However, the first minute you get to the city center you will see the the usual architecture of any modern (less than 50 years old) town in Turkey: no character with concrete blocks. Unlike Bodrum which has a typical architectural character which is also enforced by the municipality and city laws.
By looking from town center to the sea you may feel you see a lake. Unilke other towns along the Mediterranean, Marmaris bay is almost a closed one with a small passage to the Agean. The place is also considered the meeting point of the Agean and the Mediterranean seas.
The small neighborhood around the castle and the tiny streets are definitely a must see. The architecture here is very nice with Aegean character and really narrow streets. There are a few home style restaurants with great views of the Marmaris bay.
However at night the marina also embodies the busiest and loudest disctrict "Bar Street" where discos, bars, cafes abound the music is loud until 2-3 AM.
There a few small hotels and guest houses in the marina, although you should know that the music does not die until 2-3 AM and rocking the windows in hotels and guest houses around it. So unless you are into nightlife we would suggest you to check at a hotel at the other side of the bay where 5 star resorts are located, or another cove close to the city center.
One cafe which has a nice view is Akvaryum cafe bar which boasts 400+ music and many TV channels around the world thanks to their digital satelite receiver.
Casablanca is a nice bar along the Bar Street while Greenhouse, B52, and Backstreet are also popular.
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