Written by C. A. Fliedner on 10 Jun, 2002
First, the disclaimer. I loved Marmaris. In fact, as you no doubt know from reading my other journals, I loved Turkey and intend to go back! The following is my opinion, and it was formed through personal experiences as a well-traveled…Read More
First, the disclaimer. I loved Marmaris. In fact, as you no doubt know from reading my other journals, I loved Turkey and intend to go back! The following is my opinion, and it was formed through personal experiences as a well-traveled American woman. Someone else might not agree. But, as I said, it's my opinion and I'm sticking to it!
So, here goes. I disagree with many of the unwarranted statements I read in several of the travel guide books when it comes to Marmaris. For some strange reason, the writers were very judgmental about the place, calling it a "charmless seaside port." There were comments about how the older buildings along the backstreets could use a coat of paint, and that the town is rough around the edges. One tour book even remarked that it was understandable why taxi drivers often picked up tourists at the airport and drove them directly to a waiting boat, so that they wouldn't have to spend any time at all in Marmaris. Another said that the beach and water were dirty, and warned that visitors should not swim there.
After reading so many negative comments about Marmaris in these guide books, I only scheduled a one-night stay...which gave me a mere day and a half to squeeze in whatever I could. I don't know about you, but I count on the travel guide books to help me with my vacation itineraries. Never have I disagreed with their writers' commentaries more than on the topic of Marmaris. I couldn't help but wonder if we had gone to the same place, or if these writers had visited Marmaris a couple of years ago, when the town was being renovated or the miles of luxurious hotels were under construction. If so, I hope they up-date their guide books for future travelers.
I want to specifically address some of their criticisms. In the first place, Turkey, in general, is a very clean country. Unlike most of the other places I've visited, from Los Angeles to London to Paris, there is very little litter anywhere. Shops, restaurants, coffeehouses, and even public restrooms are all swept and mopped continually. Sure, there are buildings in ill-repair. But backstreets with old buildings in need of a paint job are pretty common everywhere. I spend a great deal of time in Britain, where peeling paint is commonplace.
And as for the water, it was too cold for me to swim that day, but I did wade out knee deep. I'm used to Southern California's murky water and dirty beaches, complete with styrofoam cups, garbage, and debris dumped from passing ships. Not so for the bay at Marmaris. It was aqua blue around the edges, and the water was so clear, I could see that my toenails needed a trim! The seaside hotels employ young men to keep the beaches clean, and while walking along the bay at about 8 a.m., there were dozens of them raking the beach, setting up the lounge chairs, and tossing pebbles from the water so that the tourists' feet would be spared from stepping on anything but a sandy bottom.
Turkey isn't really a third world country, but then, it's not a modern metropolis either. It's something in between -- the country and people trying very hard to become part of Europe in every sense of the word. After trips to places like Mexico, my expectations for living and working conditions had been quite low. Perhaps that's why, upon my arrival in Turkey, I was so surprised and delighted with the country. The people are amazingly warm and friendly and full of life, even though unemployment rates have been high since 9/11, when tourism all but dried up.
Everyone with whom I spoke asked me to send their good wishes to the American people and to convey their sadness with what happened that terrible day last September. They also asked me to relay that, even though they are Muslims, Turkey is a secular country. I found that the bulk of the people weren't very religious at all, especially the predominately youthful population. Most say that they don't attend services at the mosque, but that they go only when they need to find some inner peace. The Turks are friends to America, they would explain insistently. "We have American airbases here," they almost always added. In so doing, Turkey, like America, is an enemy to much of the Arab world. They, too, receive occasional threats of terrorist attacks and have heightened their airport security, as have most European countries.
Still, never, never did I feel threatened or unsafe in Turkey. That's not to say that there aren't extremists living in their country who would do potential harm to the Turks if they could. That's something we all live with, from America to Europe to Turkey. But please don't let it stop you from visiting this amazing country.
Written by C. A. Fliedner on 05 Jun, 2002
Although you may want to wait to do the bulk of your shopping in Istanbul, I did find a fun little shop that offered local crafts. Surprisingly, it's called Daphne's Gift Box (a very non-Turkish name for a very Turkish shop). You'll find…Read More
Although you may want to wait to do the bulk of your shopping in Istanbul, I did find a fun little shop that offered local crafts. Surprisingly, it's called Daphne's Gift Box (a very non-Turkish name for a very Turkish shop). You'll find good prices on plenty of souvenir-type items, like the hand-painted porcelain and china, the gold-rimmed tea glass sets, and jewelry. This was one of the few places in Turkey where I saw tiny belly dancer costumes for my god-daughters. I was very glad that I bought them in Marmaris -- they were adorable and cheaper than in Istanbul, the only other place I saw them. After doing a bit of bargaining with the young man who was working in the shop, I paid about $20 each for the entire outfit. This was a savings of about $8 from the one shop in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.
Like many other young people, the teenaged proprietor wanted to talk to me about America. He asked about why more Americans aren't coming to Turkey and how we felt about the Turkish people. That was a recurrent theme -- the Turks worry that Americans believe that they are all terrorists! The fact of the matter is that most of the Turks I met, and even people on the street, were among the friendliest, warmest people I've met anywhere on my world travels.
Daphne's Gift Box is located at Kamil Oner Caddesi (street), No. 12, which is one of the side streets between the main road through Marmaris and the boardwalk.
Besides the small shops lining the narrow side streets which run perpendicular to the beach, Marmaris has its own mini-grand bazaar near the castle. There are dozens of stalls with the usual bazaar fare: cheeses, dried fruits and nuts, silks, carpets, handpainted plates, and souvenirs. Bazaars are always fun -- but run like the wind when the carpet salesmen approach you with, "Hello. Where are you from?"
Written by liztaylor on 14 Sep, 2010
From beautiful weather to some of the best beaches in the world, Turkey holidays will help you relax and unwind and if you want more adventure, there are lots of activities in the safe resorts up and down the coast. Turkey has amazing cuisine, so…Read More
From beautiful weather to some of the best beaches in the world, Turkey holidays will help you relax and unwind and if you want more adventure, there are lots of activities in the safe resorts up and down the coast. Turkey has amazing cuisine, so you will find some really great places to eat out and with Turkeys long history and rich culture, you can’t help discover something amazing around each corner. However you want to spend your next holiday, Turkey holidays have something for you. Especially Marmaris and Bodrum are the best holiday resorts in Turkey.If you want sun, sea and sand, the Turkish Riviera is the place for you. With a thousand kilometres of coves, golden beaches, tiny fishing villages and modern safe resorts, you will find the right place to relax, unwind and enjoy the sun. The weather is great from spring to late autumn. A resort like Marmaris on the Mediterranean has temperatures of 22 C (72 F) in November! Marmaris holidays don’t just offer the beach. There are activities there like scuba-diving, sailing and boat trips to nearby Turtle Beach. The Atlantis water park is right on the sea front with water slides and bumper boats and if you want more excitement, there are jeep safaris and horse safaris into the nearby pine mountains, Marmaris has some of the best nightlife on the coast, as well. Marmaris will give you a fantastic holiday. Marmaris can be considered as the popular European holiday town Benidorm in Spain. To the east of Marmaris is Olu Deniz, with its perfect blue lagoon it’s been voted one of the top five beaches in the world!If you want culture, you’ll find plenty of it in Turkey. From the ancient ruined city of Ephesus, to the castles along the coast at Marmaris and Bodrum that were once stormed by Alexander the Great, the country has a rich culture. If culture’s your thing, then definitely head to Istanbul, there is so much to see, including the amazing Hagia Sophia, one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. The food in Turkey is great too. With its cuisine a mixture of West and East, you’ll find great places to eat. Marmaris holidays are a great choice for your family holiday. Close