Icmeler Holiday Resort Overview
Icmeler was once a sub resort of Marmaris, but tourism quickly blossomed as holidaymakers realised the beauty of the resort and it’s now a popular holiday destination in its own right, with a dedicated following of visitors who return year after year. It’s hardly surprising that the picturesque town proves so popular, with a beautiful bay, an award winning beach and surrounded on three sides by rocky, pine forest foothills, it enjoys an impressive setting. Unlike larger resorts Icmeler has managed to maintain much of its traditional Turkish character. A quiet, friendly and laid back holiday destination, Icmeler is ideal for couples and families looking for a relaxing break.
Things to Do in Icmeler Turkey
Icmeler is both a favourite holiday destination and day trip amongst holidaymakers, due to its spectacular beach. It makes a superb place to spend relaxing days especially as it has been awarded a prestigious blue flag award. The seas calm and shallow waters make it ideal for youngsters too. For those that are feeling adventurous there are plenty of water sports on offer, from waterskiing to banana boats.
Spend the day exploring the town, there is plenty to see. Take a walk along the beach front, where you can find a range of restaurants or cafes or simply enjoy the majestic views. Stroll towards the edge of the resort and discover ‘Little Venice’. A scenic canal runs through this part of the resort, bordered by charming little shops and cafes. A fifteen minute walk from the centre of Icmeler you can discover the old village. This part of the town existed long before the resort grew up around it. An interesting place to visit and to imagine what Icmeler used to look like, with charming little side streets that are begging to be explored. If you are feeling very active it’s even possible to walk along the promenade all the way to the neighbouring resort of Marmaris.
Visit the weekly Wednesday market, here you will find a vast array of items for sale that vary from fresh fruit and vegetables to handbags and clothes. Even if you don’t particularly need anything a trip to the market is a fun experience just for the sights, sounds and smells. If you practice your bartering skills you are sure to bag a few bargains!
Take a trip to the nearby resorts of Marmaris or Turunc. Marmaris is just 8kms away from Icmeler and just a short ride on the local bus service. A much larger and busier resort than Icmeler, it has great shopping opportunities and is a great place to go if you want a big night out, as it has some of the best clubs in Turkey. Turunc is the complete antithesis to Marmaris. A small, peaceful resort that has maintained a village ambiance, it makes a great day out, simply relax on the beach and enjoy the resort’s peaceful and tranquil nature.
Top Selling Hotels in Icmeler
There is an assortment of hotels on offer in Icmeler, to suit a range of holiday styles and budgets. You are sure to find whatever you are looking for, whether that is an all inclusive hotel, bed and breakfast hotel or a self catering apartment. Below are just a few of our top selling hotels in the area, but we have a wide selection of accommodation choices, so if you can’t see something to suit you simply contact one of our dedicated holiday specialists and they will help you plan your perfect holiday.
If you are looking for an all inclusive hotel in Icmeler, the four star Fortuna Beach Hotel makes a great base, just 50 metres away from the sea. The three star Alinda Hotel is another fantastic option, conveniently located in the resort just behind the beachfront.
For holidaymakers that would prefer to stay in bed and breakfast accommodation, the three star Oylum Garden Hotel has a warm, welcoming and friendly environment. The illamar Hotel is an ideal choice for those looking for a cheap yet comfortable hotel in a quiet location.
Two popular self catering options are Avlu 1 Apartments and Imperial Apartments. Both apartments are rated as three star and enjoy a fantastic location. Avlu 1 Apartments are within walking distance of the weekly market and the beach, whilst Imperial Apartments boast a central location in the resort.
Best Places to Eat in Icmeler Turkey
Icmeler offers visitors an excellent choice of restaurants and bars. Most eateries offer a varied menu, featuring British favourites as well as traditional Turkish dishes. There is sure to be something to suit everyone’s tastes and budgets as restaurants are mindful that cosmopolitan fare is popular and appeals to a large array of customers.
The Champagne Bar and Restaurant offers a wide choice of dishes at a great value price. The Winehouse is a hidden gem with friendly staff and a wonderful atmosphere. Cafe Maestro offers an extensive menu and has a charming setting. Waterfall Restaurant is family friendly with a number of animals kept outside the restaurant, which fascinates youngsters and although artificial the waterfall adds to the ambiance. Selam Restaurant is friendly and welcoming serving delicious traditional Turkish dishes.
Icmeler is more laid back than neighbouring Marmaris but that doesn’t mean it lacks in nightlife. There are a vast number of bars throughout the resort, that quite often run evening shows such as fire dancing and acrobatics. There are also a couple of nightclubs, which offer late night dancing and music. Although for those looking to party the night away then nearby Marmaris is the place to go on an evening. Sample the delights Marmaris has to offer on a night and spend the day in calmer Icmeler to recharge your batteries.
Transport Links in Icmeler
Getting around in Icmeler is easy, if you don’t fancy walking everywhere the local bus service, known in Turkey as a dolmus, runs frequently throughout the day and into the night. Take short trips around the resort on the dolmus or hop on the bus marked with orange and head to neighbouring Marmaris. Unlike buses in the U.K. there are no set bus stops, when you see the correct dolmus driving along just stick out your hand and the driver will stop for you. If you don’t want to travel by bus, taxis are also readily available throughout the resort.
Icmeler Best Day Trips
Try your hand at scuba diving and see what life is like under the sea. The Aegean and Mediterranean seas have warm, calm and tide free waters. They make an ideal setting for a fun underwater adventure for both new and experienced divers. The sea in this area offers an array of diving opportunities from shallow reefs to caverns and tunnels. You can make friends with the local sea life, which varies from grouper, eels, octopus, barracudas and lobsters. It certainly offers holidaymakers a memorable experience.
If you are on a longer break to Icmeler, then a two day trip to visit Ephesus and Pamukkale is a highlight not to be missed. Follow in the footsteps of the Romans and see one of the best preserved classical cities on the Mediterranean, Ephesus. See magnificent ruins such as the Marble Road, the Library of Celsus and a 25,000 seater amphitheatre. Ephesus is also home to the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. On the trip you will also journey to Pamukkale, known as the Cotton Castles. A natural wonder, formed from mineral rich waters that cascade down the hillside at temperatures of 35C, it creates a unique and breathtaking landscape. Although a lot of travelling is involved this really is an amazing two day trip.
Please also refer to the Best Day Trips for Marmaris and Turunc as these trips are also available when visiting Marmaris.
Any advice and recommendations given on this website are as a general and informal guide only.
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