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.
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.
More about Dalyan
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/
Holiday destinations related to Dalyan:
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.
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.