Marmaris lies on the South West coast of Turkey where the beautiful Aegean meets the warm waters of the Mediterranean. One of Turkey’s most popular and cosmopolitan resorts, it is famed for its long stretch of sand and shingle beach, it’s shopping, sailing and ‘bar street’ nightlife.
Marmaris has come a long way from its former fishing village roots. Step foot into resort and you will immediately feel in the holiday spirit with no end of bars, restaurants, markets and shops to explore. The Old Town remains charming with a decidedly traditional feel and is a distinct contrast to the contemporary hotels and nightlife that surround it. The beach is a hive of activity during the summer months offering all manner of water sports, diving, sailing and boat trips. There are also a number of historic sites within easy reach including Efes, the second largest city of the Roman Empire (after Rome!)
WHY INVEST IN A PROPERTY IN MARMARIS?
Marmaris will appeal to property investors looking for a holiday home in an established resort or those keen to gain a rental return. There are many properties on offer, from apartments starting at as little as £50,000 to luxury villas with a luxury price tag.
Marmaris town is one of the biggest and most established resorts on the Turkish Aegean coast. An eclectic mix of the historic and contemporary, it will appeal to those looking to reside in the heart of a thriving Turkish sea front town.
The town centre is an enticing mix of old and new. From the old bazaar and local market’s where a good haggle is the norm, to the fancy designer shops and brand named stores, it’s a perfect place to set about shopping for the genuine (and not so genuine) gifts, bags, leather, jewelry and labels. If you like to party then Marmaris is a location for you! It’s ‘Bar Street’ with its lively open air clubs, music and entertainment offers no end of opportunities to dance and drink the night away under the stars. Older properties in central Marmaris tend to mainly appeal to the local community and are normally apartment or duplex in style. There are however a number of modern blocks found within easy reach of the centre with pools with prices starting from around £50,000, more with sea views.
The attractive resort of Icmeler is Marmaris’ more laid back neighbor. It lies 8km from Marmaris centre. The area is primarily known for its wonderful beach and is backed on three sides by pine forest. It has for many years lured holidaymakers and investors due to its wonderful views, good transport links and relaxed lifestyle.
Icmeler by day is fairly quiet with families, locals and tourists enjoying beach life, relaxing in the shade of a café or out on day trips to surrounding historic sites, villages or boat trips. By night the bay comes alive with visitors enjoying the local bars, restaurants and shops on offer. Those wanting to party until well into the night often head to Marmaris, a 15 minute bus/taxi ride away. There is a good range of properties available in Icmeler with prices from around £50,000.
If you are seeking an escape from the urban sprawl of a large holiday resort and tourist life then the Bozburun may well fit the bill. A picture perfect area and small fishing town backed by protected pine forests, ancient settlements and an abundance of wildlife. Bozburun offers an escape from the crowds in an idyllic harbour setting.
Bozburun is beautifully located opposite the Greek island of ‘Simi’, 50km from Marmaris. The town is famed for making traditional ‘Gulet’ boats, the wooden sailing ships seen all along the coast of Turkey hosting day trips, or more commonly home to those enjoying a ‘blue cruise’. The town itself is quaint and atmospheric with a good selection of local shops, fish restaurants, harbour side cafes, boutiques and bars. The town is growing in popularity with property investors and a number of villas and a few apartments can be found starting from around £60,000.
Sogut is a traditional village on the Bozburun Peninsular famed for its sea-front fish restaurants and calm waters. It is a pretty village stretching back from the harbour-side up the surrounding pine-clad hillside and attracts Turkish city types wanting holiday homes in the area, and foreigners looking for a quiet seaside escape in a beautiful setting.
Sogut is favoured by passing ships and visiting yachts. It’s sheltered anchorage the ideal place to rest during storms or to stop off for a swim whilst exploring the coastline on a cruise. The village has a few properties from traditional stone built cottages to more modern rendered builds. It is a charming location with a friendly mix of locals and a few foreigners now enjoying the lazy lifestyle on offer. Property starts at around £70,000 and land and builds are also available.
Turunc is a popular holiday resort 20km from Marmaris. It lies in a beautiful horse-shoe shaped bay and offers it’s visitors a great beach style and laid back living with all the necessities close at hand.
Turunc has grown a lot from its sleepy fishing village roots. It is no-where near as hectic as Marmaris, but does offer guests and residents a good range of shops, restaurants, bars and amenities. It is possible to circumnavigate the village in around ½ an hour leaving plenty of time to soak up the sun or relax with a coffee or a cool beer at a beach side café. There are a variety of properties available in Turunc starting from around £55,000.
Sat on an impressive bay and framed by mountains and pine-forest, Sitiler is an area that is growing in popularity due to its convenient location to the beach, Marmaris and Icmeler
Siteler boasts a pebble and sand beach and is a popular tourist destination during the long summer months. It has grown up mainly due to its excellent transport links and close proximity to Marmaris. There are a good array of restaurants, bars and hotels in the area with a small selection of apartments and property on offer at affordable prices from £50,000.
If a charming, authentic fishing village is what you are after, Selimiye might well be the answer. Situated on the Bozburun Peninsular, it is a sophisticated harbour village famed for its seafood. Popular with visiting yachts, the rich and wealthy who often visit just to dine one of the many glorious sea front restaurants, it’s where the Istanbul and Ankara in-crowd like to holiday or own their holiday homes.
The cosmopolitan charm of Selimiye is hard to resist. A lovely harbour side boasting a good array of eateries, boutiques and cafes provides the perfect setting to lunch on freshly cooked sea bream or sea bass whilst escaping the mid-afternoon heat. Clear calm waters and wonderful bay views are complimented by a stunning mountain and forest backdrop and scent of wild thyme and jasmine. Properties in Selimiye are regulated – you won’t find any high rises here, the villas that are available tend to be no more than duplexes with maybe a basement or attic. Prices tend to be a little higher in Semiliye with villas from around £130,000.
TRANSPORT TO/FROM MARMARIS
Airports – Dalaman International Airport is 90km (around 1.5 hours transfer) from Marmaris running regular flights to most UK airports and some popular international destinations from March to November and via Istanbul off-season.
Buses – Local bus services (dolmus) run regular services around Marmaris on a hop on, hop off basis. These also take you to neighbouring towns and villages including Icmeler (8km) and Turunc. Larger buses and coach services to major cities and towns throughout Turkey can be caught from the main Marmaris Otogar (bus station).
Water Taxi – There is a water taxi service to and from Icmeler and Turunc available from the harbour side.
Catamaran – A catamaran runs daily taking passengers the hours crossing to the beautiful Greek island of Rhodes.