Dalyan honored with best open spaces in europe 2008 awards by The Times Travel Green Spaces Award.
A small village in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Dalyan is historic, unhurried and very hard to leave. Set on the south west corner of Turkey's Mediterranean coast, Dalyan is an unspoilt village surrounded by pine-clad hills, cotton fields and miles of untouched coastline. A traditional little fishing village nestling on the riverbank near Lake Köycegiz, it's close to the astonishing rock tombs carved out of the local cliffs 2,500 years ago.
The surrounding area is a green valley - a unique setting for a relaxing holiday to Turkey, and just made for exploring. So if you like to do far more than stretch out in the sun, Dalyan's rich tapestry of history, mystery, nature and wonder is for you. At just 25 km from Dalaman airport, transfer times are refreshingly short too.
Set inland on the banks of the Dalyan River, the village of Dalyan is a peaceful holiday backwater unspoilt by mass tourism. The romance of the place is heightened each morning as a fleet of gaily-painted boats chug off down the river carrying holidaymakers to the glorious sandy beaches at the mouth of the river delta. Starting from Dalyan Harbour the voyage through beds of bulrushes and pampas grass takes around 45 enjoyable minutes - the entire Delta is a protected National Conservation area and is home to over 100 species of birds along with no less than three varieties of turtle, including the Loggerhead Caretta Caretta.
A popular activity among tourists visiting Dalyan is to take a mud bath on the bank of the river. The mud supposedly contains minerals such as calcium and magnesium which are beneficial for the skin and overall health. There are also hot natural water springs a little distance away from Dalyan but also accessible by boat.
Dalyan itself lies inland, but there is a magnificent four kilometre long, white sand beach just around the corner from Dalyanharbour - take boat trips from here to get a great look at the picturesque coast. There are plenty of activities to keep you occupied including scuba diving, white water rafting and mountain biking. Take a little longer on the boat, and you'll reach gorgeous Iztuzubeach, whose fine white shelving sands make it ideal for sunbathing and swimming. It is also a conservation area and one of the last nesting grounds of the endangered loggerhead turtle. The best time to see them is at dawn from May to September. This charming beach rarely gets crowded, too, so it's picture-perfect in more ways than one.
The ancient rock tombs of the Kings have become another symbol of Dalyan after the famous Sea Turtles, Caretta Carettas. Although there are many rock tombs around the area, the most famous are those which look direct to the Dalyan town from the opposite side of the river. These tombs are the resting places of the Kings of Caunos. They are carved in the style of Lycian rock tombs.
The ruins of the ancient city of Caunos are close by and can by reached by boat or on foot. It was originally on the sea, but its harbour gradually silted up and felt into disuse. It has only been partially excavated but the remains are extensive and include a theatre dating from the 2nd century BC, Roman baths, temple of Apollo and agora or marketplace.
Discover to find amazing places in DALYAN;
There are various Daily Excursions from Dalyan by either boat or road to all of the local areas. A regular dolmus service that runs to neighbouring resorts such as Fethiye and Marmaris as well as surrounding villages. In summary a unique destination full of culture, charm, history and contrasting beauty, excellent cuisine and unforgettable hospitality. A resort that you will undoubtedly return to year after year.
Dalyan Daily Boat Trips;
Sailing on the river boats through the maze-like passages of Dalyan Delta will surely remind you of "The African Queen" movie which one had taken in Dalyan on 1951.
A stop-over at the magnificent Rock Tombs carved high in the cliff gives you the chance to get all the information about the resort.
Pleasure boats pass through the Dalyan River – a nesting site for loggerhead turtles – on their way to the ruins of ancientCaunos and Iztuzu beach. And finally there is a fountain of youth: in the form of mud baths which was visited also many famous people. It is fun, it is rejuvenating and it, surely, is great chance for an unusual snapshot.
Ekincik Bay is an excellent place to relax and take a break for swimming and sunbathing. You sail down the river from Dalyan to the open sea. After passing the island with the hole through it, just off Iztuzu beach, we bear right towards the impressive bay ofEkincik. In snorkellers paradise there is a cave, where you can jump into the crystal clear water and snorkel through the cave to the other side, where the boat will pick you up again. In the cave, there is lots of underwater life and fantastic coloured rock formations. Once everybody is back on board, you sail on to another smaller bay.
While the captain prepares your lunch, the boat is anchored to allow you to snorkel, swim or just stay on board and relax. After lunch, move on to yet another local bay, where you can experience diverse underwater life and enjoy the beautiful beaches and scenery. Later in the afternoon, back to Dalyan.
Sultaniye Thermal Spring & Koycegiz Lake Trip;
Sail across the lake to the delightful town of Koycegiz, with a stop for swimming en route. Around midday, you arrive in Koycegizwhere you can explore the typical Turkish market and enjoy a traditional Turkish meal in one of the many small restaurants. In the early afternoon you sail to the small village of Sultaniye, famous for its hot springs, which are reputed to be a cure for many skin ailments, arthritis and rheumatic disorders.
After the hot springs, try a mud bath and you will feel how soft your skin is afterwards. From Sultaniye to Dalyan is just a short journey, so we have time to make a final stop in the lake for swimming to wash off the last of the mud.This is a great trip to take if you want to see and do a lot of different things in one day.
CARETTA CARETTA Watching;
The Caretta Caretta turtle is a shy and private animal, which doesn't like strange noises, bright lights or being touched. In order to observe them in their natural habitat we take you out in the boat early in the morning to watch them feeding on their favourite crab and fish diet. This one-hour boat trip is a truly unforgettable wildlife experience.
Nile Turtle Watching Trip;
One of the main occupants of the Delta are the Nile Turtles (Trionyx Triunguis) freshwater turtle. These creatures can grow up to 1.20m in length with a flattened, pancake-shaped shell covered with a thick, leathery skin, soft shell. They have a snorkel-like snout and flippers, each with 3 massive claws. They mainly feed on fish, worms, molluscs, crabs and carion. The Nile Turtle can stay up to 15 hours under water without surfacing by using their lungs as well as absorbing oxygen from the water through their skin.
After the general safety briefing from the guides, once everybody has fastened his seat belts the safari can start. The first part is over country lanes through small Turkish villages. The area is known for its cotton fields, citrus farms and amber trees. Tour have a short break in the Amber forest you can smell the unique odour of the amber tree. Let’s off road, into the mountains to the hidden spring of the Yuvarlak river. To reach the spring you have to walk a short part through the shallow fast running cold river. The spring is hidden under a huge old tree; you can see water flowing abundantly. A short ride on to the small restaurant where you will be seated on platforms build over the fast running cold river.
You imagine yourself in a different world enjoying your trout or lamb kebab from the oven. After lunch the safari takes you to a different Turkey. The real heavy off road part starts now. Hold on tight and enjoy. Once again on more stable road you can enjoy the great views. On our way to the remote idyll Asi Bay we stop to have a cup of tea with a Turkish family. At Asi beach you can enjoy the beach, sea and relax or swim the dust out. The best view in the world is visible during our safari. At the end of the day we will reach the top of the Gokbel mountains and you can see the miracle of the Delta, the calbis river connecting to the Mediterranean Sea. Slowly we drive back to Dalyan and you can look back on a fantastic day out with good pictures and lots of dust and water.
In 1 hour you meet your guides and the other rafters at the raft base in the small village. At the base you can get yourself something to drink and taste the home made pastry. Once everybody has his gear, life jacket and helmet, you hop on another minibus with the rafts on top which will take you in 1,5 hour to the start point of the rafting. The minibus safari leads over dirt roads through some small Turkish villages. At the start point you get a safety briefing and then off you go on the wild running class 3-4 Dalaman river. The river starts easily so you can get used to all the comments that are being used on the river. The second part is more wild and let you experience the real rafting. During the trip are enough opportunities to jump out the raft and have a swim in the river. Some times you go on shore and have a relax swim in a freezing cold creek or you can make rock jumps. When the old bridge appears again in your sight it means end of the adventurous and exhilarating trip. At the base you can put on dry clothes and while you enjoy your late lunch you can watch the video of your rafting trip.
An exhilarating day packed with adventure and adrenaline. Enjoy Grade 3+ rapids, as well as your safari up the mountain, giving you a taster of traditional village life and the magnificent scenery of this special area. A full day trip with 3-4 hours on the river, plus a barbecue meal by the riverside after the rafting. This trip runs daily from April to October
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Gocek 12 Islands Cruise;
No other boat trip in Turkey can match the beauty of the Göcek 12-islands. In Göcek you will board the comfortable gulet. The coastline is of mountains plunging into the depths of the sea and of small, golden sandy bays. The sea is crystal clear to extreme depths. Vertigo sufferers beware! Any one view has a thousand shades of blue intermingled with sea greens and the sparkling, dazzling reflection of the sun in the rippling waves. You will stop off numerous times for dips in the sea, strolls along the sand, paddling in Cleopatra’s pool and for an amazing onboard lunch. If people have been to Dalyan six years then they have been on the Göcek 12 island trip six times. Do not miss this trip!
Saklikent Gorge and Tlos Ancient City;
Saklikent is translated as hidden paradise and it was discovered by a shepherd many years ago. Until the time of discovery nobody realized how mysterious and beautiful the deep canyon was. Saklikent is a 15km canyon and one of the longest in the world. Walking in the fresh invigorating water of the canyon is really fun. The smell of nature and trekking in the canyon will give you a good appetite.
After a good restaurant lunch you will be taken to one of the most important and atmospheric cities of Lycian Federation. Tlos is one of the largest settlements of Lycians who settled in the area between Caria and Pamphylia. At the ruins you will see the relics of Lycian and Roman times. The talented craftsmen of this ancient city created amazing works of arts. The amphitheatre and the Roman bath, the market place, the sarcophaguses of the king's three sons and various rock cut tombs and not least the burial place of the common people on the steep cliff face of the settlement.
Fethiye Oludeniz - Kayakoy Trip;
Fethiye is well worth a visit. There are now many hotels and restaurants, mostly situated around the marina. Every week "Tuesdays" there is a market where most things can be found. Drive to Fethiye, you will be passing through some breathtaking mountain. Once in Fethiye, you will be taken to the market place for a chance to buy some Turkish wares. Later, lunch will be served in a famous restaurant near the deserted Greek village Kayakoy. And, your guide will tell you the interesting story relating to this old deserted Greek village. Of course for many, the highlights of this trip will be our visit to Oludeniz "Blue Lagoon" one of the most photographed scenes in Turkey. After a short break for swimming, this beautiful place concludes trip.