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Travel Guide to Dalyan

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  • Turkey
  • Muğla
  • 0000 km²
  • Lira
  • Turkish
  • 00000 million
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General Information About Dalyan

Dalyan is a town in Muğla Province located between the well-known districts of Marmaris and Fethiye on the south-west coast of Turkey. It is centrally located in the midst of the best holiday locations on the south coast of Turkey and has many advantages as a popular holiday destination. It is close to the famous and picturesque Iztuzu Beach where the protected loggerhead turtles lay their eggs each summer. Dalyan has remained, therefore, a sleepy haven its unspoilt nature protected by strict regulations which mean that the beach is not accessible after dark.

Dalyan is located on a river delta, its narrow waterways, surrounded by reed beds. The small town is set to a backdrop of stunning mountains, the river overlooked by ancient Lycian style tombs carved high into the rock face.

Dalyan is just 30 minutes from Dalaman airport and was destined to become a centre for large-scale tourism development.

Transport by boats

Life in Dalyan revolves around the Dalyan Çayı River which flows past the town. The boats that ply up and down the river, navigating the maze of reeds, are the preferred means of transport to all the local and guests of the town. By Bus.

Also, popular public transport alternative is minibus which has an extensive network across the region. Locals call them “dolmus” and use them regularly. The numbers of seats in a minibus are limited to 14, but they generally pick more than that. You may have to stand on your feet and this can make your trip a little bit uncomfortable, but luckily it doesn’t take so long. There are no certain locations such as minibus stops to pick you up or drop you off. You just need to hail and get in.

Taxi's

There are a number of Taxi firms in Dalyan and all offer a cheap and reliable service. For long trips, it is common to agree with a price before the journey is undertaken.

Hire Car

If you plan to make a number of journeys around the area you may wish to make use of a hire car. Fuel prices are slightly higher in Turkey than the UK, further as road and driving conditions are not to the same UK standard consumption may also be higher than you are used to, please take this into account when making your plans.

Beaches and nature

Set inland on the banks of the Dalyan River, the village of Dalyan is a peaceful holiday backwater unspoilt by mass tourism.

Iztuzu Beach, or Turtle Beach as it's also known and so named for its chief inhabitants, is a narrow spit of land that separates the freshwater Dalyan River from the Mediterranean sea beyond, forming a delta lagoon. The golden stretch is roughly 4.5km long and is a hugely important breeding ground for loggerhead sea turtles. The turtles are now on the IUCN (The International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of endangered animals and the beach enforces strict regulations to protect the animals from the increasing tourism. Between certain months of the year access is restricted at certain times, animals and vehicles are always prohibited, nesting zones are marked out and protected. So far the measures have been successful and the beach is home to an average of 300 nests every year. The loggerheads' nesting season is between May and August and the females will climb to land and dig an egg chamber in the sand. Eggs will hatch about 60 days later and the hatchlings will instantly begin their trek to the sea.

Back in the 1980s construction plans were put forward for a hotel development that would have put an end to this important habitat. Environmentalist June Haimoff, along with other environmentalists such as David Bellamy launched a campaign to counter the development and June are still famed today for being the saviour of Turtle Beach. Visitors come from far and wide to visit this beach and see its wonderful inhabitants. The loggerhead's ancestors date back 40 million years and though these creatures spend much of their life in salt water when females come ashore on summer evenings to lay their eggs, it makes for an incredible sight.

Chaise lounges and beach umbrellas are available for rent and at both ends of the beach there are toilets, showers and restaurants serving ice cold drinks and a selection of hot snacks throughout the day.

You can reach Iztuzu beach easily by boats, which depart regularly from the riverfront for the short trip to Iztuzu Beach. 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 200 species of birds along with no less than three varieties of turtle, including the Loggerhead Caretta Caretta.

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.

The beach can also be reached by car.

Weather

Both the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts have a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers. In May and October average temperature in the day time approx. 20C and in the night time approx. 15C. In the high season, the average temperature is approx. 35C daytime and 30C at night time. The sea temperature at the beginning of the season approximately 18C and getting warmer every day, already in June -July Sea becomes 25-27C and keeping this temperature till the end of October.

Rainy season here starts mostly at the end of November and continues till the May; in the summer time here it’s very rare to see a rain. In total in a year in Dalyan is approximately 300 sunny days what makes this distance popular for tourists from the different counties.

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Sports Played in Dalyan

The natural surroundings of Dalyan are ideal for cycling and walking, simply for the scenery alone a bike ride or trek can take the breath away.

Sports in Dalyan

Because the Iztuzu beach is protected area there are not too many facilities for a water sport there, it's a place where you can enjoy relaxing quietness and birds singing.

But still there are some of the advantages; Dalyan's agencies with pleasure will invite you to rafting in the Dalaman river, horse riding and diving.

Cycling and Walking

The natural surroundings of Dalyan are ideal for cycling and walking, simply for the scenery alone a bike ride or trek can take the breath away. Despite the mountainous surroundings, there is still plenty of flat land with stunning views for those without the sheer leg power to tackle the hills. For those fit enough the cycle to Iztuzu beach or the walk to Ekincik Bay will be truly rewarding.

Popular GYM in Dalyan

Mekan İsmi 1
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Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
 
Mekan ismi
Mekan Adresi Yazılacak. Tel. : +90 252 000 0000
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Dalyan Culture and History

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Culture and history

The history of the Dalyan Turkey (known as Turkish Venezia) dates back to ancient times and as usually happens in such cases it is full of a large variety of legends and myths. The most touching of them is connected with the complicated relationship of boy and girl which were born by the Miletus - son of Apollo. Dalyan’s history is also closely linked with the history of the ancient city Kaunos that was founded in the 10th century BC. Even now there are excavations been conducted in its vicinity and still they give unexpected discoveries to archaeologists. It is now clear that Kaunos existed before the Byzantine period and was a major seaport in ancient times.

Kaunos archaeological site in Turkey contains the remains of this ancient city which have witnessed the rise and fall of several empires, cultures and civilisations over almost 3,000 years of history. Though not as spectacular as many ancient cities in Turkey, it has the advantage of being quieter, tranquil and picturesque.

Founded around the 9th century BC, Kaunos was a Carian city and an important trading port which bordered Lycia and was culturally influenced by its neighbour. Later conquered by the Persian Empire, the city was also altered by the increasing influence of Hellenic culture in the region leading to many ancient Greek era structures, the ruins of which can still be found in places within the site.

As with the rest of the locality, Kaunos was incorporated into the Roman Empire and later was part of the Byzantine territories. With the Muslim invasions and later the rise of the Ottoman Empire, Kaunos was re-fortified and walls were constructed on the Acropolis. Later due to the formation of the Dalyan River delta the city was forced to move inland.

Historical town center

Visit the ruined city of ancient Kaunos, with its impressive sight.Today, the ruins at Kaunos include a well-preserved theatre, which displays both Roman and Hellenistic features, a temple dedicated to Apollo, a Byzantine basilica and Roman baths as well as the spectacular rock tombs - known as the Kings' Tombs - which are situated just outside the archaeological site.

Just to the north-west of the main settlement are the 4th century BC city walls which stretch for 3km – in places they are very well preserved.

Excavations at the site are still continuing and may lead to further areas being opened to the public at a later date.

Moreover, the town is full of small markets, local shops, nice cafes and good quality restaurants which make a stay there more convenient.

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Local tastes and cousin

Turkey is rightly famed for its cuisine, which is rich and savory, not particularly spicy-hot, with abundant use of vegetables (which makes vegetarians happy.)

Turkish cuisine is often regarded as one of the greatest in the world. Its culinary traditions have successfully survived over 1,300 years for several reasons, including its favorable location and Mediterranean climate. Contrary to common belief, Turkish cuisine is generally not spicy (though this varies throughout the seven regions). Seasonings and sauces, although frequently used, are simple and light and do not overpower the food's natural taste.

National Turkish Drink is Ayran; this drink made from yogurt and makes fresh even in the hottest days. National alcoholic drink of Turkey is Raki. This drink made from anise and there is a special tradition how you have to drink it. The first in the special glass you are putting half of glass Raki, ice and then putting some water. It’s changing the color and become milky white. Next to the Raki mostly serve grilled fish, white cheese or goat cheese and greens with olives.

Dalyan is famous with a blue crab, what is delicates in Europe and fleshiest seafood don't lost a chance to try it in one of the cozy restaurants next to the river.

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Dalyan Nightlife

When the hot sun finally goes down Dalyan comes to life with a whole myriad of bars and restaurants to choose from all along the main street. Relaxing Nightlife – The main street in Dalyan, Mara Caddesi offers a full complement of bars and clubs that are open until the early hours. There are many places to choose from with family friendly establishments kitted out with games consoles to keep the children entertained. For those preferring a quieter evening, there are many cosy bars in which to relax with a drink and take in the wonderful ambience.

Popular Bars and Resturant in Dalyan

 

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Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567
 
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Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567
 
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Famous Clubs in Dalyan

 

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Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567
 
Mekan ismi
Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567
 
Mekan ismi
Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567
 
Mekan ismi
Mekanın Adresi buraya yazılacak Tel. : +90 000 123 4567

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