Located in the Mugla region of the Turkish Aegean Coast, the region surrounding the towns of Marmaris and Datca, Turkey, is a beautiful area of rural coastline. Known as the ‘Turkish Riviera’, this area is the most beautiful, sophisticated and cosmopolitan of any in Turkey. If you are looking for a luxurious beach holiday in Europe, surrounded by stunning scenery and a tranquil yet hugely friendly atmosphere, you can’t beat taking a holiday rental villa in Datca or a self catering Marmaris apartment.
The area is best known for its coastline. Although the city beaches of Marmaris are not the best city beaches in the world, consisting of a fairly thin strip of black sand and pebbles, there are some fantastic beaches along this stretch of coast, especially on the Datca Peninsula. Scuba diving is particularly popular from a Marmaris apartment, and there are some excellent coastal rides to do.
Sailing is a hugely popular pastime in the Marmaris – Datca region, and once you arrive at a Datca villa or apartment in Marmaris, it is clear why. There are many sheltered coves to anchor, as well as large yacht harbours in both Marmaris and Datca. Exploring the islands, inlets and secret beaches of the Turkish Aegean Coast is a fantastic way to spend a few days, something which you can only do with the freedom permitted with a private holiday home.
The rugged peaks and deep gullies of the Datca Peninsula make the Datca region an ideal place to walk and mountain bike. The whole region is sparsely populated and untouched by the crowds of mass tourism, and there are more places to stop, have a picnic or swim in the sea than you could possibly find during a Datca holiday.
Marmaris, or the jewel of the Turkish Riviera as it is known to the Turkish tourist board, is a truly elegant resort offering visitors a little of everything they desire. Sitting on a beautiful bay where the Aegean and Mediterranean sea meet, Marmaris is the top sailing resort in Turkey. Sailing from Marmaris Marina, travellers can reach some of the nicest beaches under their own steam. You will never get bored from a Marmaris apartment, as the city is filled with cosmopolitan bars, cafes and clubs, and the shopping and restaurants of Marmaris are second to none in Turkey.
Datca is located on a thin, mountainous peninsula jutting out into the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, connected to the Marmaris mainland by a very thin strip of land. The unspoilt, wild nature, traditional lifestyle and beautiful scenery have turned Datca into a quietly favoured holiday destination for discerning tourists wishing to enjoy a serene beach holiday, dripping with Turkish charm.
You can swim in the sea at any time of year in the Marmaris – Datca area. Temperatures average over 30˚C in July and August, when the warm evenings seem endless and there are over 11 hours available for sunbathing every day. Even during the winter months, temperatures during the day usually reach the mid-teens, which is easily pleasant enough to investigate the area.
Dalaman Airport (DLM) can be reached in just over an hour from a Marmaris apartment. The Datca Peninsula is slightly further away, but the isolation and peace is well worth travelling for. There are a great range of ‘no frills’ airlines providing cheap flights to Marmaris via Dalaman, and there are numerous taxi, hire car and bus firms willing to take you from the airport straight to the front door of your holiday accommodation in Marmaris – Datca area.