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Holidays in Dalyan

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.

10-27 °C

The peak temperatures are to be found between June and August. Visit in the spring for cooler conditions.

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Approximately four hours

Flights to land at Dalaman Airport, which is about half an hour’s drive from the resort.

Explore the fascinating sites of Caunus or watch for loggerhead turtles on the beautiful Iztuzu Beach when you book a Thomas Cook holiday to Dalyan.

Recommended offers in Dalyan

Asur Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Idyllic and charming setting
  • Bungalow-style layout
  • Quiet garden with hammocks

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Based on 549 reviews

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Based on 22 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Hotel Binlik

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Two outdoor swimming pools
  • Only 400m from resort centre

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Based on 457 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 26 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Club Alla Turca

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Secluded location
  • Colourful Turkish design
  • 500m from restaurants and 1km to bars

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Based on 524 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 24 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Keskin Hotel

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Three swimming pools
  • Chilled-out atmosphere
  • Mountain backdrop

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 449 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 19 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Holiday Calbis

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Two large swimming pools
  • Peaceful atmosphere
  • Restaurant with outside terrace

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Based on 622 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 8 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

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.

If you’re a fan of getting out and about, you’ll find plenty of things to see and do in Dalyan, Turkey. Adventurous types can go rafting on the river, or kayak across the sapphire-blue sea and spot the huge variety of marine life that shimmers and darts beneath the waves. Hopping in a kayak is also a great way to see the Kings’ Tombs at Caunus. If you’d rather be under the water than on it, head to Ekincik Bay. Located just next to Iztuzu Beach, it offers excellent conditions for scuba divers, with crystal-clear water and underwater caves to discover. Alternatively, get on your bike and explore the mountainous scenery. For something a bit out of the ordinary, boat excursions are a favourite attraction, and an enjoyable way to visit places like Sultaniya, known for its thermal springs and mud baths, which are said to contain healing minerals.

The ruins and rock-cut tombs are all that remain of the ancient city of Caunus. While its history dates back as far as the 9th century, Caunus was abandoned in 1500 AD, after being captured by the Romans. It lay undiscovered until 1842, when it was dug up by a British Naval Officer. Today, it’s a fascinating glimpse into the region’s past and just half an hour’s boat ride from Iztuzu Beach. There are other Roman ruins in the area, including Roman baths and a magnificent 2nd century Roman amphitheatre.

Dalyan has developed something of a reputation as a holiday hotspot for foodies from across the globe. Appealing to an international crowd, you’ll find the usual range of pizzerias and diners; perfect for younger kids and pickier palates. However, don’t pass up the chance to try some of the local cuisine. Head to the harbour for spectacular sunsets and some of the freshest fish you’ll ever taste. If you don’t fancy fish, indulge in some authentic homemade mezes or kebabs, and wash it down with a glass of raki. As for nightlife, the best place for after-dinner drinks is the quayside area overlooking the Kings’ Tombs, where you’ll find some easy-going bars playing live music, several of which get pretty lively later on.

DALYAN IS BEST FOR...

Adventurers: The river provides plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventures, including scuba-diving and kayaking. To get to grips with what’s above water, hire a mountain bike and explore the incredible scenery.

History buffs: Unleash your inner Indiana Jones or Lara Croft and explore the fascinating Caunus’ Kings’ Tombs, carved straight out of the rock.

Foodies: In Turkey, Dalyan is something of a food hotspot. Fresh grilled fish is a local speciality but, being a farming region, you’ll get the chance to try other delicious dishes made from super-fresh local produce.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken is Turkish, although English is widely spoken in the main tourist spots. Pack a phrasebook or download an app so that you can try out a few Turkish basics like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.

Currency: You’ll need to exchange your Sterling for Turkish Lira before jetting off on your holidays here.

Local time: Dalyan is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Dalaman Airport. Transfers to Dalyan usually take less than 1 hour.

Flight time from UK: The Dalyan flight time is 4 hours.

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 Dalyan. Apply for your Turkish visa online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Summertime average of 27°C.

Best time to visit: Spring is popular for slightly cooler temperatures.

If you want to get some sightseeing under your belt, but without the sweltering sun, book your holidays to Dalyan between March and May. However, if you’re looking to hit the beach for a well-earned break, you’ll find the temperatures in the summer peak in the low thirties.


GETTING AROUND

By dolmus: The local dolmus, or mini bus, runs between Dalyan’s town centre and the waterfront, providing easy transport to and from the beaches. Dolmus generally have a fixed price, but it’s best to check before you hop in.

By water taxi: The little port has lots of water taxis running in high season, which provide a fun and easy shuttle to local attractions like Iztuzu Beach.

By taxi: Taxis are on hand in the resort and at Dalaman Airport. Licensed taxis will be fitted with a meter and can be booked in advance.


EVENTS

Turtles and tourism: Book your holidays to Dalyan in late June and you might just catch the Caretta Caretta Festival. Held in honour of the local Loggerhead Turtles, you can expect live music, beachside events, and sizzling Turkish cuisine.

Yacht Festival: The middle of May sees the annual Marmaris Yacht Festival hit the harbour. Expect gleaming yachts from across the world, as they take to the seas to compete against each other or show off their shiny decks in the boat shows. Marmaris is around an hour and a half’s drive from Dalyan, and worth a day trip for any boating enthusiasts.


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