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Dalyan is a tiny town and is to be found nestling amongst the mountainous pine clad region of the Mugla province in the south western Mediterranean area of Turkey. It is a beautiful area which is steeped in history and several sandy beaches are close to the town which actually gained international fame in 1986 when a developer wanted to build a luxury hotel on Iztuzu Beach but as this is the area the endangered Loggerhead Turtles use to lay their eggs there was a huge outcry and television's David Bellamy promoted the cause of the conservationists. As a result of this action, the project was unable to proceed and the beach became a protected area.
The destination airport for Dalyan is Dalaman International Airport which is some four to five hours flying time from the UK depending on which airport you fly from. Most major airlines operate flights from the UK to Turkey's Dalaman Airport including Thomas Cook, EasyJet and Turkish Airlines. To enter Turkey, the authorities are quite strict in demanding each traveller from the UK holds a passport valid for at least three months prior to their arrival. Onward transfer to your resort accommodation takes approximately one hour and is quite straightforward as there are numerous taxis and coaches for hire outside the airport. Travellers on package holidays will be met by a representative from their tour company and escorted to their final destination by coach.
There is a variety of accommodation on offer in Dalyan ranging from super hotels to quiet pensions and the self catering holidaymaker will find plenty of apartments or villas to rent. There are numerous bars and restaurants scattered along the sea front or on the main street of Dalyan where you will find an array of delicious food and many tempting cocktails. Although the night life here is lively, the nearby towns of Hisaronu and Fethiye abound with clubs and discos for those who wish to dance the night away.
There are many places of interest close to Dalyan including the Kaunos Theatre which is remarkably well preserved, the ruins of an Amphitheatre in Fethiye and the empty village of Kayakoy is not to be missed. At one time this was a thriving Greek community but following the war, the Greeks left and the village is very ghostly in its emptiness.
Whilst in Dalyan, take a boat trip along the river of the Dalyan Delta surrounded by tall reeds which offer homes to many species of birds and where the steepness of the rocks is awesome. Along the river you will see the very old Lycian Tombs which are set in the mountainside. Several of the tombs were erected with false fronts to enable treasures and other valuables to be buried with the Kings and the tombs are a real marvel when you realise they are thousands of years old.
Further along the river are the famous Dalyan mud baths and legend has it that Cleopatra visited the baths on a regular basis as if the mud is allowed to dry on the skin, wrinkles are supposedly reduced. Several well known personalities have also been known to try the mud and holidaymakers will find it great fun covering themselves with this magical substance which some believe has healing properties as well.
Boats are a common form of transport in this area but you can also use the local dolmus mini bus to get to the neighbouring towns of Hisaronu and Fethiye where the shopping is superb and a delightful time can be spent enjoying your retail therapy in both these towns.
There are souvenir shops galore, as well as outlets supplying leather goods and designer wear boutiques are in abundance. Turkish jewellery stores are a wonder as you will find the most unusual and attractively designed gold items you have ever seen. Gold is also extremely good value here and you are encouraged to take your time whilst looking at the various pieces on offer. Shopkeepers and market stall holders alike expect their customers to haggle with them and this system of bartering is certainly very entertaining and although it might feel a little strange at first, by the end of your holiday you will be an expert haggler and will have obtained many marvellous bargains to take home with you. Fethiye also hosts a weekly market and the aroma of the spices on sale here is wonderful and the market is well worth a visit.
The natural beauty of Dalyan is breathtaking and visitors to this beautiful area of Turkey will find themselves returning year after year for yet another stunning holiday.