Once upon a time in Marmaris, somewhere in
the southern coast of Turkey,a fisherman and the daughter of a King fell
in love. However, like all of us know, the love between a fisherman and
a princess simply would not get the blessings of her father. Because of
this, they would meet secretly at nights. But the old King soon learnt
about his daughter's nocturnal trysts. One night, he asked his soldiers
to follow her. The soldiers returned and informed the King that every
night the princess would leave the palace and go to a small bay out of
town. She would signal to the fisherman at the other end of the bay
by flashing a light and he would come to that light to find her. The King
then ordered his soldiers to set a trap. They followed the princess,caught
her and flashed a light to entice the fisherman. The princess managed to
escape from the soldiers and ran as fast as she could to warn her lover.
She realised though that it would not be possible to reach the fisherman
if she were to run along the beach, so she thought she would swim.
A miracle happened. Wherever she stepped into the sea, the water turned
into sand; and the sand turned back into water whenever the soldiers followed
her. But, as she was reaching her lover, a soldier's arrow meant for the
fisherman struck her, killing her instantly. The people of Marmaris say
that when the blood of the princess got mixed with the sea water, it changed
the colour of the sand.