Dalyan

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For the village of the same name in the Troad Peninsula south of Çanakkale, see Geyikli.

Dalyan is a town in southern Muğla Province of Turkey.

Dalyan is established in an environmentally protected area. This is one of the few surviving places of paradise, an area of natural beauty and historical interest.

Get in[edit]

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 dolmuş service that runs to neighbouring resorts such as Fethiye and Marmaris as well as surrounding villages.

Flights are daily from most UK Airports between April and October to Dalaman Airport. Dalyan is then a 40 minute taxi ride away.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

Lycian rock tombs

The ancient city of Caunos lies here with its ruins dating back to the 3rd Century. The Dalyan channel through which water circulates between the Mediterranean and Koycegiz Lake winds its way down past the ancient 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. Dividing the delta is the Iztuzu sandbar stretching for 5 km east from the south of the channel. With fine crystal sand, shallow turquoise sea Iztuzu beach is the ideal seaside spot. Which can be reached by regular dolmus or 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 till October. There is also a Turtle Sanctuary at the end of Iztuzu beach (known as 'Turtle Beach') where you can see turtles that are being nursed back to health in large tanks. This end of the beach is accessible by dolmus (minibus) or car.

Do[edit]

Visit the mud baths which has a warm sulphur pool. A good outdoor spa.

Buy[edit]

A shop off the river in the town centre will measure your feet and make you high quality Turkish style slippers.

Eat[edit]

There are many restaurants in which to try local Turkish cuisine, music bars and shops. Lamb meat is a famous Turkish food and also another one is Kebap. A traditional spirit called raki which is a classic Turkish beverage made from grapes and aniseed that has been distilled for centuries.

Drink[edit]

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.

Sleep[edit]

  • Hotel Portakal Beautiful location at the end of the village on the Dalaman river. It's only a 10 minute walk into the village center.
  •    Keysan Yunus HotelGulpınar Mah. Dalyan (Kanal kıyısı),  +90 252 2845120. Check-in: 14.00, check-out: 12.00. This delightful, intimate boutique hotel is set right on the riverside, with beautiful views to the forest and a backdrop of dramatic mountains. The hotel has well-kept gardens with a variety of roses and other flowers, surrounding the patio area. You can relax on a hammock in the gardens or sunbathe around the pool with a refreshing drink from the bar. The 23 air-conditioned rooms are bungalow style, built in a horse-shoe shape. Each ground floor room has a terrace balcony either looking towards the pool and river, or towards the gardens and mountains. 38,00GBP.
  • Hotel CariaMaraş Mah. Yalı Sok. 9 +90 252 284-20-75fax: +90 252 284-30-46, e-mail: . Free wireless in the entire building.
  • Villa Marseli 00407879660067. Stunning holiday villa that sleeps 8-10, owned by an English couple.
  • Bahaus Resortİztuzu Yolu 25 +90 252 284-50-50, e-mail: . Check-in: 13:30, check-out: 10:30. All rooms are air-conditioned and have en-suite. A swimming pool, jacuzzi, free Wi-Fi, outdoor gym salon, games area (billiard tables, table tennis, volleyball), library, bicycles are what the place offers. Has a flower garden complete with hammocks, sun loungers, and mountain views. On site organic garden provides fruits, vegetables, and eggs for the restaurant, which serves light snacks and a set dinner and there is also a barbecue area and outdoor bar. Double: €60-70/room, dorms: €12-18 pp; all including breakfast.
  • Gül PansiyonMaraş Mah. 10. Sk. +90 252 284-24-67. Check-out: 11AM. Family-run place offering small yet clean and tidy rooms, with views across the river of the rock tombs. High season: 30 TL pp.

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