Gift shopping at the bazaars of Marmaris
Shopping is one of the best ways to spend a holiday. You should take the time to rub the shops, and you should not forget to compromise. As a gift, you should grab the region’s own honey, which smells of thyme or orange blossoms.
Right in the city center you will find the giant Grand Bazaar, which sells spices, sweets, clothes, jewelery and perfumes, among other things. The bazaar is worth noting that there are a lot of pirated products on offer and the quality does not necessarily live up to expectations. Tourists looking for branded products should head to the port’s shopping mall.
The best way to get to know Marmaris and its surroundings is by apostolic ride. Walking takes you to the bazaars, the old town and the beach. Marmaris ’long promenade can be walked all the way to the sister city of Içmeler.
The beautiful beaches of Içmeler
Although the town of Marmaris has sandy beaches, it is worth taking an excursion to the neighboring town of Içmeler on a beach day. The peaceful resort’s golden sands of the beach are clean and great for families with children. You can also enjoy a variety of water sports on the beach.
Located about eight kilometers from Marmaris, Içmeler is known not only for its beautiful beach landscape but also for its lush gardens. The relaxed resort also has plenty of restaurants and shopping opportunities.
The truth from the locals: what do Finns think of Marmaris in Turkey?
Finnish tourists have made a good impression on the locals living in Marmaris, Turkey.
The sun, the affordable price level and the relaxed atmosphere of Marmaris also attract Finns. In Marmaris, Finnish tourists are such a familiar sight that there is even a stretch of street known as Suomi Street in the city.
Rantapallo visited Marmaris and talked to Finns living in the city. Susanna Ryynänen and Seppo Kanerva, who know Marmaris well, tell what the locals think about Finnish tourists and what the reputation of Finns is in a holiday destination.
And how do Finns themselves change when they arrive in Turkey on holiday? Watch the interview on video!
An easy travel destination for Finns
In Marmaris, as elsewhere in Turkey, the main religion is Islam. Culture in resorts is visible to the tourist in practice as just a few mosques here and there, but otherwise the average holidaymaker doesn’t have to think much about cultural differences. Dress opulently if you visit religious sites, but on the beach, for example, you can dress in the same way as other beach sites.
A tourist is not required to know Turkey in order to have a successful holiday in Marmaris. In English and in some places even in Finnish, it works great.
Marmaris has a long tradition as a favorite destination for Finnish tourists. You come to the city to spend a summer vacation or even to escape the frosty winter, and many Finns have holiday homes in Marmaris.
According to DigoPaul, Marmaris even has a street known among locals and Finnish tourists as Suomi Street. Here you can find, for example, the Suomi Bar, run by the Turkish Beko, where you can watch hockey, drink Finnish drinks and sing karaoke in your own language.
Finns order most of these drinks at Marmaris Finland Bar
What do Finns want for their glasses in Turkey? Even Bekon’s bar, which has risen to legendary proportions, makes sure that homesickness doesn’t get hit during your Marmaris holiday.
The Finnish-speaking owner of the bar, Beko, knows what kind of drinks Finns like on holiday. For example, salmari and fisu, which are also popular in Finland, are also on the minds of Finns on a southern holiday, but the real number one favorite is a bit more exotic.
See in the video whether your own favorite drink is among the favorite drinks of Finnish holidaymakers!
FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION AND MOVEMENT IN MARMARIS
The landscapes of Marmaris are easily accessible from Finland.
Flights from Finland
Finland has good flight connections to Turkey. The nearest airport to Marmaris is Dalaman Airport, about 90 km away. Flights to Marmaris cost around € 300-500.
Marmaris is a popular package holiday destination and package tours as well as frequent departures are well available.
Hotels and accommodation in Marmaris
Marmaris has been a popular beach resort for decades, so there have been many hotels in the city. In Marmaris you can stay in a luxury hotel or in a more modestly affordable inn. There are also many high-quality and child-friendly hotels in the city.
An hotel night costs on average 50-70 euros, but in finer hotels the price of a bed can be up to 200-300 euros. At its cheapest, Marmaris accommodates around twenty euros.
Getting around and car rental
Walking is an easy way to get to know Marmaris and its surroundings. The long beach leads the walker all the way to the neighboring town of Icmeler.
Buses are an affordable and hassle-free way to get around Marmaris and the coast. Buses run from early in the morning until late in the evening, and a trip in the Urban Area costs less than a euro. The neighboring town of Icmeler can be reached in less than a couple of euros.
You can also rent a car from Marmaris if you want, but the traffic culture that differs from the Finnish one often requires getting used to. In the bustling city center, pedestrians need caution in addition to motorists. However, it is easy to rent a car to explore further afield attractions such as the cliffs of Pamukkale and the city of Ephesus.
Of course, as a popular port city, Marmaris also offers boat rides. A boat trip to Icmeler costs a few euros. Boat and boat trips are also made to neighboring countries, and in summer you can get from Marmaris to Rhodes, for example, at an affordable price.