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Marmaris Cruises

The tiny port of Marmaris claims some 10,000 permanent residents. But during the summer months, scores of holiday-seekers and day-trippers from Rhodes arrive by boat and bus to enjoy the amenities of this busy resort. Despite the onslaught of tourists, the popular destination has managed to retain a certain charm.

Marmaris is tucked into the deep recesses of a pretty bay, framed by pine-clad mountains. The sheltered harbor provides ideal anchorage for yachts and sailboats, which are protected here from the stiff breezes out at sea. In fact, each year in May, Marmaris plays host to the Yacht Charter Show, which attracts sleek yachts from all corners of the world. Secluded coves around Marmaris offer nice beaches with hotels ranging from inexpensive pensions to posh resorts.

Many of the local people still make their living from fishing and farming, though tourism is the main source of income. Many of the visitors use Marmaris as a starting point for trips to Caunos, an important ancient city famed for its rock tombs. In town, attractions include the statue of Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic. Also interesting to see is the Menzilhane, an Ottoman version of a pony express station. It dates back to the days of Sultan Siegman the Magnificent, who ordered the station built in 1545. Beyond that, one can simply spend a lazy day in the sun or join locals and fellow visitors in a waterfront taverna.