Icmeler Travel Guide
Shopping Icmeler does have a central shopping mall, which is adequate for acquiring essentials and holidaymakers can have a pleasant browse for souvenirs. For more local flavour, there is a market on Wednesdays where bargain hunters and hagglers can test their skills. Serious shoppers, though, would be better advised to take a short dolmus ride into nearby Marmaris where it is possible to shop for hours, especially in the fascinating covered bazaar of the old town.
Restaurants Icmeler is well-supplied with restaurants of all sorts, but most holidaymakers particularly enjoy local specialities like Guvec, a clay-pot casserole, or tasty kebabs, washed down with some Turkish wine or raki, the traditional aniseed spirit. Good choice for Turkish cuisine is the Turkish House in Turunc Road where the food is served up to the tune of traditional music. For good steaks a favourite is the Love Boat at the Devamli Hotel. For variety the menu at the Majestic Restaurant is a mix of Chinese, Indian, and Italian. On Sundays the Kingsland Chinese Restaurant above the undercover market surprisingly serves up a top British lunch.
Nightlife Icmeler is not a clubbing holiday resort, but there are plenty of pubs, which keep hopping with a lively atmosphere until the wee hours. The nightlife may be low key, but those who want something more frenetic have only to grab a dolmus and ride a short distance to Marmaris, where the pace is hotter. Icmeler's only true nightclub, Abone, provides for those who enjoy a dance, while some of the bars have discos, karaoke and live shows. Like many resorts, the more popular bars are clustered by the beachfront.
Activities Having a magnificent beach, Icmeler is primarily a sun, sea, and sand holiday destination, with a wide variety of watersports on offer at the resort hotels and along the sea front, including sailing, scuba diving, and waterskiing. Those who feel inclined to make excursions will find plenty to be of interest. Favourites are boat trips to 'Cleopatra's Isle', the waterfalls of Pamukkale with their therapeutic spring waters, and the archaeological site of Ephesus.
Negatives The beach in Icemeler is shingle and travellers should be aware of this before booking their holiday.