Boat trips from your touroperator
Don't take it.
They say you have a guide speaking your language, but there is not much said on a lazy boat trip...
We paid €30 the bus drove around the corner, and we had to step into one of the boats we could book ourselves for €20.
We didn't need the dutch speaking guide...
Fun Alternatives: Ask prices and book a boattrip yourself. Touroperators warn that they can take you to a commercial centre or so, but it's to book with themselves.
The bazaar is quite famous, and is regarded as one of the highlights of Marmaris. Perhaps that's more a reflection on the kind of people who come here, rather than the Turks themselves. Maybe the impression they have is that all tourists want to do is go shopping for fake Gucci handbags at 4 pounds a time.
As you can see from the photo, the bazaar is nothing like the kind of thing you'd find in, say, Morocco. I wouldn't even go so far as to call it a bazaar. It's basically a covered arcade full of stores selling total crap. If you don't want fake designer gear, leather jackets or carpets, you'll find little here to interest you. And the merchants just won't leave you alone.
Unique Suggestions: Don't make eye contact with anyone. Pretend you don't speak English. Ignore them.
The concrete buildings...
Unfortunately once you discover the city, you realise this is far from behind this nice little resort you could have thought! This is indeed a huge machine to make money out of mass tourism. If you need a proof of that, the city only lives during the summer months, it is completely deserted during winter!!
- plenty of awful concrete buildings (that made me think to the North sea in Belgium!)
- overcrowded beaches
- the bazar for tourists where you will be sold some overpricy stuff you don't really need thinking you made a good deal
- the seaside restaurants where hustlers will try to grab you inside with a free drink or an apparently interesting discount. At the end you'll pay twice the normal price!
- street of nightclubs (could have indeed be funny but we were scared by our restaurant experience)
Some people seems to like a lot this atmosphere since it is so crowded. Or maybe they are simply trapped by some tour operators. I'm wondering!! Personally, I think Turkey has much more to offer than that...
- Sailing and Boating
Cheap meals that ain`t
YOU WILL SEE SIGNS FOR "FULL ENGLISH BREAKFAST FOR 99PENCE" THESE ARE TRUE BUT A GLASS OF ORANGE OR CUP OF COFFEE WILL COST AS MUCH AS 2 QUID. LOOK FOR ONES THAT INCLUDE TEA OR COFFEE. FOR ABOUT 1.50 TO2.
Unique Suggestions: DRINK BEER WITH MEALS ITS REALLY CHEAP A BOTTLE OF EFES LAGER IS ABOUT 50 P
Fun Alternatives: SHOP AROUND FOR BOAT TRIPS, YOU CAN WANDER ALONG THE MARINA , CHOOSE A BOAT THAT LOOKS COMFY. GO ABOARD ASK WHEN IT SAILS AND PAY IT THEN.. YOU WILL GET A FREE DRINK FOR ASKING. THE OWNERS LOVE TO SHOW OFF
A real Turkish market?
It is not a real tourist trap but still... We always love to go to these Turkish markets. It is nice to see what they have and buy things for everyone home (or for ourselves). Most things are not that expensive so you can spend a lot of money. And it is common to bargain to get a good deal. However, sometimes we just wanted the best for less. And not all the salesman always liked that. I remember a few times when they were really angry with us for various reason, we didn't want to buy what they had or we didn't want to give a lot of money for it. But that didn't spoil anything for us. It is fun to go there so enjoy it.
Another thing is...is it really a Turkish market. I know the fruit and vegetables department is but also the other things? I guess it is just for all the tourists who are there and want to spend their money.
Unique Suggestions: Don't pay the price they want. Always try to get it cheaper, that is part of the game.
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