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  • Writer's pictureKristin

Marmaris Castle & Waterpark....and Peppers Galore!

Today was a pretty low key day - we loaded up our things for our drive to Denizli later in the afternoon, but first spent some more time in Marmaris.

Marmaris Castle

We headed down to the oceanfront promenade and visited Marmaris Castle. The entry cost was 8 TL/adult. The castle was done nicely and they had some beautiful landscaping. It was done as a museum and they had some ancient Roman, Hellenistic and Ottoman pieces on display. Unfortunately, with two young kids we didn’t really get an opportunity thoroughly look at anything in much detail. The part the kids enjoyed the most was just walking on the upper level of the castle wall and looking out at the town and the harbour below. However, it was hot up there, and there wasn't much of a breeze!

Marmaris Atlantis Waterpark

We then went to Marmaris Atlantis Waterpark. It was 70 TL per adult (about $14 CDN) and kids under 6 years old were free. It wasn’t a huge waterpark compared to some others I have been to, but it offered a good variety of slides, a wave pool and kids pool area. The kids spent most of their time in the kids area, where they had some kids-sized waterslides, and a little bit in the wave pool. They also were interested in watching mommy or daddy going down the various slides. There weren’t any slides Clara (4.5 years old) could go down. There was one blue slide the workers said she could go on, but we sat her in the tube and she sank down too deep into it so we decided not to attempt it; she wasn’t too keen on going anyway.

Alex and I took turns on the slides. We got to do all of them except one because they required you to have 2 people on the 2-person tube to go down. However, we had a good time and it was nice to be in the water with the heat!

On the Road to Denizli

We then headed east from Marmaris to our next destination - Denizli, which was a 2 hour and 45 minute drive. We drove through several mountain passes, but as we neared Denizli we drove through some valleys which reminded us of the Okanagan in B.C. Or some parts of the interior of Southern California. It was also evident that it was a agricultural centre for the Turkish. We saw several crops - including corn and sunflowers - being grown. And they even were starting to harvest and dry out one particular crop by laying it out, plus a Turkish grain elevator.

We stopped about 40 minutes short of Denizli for dinner in Kale at a restaurant attached to a gas station. It was specifically geared toward motorists traveling from place to place - they even had a playground for the kids to burn some energy.

You could tell we weren’t in the tourist hubs any more - our meal was super cheap - only 40 TL for the whole thing! That included 2 plates of rice and meat/veggie sauce and a Turkish pizza (‘pide’). The most interesting part of it was all the peppers they were hanging to dry! They were being dried from every spot possible; and we saw some being hung from people's balconies as well.


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