Sitting on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast is Dalyan, a little fishing village popular for its relaxed, traditional charm. Surrounded by unspoilt greenery and inspiring scenery and cut gently in two by a wandering river, holidays to Dalyan are perfect if you like your downtime to be low-key, laid back and leisurely. If you simply can’t have a holiday without a beach, then don’t worry because there are some beautiful soft sandy spots just a short trip away. Join the locals and jump into a water-taxi, which will take you on a laid-back cruise to the mouth of the estuary. The entire stretch is protected, partly due to the presence of the nesting Loggerhead Turtles that have made their home on Iztuzu Beach. However, there’s much more to this part of Turkey than meets the eye, and it also houses some of the region’s treasures including the 9th century remains of Caunus.
Things to do
With a rich history in its wake, Dalyan is an atmospheric and romantic place to take a break. Take a river trip to see the vast, Roman theatre or the Caunus’ Kings’ Tombs. If natural attractions are more your thing, hop on a water taxi to Iztuzu Beach and watch the Loggerheads scraping their way along the sands. Once the sun’s slipped over the horizon, try some tasty mezes in a Turkish restaurant then pick a riverside bar for a glass of raki.
The peak temperatures are to be found between June and August. Visit in the spring for cooler conditions.
Flights to land at Dalaman Airport, which is about half an hour’s drive from the resort.