With endless stretches of sand, culture and a buzzing nightlife, holidays to Dalaman on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast tick all the boxes. Stunning sand and shingle beaches line the whole coast, tickled by warm and clear blue waters so it’s not surprising some of Turkey’s most popular resorts can be found here.
But variety is the spice of life and that is Dalaman’s real selling point. If you’re after a small hidden cove to enjoy a romantic day away from the crowds, you’ll find it here. Want to spend hours lazing on the beach along with hoards of other happy holidaymakers and then party on into the night? That’s easy too.
Top Resorts and Hotels
For holidays based on simply lazing in the sun, Iclemer – to the west of Dalaman – is the place to head to. This purpose-built resort has a charming beach, backed by rolling hills, and a hugely laid back vibe. The Wednesday market allows you to get a feel of traditional Mediterranean life while its waterfront restaurant offerings mean there’s plenty of chance to try the local cuisine. And if you’re after something a bit more lively, you can always head to Marmaris, which is just a five minute drive away and is one of Turkey’s most lively resorts. As well as a vibrant nightlife with busy bars and nightclubs, you’ll find plenty of daytime action in Marmaris too with wild waterparks, watersports and horseback safaris in the mountains. Take a look at our Marmaris destination guide for even more information about this resort.
Picturesque Olu Deniz is another hot spot if you’re a fan of the beach. The sand-fringed Blue Lagoon is understandably one of the most photographed spots in Turkey, while the main beach at Belcekiz is rumoured to be the country’s best. Natural beauty is not all Olu Deniz has to offer, as this red-roofed town has plenty of shops, bars and restaurants too catering for all types of holidaymaker. A short ride east and you’ll find friendly Fethiye, a 3.000-year-old idyllic harbour town where you will find plenty of ancient sights, such as the Lycian rock face tombs and ruins of a mountain fort. Devastated by an earthquake in the fifties, this picturesque port has rebuilt itself as a thriving holiday resort.
If you like staying away from the main tourist trap then Kalkan, an area off the coast relatively untouched by mass development, is for you. Nestled at the foot of the Taurus Mountains, this picturesque resort sits on a pretty bay with its white-painted houses curled around a historic harbour. Small restaurants and street sellers serving traditional Turkish meze, shops and market stalls line the labyrinth of narrow streets and ensure Kalkan retains its authentic charm.
Attractions and Things To Do
Ölü Deniz Air Games
Once a year the October Air Games Festival sees dare devil paragliders from all over the world descend from the skies above Olu Deniz. Watching multi-coloured gliders, parachutists and microlight pilots fall from the top of the Babadağ mountain into the lagoon below is a novel experience.
Whether you’re in Dalaman for a relaxing holiday or have spent most of the time partying, a dip in the hot springs at Pamukkale is a must. This natural, UNESCO World Heritage site known as the Cotton Palace features the ruins of the baths, temples and other monuments established by the ancient Greeks.
Caretta Caretta Festival
Each June Dalyan hosts the Caretta Caretta, a festival in celebration of the endangered turtles which can be found in the waters close to the town. Traditional folk songs, high-octane watersports and organised nature walks are among the festivities.
Annual Temperature and Rainfall
Following a traditional Mediterranean climate, Dalaman is warm all year round. The height of the hot season is July and August when the temperatures reach a scorching 30°C and the air is dry so if you visit this time of year, drink plenty of water and keep applying the sunscreen. If you prefer slightly more comfortable temperatures, head to Dalaman in the spring or autumn months. You can even enjoy warm weather in winter with temperatures of about 19°C, but you are likely to see some rain in December.
For even more information and inspiration take a look at our Dalaman destination guide.