Information about gay life in Marmaris

Marmaris Gay Guide




Gay Bars and Clubs in Marmaris:
Marmaris is one of the most popular summer holiday & resort town of Turkey located in South West of the country by the Mediterranean coast, within the boundaries of Mugla Province of Turkey. Beautiful coastline, friendly people, good fresh foods and delicious local wines, that could easily compete against many European vineyards. The summer is long and good weather is virtually guaranteed between May and as late as the end of October. Marmaris has a liberal and modern atmosphere like in most such summer resorts and it is very appropriate holiday destination for gay men although there isn’t any exclusive gay venue in Marmaris.

Gay & Gay Friendly Bars and Clubs in Marmaris:

Black Pool Bar
Address: Siteler Mah. Uzunyali Cad. No: 126, Marmaris.
Web: Facebook.com/groups/BlackpoolBarMarmaris & Tripadvisor reviews
This venue is the only venue in Marmaris reported to us as a gay-friendly place by the managers, in July 2012. It is already a very popular venue, well-known for the drag and other comedy show performances (Please see Youtube video on the right). It is located at the hotel district of Marmaris, by the coast, most busy from 21:30 -00:30 am.




Venues Recommended by Website Visitors

Deniz Cafe Resturant
Address: Barbaros Cad. Yat Limani No: 91, Marmaris, Turkey (Google Map)
A gay-friendly cafe (not gay) located near the yacht harbor (Yat Limani) of Marmaris . If you come from Tourist Information Office, it is another 150 meters away after the Mermaids statue, right on the the quay. It was opened in 1984 as a cafe which is still open. In 2000 the place was renovated and the restaurant was added by the family who own the venue. Restaurant's menu is wide and varied with Turkish and international dishes. They offer all types of coffees at the cafe. Deniz cafe is open in winter time also. (2005)

Comments
"Please remove Deniz Cafe. This is not a gay (friendly) place !" (July 2011)

Euro Sky Bar
Address: Marmaris
"Euro Sky Bar just off the main beach road by the traffic lights as if you are heading towards the market. cafe bar. English, Scottish, Turkish . had a Gay rainbow flag . great home made food and cocktails buy one get one free . very gay friendly . (posted by Lawton on May 18th, 2011)

Lost Boys Bar
Address:Armutalan, Marmaris
"I have been going to Marmaris and in particular the Armutulan area for a few years and have found it very much gay friendly I go to Lost boys bar where the staff have really accepted me and love me for what i am on the whole the majority of Turkish guys are ok with gay people as they are very friendly people so if you are thinking of travelling to Turkey then you will have no problems you will have a very very good holiday indeed" (recommended by Peter from UK on April 16th, 2010)

Champaing Bar & Restaurant
Address: Icmeler, Marmaris
'We were in Icmeler for 2 weeks and we discovered this bar-restaurant called Champagne on the main street, near the seaside. It was my friend's birthday and we decided to celebrate it there. we reserved a table for the diner and Yurda made our soiree fantastic, lovers on the tables, candles and a very remarkable "happy birthday" wish on a big sheet of cloth. He even prepared a birthday cake for us. When my partner cut the cake, all the staff started to shout, kiss, kiss, kiss and he kissed me on the lips and they all applauded was amazed how cool and sincere they were. Homosex is ok and accepted if you do not make a fuss about it and act like adults. We always returned to the same place for a pint or for a meal and always treated like everyone else and never had a remark. And as a French, I am the chef of a famous Parisian restaurant and can tell you the food is really good especially the fish in salt and the pepper stake. we are going back next year and we will be there again and again. Lovely spot Icmeler.' (Posted by Marcel from France on 16/08/2009

Captains Bar
Address: Marmaris
"t is not a gay bar but I recommend Captains Bar in Marmaris, take the dolmus or mini bus from Icmeler and get off at Gima Point Center which is a shopping centre on your right hand side. Get off the bus and walk towards the beach and Captains is on your left. Its a karaoke bar and that seems to have a gay crowd. Also Cheers bar is on the other corner and there is usually a small gay crowd i there too. These bars are located in an area called Long Beach which has lots of other bar/clubs too or you could try Bar Street where there is a gay crowd to but no bar is an active gay bar as such. Hope this helps." (April 2008)


Other Popular Bars and Night Clubs:
Marmaris is a lively place both by day and night. The nightlife is unending and numerous clubs and bars stretch along the coast from the elegant marina to the curve of Icmeler, the smaller resort close by. The nightlife is concentrated at Bar street and Uzunyali (called Long Beach by tourists) Bar Street is a street full of variety of bars and night clubs open until 4 am in the morning. There are places with animators and dancers and live music. The long beach is home to several discos, cocktail bars, several Karaoke bars and restaurants. Many bars and restaurant have a Turkish night once a week where there will be fun, shows, possibly a Turkish belly dancer, followed by the Turkish Folk Dance show.

Here are some of the popular regular bars and clubs of Marmaris.

Talk of Town Marmaris - Cheers
Address: Long Beach (Uzun Yalı) 207 Sk. NO:78, Marmaris 48700, Turkey (Google Map)
Web: Facebook.com/groups/455236424578560/ & Tripadvisor.com Reviews
A popular night club disco-bar situated on the sea front with it's own private beach. Almost 24 hours a day something is happening here. Sports and special events are shown live on two big screens. It is not a gay club but its resident cabaret show performed since 1996 will surely attract gay visitors. It is " Bobbie Kent's International Play Girls Show " with a subtitle " The most Glamorous Girls in Town are Boys ? ". It starts at 9:30 pm every evening. Show ticket price includes dinner served earlier at 8:15pm. After the cabaret finishes you can dance in their disco until the early morning.

Comments:
"I have been to Marmaris 14 times and I still love it. I think all the bars are ok with gays I have never had a problem at all I think they are very gay friendly in Cheers. I started going here with friends for the drag show and we met the guys that done it and were amazing guys we always end up with them when my friends and I get there. I have also had a partner out of cheers bar who was a waiter and all his work mates knew nothing was ever hid. We were even allowed to sit on the beach together day or night. Hope this helps people and enjoy Turkey it is a wonderful place." (Posted by Andre from Ireland on July 03 2013)

"Cheers bar is not a gay club but would say it gay friendly. They have drag shows in the bars sometimes. (August 2010)

"There is a bar called Cheers but its not a gay bar!! It has a good drag show and few of the gay lads are in every night and they are really good laugh!! Though it isn't exclusively a gay bar you won't ever get any prejudice or trouble there!!" (June 2009)

"There isn't any gay bars in Marmaris , but Talk of the Town is a good place to go. Talk of the Town isn't a gay bar! its a drag show and very possibly you will find some of the gay scene will gather there." (June 2008)

Club Areena
Address: Bar Street (Barlar Sokagi), No: 129, Marmaris - Turkey
Web: Facebook.com/areenaclub
Open air dance club with lots of palm and exotic trees around you, offers laser shows, great resident DJ's and world-wide famous guest DJ's; light shows, special show's, professional dancers, and sometimes concerts. Club Areena is said to have Europe's highest technology of laser, sound, light and effect technology. You can see DJ's flying over 4000 people with bazookas in their hands.


Comments:
"There are no gay bars in Marmaris. People of all persuasion, simply live for the moment at venues such as Club Areena in Barlar Caddesi/bar street (June 2008)

Crazy Daisy
Address: Bar Street, No: 121, Marmaris - Turkey See Website
Popular bar & night club in downtown Marmaris with 1300 people capacity. They have a terrace, where you can chill out with your friends & lovers, The venue promises an energetic entertainment, good service, quality drinks at a lively bar; dancing until dawn with the latest music. They host events almost every night of the week. Three towers zone sound system, high tech lights, spectacular laser light system, and some of the best DJ's from around the country are available here.

Comments:
"I went to the reopening night of Crazy Daisy last week. I is NOT A GAY NIGHTCLUB i also saw people turned away and when I asked my Turkish friend about this I was informed that they are not to keen on letting just males in and prefer couples" (May 2008)

"I've been 2 Marmaris for 4 years now and I have took loads of my gay mates they always end up down bar street coz they always pulled the locals and tourists. You might find someone at the end of the night in Crazy Daisy bar." (April 2007)

Green House
Address: Tepe Mahallesi (quarter) 39. Sokak (Bar Street) Marmaris/Turkey. See Website
You will find Greenhouse at Bar street situated in the bazaar and it has been there since 1986. In summertime they open at 21:00 and start with playing R&B and commercial pop sounds. After midnight they play trance, techno and house music.


Gay Friendly Cafe & Restaurants

Champaign Bar & Restaurant
Address: Kayebal Caddesi 51, Icmeler, Marmaris, Turkey
The information about this venue was submitted by a website visitor:
'We were in Icmeler for 2 weeks and we discovered this bar-restaurant called Champagne on the main street, near the seaside. It was my friend's birthday and we decided to celebrate it there. we reserved a table for the diner and Yurda made our soiree fantastic, lovers on the tables, candles and a very remarkable "happy birthday" wish on a big sheet of cloth. He even prepared a birthday cake for us. When my partner cut the cake, all the staff started to shout, kiss, kiss, kiss and he kissed me on the lips and they all applauded was amazed how cool and sincere they were. Homosex is ok and accepted if you do not make a fuss about it and act like adults. We always returned to the same place for a pint or for a meal and always treated like everyone else and never had a remark. And as a French, I am the chef of a famous Parisian restaurant and can tell you the food is really good especially the fish in salt and the pepper stake. we are going back next year and we will be there again and again. Lovely spot Icmeler.' (Posted by Marcel from France on 16/08/2009


Other Recommended Restaurants and Cafe Shops in Marmaris:

Mr. Ali's Restaurant - Cafe -Pub
Address: Siteler Mah. (quarter) Uzunyali Cad. (Long beach) 207 Sokak. (lane) No:146 - Marmaris, Turkey
Mr. Ali's restaurant is located in the most scenic part of Marmaris beach, on the beachfront overlooking the sea with its spectacular views & kilometers of coastline, less than a 10 minute drive from the old town. Enjoy the best of the Mediterranean cuisine and enjoy beautiful views of the bay and surrounding mountains. The view is spectacular, looking straight onto the water and back into the bay of Marmaris.

Çaglayan Restaurant
Address: Cetibeli Koyu (village) - Marmaris. Phone: (+ 90 252) 426 00 79
Transportation is available by taxi or midi bus anytime to the venue located in a village 13 km. from Marmaris. They also provide shuttle service from/to hotels, if called for reservation. The restaurant is totally in the middle of pure nature, all green everywhere. Caglayan restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner menus, including sea food - is an all in all an abundant cuisine options.

Antique Cafe-Bar Restaurant
Address: Netsel Marina Marmaris Turkey. Phone: (+ 90 252) 413 29 55
The cafe overlooks the Netsel Marina area and the castle of Marmaris. It features an inviting menu consisting of delicious meals with a variety of typical Mediterranean cuisine and most popular international dishes. With a view of the Mediterranean and night skies, this is sure to be an ultimate romantic experience.

Dede Restaurant
Address: Barbaros Caddesi No:36 Marmaris/ Turkey. Phone: (+ 90 252) 413 17 11
It's one of the first restaurants on your left side when you're in the harbour. Fresh fish, steaks, traditional Turkish chicken are the favorites. It offer fabulous views overlooking the gullets & bay towards Icmeler. It is also very nice inside - especially the upstairs dining room with a fireplace which is brilliant for the winter or colder out of season nights.

Mercan Restaurant
Address: Tepe Mah. Barbaros Cad. No:126 Yat Limani (yacht harbour), Marmaris, Turkey.
Phone: (+ 90 252) 412 8968
The Mercan is a fish restaurant located in the harbour near by the Netsel Marina which can be reached after a stroll through the central bazaar. The specialty of Mercan is fish and seafood dishes including sea bass, for example. The dishes will include salad, 4 different meze (starters) and a 17 cc bottle of traditional raki Mercan's menu is not limited to just fish and seafood but also includes a wide selection of other dishes also. For example: chicken, steak, pizza and many different salads.

Fellini Restaurant
Address: Yacht Marine No: 61,Marmaris,Turkey Phone: (+ 90 252) 413 0826
The Fellini restaurant is located on the harbour front below the castle near the dolphin statue. Fellini's menu is mainly Italian and Turkish food. Taste the traditional Turkish manti - it's like ravioli or Italian style pizza. There is wide choice of starters, a lunch menu and a dinner menu with everything from plank steaks to pepper steaks.



Gay Friendly Cinemas in Marmaris:
There is not any gay friendly cinema in Marmaris, unfortunately.


Gay Friendly Sauna or Bath Houses in Marmaris:
There is not any gay / gay-friendly sauna or bath house in Marmaris, unfortunately.


Other Sauna or Bath Houses in Marmaris:
A visit to a historical Turkish bath is at the top of the must-do list for gay tourists visiting Turkey. In Marmaris, most of the big hotels and holiday resorts would have bath, sauna and spa facilities with their establishments. The following venues are (none-gay) public baths and other similar venues in and around Marmaris.

Aysansa Club
This is not a gay venue !
Address: Alize Yunus Nadi Cad. No : 78 Siteler - Marmaris - Turkey. Web: www.aysanda.com
Yoga | Fitness | Wellness | Massage Therapies | Spinning | Fat Burn | Plates | Epilating Wax etc
This is a modern spa, wellness and beauty center located in Siteler quarter of Marmaris.

PS: The information about the below venues were taken from the website of local tourism directorate of Mugla province. ( www.mugla-turizm.gov.tr )

Armutalan Hamami
This is not a gay venue !
Address: Cami Avlu Mevkii (quarter), Armutalan (suburb) Marmaris. Phone: (+ 90 252) 4175374 or 4175300
Web: www.hamamcilarltd.com
Armutalan Haman is said to be the second largest in Turkey having three hamam rooms and 2 saunas, a large massage area and two Jacuzzi. It was established in 1996. Armutalan Haman is open all season from early April, until the end of October. It is open daily from 09:00 to 22:00 hours (9:00 AM - 10:00 PM).

Çarşı hamam
This is not a gay venue !
Address: Kemeraltı Mah, 36. Sokak (street) Marmaris. Phone: (+ 90 252) 4124406

Beldibi Hamam
This is not a gay venue !
Address: Cumhuriyet Mah (quarter). Beldibi (district) Marmaris. Phone: (+ 90 252) 4190810 or 4190811

Osmanli Hamam
Datça Yolu (Mamaris-Datca road) 76. Sokak (street) Phone: (+ 90 252) 4127642 or 4127642

Sultan Hamam
This is not a gay venue !
Address: Ulusal Egemenlik Boulevard, Marmaris- Turkey. Phone: (+ 90 252) 4136850
This is not a gay venue !



Gay Cruising Areas in Marmaris:

In general, the cruising areas - especially parks and secluded beaches are where gay men should be more selective with the people they meet. It is always possible to come across to some bad guys who want to trap the gay men in such places. Especially, be careful at night time and do not carry very valuable things and a lot of money on you, just in case.

Possible cruising places in Marmaris are:
-The neighborhood of Yat Limani-Yacht harbor, usually after it gets dark.
-Barlar sokagi/bar street late in the evening.

Please note that cruising in these places is not very obvious, so you need to watch out carefully to catch the right people, but try to avoid tourist hustlers while doing this.

Visitor Feedbacks about cruising places in Marmaris:
-"For cruising walk down the sea front around 2pm toward the harbour, be careful of the gigolos there also nearly got robbed by two guys. They were gypsies. Make sure you put money in shoe before you go cruising and your key, but u will get something" (April 2007)

"Lighthouse in Marmaris. Many gay visitors. Nice people" (posted by Rene from Germany on April 01 2010)

"Just sit on the benches on the prom and you can eye up those gorgeous Turkish lads and sometimes get lucky!" (posted by Philips from UK on September 21, 2010)


Gay Friendly Beaches in Marmaris:
There are no gay beaches in Marmaris. The downtown beach Uzunyali (long beach) is possibly where most Turkish gay tourists would be going for cruising. Is has dark volcanic sand which is flanked by a wide promenade. Many resorts have private beaches which can be enjoyed by the guests staying in the hotel. The beaches in Marmaris, in most of the resort hotels, are covered with coarse black sand.

There are two quieter beaches nearby accessible by dolmus minibuses or water taxi - Icmeler and Turunc beaches. Icmeler is a smaller resort within the boundaries of Marmaris district. Its beach is a mix of sand and shingle, but is far longer, yellower and less crowded. Turunc is 20 km away by land and 15 miles away by sea. It can be reached in half an hour using the winding asphalt road crossing the forest in Icmeler. Once a small fishing village, now it accommodated many facilities including cafes, restaurants, hotels and pensions. Turunc is surrounded by high hills planted with pine trees all over.

For a truly beautiful local beach, head offshore to Cleopatra's Beach/Island (Sedir Island), where you can most easily go with daily boat tours departing from downtown Marmaris. Legend has it that this island was given to Cleopatra as a present by Mark Anthony and he imported the fine white sand to the island from Egyptian shores in order to show his love to Cleopatra, who refused to step on any place other than Egyptian land. Sedir Island is the site of an ancient Roman resort town. Existing ruins include an enormous amphitheater and old city wall.


Gay & Lesbian Internet Sources for Marmaris:

LGBT Turkey
The meeting point of Turkish & none- Turkish gay men living / visiting Turkey. You can follow activities all over Turkey, including Ankara in this bilingual (Turkish & English) Facebook community page.

Yahoo Group for Turkish Gays
A Yahoo Group to meet Turkish gay men from all over Turkey. You can leave a message to meet Turkish gays and gay tourists living in or visiting Ankara in this group.

Yahoo Group For Turkish Lesbians
A Yahoo Group to meet Turkish Lesbians from all over Turkey. You can leave a message to meet Turkish lesbians and lesbian tourists living in or visiting Ankara in this group.
 

Travel and Accommodation:

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Gay Friendly Hotels in Marmaris

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General Information About Marmaris
Marmaris is a port city and a tourist destination on the Mediterranean coast, located in southwest Turkey, in the Mugla Province. Marmaris' main source of income is tourism. While little is left of the sleepy fishing village that Marmaris was just a few decades ago after a construction boom in the 1980s, Marmaris still retains its charm due to the exceptional natural beauty of its location. Marmaris' nightlife rivals anything on the Turkish coast.

It is also a major centre for sailing, possessing two major and several smaller marinas. It is a popular wintering location for hundreds of cruising boaters. There are regular ferry services to the Greek island of Rhodes, and large cruise ships call at the port.

Marmaris bay resembles a calm lake and offers ideal mooring for yachts. The Marmaris Netsel Marina, one of the largest and best-equipped in Turkey, and the Marmaris Albatross Marina, one of the best for wintering and maintaining yachts, make Marmaris an excellent starting point for the Blue Voyage tour of the Aegean Coast. Marmaris is an important port city and a tourist destination on the Mediterranean coast, located in southwest Turkey, in the Mugla Province.

It is a popular wintering location for hundreds of cruising boaters. There are regular ferry services to the Greek island of Rhodes, and large cruise ships call at the port. Although it is not certain when Marmaris was founded, in the 6th century BC the city was known as Physkos, and considered part of Caria.

Arrival:
There are regular bus connection to Marmaris from all major cities and towns of Turkey. Dalaman is the nearest airport to Marmaris (90 km) and there are frequent flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport. There is airport shuttle service of HAVAS for each domestic flight from Dalaman Airport to Marmaris inner city bus terminal, which takes 90 minutes and costs around 15 Euro pp. Click here for the shuttle schedule of HAVAS for Dalaman airport. Long distance direct services include Antalya (7hours), Istanbul (13 hours) and Ankara (10 hours), Bodrum and Fethiye (3 hours), Izmir (5 hours).

Internal Transportation:
Ferries and high-speed hydrofoils depart several times a day to Rhodes, Greece. In 2008, Hydrofoil Ferry Boat departs every day at 9:00 am and 4:45 pm from Marmaris except 9:00 am on Sundays from June 1st till end of October, but there may be changes every year.

Local 'Dolmus' minibuses run to the center of every resort in Turkey. In Marmaris, Siteler dolmus approximately 0.8 Euro. Icmeler dolmus fee is approximately 1 Euro. The dolmuses in Marmaris are color-coded: Marmaris intra-town minibuses are green; Marmaris - Icmeler minibuses are orange; Marmaris - Beldibi minibuses are bordeaux; Marmaris - Armutalan minibuses are blue; Marmaris - Yalanci bay minibuses have pink colors. Dolmus station is near Ulusal Egemenlik Bulvari. There are bus stops along the route, as of 2006 the minibuses should stop only at these assigned stops. Yet most minibus drivers follow the old system, which is get on anywhere and get off anywhere: all you do is flag down a dolmus as you see it approaching. If it is stuffed, you will have to wait for the next one to come along. The fare for the journey is written on a sign above the driver and you pay as you board the minibus.

To travel further a field, to the bay of Turunc, Hisaronu, Gokova or Datca, you will need to go the Marmaris Bus Station on the outskirts of town or hire a car. For covering greater distances, there is a variety of bus lines and companies to choose from. There are ticket sales offices for these bus lines located at the northern end of the Tansas Shopping Center. The bus station is 2km north of the city

Taxis are recognized by their yellow color. The fare shown on the meter reads according to the distance travelled. Yet it is better to take a dolmus - taxis could be expensive in resorts!


General Comments About Gay Life in Marmaris.

"Marmaris is a cute little town, I was there in 2007... there are plenty of bars and clubs... saunas, etc. It's a very nice place to visit... somewhat small... not sure what the gay scene is like there." (Apr 10, 2010)

"Me and my partner have been going to Icmeler twice a year for the last 3 years now. We are a gay couple. We have had no problems what so ever, and we love the Turkish people. I don't think they really care. We have never had any trouble from tourists there either. Also you can find Bella Baserk doing his show in Bacchas Bar on the sea front of Marmaris. Bella is a very successful drag artist from the UK. He will make you very welcome, and his show is the best I have seen with a different show for every night of the week. There is also the Stella Show in Icmeler in the Harmony bar. Depends if this is your kind of entertainment. I am just highlighting this to show that the general attitude with gay people is fine." (December 2008)

"You should have no problems in Turkey - the general atmosphere is that it is not spoken about. We travel to Turunc each year, just round the bay from Icmeler and Marmaris - just a water taxi away, and was warmly welcomed there, the shop keepers will flirt with guys, especially if means a sale - be warned they do catch on very quickly and you will find yourself being served in the shops by very cute boys. We did experience one episode of homophobia, and it was from a Brit - he made some comment about my partner and I, and left the bar. The owner said that he would much rather have us drinking there than "his type!". Expect a warm welcome, but the Turks do think that one of you must be a woman type and the other the man - warning if you choose to be the woman, you may find that they will treat you as they treat women there, in other words you won't really exist as anything other than your partners property! We held hands in public, and put our arms around each other - nothing was said - the men out there are much closer to each other than us Brits." (November 2008)

"My partner and I love it, we went twice last year, and going again in June, and will probably go again towards back end of the season. You are always made welcome no matter what you are. That's just the Turkish people for you they will go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. Relax and enjoy." (January 2008)

"There are no gay exclusive venues in Icmeler or Marmaris. However, there are a lot of gays holidaying in Turkey, all made very welcome and we have quite a number of gays who come in to Marmaris regularly. They all love Turkey!" (January 2005)