The road across the Datça peninsula has stunning scenery, with steep mountains, ravines and flat countryside. Datça is an attractive village about 90 kilometres west of Marmaris. From Körmen, just north of Datça, there are boats to Bodrum. At the Saturday market in Datça you will find food, household utensils, beautiful tablecloths and clothes. Take the local bus.
Travelling eastward from Marmaris takes you along the deservedly famous Lycian coast. At the Dalyan River, about 80 kilometres east of Marmaris, are the spectacular rock tombs at Kaunos, and untamed scenery. The Loggerhead turtle comes here to lay its eggs on the beaches. The river’s mud is used for packing people in clay, and is regarded as very health-giving. You can come here on excursion bus or dolmus.
This is a quiet little town, ideal for families, surrounded by fields of fruit and tomatoes. Almynta’s tomb, the town’s symbol, is here, and nearby there are several Lycian graves. In the market there are small fish counters where you can select the fish you want to eat. One of Turkey’s most spectacular beaches, Ölüdeniz (the Dead Sea, meaning the Calm Sea), lies about 25 minutes by bus from Fethiye’s centre. Come here on a local bus or dolmus.
The long and beautiful Patara beach, with its protected sand dunes, is where the sea turtles come to lay their eggs. The ancient town, hidden beneath the sands, is now being excavated. Patara is best known as the birthplace of St Nicholas, who we call Santa Claus, Father Christmas. You can visit his grave at Demre. Come here on the local bus or dolmus.
The Greek island of Rhodes is a very popular destination for excursions. At the moment the town is undergoing an extensive facelift; churches, monasteries, mosques and mediaeval buildings are being restored to their former glory. Both UNESCO and the European Union are protecting its unique cultural heritage, as the Old Town, with its winding cobbled streets, is one of Europe’s most authentic mediaeval sites. There are daily boat trips here and the journey takes 1 hour.
This really is one of nature’s wonders. There are terraces with pools, and the water runs down from one level to the next in a natural spectacle created by white lime deposits. The name means ”The Cotton-wool Fortress.” Unfortunately, too many visitors have created a lot of wear and tear on the cliffs, and now most of the pools are closed to the public. There are daily excursions here, but you can also take the local bus. The travelling time is about 3.5 hours.
The Dalaman Airport lies about 90 kilometres east of Marmaris. There are taxis and car rental companies represented at the airport. There are shuttle bus services between the airport and Marmaris. The shuttle buses only run to coincide with flights. www.havas.net Car rental is available around the clock. AVIS +90 252 792 51 18 www.avis.com.tr Europcar +90 252 792 54 14 www.europcar.com.tr
The simplest, most popular and cheapest way to get about is to take a so called dolmus. You can also take a minibus or a large taxi. They depart when they are full and stop where you want. The dolmus often depart outside supermarkets and from central Marmaris. From the Otogar bus station, buses set off for other places in Turkey. It is a good idea to book a seat in advance. Many bus companies run services along the same routes. You can also take a taxi boat if you want to go to one of the nearby villages like Icmeler.