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Marmaris, Turkey Cruise Port

For the perfect voyage to a city between the mountains and the sea (and a greeting from a sweet mermaid statue overlooking the harbor), the Mediterranean cruise port of Marmaris, Turkey is a wish come true. Located in Mugla Province along the shoreline of the Turkish Riviera, this popular resort town is known for its seaside promenade and bustling nightlife. It's also appealing to anyone who loves beaches and water sports. Along with enticing beach-goers, the nearby forest and mountains are other avenues of exploration. Once a low-key fishing village, the population of just over 34,000 residents swells to as many as 400,000 during prime tourist season. Although people have lived here since the 6th century B.C. when it was called Physkos, it’s uncertain when Marmaris – which translates to “marble” – was actually founded as it stands today. Here are a handful of our favorite experiences when cruising to Marmaris, Turkey:
  • Just because it's a resort area doesn't mean you can't learn something. The Marmaris Museum provides excellent views of the sea and marina, where this castle once served as a military base. Originally built by Süleyman the Magnificent (the longest-reigning Great Sultan of the Ottoman Empire), you can see artefacts including figurines, oil lamps, and tombstones.
  • While this is a bustling town center by day with plenty of shopping and dining, if you're around after dark, check out the Dancing Fountains. Fun for both adults and kids, the fountains are lit with a rainbow of colors and the streams move in time to music.
  • If you're in the mood to get away from the crowds and get in touch with nature, the Marmaris Mountains can be explored by foot or car. The multiple viewpoints from the mountain peaks are beyond breathtaking.
  • While there are plenty of beaches closer to the downtown area, Icmeler Beach on nearby Cleopatra Island is rumored to have some of the best sand in the world. With crystal clear, warm waters, it's also a quieter area than Marmaris Beach (if quiet is what you're after).
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