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Holidays in Dalaman
Ride the rapids on a thrilling white-water raft adventure on Dalaman River, past canyons and arched Roman bridges – showing off the centuries of history in the region. In Dalaman you’re at the heart of the Turquoise Coast, and where better than to relax on a gulet (traditional wooden boat) as you explore the coastline of hidden-away coves. You’re also close to attractions including Butterfly Valley, and the crenellated walls of 16th-century Marmaris Castle overlooking the harbour. At Dalyan, enjoy laid-back beaches with views of ancient Lycian rock tombs cut into the cliff face.
Spring and autumn, when the climate is most comfortable.
Dalaman International Airport lies just 5 miles from the centre of Dalaman.
Dalaman lies right in the middle of the Turquoise Coast. A short ride east, friendly Fethiye sits in an idyllic harbour where you can enjoy a relaxed beach holiday. You’re also near Olu Deniz lagoon – a magnet for once-in-a-lifetime paragliding onto one of Turkey’s most stunning beaches. For a Dalaman holiday that's buzzing with nightlife, stay in Marmaris where the party is centred on Bar Street. Choose a hotel in the pretty riverbank town of Dalyan to see the dramatic Lycian tombs on the cliff face, and have fun splashing around in the therapeutic mud baths – the kids will have a whale of a time!
You’ll be spoilt for choice with the range of beaches around Dalaman. Maybe you fancy the broad sandy swathe of Patara, near Kalkan, backed by huge sand dunes that once covered the ruins of this ancient town. Or the small beach of Turunç, sheltered by wooded hills, and attracting local yachters. Prepare for a high-octane scene at Marmaris, its famous nightlife drawing crowds of holidaymakers to its lively resort. You’ll recognise the lagoon at Olu Deniz– Daniel Craig parachuted onto it in his Bond film Skyfall – and it looks just as dramatic in real life.
Historic and natural attractions in Dalaman are plentiful. See unspoilt rural scenery along the Lycian Way trekking route, most beautiful around Fethiye; leave the crowds behind as you greet local farmers tending to their flocks. Explore the eerie ‘ghost town’ of Kaya Köyü, near Fethiye, abandoned since the 1920s and now an open-air museum. Here you can still see the murals inside the Panayia Pyrgiotissa basilica. Immerse yourself in the sulphur-rich mud baths at Dalyan, known for their therapeutic qualities which are said to make you look younger.
Fresh seafood, grilled meat and local street food such as gözleme (filled pancakes) mean that you’ll love eating and drinking at Dalaman. You’re likely to start the day, whether at your hotel or a café, with glasses of sweet black tea (çay), fresh crusty bread, white cheese (beyaz peynir) and local honey. In the evenings, choose fine dining at plush harbour-side restaurants in Marmaris, or family-friendly beach cafés. After dinner, sip chilled Efes beer in friendly local bars in Dalyan and Fethiye, or continue your night out with expertly mixed cocktails in Marmaris.
Party-goers: The huge Beach Club in Marmaris with regular guest Ministry Of Sound DJs.
Nature lovers: Spot nesting caretta caretta (loggerhead) turtles bobbing in the water at Dalaman Marina.
Families: Take the kids sliding down the octopus arms at Atlantic Waterpark in Marmaris.
Language: The language spoken in Dalaman is Turkish
Currency: The currency used in Dalaman is Turkish Lira (TL).
Local time: Dalaman is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Dalaman International Airport lies just 5 miles from the centre of Dalaman.
Flight time from UK: Approx. 4 hours
Tourist Information: Further Dalaman tourist information can be found at www.gototurkey.co.uk
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Dalaman.
Temperatures: 30°C in the height of hot, dry summers (July and August).
Best time to visit Dalaman: Spring and autumn, when the climate is most comfortable.
Dalaman weather follows a typical Mediterranean climate. Do make sure you drink plenty of water during the day. Even the winters are mild – you can swim in November, as it reaches around 19°C – but it’s like to rain in winter, heaviest in December.
Near the airport: Dalaman is a busy transport hub. You’re handily close to Dalaman International Airport; a quick taxi ride and you’re in central Dalaman in just a few minutes – try to share a cab to save money.
By minibus: Once you’re in the city centre, getting around in Dalaman is easy. You’ll find plenty of minibuses (dolmuş) – which run throughout the city. The otogar (main bus station) is in the city centre.
Folk dancing: Troupes of folk dancers from around the world and colourful parades mark the Marmaris International Maritime And Spring Festival in spring.
Sail away: In the autumn, the resort sees crews speeding in their yachts for Marmaris International Race Week.
Turtle festival: In Dalyan, locals love celebrating the Caretta Caretta Festival, in honour of the local turtles, with traditional songs and high-octane watersports.
Up in the air: All eyes go skywards for the long-awaited Ölüdeniz Air Games in October, where multi-coloured hang-glides, parachutes and microlight aircraft glide from the top of Babadağ mountain onto the lagoon below.