Cruise ships dock at the ferry and cruise terminal of Marmaris, where there is a small square and the terminal building.
From here it is a pleasant walk around the yacht harbor and fancy shopping, all around a small citadel with many outdoor cafe's to the bazaar and center of the old town. (15 minutes)
Cruise ships often arrange shuttles into town, which also takes around 15 minutes, as they have to drive around the town.
The bay of Marmaris is a very protected natural port with deep draft piers for ships and several marinas for hundreds of yachts from all over the world. Be on deck when entering or leaving this port. The views are spectacular.
The Passenger Terminal is located at the end of the ferry Pier which offers all services for passengers such as WC, public telephone, tourism information desk, immigration, health, security and custom offices and well priced tax-free shops. As you will be x-rayed on entering this building this is a good time to stock up on alcoholic beverages, as you will not be checked again when boarding your ship.
There is a taxi stand right in the front of the Passenger Terminal Building.
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Marmaris is one of the most attractive natural harbors backed by the rugged pine-clad mountains with an elegant palm lined promenade leading to a busy marina, splendid beaches and a crystal clear smooth sea which is ideal for water sports and sailing.
In the summer the town's population swells to around 200, 000, mostly package holiday-makers. In the winter it is much more laid back.
Note that catamarans to Rhodes do not operate from November to mid-April, and there are no Greek cargo boats.
If you have a whole day, you may take a boat trip to Turunc, a pretty fishing village, or to Paradise Island with the Blue Cave.
Cleopatra's Island , a 12 km minibus ride or a short boat trip from the town is famous for its clear water and powdery sand. bookable via a local operator at the port.
Marmaris has lots for families too. Great inexpensive boat excursions can take you out round the bay and to neighboring towns like Icmeler and Turunc with all inclusive food and drinks all day for as little as 25 TL. Marmaris also has two water parks.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
Cruise ships and local tour operators offers tours to Knidos: ruins of Aphrodite.
The Dalyan river delta with nice beaches where you can spot turtles.
Kaunos with its ancient Lycian tombs cut into the cliff. Best to be seen from a boat.
The bazaar is large and primarily is filled with stores which sells fake "designer" goods, but in general of good to excellent quality.
The shopping center nearest to the cruise terminal is very upscale and pricey.
Traditional handicrafts such as carpets, copper goods, painted ceramics and jewelry are popular buys, along with a good selection of leather goods, sandals and beachwear are also in abundance.
In souvenir shops and stalls, it's always worth trying to do some serious haggling. For food shopping, local mini markets provide basic essentials, whilst the supermarkets found are similar to those we are used to at home.
Turkish food is amongst the best in the world. With enough climatic zones to grow most ingredients locally, there is a vast array of produce to excite and entice the palate. Besides its famous kebab dishes, there are many other traditional Turkish foods to choose from. Meze (appetizers) for which Turkey is justly famous, are a range of hundreds of small dishes from simple combinations such as cheese with melon to elaborately stuffed vegetables. These are served in all Turkish restaurants and are traditionally accompanied with Raki, a clear anise- flavored spirit claimed to be Turkey's national alcoholic drink
Turkey's currency is the Turkish Lira. Many shops and restaurants in the coastal resorts and big cities accept payment in foreign currency. But if you are planning to travel to other parts of the country, it is advisable to take some Turkish Lira with you. With a credit or debit card you can withdraw local currency from cash machines which are found everywhere.
Free WiFi is available at the cruise/ferry terminal.
Free wireless connections are available at restaurants/cafés.
Emergency Ambulance: 112 (all over Turkey) Police: 155 (all over Turkey)
In tourist and coastal areas, opening hours are quite flexible and during the summer many shops stay open until late in the evening, seven days a week, leaving tourists to browse at their leisure and escape the heat of the day.
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