Dalyan - Turkey
Dalyan is a town in southern Muğla Province of Turkey. Dalyan has been established as an environmentally protected area largely to the efforts of June Haimhoff. It is one of the few surviving places of paradise - an area of natural beauty and historical interest. There is a vast selection of accommodation to be found in Dalyan. From family holiday resort hotels to family operated pensions and self-catering apartments there is a wide selection of accommodation available for every budget. Most hotels have on-site restaurants and bars or are located within walking distance of the numerous restaurants that serve both traditional Turkish or international cuisines. There is always the option of booking an self-catering apartment where visitors can prepare their own meals with food obtained at one of the local grocery markets around Dalyan.
A ferry boat trip can be booked from Marmaris which will take you to just outside of Dalyan, Will then need to transfer onto small ferry boats to continue onwards into the estuary river into the fresh water.
A regular mini-bus (Turkish: dolmuş) service that runs to neighbouring resorts such as Fethiye and Marmaris as well as surrounding villages. The easiest way to get to Dalyan is to fly into Dalaman Airport located just 30 minutes away in Dalaman. There are regularly scheduled flights arriving during season from many European airports. Inquire with the hotel you book as to whether an airport transfer is part of their services. If the hotel does not provide a transfer there are always taxis at the airport and in Dalyan that can pick up and drop off visitors at their hotel or at the airport.
What To See
Dividing the Dalyan Delta is the Iztuzu Beach sandbar stretching for 5 kilometers east from the south of the channel. With fine crystal sand and shallow turquoise waters Iztuzu Beach is the ideal place by the seaside. It can easily be reached by regular dolmuş or by boat service from Dalyan. This is also the beach where the endangered Loggerhead Turtle (caretta caretta) and the green turtle (chelonia mydas) have returned to lay their eggs since the beginning of time. The nesting time being from May through October. The ancient city of Kaunos lies here with its ruins dating back to the 3rd Century. The Dalyan channel through which water circulates between the Mediterranean and Köyceğiz Lake winds its way down past the ancient Lycian rock tombs to the sea, via a small network of lakes and waterways. Through the rustling reed beds rising between 3 and 5 metres in height. With its mixture of fresh and salt water, these wetlands are now home to a vast number of fish and other water life, as well as the birds of many species which feed on them, species such as the Sparrow hawk, Crane, Kingfisher and Jay. The Stork is also native to this area migrating here at the end of March to nest until the end of August.
What To Do
Cross the river on a rowboat and walk a couple of kilometers to wander around the ancient city of Kaunos. Take a boat trip through the reedbeds to one of the beaches for a Turkish-style BBQ picnic. Visit the mud baths which has a warm sulphur pool with a good outdoor spa. There are a multitude of interesting and pleasurable activities you can enjoy in the Dalyan area from trekking to going on a jeep safari to the mountains and surrounding areas. Of course, if you are more than ready for a relaxing holiday - just sit by the river and watch the boats go by or hang around the pool at your hotel, apartment or pension. Once you have checked into your accommodation in Dalyan you will have no problem finding something interesting and enjoyable to fill the days and evenings.
There are many restaurants in which to enjoy local Turkish cuisine. Most of the hotels and pensions have their own onsite restaurants and the apartments are fitted out with all the cooking equipment neccessary to prepare your own meals if you are so inclined. Lamb meat is a very popular ingredient in Turkish cuisine and the restaurants offer it in dishes like kebap, claypot casseroles and numerous other traditional Turkish dishes. A traditional spirit called raki which is a classic Turkish beverage made from grapes and aniseed that has been distilled for centuries. You'll see many of the locals with a glass of Raki on the table into which they add some water turning the clear liquid into a milky haze. But, if you want to enjoy the next morning be cautious about the amount of this drink that you consume in the evening.
Most hotels have in-house bars and in the city centre there are dozens of bars which are open until the early hours of the morning. There are a couple of discos on the outskirts of the village so as not to disturb those of you that wish to retire early. A few of the hotels offer entertainment venues. Music in open air bars is readily available and the shops are open in the evening when visitors are strolling around the city center. Just ask at your hotel or apartment where to go for the kind of nightlife you prefer. Another interesting and enjoyable evening can be spent taking a midnight cruise onto Köyceğiz Lake on one of the river boats. Most depart at about 8pm in the evening and return just after midnight. On board guests enjoy wining and dining as well as taking a swim to cool off. Often they will pick guests up at the hotel and later bring them back again.
Dalyan has grown over the past decade and many new hotels, pensions, apartments and villas have been built in and around the city. There is even a hotel open now in the riverside building shell that sat empty for so many years and new upscale hotels and holiday resort accommodations are available. Browse through the hotel, pension, and apart hotel listings for an idea of what is available and an idea of the costs and amenities. Any of the hotels, apartments and pensions can be booked from their details page in the listings. Any property will be booked via our bookings partner Dalyan-Hotels.com - British holiday travel experts on location in Dalyan. Click the prices and availibility button and you will be taken directly to a booking form for the property. This will open a new browser window - to return to this website simply close the new window.
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