Marmaris, once a quiet and small fishing village, is today one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Turkey, especially for sailors. With its three marinas with a capacity of 2 thousand yachts, extraordinary views, friendly people, mild climate, winds and numerous sheltered bays, it has become the best sailing area not only in Turkey, but probably in the entire Eastern Mediterranean. With its historical ruins, many hotels, restaurants, night clubs and holiday resorts, the population increases to over 500,000 in peak seasons.
Marmaris has a sub-tropical climate with hot summers and mild and rainy winters. The July-August period can be extremely hot and dry, with temperatures reaching up to 35-40 degrees Celsius, while in winter the temperature can drop to 5 degrees Celsius at night. Sea water temperature varies between 21 and 28 degrees from May to the end of December. The prevailing winds are North-East (meltemi) winds, which generally start to rise in the middle of the day and cease with sunset. The wind is generally in the 10-15 kts range and rarely exceeds 25 kts, providing ideal sailing conditions.