Once a small fishing village, Dalyan is now a cute tourist town enclosed by stunning natural beauty and plenty of interesting sights.
Dalyan is situated on Turkey's southwestern coast between the popular holiday destinations, Marmaris and Fethiye. This particular region of Turkey is renowned for its breathtaking Turquoise coastline backed by the magnificent Taurus Mountains. Dalyan is a picturesque village lined with colourful boats and quaint waterside restaurants. One of the highlights of a visit to Dalyan is hopping onto one of these traditional boats and cruising along the Dalyan Delta; the trip will take you over clear azure blue waters and under ancient Lycian tombs that have clung to the sheer cliff face for thousands of years. Drift through the delta to the ancient city of Kaunos, once a grand trading city for both the Lycian and Carian civilizations, you can now see the remains of the theatre, acropolis, burial chambers, baths, basilica and the city's defensive walls.
From Dalyan, you can make a trip to Turtle beach, where the Caretta Caretta lay their eggs between May and October if your lucky you may even see one of the endangered Loggerhead turtles digging in the sand. The beach is protected by the International Animal Protection Organisation; nesting areas are roped off and access to the beach is prohibited from sunset to sunrise. Turtle beach is, in itself, a beautiful sight; sandwiched between rolling green hills with a natural freshwater lake on one side and the salty sea on the other.
Perhaps the favourite stop on a Dalyan Tour is at the mineral-rich mud baths and rejuvenating hot spring pools where you can relax after a full day of sightseeing. Locals say that legends David Bowie, Dusty Hoffman and Sting are just a few of the famous names to have dipped into these natural spas.