Last September we have decided to go on an organised all-inclusive holidays to Turkey, and particularly to Icmeler, near Marmaris on the south coast. Normally, I’m not a big fan of all-inclusive holidays, however, price-wise it worked out much cheaper than if we were to organise the holiday ourselves.
I would like to show you what I’ve managed to do and visit. We have seen fair amount of exciting sights and cultural pearls, yet we also managed to take advantage of all-inclusive, pool and our lovely hotel beach. All in all it was a good balance and great holidays. Here are my top tips for Marmaris, Icmeler, and neighboring areas of Turkey:
1. Walk from Icmeler to Marmaris. It is around 10 km beach facing pathway and the walk takes about 2-3 hours depending on the speed. It is a great way to get to know the area. However, you need to prepare for a not so nice outskirts of Marmaris as you enter the city. This particular area is purely British, with many pubs showing football and selling British food. The hotels are not very nice and the beaches are far too small for the amount of people using them. Thankfully, at the end of the walk, in the Marmaris Marina the city becomes a real Turkish jewel. Have a stroll around the Old Town and find a cafe in one of the top old buildings, which will offer amazing views around the city and marina.
2. Eat fabulous Turkish food outside hotel in one of the local restaurants and enjoy Turkish coffee. All-inclusive food in our hotel was not great and was definitely not all Turkish. There were loads of British dishes, which was not really what we were after when coming to Turkey. So to try a proper local food you have to go outside and find it yourself.
3. Go for a night out in Marmaris on the Bar Street. It is a bit pricey but worth it if you are with a group of friends.
4. Go on a day trip to Dalyan area and National Park. The trip starts with visiting the mud baths in Dalyan, where you can plaster yourself in the smelly mud and have a dip in sulfur bath. Then you jump on a boat and sail to Iztuzu Beach, a home to the Caretta-Caretta or loggerhead turtles. It is a huge beautiful beach of the Mediterranean Sea, where you get the time to enjoy the warm water and sunbathe. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to see any turtles as they only come out during the night, when the beach is closed to the public. On the way to the beach to stop by the Lycian rock tombs and get to know the history of this stunning site.
5. Lastly, enjoy some time at the Icmeler beach, which is much nicer than the beaches in neighbouring Marmaris.
I must admit I was a bit skeptical about Turkey at first but, in the end cheap holidays to Turkey were a good option for September as the weather at this time of year in this part of the country is perfect; around 30 degrees Celsius everyday with no drop of rain!