Temperatures: 10°C -26°C
As with the rest of Turkey, Dalaman enjoys hot summers and mild winters. If you want to get some sightseeing under your belt on your Dalaman holidays, the spring temperatures are cool enough to make it comfortable, hovering in the low twenties. However, if it’s heat you want, head over during the summer months, when the mercury climbs up to the low thirties. September through to November offers warm weather, while the winter sees conditions cool into the mid-teens.
Quiet Nights Out: Ideal for couples and families, the nightlife is relatively low-key, with bars and restaurants preferring traditional Turkish music and dancing over thumping club tunes.
Nature lovers: Spot nesting caretta caretta (loggerhead) turtles bobbing in the water at the Marina.
Families: Take the kids sliding down the octopus arms at Atlantic Waterpark in Marmaris.
Language: The primary language spoken is Turkish. Although the locals understand basic English, pack a phrasebook or download an app to try out a few 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: Dalaman is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Dalaman Airport. The transfer time to Dalaman is between 1.5 hours and 2 hours 40 minutes.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Dalaman 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 Dalaman. Apply for your Turkish visa online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
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Near the airport: Dalaman is a busy transport hub. You’re close to Dalaman International Airport, while a quick taxi ride will get you into the centre in just a few minutes. Save money by sharing a cab with your fellow travellers.
By minibus: Once you’re in the town centre, getting around is easy. You’ll find plenty of minibuses (dolmus) which run throughout the city. The otogar (main bus station) is in the city centre.
Folk dancing: Take your holidays to Dalaman in May and you’ll be expected to join in with the celebrations at the Marmaris International Maritime And Spring Festival. Marmaris comes alive with every street hosting a different event. Expect everything from sporting contests to photography exhibitions and boat-building battles. Don’t forget to leave some time to see the sandcastle competition on the beach.
Sail away: October sees Marmaris International Race Week hitting the waves. You’ll see world-class yachts from around the world competing against each other in the most colourful regatta this side of the Mediterranean!
Turtle festival: Nearby Dalyan hosts the Caretta Caretta Festival, in honour of the local Loggerhead Turtles, with traditional songs and high-octane water sports.
Up in the air: In October, the Ölüdeniz Air Games in October fill the skies with multi-coloured hang-gliders, parachutes and microlight aircraft gliding from the top of the Babadağ mountain onto the lagoon below.
For up to date advice on travelling to Dalaman, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey/safety-and-security