Located in south west Turkey on the Mediterranean coast, it has natural beauty, friendly locals and a laid back pace of life. It is the perfect choice for anyone who fancies something a little different from the busy modern resort towns.
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This area attracts visitors for many reasons, but one is certainly its white sandy beaches, which are ideal for kids and adults alike. The water is crystal clear so the kids can play safely in the sheltered waters, and there’s a mix of activities available, from watersports to turtle spotting.
On your beach holiday to Dalyan there’s lots to do and see, whether you like relaxing on the sand with a good book or something more adrenaline fuelled. Scuba diving and snorkelling is popular here to discover bustling marine life around the rockier areas of the shoreline.
Iztuzu beach, better known as Turtle beach, is a protected area and breeding ground for endangered loggerhead turtles. Your holiday in Dalyan is a unique chance to get up and close with these beautiful creatures, but watch out for sticks on the beach marking nesting sites. If you’re looking for an alternative, nearby Serigerme beach offers all the amenities and sports options for a great day out.
There’s a mix of hotels and accommodation available close to the beach to make sure you have your perfect trip, to suit all budgets. The Dalyan Resort has a great health club for the ultimate in relaxation, plus it also runs a boat service to the beach three times a week to save on transport costs.
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway then Dalyan is an ideal spot for romance. Its ideal location between the party spots of Fethiye and Marmaris allow you to be as active as you want.
If you’re looking to get out in the fresh air, then we recommend taking a day trip or hiking up to nearby Yuvarlak Cay beautiful natural waterfalls where you can take a refreshing swim in their clear waters, or you could even go for a spot of fishing on the lake. After a long day’s exploring, when on a Turkish getaway you could try a local hookah pipe in one of the many downtown cafes.
You can choose to party hard or relax, as the town itself has a host of local restaurants serving the best Turkish food including freshly caught trout, which can be followed by drinks in one of the many local bars. If it’s nightclubs you’re looking for, then simply hop on a bus or taxi to nearby Marmaris.
With such a mix of accommodation options available, you’re spoilt for choice when visiting Dalyan. The Dalyan Resort is ideal for creating a romantic atmosphere in its tropical gardens right by the river, plus there’s a health club and the hotel runs a boat service to the beach three times a week.
There’s lots to do here if you’re part of an adventurous group. The Dalyan River is popular for fishing and boat tours down it’s winding corners and thick reeds for bird spotting its over 1500 species or visiting the famous rocky valleys of Lykier.
You really can be as active or as relaxed as you fancy in Dalyan. Adrenaline junkies will love the great white water rafting here and mountain bikes are readily available for hire to explore the local area. The Dalyan River also provides a fascinating playground for hikers or bird spotters looking for a unique adventure.
Everybody in your group will love the Caretta Caretta festival on your holiday to Dalyan. Held annually in June and July, it’s a time to celebrate the rare loggerhead turtles and brings all the locals out for music, dancing, street parties, watersports contests and a lively fireworks display on the last evening.
If you’re looking for a little bit of culture on your holiday, then Dalyan has it all. Just walking around the pretty town centre will give you a great idea of Turkish architecture, and the domed roofed mosques are definitely a sight worth seeing. Take a stroll down the old town area and sit in one of the many cafes to get a real taste.
On a family holiday to Dalyan there’s so much to see you can guarantee nobody in your group will get bored. The kids will love taking a boat to see the ruins on Caunos and learning about the legend behind them, and adults will enjoy relaxing in the famous Sultaniye thermal baths, sulphur rich mud baths that will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
Nearby Iztuzu Beach is a protected area famous as a breeding ground for endangered loggerhead sea turtles and everybody will enjoy learning about these beautiful creatures on a day’s boat trip. For something a little more adrenaline fuelled, you can try your hand at water or jet skiing, kayaking, sailing or wakeboarding, or perhaps just keep your feet on dry land and practice haggling in a local bazaar.
There’s a whole host of restaurants on offer so something to suit every palette, plus a great mix of traditional Turkish, to find the best just eat where the locals go and order the locally caught crab for the best fresh seafood. The evening doesn’t have to necessarily mean early nights even for the kids, with moonlight tours leaving the riverside for Koycegiz Lake star gazing.
If you’re looking for a family friendly hotel, you don’t need to worry about your budget as we have a great mix of options available to suit everybody. The Asur hotel is close to the city centre and also has the added bonus of free bike hire which will make a great family day out.