The most important building in the center of Marmaris is the castle. The castle was first constructed by Ionians. The structure standing today was built by Ottomans in 1522. During the First World War, it was damaged by cannonball fire shot from a French war ship. The museum in the Castle was restored between 1980-1990. The entrance of the castle opens directly onto a lush garden. From both sides of the courtyard, stairs climb up the walls where you can see the view from the castle. Two areas are arranged as archeological museums. Amphorae, baked clay, glasswork, coins and various relics found as a result of the excavation work done at Knidos, Burgaz, Hisarönü are displayed in these two areas and in the garden.
Another Ottoman building in the city is Hafza Sultan Caravanserai built in 1545. Seven small rooms and one big room of the Caravanserai are allocated to gift shops.
Marmaris has an archeological park known as the İyilik Kayalıkları (Rocks of Goodness) on the slope of a hill in the town centre. It has been declared as protected area and opened for visitors under the name İyilik Kayalıkları Archeological Park where remains from 4th century BC are exhibited.
The İbrahim Ağa Mosque in the Kemeraltı district was built in 1789 and the Taşhan (stone inn) and Kemerli Bridge ten kilometers down the Muğla road were built in 1552.
To immerse yourself in the history and pristine nature of the area there are daily or overnight tours such as:
The Bodrum Tour: There are tours from Çamlı Wharf to Bodrum by hydrofoils departing in the morning and coming back in the evening. Visitors are picked up from the hotels in Marmaris, Armutalan and İçmeler and are taken to Çamlı Wharf. The hydrofoils depart at 09:30 in the morning arriving in Bodrum at 10:40. After the tour of Bodrum there is free time and then the boats depart at 16:30 to arrive back in Marmaris at 18:00 in the evening.
Ephesus and Pamukkale Tours: Ephesus and Pamukkale Tours organized by travel agencies are usually daily tours. Some tours include both Ephesus and Pamukkale requiring spending the night in a hotel or pension. The features of the tours are: Ephesus ruins, Holy Mary Church, Ephesus Museum, Pamukkale and Hierapolis. There are also shopping stops and breaks along the way.
Rhodes Island Tour: Have breakfast in Marmaris, lunch at the Rhodes, Greece and dinner back again in Marmaris. In the high season, there are regular boat trips between Marmaris and Rhodes everyday. The ferry trip about takes 50 minutes.
Köyceğiz-Dalyan Tour: There are daily tours to Dalyan. These tours are made in buses or minibuses. It takes 1.5 hours to arrive in Dalyan. Departing by boat from Dalyan to the mud baths, the ancient city of Kaunos with a lunch break at the restaurants alongside the riverbanks. A swimming break at İztuzu Beach and in the evening the tour returns to Marmaris.
Datça-Knidos Tour: Knidos is one of the most important settlements in the region. This is a one-day tour including lunch and a swimming break taken in one of the secluded bays.
Gökova Gulf-Sedir Island Tour: Sedir Island is also known as Cleopatra Island. Take a swimming break at the golden colored Cleopatra Beach after seeing the remains of the ancient city of Kedrai. Also time for swimming and a lunch breaks are taken at the nearby islands and bays.
Gökova Gulf: Visitors are taken to Çamlı Wharf. Then the villages and islands in the Gulf of Gökova are visited by boat.
Village tours: Seeing the life in traditional Turkish villages such as Turgut, Bayır, Şelale and Orhaniye which are still very similar to the original early settlements is a particularly interesting tour for visitors.
Köyceğiz Lake Tour: town tour, stop at Sultaniye thermal springs and on the return to Marmaris a stop at Ekincik Bay.
Dalyan - Kaunos Tour, sailing through the channels, visit the ancient city of Kaunos and swim at Iztuzu Beach. Lunch in one of the restaurants on the bank of the river in Dalyan.
The cheapest way of getting around is by using the dolmus minibuses. These travel the main road in Marmaris and Icmeler, the neighbouring resort. Marmaris dolmuses have a green band across them and orange for Icmeler. Other dolmus services serve Armutalan which is a suburb of Marmaris. The Armutalan dolmus has a blue band across them.
You can pick them up from the side of the road by hailing for them and they will stop wherever you want on the route.
Other buses are frequently available and compete with dolmus services. They are slightly cheaper and are council owned buses which are similar in concept but slightly larger than dolmus minibuses. Taxis are also available, but arrange prices up front and don't be afraid to haggle.
Marmaris has a Mediterranean Climate characterized by a hot and humid summer and cool, rainy winter. Showers and rain are very unlikely between May and October.
Summers are hot and humid, and temperatures can reach over 40°C sometimes during heatwaves in July and August. October is still warm and bright, though with spells of rain, and many tourists prefer to visit in the early autumn, especially in September, because the temperatures are not as hot.
Winters are warm and more often sunny. Winter is the rainy season, with major precipitation falling after November. The annual rainfall can reach to 1181,8 millimetres (46 in); the rainfall is concentrated during scattered days in winter falling in heavy cloudbursts which cause flash floods sometimes in flood prone areas.
Marmaris is famous for its fantastic nightlife.
Enjoy a nice cool drink at one of the many small bars along the beachfront - perfect place to watch the sun set over the sea.
There are a selection of good clubs along the beachfront which play a variety of music and cater to different tastes.
If you are looking for serious nightlife than Bar street is where the party's at. Located in the old town this street has over 100 bars and clubs ranging from rock bars to Club arena - a huge outdoor nightclub with foam parties. All are open to at least 4AM.
Beware when drinking in Bar Street as prices are much higher than those along the beach front. Entry to most clubs is free and there are also periods when there are speaial offers available.
The local beer Efes is served everywhere and is surprisingly good. Another drink you might try is Raki which is a anisette based drink. One night of drinking Raki and you'll more than likely go back to drinking the Efes.
Also, some establishments stock imported beers such as Becks, Budweiser or Fosters but they tend to be more expensive. Wine is abit expensive and is generally always Turkish. A fairly good and common winery is Villa Doluca.