Dalyan

Dalyan


Outstandind natural beauty and relaxed Turkish charm Dalyan has been described as one last corners of paradise, and being surrounded by pine-clad hills, cotton fields and bullrushes, it really is a beautifull place. The village is in the centre of a broad delta, at the head of which is a sandbar of fine, gently shelving sands known as Iztuzu Beach. The endangered loggerhead turtle has returned here for hundreds of years and this is now a conservation area. The beach has also become a haven for the fortunate sunseekers who have discovered this relatively unspoilt corner of Turkey. Because it is a conservation area, building near the beach is restricted, and most holiday accommodation is situated in the lovely little fishing village of Dalyan itself, which sits on the channel passing through the delta from Lake Koycegiz. Access to the beach is by dolmus, which takes about 30 minutes, or water taxi (45 minutes) which is the best way to view the astonishing Lycian rock tomb of the King Kaunos Cemetery overlooking Dalyan. There are good bars and restaurants in Dalyan and it Kaunos a great place to sample Turkish cuisine. Dalyan also boasts discos for the late-nighters. The ruins of city of Caunos are easily accessible and well worth exploring. The city originally dates from around 6000 BC and  amongst the monumets still to be seen are the 2000-seat theatre, Roman baths, and ancident city walls. Also, miss the opportunity to wallow in the local sulphur mudbaths. http://www.transfersturkey.com Transfer from Dalaman Airport to Dalyan approx. 30 min.
The small town of Dalyan lies on the southwestern coast of the Mediterranean, just 28km away from Dalaman İnternatıonal Airport, or 30 minutes by bus. Dalyan is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and stil remains very unspoiled. Twelve years ago, Dalyan was a small fishing village where the discovery of the Loggerhead turtles led to a campaign to designate the area to become a conservation area. Dalyan, unlike many other resorts, has not changed that much since the boom of tourism and stil retains its natural charm. Dalyan main feature is its beautiful river with the rustling reeds and is home to many fish, birds, wildlife and the rock tombs and mud baths. This makes the village a charming place to all visitors. A short boat ride away is Iztuzu beach, which is the breeding ground fort he Loggerhead turtles; it also boasts 5 km of golden sand, which is ideal fort he sun lovers. As the beach is in a conservation area, it is only open to the public from 10.00 to 18.00, but well worth a visit. You never know, if you are lucky you may see a turtle or two!
Favourite bars and Cafes Dalyan has some thing for everyone, whether you just want to mix the locals in some of the teashops and learn to play the local game tavla (backgammon), or whether you prefer to relax in some of Dalyan small music bars. Dalyan also has 2 small clubs on the outskirts of the town, where you can dance the night away till the early hours
Favourite restaurants: After a hard day on the beach or relaxing you will no doubt be feeling hungry? Dalyan has many restaurants, so the choice is yours. You will find a good selection of Turkish cuisine, as well as many international dishes.There are very good fish restaurants at the foot of the river,which overlook  the rock tombs, which in the evening can provide a romantic setting. Please note that fish in Turkey is sold by weight, so can prove to be quite expensive, but nonetheless very good. Dalyan main feature is its beautiful river with the rustling reeds and is home to many fish, birds, wildlife and the rock tombs and mud baths.This makes the village a charming place to all visitors.
Beaches : Although Dalyan does not have its own beach, it is only a few km away from some of the best beaches in the area. Iztuzu beaches is just 12 km away by boat and a wonderful boat ride to the beach. You pass through the narrow rustling reeds and get an excellent view of the Rock tombs, to arrive at an unspoilt beach with 5 km of golden sand and warm Mediterranean waters to swim in.
Shopping and markets : Dalyan has a small market on a Saturday, which offers mainly fruit and vegetables. This is situated next to the PTT. The best place to go to for local bargains is the neighbouring town of Ortaca, which holds its market on a Friday, and you can find just about anything here from fake branded tee-shirts to watches and local food products. A regular Dolmus service links Dalyan with Ortaca. In Dalyan there is only one main road for shopping, with a wide selection of shops from clothes to carpets and Turkish Delight and much more. Do not be shy to haggle with the locals to get the best bargains