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“Still a great place, but we missed the stalls by the Canal” 4 of 5 stars
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Icmeler, Turkey
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“Still a great place, but we missed the stalls by the Canal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2011

The most noticeable change from last year was the absence of stalls down the Canal. The kiosk with the postcards, ceramics and bookmarks was still there. However, pretty well all else had gone. We were told that only about a third of the stallholders had paid their rent to the Council, some hadn’t paid for years, so the Council just evicted the lot. Of the former Canal traders, Imren Home Linen (towels, haberdashery) were in a shop at 175 Sokak (from the roundabout, up past the cash machines to the main road by Azra jewellers, turn left and walk a few yards to the Kingsland Chinese restaurant, and 175 Sokak is opposite, Imren shop a few yards up on right hand side, name visible from main road). The man who sold leather goods by the Canal was next door to Imren. A few of the Canal traders seemed to have taken stalls on the Wednesday market, but good luck at finding them. We missed Mehmet Linen and the people who sold the T-shirts and tops. Içmeler had lost a lot of its character. Where there had been bustle and interest, there were bare concrete walls with a lot of noise coming from plant in the adjacent hotels. The Canal area was very quiet in the daytime. The former traders hoped the stalls would be reinstated next year, but no one seemed to know what the Council’s plans were. Maybe they are trying to move the place upmarket.

The footway along the seafront had been relaid and widened, with most of the shrubs removed to make a marked (but not segregated) cycle path. The sea could be seen better than before from the seafront bars and restaurants, but the straw sunshades prevented a good sea view. You now also get a better look at the portly types seeking a near-overall tan – unfortunately. Incidentally, the path around the headland in Marmaris had also been resurfaced, and there is a new water fountain towards the far end (20 metres or so after the short cut through to the Bazaar between the carpet seller and the ‘Purple Rain’ restaurant).

Average Efes price in the centre of Içmeler was about 5 YTL for the 500ml bottle. Seek a better sea view from the Café del Mar, and Efes was 7 YTL. In the Love Boat Restaurant, Efes cost 5.95 YTL for 330ml.

Ümit from Insu Travel was a few doors further up the street on the same side at Ümit & Alka Tours. Murat has left the Love Boat and is at the Coco Beach.

Dolmus single fare Içmeler /Marmaris 2.5 YTL (1.5 YTL in the ‘works bus’), Turunç/Marmaris 5YTL, water taxis 10 YTL single from Içmeler to Marmaris or Turunç.

Içmeler was still a very nice place, but the loss of the stalls at the Canal was very disappointing.

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Denmark
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Icmeler my town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2011

Icmeler is the perfect place if u just wanna have rest sun sea and wonderful people around u. But it has change alot the small shops at the canal is gone 2 many problems there. The little bazar in icmeler is also gone so if u wanna look and shop big time u go Marmaris. also the old Mirage bar has changed it really nice now the 60-70 and 80thees has come to icmeler. The Mirage bar just in front of Mirage world has opened with a whole new concept it will mostly be music from 60-70 and 80 thees music as we all know it music we can dance sing or just sit and relax to with a cocktail, beer or some wine. There will be live music. It is the guys from Portofino 2010 Ertrug, Enver and Salih (Portofino/Mirage Bar) who has started this great concept. So if u want to have a fun time with live music, karaoke, dance, entertainment fantastic cocktails great atmosphere wonderful staff then come to Mirage bar and have an unforgettable time. I sure did.

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Chorley
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“Angel Inn Apartment, Icmeler, Turkey September 2010”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2011

My 1st visit to Icmeler, Turkey. We stayed in The Angel Inn Apartments, which are located in the old town, far enough away from the hustle and bustle if you're looking for peace and quiet, but only a short walk away from shops, bars and restaurants. Relaxing and sunbathing round the pool was idyllic here. Took in a boat trip, highly recommend, spent all day on top deck, entertained by brilliant staff who fed us and saw to our every need. Stopped off at various beaches and took some amazing photos. Had a short trip out on water taxi to Turunc (pronounced Tarunch), worth a visit. Decided to brave the busy market in Icmeler, which was brilliant and tasted "Gozleme" freshly made whilst you watched. Had a day at the beach and all the local bars and restaurants have lots of different foods for you to try. Whilst there I wanted to taste the local cuisine and found a fantastic restaurant called Kerem's, highly recommend. The staff were absolutely fantastic, allowed us to take photos of their beautiful home which they have turned into one of the best restaurants i've ever been in. What can I say about the night life.... Buzzing, Makes you feel alive just walking down the streets and watching the antics of the locals trying their utmost best to get you into their bars, restaurants and shops, they have so much energy. Just a polite "no thank you" is usually enough to dissuade them, but its all part of the charm of Icmeler. I loved it so much, I'm going back in 3 weeks.... til the next review.....

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London
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“Holiday Heaven in Icmeler”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2010

Going to Icmeler in 2011?

We were all there in 2010 in June and September 2010 and booked to go back in May 2011.

Best place to eat is Bonjour, the food is fantastic and the chef makes some amazing meals, try the lobster (order it the night before, is not expensive and a meal you will remember for a long time) also try Fish in Salt, this is amazing, I am not a lover of fish bones/skin, they do it all for you, and no fish head, just plated beautiful succulent fish meat. (again order night before) and for meat lovers try Chateau Briande (spelt?) is amazing for 2 to share and rather special, and the taste is wonderful. They have such a varied menu, but it's worth trying few of the ones above if you get the chance.

Cupids do an amazing Tasty Kebab which comes in pots which again ordered night before, is delicious and they do it in lamb, beef or chicken.

Get a bus up to the old village, if you have kids they will love it as there are tortoise, bunnies, chickens and for the older kids a pool table, place is called Captain Sinbads (ask bus driver to drop you at it in the old village) and this is run by Cedic and his family who will make your evening one to remember with good food and entertainment.

Going to the beach ? Then would recommend taking a boat out, has two different times, you can do this even for an hour, even learn to waterski, go along towards the harbour area, you will see a small jetty by a place called Liberty and this is run by Ali (looks like the Hoff).

Liberty is also a great place to enjoy the beach, free sunbeds, during day you can also sunbathe on the jetty, and you can eat on the jetty at night. Liberty boys do a great beach service free, and you can guarantee you will be so well looked after if you go to that bit.

Been going to Icmeler for a few years now and rate it really highly and if you fancy a night out, the talk of the town show in marmaris is one not to be missed, a great night with much laughter. You can get a ticket which includes a meal and transport and the show for approx £20 per person.

If your thinking of going to Icmeler for a holiday, you won't be dissapointed.

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isle of man
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“favorite place in turkey”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2010

icmeler is a beuitiful town not as commercialised like marmaris with plenty to do i would highly recomend this town to anyone and it is not hilly

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