Situated on a bay, backed by rugged pine-clad mountains, Marmaris is one of the most attractive maritime parklands, ideal for water sports and sailing. It makes an excellent starting point for the "Blue Voyage" tour of the Aegean coastline.
In May, the Marmaris Yacht Charter Show provides an opportunity to meet the yachts captains and crews. With plenty of provisions aboard you set sail in the craft of your choice and languidly explore the spectacular beauty of southern Turkey.
It is not known when Marmaris was founded, but Phykos as Marmaris was previously known, was part of the Carian Empire in the 6th century B.C.
The city became a part of the Ottoman Empire in 1425, and the castle was built in 1521 A.D. For use in a planned assault on Rhodes. The Ottoman Sultan at the time Kanuni Sultan Süleyman, change the name of the town to Mimaras, which then became Marmaris according to the historian Evliya Celebi.
A local rumour has it that the reason for the change of name to Mimaras was that Süleyman, on returning from his expedition to Rhodes, disliked the castle and said: mimaras! Which means: hang the architect.