USING THIS FORUM
This forum is full of all the knowledge you need for a great holiday in Marmaris. It is simple to use and the other forumites will go out of their way to help you. However, almost every question you can think of has already been asked and the answers will be contained in the thousands of posts already here.
Before asking a question try a search for yourself. Just above the “Ask a Question” button is a small green panel containing the words “Search In”. In the empty panel to the right type your question, keeping it as simple as possible. Click on the small green square and wait whilst the page loads. It is unlikely that you won’t get a “hit”. In fact some questions will have several hundreds of replies.
If all else fails add a question to the forum. Click on “Ask a Question” and fill in the form that appears. With the heading, try to be as specific as possible. It is no good asking if a hotel has safety deposit boxes if you forget to add the name of the hotel! Many forumites daily gloss over the new posts and will often only open those that they have knowledge of.
If you want details of a specific hotel or restaurant then go to the review section where you can read the considered opinions of many others.
A TIP ON READING REVIEWS
If a hotel/restaurant has generally good reviews and then just one or two horrendous ones, then read the bad ones with just a pinch of salt. It often happens that one or two individuals will cause trouble in a hotel and when brought to task over their behaviour will retaliate by writing poor or even bogus reviews. Likewise it is not unknown for the proprietor of an establishment to write glowing reports about his own business. It has even been known for owners to enlist the aid of others to write good reviews of establishments they have never even visited. So read with caution and in the end make up your own mind.
ARRIVAL AT DALAMAN
The arrival at Dalaman airport is, in comparison to many airports, relatively simple. Some aircraft will be brought right up to the terminal and you will walk off along an “air bridge” straight into arrivals. Other aircraft will be met by coaches which will bring you to the terminal.
Whichever happens, it is unlikely that everyone will be a “first timer,” so follow the crowd.
Once you are through the visa procedure go through to the baggage claim area. This area is the same as most others with several carousels bringing the bags up from the bowels of the earth. If you want a trolley there is a man who has the trolley concession and they will cost you £1 per trolley. He has the franchise to repair and clean the trollies.
Once you have reclaimed your bags leave the arrivals lounge by the well-marked doors.
Before you do this however, or whilst you await your bags, there is a duty free shop where you can “top up” your drinks and tobacco allowances. Imported alcohol is very expensive in Marmaris and many travellers bring in duty free so that they can have a drink in their room before going out of an evening.
Outside of baggage reclaim you will see a ramp. Go down this ramp and at the bottom on the left you will find an array of kiosks. These kiosks bear the logos of the tour operators. Go to the one for the company you are traveling with and they will direct you to your transport. In the middle of this row of kiosks is where the privately hired drivers wait with their boards.
The road to Marmaris is being upgraded all the time and transfer times reflect this. However, transfer times are rather contentious. The basic coach transfer provided with most package holidays can be slow for many reasons. The coach will not leave until everyone has arrived, even if this means awaiting the arrival of delayed aircraft. Drivers vary and many like to make a “comfort stop” half way to Marmaris. The location of your hotel and the number of drop offs will have a bearing on times. The first drop off could be as little as 90 minutes after you board the coach but the last could be after a 3 hour, or longer, journey!
If you have paid to upgrade to a taxi or have gone for a private transfer you will certainly be at your hotel much faster. You can ask the driver to stop at a “comfort” stop or not. Most taxi and private transfers will take from 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes. Journeys of 50-55 minutes have been reported!
Your tour operator (coach/taxi) will deliver you to the area in front of the doors of the departure zone. At busy times of the season and on certain days the first queues will be spilling out into this area. Join a queue and be patient. These queues are for the x-ray machines and move reasonably quickly.
Once your bags have been x-rayed there are screens telling you which desks are dealing with which flights. Find your desks and once again be patient. From here on in it will be just like any other airport.
Be aware that the cost of food and drink at Dalaman departures is considered by many to be exorbitant. Where possible try to bring food from outside. Many bars, restaurants and hotels will make up packed meals for you to take to the airport. This food will not be taken from you and can be consumed in the airport or on your plane. Drinks however may be removed at the last customs check before boarding so drink them in the departure lounge.
It is generally agreed that it is best to change your sterling to lira in Marmaris. Take about £50 worth of lira with you to tide you over for the first night/day or so.
Take English pounds. Scottish ones can be changed but often a poorer rate is obtained.
Change your £s in the small supermarkets, bars, restaurants and some shops. These are safer and will give you a better exchange rate. Change in multiples of £100 as it will then be easier for you to work out what you should receive back. These exchanges should be free of commission. If commission is mentioned then go elsewhere.
Do NOT use the official looking Change Shops. They often charge bogus “commissions” and “taxes”. Also there have been many instances of people being short changed or otherwise ripped off.
No matter where you change your money… count it in front of the staff before leaving the premises. Do not be shy about doing this as the staff will certainly count your money in front of you before making the exchange.
Many bars, shops and restaurants will accept £s in payment. In fact many will display their prices in £s. However, be aware that you may not be getting a good exchange in these places. Especially if the rate is fluctuating. If it is a large purchase ask for the price in both currencies and work out which is to your advantage.
Apart from hiring a car or using “Shanks’s Pony”, there are three main ways to get around Marmaris.
These are mini-busses that follow set routes about the town; there are several routes and you can get to and from most places with ease. They are numerous, cheap and simple to use. Each route has a different colour scheme (white with orange or blue stripes for example) and the destination and fare are displayed on the front of the vehicle. The fare will vary from route to route but remains the same no matter what the length of your journey. If you travel 100 yards you will pay the same as you would traveling the full length of the route.
Whilst there are set stops, the drivers will usually stop anywhere to pick up and drop of a fare. All you do is stand by the road and flag them down. Once on board you can either pay immediately or at the end of the journey, by just passing your change forward to the driver. Try to give the exact fare if you can and do not try to give the driver large notes as he will have limited change. When you see your destination approaching just shout out to the driver. A simple “teşekkür ederim” (thank you) will suffice.
Taxis are also relatively cheap and plentiful. They are easy to spot being bright yellow. There are taxi ranks near most of the big hotels, restaurants and supermarkets. At these ranks there will be a board with the basic prices for many of the regular journeys, this is for information only. Make sure that the driver switches on the meter in the cab as he is legally obliged to do so. Some drivers will try to con the unwary by saying the meter is not working. If this is the case make them stop and get out of the cab and pay him NOTHING! If he argues tell him you will call the police. He is breaking the law.
The only exception to this is for trips outside the bounds of Marmaris. The longer trips (Airport etc.) are done on a fixed price basis which you should agree before entering the cab. If you find a good driver it is sometimes possible to hire him for the day and have him take you on a trip around the area. His local knowledge will take you to places that you would not otherwise see.
They run from the Ataturk Statue area in Marmaris to Icmeler and Turunc. Some of them also stop at the jetties in front of some of the hotels. Whilst these are more expensive than the dolmus and take longer than regular taxis, they are great fun, being as they are, a mini boat trip! You get more room and fresh air than in the other forms of transport.
In Marmaris you will find the same eclectic mix of tastes, flavours and dishes that you can in most European major cities. All tastes and most dietary requirements are catered for. International, Turkish, Asian, Vegetarian, Halal and fast foods are available in abundance.
For those that wish to self-cater, the markets and supermarkets are stocked with many varieties of breads, dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables in abundance and many packaged foods that will be instantly recognised by the average British consumer.
If you are Self-Catering do not expect more than one or two toilet rolls to be provided by the Hotel/Apartments. If you get more, think of this as a bonus, but do not expect or demand more. You are Self-Catering and this means catering (providing) everything for yourself! They are easy to obtain from most supermarkets, large and small, and do not cost much!