Dalyan

Dalyan is a beautiful village in southwest Turkey and although it‘s situated inland, an intricate maze-like river flows through, creating beaches and bays for relaxing afternoons under the sun. The picturesque resort is popular for its stunning surroundings and tranquil setting, which is perfect for a romantic trip away.

Overview

Interesting beachesAs the river curves and winds around tiny islands, bays are created, so expect to find beautiful beaches in remote areas. Travel by boat along the water to find Iztuzu Beach, nicknamed Turtle Beach, for a long stretch of soft sand in a unique setting. The picturesque beach is a protected loggerhead turtle nesting reserve so is usually closed at night. Relax under the sun in front of the green, pine backdrop and swim in the calm, shallow waters.History and cultureThe once working fishing village still has the harbour in the heart of the resort. A big part of Dalyan’s culture is the river that flows through the thick natural surroundings. The calming sound of the tide lapping up against the shore only adds to the relaxed ambiance. The fascinating history of the area is hidden among the rich greenery along the riverbank. Dalyan’s most admired feature, the ancient Lycian Tombs, can be found carved into the rocky cliff side dating back to the Roman period.Food and drink

The small village has a variety of delicious cuisines to try in the range of restaurants and cafés along the waterfront. Wander down to the main street to find more restaurants and bars that provide an idyllic spot to eat and drink in a serene setting. The nightlife here is quite relaxed, although some of the bars do stay open until the early hours.Every Saturday a market takes over the main streets. Have fun haggling with the local sellers for a fair price as the market stocks everything from locally grown fruits and vegetables to handmade clothing and quality, designer inspired goods. After a long morning shopping, stop off for some lunch and enjoy the resort’s most popular item on the menu, Gözleme (filled pancake), and watch the boats sail past along the river.Don’t let the peaceful setting of the quiet village fool you, the relaxing ambiance sets the right tone needed to explore the nature around the resort either on land or by boat. Journey through the maze-like river to bathe in the natural mud baths and see historic wonders that hold great significance in the area.Things to do

1. Dalyan River and hot springs

Dalyan’s pretty setting is on the edge of a maze of fertile banks and pine trees. For a relaxing day trip take a calming boat ride along the Dalyan River to fill your senses with the stunning nature of the landscape.

2. See the turtles on Iztuzu Beach

Iztuzu Beach can be found in a secluded cove and has a long stretch of soft fine sand, that’s easily accessible via a peaceful boat ride along the river.

3. Visit the ancient city of Kaunos

For an insight into the resort’s rich history, take a trip to the archaeological site of Kaunos’ ancient city. Stroll around the large amount of remains, which date back to the 9th century BC.

4. Lycian Rock Tombs

Standing tall above Dalyan’s flowing river are the 2,000 year old Lycian Rock Tombs. The surrounding area just adds to the magnificence of this ancient site.

Dalyan – Weather

Dalyan is blessed with a lush Mediterranean climate so expect the summers to be long and hot and the winters to be wetter but mild. The long sunshine hours and warm sea temperature means that Dalyan is perfect for relaxing along the beach. Summers on the resort stretch from June to October and reach highs over 30°C. If you’re not used to the scorching climate, travel in spring for hot weather with average temperatures of 27°C but cooler winds and the chance of rain is still unlikely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dalyan is best for..

Adventurers: Learn to kayak through Dalyan’s rivers, take scuba diving excursions or explore by mountain bike – the scenery is paradise for explorers.

History buffs: Dalyan is the gateway to Caunus’ Kings’ Tombs and some of the finest Roman remains in the area.

Foodies: The choice of cuisine in Dalyan is superb, including authentic Turkish fare and freshly-caught local seafood.

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