As a charmingly quiet river bank town that is neatly nestled in between two of Turkey's hottest resorts, Fethiye and Marmaris, Dalyan is the perfect holiday destination for those who want to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Spend the day relaxing on the beautiful beaches or seek out the local sights without getting caught in the crowds, enjoy a fun-filled night in Marmaris or opt for a laid-back evening in one of the locally run bars in town. Whether you're looking for an action-packed holiday that has you exploring by day and partying by night, or a chance to kick back and soak up Turkish culture at its best, look no further than Dalyan.
Things to do in Dalyan
Dalyan holidays are the perfect escape from the modern world, where traditional Turkey comes to life in this charming little village brimming with cultural and historical relics. Enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine at its best, bathe in the nearby mud baths and seek out the mesmerising Caunos ruins.
The Ancient Ruins of Kaunos is a cultural wonder not to be missed. Discover over 3,000 years of history as you admire the crumbling temples, step inside what's left of the amphitheatre and visit the Roman baths. If that isn't enough to satisfy the culture vulture within you, carry on the tour and climb the cliff steps to get as close to the Lycian Tombs as possible. Etched into the coastal cliff face, they can be seen from miles around, but taking the cliff trek will not only see you get as close as possible to these tombs, but also boast some fantastic views of Fethiye below.
Natural Dalyan wonders
Dalyan holidays are famed for their natural beauty and cultural essence. Backed by a dramatic backdrop of jagged cliffs that are covered with a layer of lush greenery and sprinkled with a set of not to be missed historic sites, including the ancient ruins of Caunos and the Lycian Tombs, it's a fantastically diverse place to visit. Dalyan also boasts a beautiful stretch of beach, where you'll want to kick back and relax straight away. The calm ocean also makes it a great place to enjoy a leisurely swim and make a splash when you want to cool off.
If you enjoy discovering the native nature scene, taking a trip to Iztuzu Beach should be top of the list. Jump aboard a boat and enjoy a 30-minute boat ride through the watery reeds that are home to hundreds of terrapins and find yourself on one of the area's most idyllic beaches, where a wealth of loggerhead turtles come to breed.
Dalyan - a terrific Turkish town
Dalyan itself is a charming little village that is almost a hidden gem along Turkey's Mediterranean coastline. Brimming with culture and historic importance, here you'll find weekly markets where you can barter for a bargain, cosy cafés to enjoy an afternoon treat and unique boutiques where you can pick up your last minute souvenirs. A trip to Lake Koycegiz is also highly recommended, where you can pamper yourself with some time in the – supposedly age-defying – mud baths and plunge in the thermal springs.
In Dalyan you're also perfectly placed for the perfect evening. Enjoy a slice of local cuisine in one of the fantastic family-run restaurants before heading over to Marmaris for an evening you won't forget in a hurry. If you'd rather take a more laid-back approach to the evening, settle into one of the local bars in Dalyan, where you can enjoy a quiet drink as you look out onto the dramatic cliff landscape. If you're travelling as a family, you’ll also be pleased to hear that there are also plenty of bars that have a child-friendly vibe, where you can enjoy a drink while the kids play on the game consoles or try their hand at pool.
Please note that Irish Passport holders arriving in Turkey from 10 April 2014 need to obtain an e-visa online before travel. You can apply for your e-visa on www.evisa.gov.tr.