Cosmopolitan charms of Marmaris, that used to be a fishing village less than 20 years ago, will surprise anyone with a choice of accommodation and entertainment. Marmaris is a Turkish Rivera. Once you set your foot here you will join its true vacation atmosphere! The old quarter of the town with its bustling bazaars and restaurants are well worth a visit. During the day, people head for the beach to do catamaran trips, parasailing, water skiing, sailing, scuba diving and the list goes on! Yet in Marmaris you are not confined to the town beach. Icmeler and its beach is 8 km down the road. Alternatively take advantage of one of the boats that chug away in the morning from the marina to scores of sandy beaches like Cleopatra's Island and the Turtle Beach. Once a little fishing port, Marmaris has developed into one of Turkeys busiest and most Anglicized resorts. Its port welcomes luxury cruise liners, which disgorge passengers keen to sample the towns extensive facilities and visit the archaeological sites nearby, just to name a few - the ancient city of Efes, (the second biggest city of Roman Empire, after Rome); another sightseeing place not to be missed is Pamukkale, that is considered to be the 8th world wonder. And much more! Marmaris also is South Aegean's prettiest resort for scuba diving. There are several dive centers in Marmaris that arrange guided diving trips, excursions and even provide diving lessons for the inexperienced individuals, eager to try out this underwater sport. Shopping is a delight in Marmaris. Some truly shop till they drop in this shopping Mecca! Leather goods of all kinds, natural sponges and the local blue glass beads (the Boncuk) are among the bargains to be found in the friendly little shops along the downtown bazaar. Charming boutiques at the end of the promenade offer kilims, carpets, sandals and embroidery as well as original fashions.