taste of Turkey try a meze platter with morsels of local delicacies. As a cosmopolitan resort Marmaris offers cuisines from all over the world so you are guaranteed that no matter what your preferences are, there will be food that you love.

For a real taste of Turkey try the Ney Restaurant, a small establishment hidden away from the main streets the Ney offers a warm welcome by the owner who will also cook your meal. Although small, the traditional 250 year old building is the home of big flavours and makes the most of fresh seasonal produce.

Although famed for the view rather than the food, Panorama Restaurant and Bar serves a good quality Italian influenced menu. The main draw here is of course the terrace overlooking the marina which at sunset is just simply magical.

No trip to a resort with such a fabulous coastline would be complete without indulging in the tourist passion for water activities. Sports range from gentle pedal boats to high octane water bungee jumps, and with some of the best scuba diving waters anywhere diving is always a popular attraction. The warm waters sheltered by the mountainous terrain make all water activities just perfect.

For a cultural experience be sure to visit Marmaris castle and Museum, dating back to 1522 this is not only a glimpse into the past, but an opportunity to view the town and harbour as it is today from the magnificent hilltop location. The museum holds many archaeological artefacts and with its beautiful surroundings is always a popular destination.

Take a day long boat trip to see the breathtaking sights that are inaccessible by foot; sailing off along the coast you will be amazed by the beauty of the clear azure waters and rugged lands. Your boat will moor up, allowing you to swim in quiet unspoilt waters whilst a tasty lunch is prepared on board. This is the perfect relaxing way to see the hidden Turkey.

Warm days and sunshine are practically guaranteed between the Months of April and October with almost no rainfall expected during this period. However the months of July and August have an almost unbearable midday sun with temperatures potentially reaching over 95F. Spring and Autumn are ideal times to visit with much less intense heat and pleasant evenings.

The winter months can be a beautiful time to see Marmaris, however the nights can be chilly. Intense storms are also not unusual during the winter months, but blowing over quickly these storms are not necessarily a major inconvenience.