In the last few weeks it has been reported that Alanya has been hitting the headlines for 100% occupancy for their hotels. Today’s reports are indicating that Marmaris which is located in the southwest of Turkey has and still is attracting high levels of tourists this week. Visitors to this popular resort are both foreign and domestic with figures showing that there are currently 10 times more visitors than the population of Marmaris as a whole.
The increase is partly due to the 9 day holiday Eid al-Adha which is the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice. However let’s not forget that the current exchange rate is an advantage for foreign tourists, they are flocking to Turkey’s coastlines in their droves. It is expected that Marmaris could exceed 1 million tourists this week alone which was reported by the Demiroren News Agency today.
The population of Marmaris is normally around 100,000 full time residents and the resort is packed. This is great news for the hotels, cafes, bars, restaurants and other businesses that rely on tourism bringing in healthy revenue. Nevertheless there is one draw back; the roads between Marmaris and its neighbour Datca are causing chaos in the area as the traffic on the highway is jammed, causing huge delays to travel times. If you are planning to travel within the Marmaris area take this in to consideration when planning your journey.
Marmaris has always been a favourite holiday destination in Turkey; it is where the Aegean Sea becomes the Mediterranean Sea. The hotels are reported to be working at full occupancy and everywhere is crowded including the beaches and bars especially. Marmaris started enticing tourist’s way back, with its beautiful description of being located on the Turkish Rivera also known as the Turquoise Coast. Its 2 beaches are a bolthole for tired foreigners to spend lazy days on and its seafront promenade is where holiday makers stroll before and after dinner, taking in the sites. The nightlife is buzzing on a stretch called Bar Street which features nightclubs, music venues and open air clubs. Marmaris is also popular as a sailing and diving destination due to its perfect coastal location with its backdrop of pine forests and mountains.
The closest airport to Marmaris is Dalaman International Airport (DLM) and the transfer time from the airport to the centre of Marmaris is around 1 hour 28 minutes (94.9km). If you prefer you could also fly in to Bodrum International Airport (BJV) which is a transfer time of 1 hour and 54 minutes (129.1km). It obviously makes sense to fly in to Dalaman but it does give you options of flight times as to which suites you best.
100% hotel capacity is being reported in other areas of the Aegean also, which is no surprise as early in the season, hotels were reporting their rooms were being booked up quickly for the summer season. We always knew 2018 was going to be a good year for tourism in Turkey but I don’t think anyone could have predicted just how good it was going to be.
The gorgeous Cunda Island that lies in the Aegean is also known as Alibey Island is classed as one of the most beautiful of the Turkish Islands. Situated on the Northwest coast off Ayvalik, it has an area of 23 sq km (9 sq miles) and it’s a mere 16 km (10 miles) east of the Greek Island of Lesbos. Cunda Island is linked to the mainland by a causeway and they too are seeing more tourists than they usually do at this time of year. Officials on the Island have said, before visitor’s travel they need to check that there are hotel rooms available for them to stay.
It’s great to see Turkey bouncing back after a couple of difficult years that saw tourism in the country suffer. The failed coup attempt in July 2016 and a spate of dreadful terror attacks across the world stopped foreign tourists from visiting this beautiful country. Now we are seeing Turkey flourish again and the people whose livelihoods depend on tourism are seeing a fruitful year which is aiding them to get their lives back on track.
A bumper season for 2018 for foreign visitors and the 9 day holiday Eid al-Adha the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice is helping the tourism industry no end. If you haven’t had your summer holiday yet give Turkey a try, you won’t be disappointed, it’s a beautiful country, come and see for yourself!