Holidays in Dalyan
Situated on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast is Dalyan, a little fishing village popular for its relaxed, traditional charm. The village is flanked by rugged, green scenery that invites adventure, and divided by a meandering, reed-filled river. The village is a beautiful and laid-back base for exploring the region’s treasures, including the 9th century remains of Caunus and the idyllic home of nesting turtles, Iztuzu Beach.
Spring is popular for slightly cooler temperatures.
Dalaman Airport (DLM).
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.
TripAdvisor Traveller rating
Based on 159 reviews
What is included ?
TripAdvisor Traveller rating
Based on 449 reviews
What is included ?
Plan excursions to explore Dalyan’s most famous sites, from the vast Roman theatre to the cliff-side Kings’ Tombs, only visible by boats down the green-lined waterways. Dalyan’s river provides all kinds of interesting things to do, whether you’re keen on river rafting or grabbing a water taxi down to Turtle Beach. The beach is the ideal place to relax and soak up the hot Mediterranean sunshine, with one end providing modern facilities like sun loungers and cafes, and the other offering a quiet and unspoilt part of the coast. In the evenings, try some tasty mezes in a Turkish restaurant then pick a riverside bar for a glass of raki.
Located in lush, rural surroundings with its network of rivers, there are plenty of active things to do in Dalyan. Rafting on the river is popular, as well as sea kayaking tours for an unusual way to see the sights at Caunus. Make your visit to Turtle Beach an adventure by mountain biking there, or trekking in the wild, rugged scenery. A little further beyond Turtle Beach is Ekincik Bay, a diver’s paradise with its stunning clear water and underwater caves. Boat excursions are a favourite Dalyan attraction, and an enjoyable way to visit places like Sultaniya, known for its thermal springs and mud baths said to contain healing minerals.
Dalyan is the gateway to Caunus, the Carian city founded in the 9th century BC. The best place in Dalyan for history buffs, sights include the famous Kings’ Tombs cut into the side of a cliff, visible via boat tours down Dalyan’s winding river. Other sites include Roman baths and a magnificent 2nd century Roman amphitheatre. Dalyan is a 30 minute boat ride from Iztuzu Beach, known as Turtle Beach due to it being a rare nesting site of loggerhead turtles. The journey takes you through Dalyan’s beautiful reed-lined waterways, emerging at a long stretch of golden sand. The sea is warm and shallow at Turtle Beach, making it popular with swimmers.
Dalyan has an upbeat dining scene with a top choice of Turkish and international restaurants. The waterfront is a beautiful place for dinner, with several seafood restaurants serving up the catch of the day. Indulge in some authentic homemade mezes or kebabs and wash it down with a glass of raki. If you fancy something quick and tasty, Dalyan also has several much-loved pizzerias. As for nightlife, the best place in Dalyan 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.
Adventurers: Learn to kayak through Dalyan’s rivers, take scuba diving excursions or explore by mountain bike – the scenery is paradise for explorers.
History buffs: Dalyan is the gateway to Caunus’ Kings’ Tombs and some of the finest Roman remains in the area.
Foodies: The choice of cuisine in Dalyan is superb, including authentic Turkish fare and freshly-caught local seafood.
Language: The language spoken in Dalyan is Turkish
Currency: The currency used in Dalyan is the Turkish Lira ( TL)
Local time: Dalyan is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Dalaman Airport (DLM)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours
Tourist Information: Further Dalyan tourist information can be found at www.goturkey.com/en/place/detail/dalyan
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/
Temperature: Summertime average of 27°C.
Best time to visit: Spring is popular for slightly cooler temperatures.
Dalyan is located in southwest Turkey, which enjoys a sunny Mediterranean climate characterised by long, very hot summers. Average temperatures are in the 20s (°C) between April and October, often reaching the low 30s between July and September.
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: Dalyan’s 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 Dalyan and at Dalaman Airport. Licensed taxis will be fitted with a meter and can be called in advance.
Turtles and tourism: For a week in late June, Dalyan hosts its Caretta Caretta Culture and Tourism Festival, an annual celebration in honour of its famous Caretta Caretta turtles. The event includes lots of events and games on the beach, with live music and tasty local fare.
Yacht Festival: Yachting season kicks off in nearby Marmaris with the annual Marmaris Yacht Festival. Held in the city’s beautiful marina, the festival includes boat shows and events, with the gleaming yachts in the quay open to visitors throughout the week. Marmaris is around 1 hour 30 minutes’ drive from Dalyan, and worth a day trip for any boating enthusiasts.