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About Dalyan

December 6, 2016 by Lennert Stock

About Dalyan

Dalyan is a unique and magical town tucked into the Aegean coastline, many who come here return again and again…

There are many activities available such as trekking through the mountains, cycling, jeep safaris, horse riding, bird watching, sunrise or moon light boat cruises for fishing or turtle watching, tours to various islands, luxury yacht charter, sailing, sea kayaking, white water rafting, diving & snorkeling in clear waters through caves and an abundance of marine life.

Dalyan town itself is compact stretching only a mile in any direction from the centre and is framed by a glorious backdrop of pine clad mountains, reed beds and lakes. The flatness of town makes it a perfect place for the elderly or walking with young children, and it is a delight to cycle around. For more active holidaymakers there are forests and hiking trails all within walking distance.

Dalyan is also distinguished by the lack of package tourists, but there are still plenty of bars and restaurants to cater for all tastes. There is a local market on Saturdays selling local produce, clothing and tourist items which is a “must” while you are here to get some great bargains!

The town has a bank, ATMs, a post office, supermarkets all close to the town square. The local beach is Iztuzu Beach, which has been voted the Best Beach in Europe and is arguably the most famous Turtle Breeding Beach in the Mediterranean. You can get to the beach by road (20 minute Minibus ride), or by boat (waterbus 40 minutes), both routes pass through stunning scenery, but you may be lucky enough to spot a Turtle or a Kingfisher from the boat!

The local boats can also take you upriver to Köyceğiz Lake ( about 2 miles) where you can jump into fresh volcanic hot springs and natural mud baths. On the far side of the lake is the small town of Köyceğiz itself, which is very quiet, except on Mondays when the local market takes over the town centre.

You cannot fail to notice the Kings’ Tombs carved into the cliffs across the river opposite Dalyan town. These date back around 4-6,000 years, and are the only part of the ancient city of Kaunos that many visitors see. It is possible to cross the river (by boat) and walk to the city (about 3/4 mile) where you can loose yourself for hours pottering around the ruins.

Surrounding Dalyan are other beautiful places to visit such as Gocek, Fetiye, Olu Deniz, Sarigerme to name just a few. Please see our Excursions page for further details.