A Day in Marmaris
Marmaris is a popular destination for day trippers from Rhodes. I have always wanted to visit Turkey and have considered a stopover however my sweet husband has always talked me out of it. On this trip he wasn’t around to “reason” with me........So I opted for a day trip through Thomas Cook.
Marmaris lies on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey and is only an hour ferry ride from Rhodes City. It is in the Mugla Province along what is termed the Turkish Riviera. Marmaris is a tourist town which swells in population during the summer months. So why spend a day in Marmaris………………………….
Go for the Ferry Ride..................
The ferry ride from Rhodes City to Marmaris is more than pleasant. The ferry is equipped with plenty of seats, open air and inside with A C. There are snack bars serving drinks and light refreshments. The hour passes quickly and in no time you find yourself pulling into the beautiful port of Marmaris with it’s deep harbor , gorgeous mountains and every imaginable sea vessel. Turkey requires a port/visa fee from each person, this is paid in Rhodes ( approximately 15 euro) so entering Turkey is relatively fast once the ferry docks. Once through passport control our Thomas Cook representative was waiting with another bus this time with a Turkish guide.
Go for the Shopping........
Most everyone takes a day-trip here for the shopping. There are amazing deals to be had. I am still stunned at how inexpensive Turkey really is. On average you will pay $15 for a three course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant. Deals in leather and gold are quite amazing but I really came to visit the Grand Bizarre. I wasn’t planning on shopping too much but in the end I couldn’t resist a “fake “ Prada . The atmosphere in the bizarre is fun .I have shopped in Jerusalem, Mexico, Rome and New York and so many more places and was expecting the worst with regard to “pushy sales”. I was pleasantly surprised. Most of the shop owners were polite, assertive but always respectful. We were offered refreshments and deals galore. My mom was shopping for saffron and other spices while I sought out small trinkets and scarfs. I fell in love with a cashmere “Burberry” throw .
In Turkey expect to haggle , my rule of thumb was to ask for the price, half it, and meet somewhere in the middle. I paid $6 for my scarf and $50 for my handbag . Another sought after item is of course Turkish Delight in every imaginable flavor. I saw lots of customers haggling for this delicacy.I also noticed there is a strict limit on how much you can bring back to Greece. The couple in front of us were charged as they brought over the designated amount.
Although everywhere you go there are top notch fakes, I knew this going in and I loved the experience of bargaining. Go to the Bizarre with a few dollars ( or a lot) , an open mind and have fun haggling -I did! Oh and you may want to consider traveling with an empty suitcase to return with all your treasures from Turkey :)
Go for the Sights...................
Marmaris really does have so much to see and do. There are mountains, boat tours, ancient ruins, Sedir Island and the museum. As we were only there one day I opted for a quick visit to the museum and I was not disappointed.
This short hike up delivers amazing views of the marina. Most everything in Turkey is negotiable except the entrance fee to the museum and the currency. I had to take a trip down the hill to buy a drink in euros to get some change in Turkish Lira . The entrance fee is a mere 8TL which is approximately 2 euro’s or $2.30. Well worth the extra hike down.
The Hike up.......
At The Top......
As you can see it was worth the short hike up .Just remember your Turkish Lira..........
We only spent a short day in Marmaris but I truly hope to return to to Turkey to travel and explore. If you ever happen to find yourself in Rhodes I highly recommend a day-trip to Turkey. Two continents in one day can't be beat!!!!
Out and about in our world one trip at a time...........