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Icmeler Travel Guide: 235 reviews and 455 photos

Canal area is beautiful

Icmeler History... Icmeler used to be a village where nobody went or visited other than the villagers. Marmaris, even used to be a small holiday resort. As Marmaris got popular in the 80's and got discovered by foreigners visiting this city, Icmeler slowly started developing. Investors saw Icmeler as the next place of tourists. Marmaris got bigger and bigger and became a world-wide resort for people all over the world. Even forests and hills around Marmaris turned into big hotels and resorts. The total number of restaurants and bars in Marmaris doubled each year serving some 3 million tourists a year. Icmeler meanwhile was just a place now to go and see the village life in Turkey. Now hotel developments got faster as more tourists came to see Icmeler. Marti was the only resort at the time, and was know for it's quiet, by the nature location. This all changed in 10 years, from 1990 to 2000, many hotels, aparts, restaurants , bars, shops etc were built and Icmeler was now a top-class resort. It was big enough to serve everyone's needs yet so small that everyone visiting or working there felt like they were all neighbours.

Friendly Icmeler

Icmeler is in the south west of Turkey, and just 5 miles from busier neighbour of Marmaris and just 75 miles to the west of Dalaman airport and surrounded by rocky, forested foothills that drop quite steeply down to the coast. Icmeler. Particularly suitable for family holidays with a beach of mixture of sand and shingle with watersports including windsurfing and jet skis; there are separated areas for swimmers. This, together with calm waters and a gently shelving beach and the view out to sea from Icmeler beach is stunning with islands in the distance rising out of the warm blue waters of the Mediterranean,once just an extension of Marmaris but is now a holiday destination in its own right. The town has managed to hang onto much of its traditional Turkish character with narrow streets, whitewashed buildings, set around a mosque. Behind the Içmeler beach and along the promenade are beach cafes, shops and restaurants. Further back are hotels, attractive public gardens and children?s play areas. Also a short walk to the old village is a must. The transfer from Dalaman airport to Icmeler is approximately 2 hours, but a new road is being put in at the moment so the journey will become shorter.


Apart from these lovely cocktails,that is now what makes Icmeler different than the other places to visit. It has this magic to it and once you stay there over night, you don't want to stay anywhere else but there. where it makes you think everyone on this destination resort is happy with their lives. This is usually true. There are people working in Icmeler who choose to work there even though they could make more money somewhere else. Many of the workers lived in the village and all had nick names in english. - to help you remember them. very very caring and friendly...maybe its because if one thing goes wrong in Icmeler, everyone in Icmeler will know. Accommodation in Icmeler is of a high standard
and there are many restaurants of good quality to choose from at inexpensive prices. It is for those who wish to relax and get to know the locals. In the heat of the day Icmeler is quiet when everyone is lapping up the sunshine on the beach or poolside or perhaps on a day tour exploring the wonderful countryside, culture and history. By night it comes alive with the bustle from very lively restaurants and the canal side stalls selling their fancy goods and trinkets.
There is a local webcam link below:

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Hospitality of the people and the scenery
  • Cons:hassle to get you in the bars and restaurants
  • In a nutshell:Wonderful Scenery, very friendly people and good value for moneyr
  • Last visit to Icmeler: May 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • May 3, 2009 at 12:27 PM

    Hi, You mention Rudolph who owns the pig and whistle bar in icmeler, well we met him on our holidays in 1997 he and his family made our holiday back then and he was a very nice person, how is he doing now?

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    Mar 11, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Am stayed at Marmaris, but after reading your tips and seeing the photos, have decided I must make time to visit. I will be there on a Wednesday, Great! I love markets!

  • Jun 6, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    how do i get to the old village in icmeler i am staying at palm garden apartments

  • Feb 13, 2007 at 11:53 PM

    i visit icmeler and deniz capsi bar . av u tried harmony bar next door they have a drag act very good night in there

  • Dec 12, 2006 at 12:44 PM

    Nice clear photo's Doreen. Icmeler should be in heaven, its so beautiful. Roll on 1st June !

  • Jul 12, 2006 at 3:35 PM

    hiya cheryl ere i wud just like 2 say me and my aunties had a great time therewe didnt wanna come home the staff was amazing we wnt there everynite were coming back the end of sep hope 2 see ya all then luv ya all cheryl the scouser xxxxx

  • bugalugs's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2006 at 8:39 AM

    great updates Doreen, fancy them remembering you, when you are so demure and quiet :-)))

  • redrhino12's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2006 at 1:31 PM

    Enjoyed the new additions to your pages,information and pictures. Everything so informative

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2006 at 9:12 AM

    Have never been to Turkey but your tips on the friendly people & charming village may tempt me

  • sandysmith's Profile Photo
    Dec 24, 2005 at 1:54 AM

    eenjoyed a lovely holiday here some years ago, thanks for the memories


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