Marmaris is a booming tourists resort. The setting in the pine-clad triangular bay is magnificent, and provides sheltered waters for dinghy and board sailing. It is one of the principal yacht charter bases in Turkey. The town of Marmaris was devastated by an earthquake in 1958, so that most of the buildings date from reconstruction after that time. The little fortress built around a rocky knoll is picturesque, but the same cannot be said of the new hotels that line the foreshore.