By far the best attraction on a beach holiday to Dalaman is Olu Deniz. Looking out from the golden sandy beaches – that are emphasised by pine covered slopes – you will see nothing but the turquoise Mediterranean waters. Further down the beach you will discover bays and coves, stretching seemingly endlessly into the distance. It really is a beach-lover's paradise.
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This is a fantastic place to come if you are looking for a tan or some good old-fashioned Vitamin D therapy. The miles of golden sandy beaches ensure you will have a new day every day, even if you decide to spend them all on the beach. All along the Olu Deniz Beach are calm waters and secluded bays and so are ideal for swimming.
The top beach for scenery has to be Icmeler. Its backdrop is of green mountains that look fantastic from all angles. From a vantage point on the hill you will look out to the crystal-clear waters, and the beach itself is kept in very good order. In terms of pure paradise, the Blue Lagoon is a definite must-visit. It has calm, clear waters, perfect for water sports and for children to swim in. It also has a section of national park to enter for a break from the sun.
For a couple, Dalaman really is a fantastic place to spend a week or two. The weather on the Turkish Riviera is hot and sunny almost whenever you go so you will have a tan to show for your travels. It is also a great place to find a unique blend of Turkish tradition and culture – as much as you hope to find.
There are various horse riding packages available for half-day or full-day trips; a horse ride will help the two of you truly discover the area. Another way of viewing the glorious scenery is to take a boat out to the clear, warm sea. Even just a pedalo for a couple of hours will be a romantic activity for you both. Of course, no couples holiday is complete without shopping, so hit the markets and local boutiques for gifts and souvenirs.
In general, the nightlife is quiet, with several chilled out bars to visit. Head slightly outside the town and you can find plenty of buzzing hotspots if that's your thing; Dalyan has a selection of bars and clubs with live and loud music. In Dalaman the hotels will arrange traditional nights of entertainment, so why not stay and try belly dancing with the professionals?
As Dalaman is generally a more subdued part of the Turkish coastline you will find plenty of hotels that cater for like-minded couples. Both in the centre and the surrounding areas, such as Dalyan, there will be luxury or fewer frills hotels ready to welcome you on your stay. Whether you are looking for a hotel holiday or just a base to explore, Dalaman has what you are after.
The surrounding Dalaman area is a real treat for those on an exploring or photography happy holiday. The Lycian Way is known to be one of the top trekking destinations, so for the hikers out there you simply must visit. All in all, the path on Lycian Way is more than 500 kilometres, but a trip to Fethiye where it starts will allow you to do as much or as little of this stunning route as you like. Also hike the Kabak Canyon, an untamed valley with stunning natural scenery.
The Dalaman area is also a great spot for extreme sports. Down on the beach front you will find a host of companies offering various water sports, and the best ones to try in the area are jet skiing and windsurfing – both will likely be on safe, clear waters so ideal for beginners. Further up the hills paragliding is an option, which is both a thrill and will give you the best views of the bays and mountains that anyone will have.
Depending on the time of the year you visit, there are a few festivals that take place in the Dalaman area. The Olu Deniz Air Games, which usually takes place in October, is a tournament for paragliding and skydiving. Should you be travelling around the time this takes place it is highly advisable to witness this spectacular event. To celebrate the end of Ramadan, a Sugar Feast takes place, so if you time your visit well you could be lucky enough to join in with this sweet-eating festival.
The architecture in the Dalaman area is a real treat, and will form a big part of your exploring holiday. A trip to see the mosques is a must, particularly the Abbas Pasa Cami, which is located right next to the State Production Farm. The building was accidently made as a station, despite no rails existing, due to a mix up with the plans by the construction company. The building remains as a piece of architectural beauty.
When travelling as a family there are plenty of things to do and places to see. Catch a tourist trip or rent a car and go to the Fethiye cave tombs, located to the south of Dalaman town. These tombs overlook the bay from their hilltop location. Of course as with most placed in the Mediterranean, there are miles of sprawling beaches at Dalaman, surrounded by glorious pine forest scenery on the hills.
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Children love a good waterpark, and they will not be disappointed. Head down to Dalaman Waterplanet for a fun packed yet refreshing family day out. There are water slides, rafting experiences and for the parents, serene nature in the surrounding areas. As well as the water park, your children – and you – can embark on a camel ride or enjoy numerous water sports down on the beach.
No beach holiday is complete without some fantastic places for family meals. There are countless restaurants in the town and surrounding areas, so you are sure to find something to suit every palate. For those looking to dive into the local experience, you will have a choice of several eateries serving locally caught and prepared fish, perhaps before hitting the beach for a disco.
In the unspoilt village of Dalaman relaxation is the name of the game, and you can find many hotels in and around the area to relax away all of life's troubles. Look slightly outside the main town if you want to treat your family to 4- or 5-star luxury, or head to the centre if you want to be right where the action happens.