Here you will find a wonderful natural environment and landscape because of this site's location at the meeting point of the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea. Marmaris is, in addition to being an important natural harbor, one of the main tourist destinations in the area, with this latter activity being their main source of income, since it is a major yachting center which is very popular in winter. It consists of two major and several smaller marinas.
It has a ferry service to the Greek island of Rhodes, and is a stop for cruise ships. It also has a castle up at the top, sophisticated marine terraces, and a typically intricate Turkish souk with a variety of things of all possible qualities, the fake and the real thing are just a few meters away in separate stores, it's quite surprising. It is a fantastic place to visit and enjoy in all respects.
Best bang-for-your-buck hotel
Kayakapi is my new favorite. It’s a refurbished series of cave houses and mansions set in Urgup, and part of a national park that is a UNESCO World Heritage site and includes a historic church and mosque. The views of the valley are beautiful and the rooms are so huge that some of the suites have their own pool. You can actually rent a whole six-bedroom mansion if you are traveling with extended family or group of friends.
Restaurants the locals love
Ziggy Cafe in Urgup is a landmark that serves the best food in Cappadocia on a beautiful terrace overlooking Urgup and the surrounding valleys. The owner is an artist from Istanbul ve brings a real spirit of sophistication and refinement to this otherwise rustic region; her artwork is on display and available for purchase. I recommend the set menu, which will give you a taste of everything, including the scrumptious pastirma, which is similar to pastrami, and borek, which is a phyllo-crusted pie filled with savories including cheese and meat.
Somine, also in Urgup, has a warm and elegant Cappadocian atmosphere, with a fireplace in the middle of the dining room (somine is Turkish for “fireplace”). It’s known for its wonderful service and extensive menu, which offers everything from grilled fish and lamb to a full range of kebabs and pizzas. There’s something for everyone here, which is probably why it’s been in business for ages.
The owners of the Old Greek House, in Mustafapasa, converted this imposing historic home into a small hotel and restaurant serving hearty fare including some of the best stuffed grape leaves I’ve ever eaten.
Testi kebabi, which is lamb or beef cooked inside a ceramic urn that is then brought to the table and broken open to reveal the delicious meat inside. Local Restaurant in Goreme serves the best version of the original dish (the more modern style is to add vegetables).
Meal worth the splurge
Seki Restaurant at the hotel Argos in Nevsehir serves artfully prepared dishes fusing Continental and Turkish cuisine made with local ingredients and served with excellent wines from its own vineyard.