Our Holiday Guide to Dalaman

Dalaman is a stunning Turkish resort, with unspoiled beaches which are perfect for relaxing and a wide range of water sports if you fancy something a little more energetic. If you want to re-charge and rejuvenate yourself, you can take a dip in a natural mud bath to get yourself into the holiday mood.

Enjoy the view at Kalkan

When you start to feel a bit hungry, you should head over to the charming fishing village of Kalkan and experience one of the many restaurants there. During the day you can pass the time on the golden beach and try one of the many water sports and at night, you can feast in one of the pop-up roof top restaurants for a great view of the moonlit bay.

Explore the underwater town of Simena

The nearby town of Kerkova has a whole town that has been underwater since ancient times. You can either take a guided boat tour and learn out about how it disappeared as the result of an earthquake, or hire a kayak and explore the market squares and rooftops yourself.

Chill out in a mud bath

For something a little different, there’s nothing quite like a relaxing mud bath to get you into a chilled-out holiday mood. The Dalaman River has its very own healing mud bath, so take a dip and let the mud rejuvenate your skin before washing it off in the shower. Afterwards you can splash around in the lake to make sure the mud has all gone, before taking a trip to Turtle Beach where loggerhead turtles go to lay their precious eggs.

Where is Dalaman?

If you’re wondering ‘where in Turkey is Dalaman?’ you’ll find it as part of the stretch of golden sands and sapphire seas, known as the ‘Turquoise Coast’. Famous for its beautiful, unspoilt beaches, Dalaman is perfect for sun-worshippers who want nothing better to do than laze on a beach and catch some rays. However, if you like things a little more up-tempo, you’ll find an exciting array of water sports on offer and some astounding natural attractions, such as a chance to see the rare Loggerhead turtles on Iztuzu Beach.

Butterflies and buttresses

Beyond the beaches, you’ll find other places to explore such as the beautiful Butterfly Valley, a nature reserve full of glittering waterfalls and the home of the Tiger butterfly. If history’s more your thing, the imposing Marmaris Castle offers an exciting insight into 16th Century life, and the eerie Lycian rock tombs give you an atmospheric peek into Dalaman’s ancient past.

Familiar food and local cuisine

Foodies will be in their element in Dalaman, with a stunning range of food on offer. While there’s plenty of pizzerias and burger outlets selling food that’s familiar for fussier palates, don’t pass up the chance to try some of the local cuisine that’s on offer in traditional tavernas and rustic restaurants. For upmarket eating, head to the high-end harbourside restaurants in Marmaris or dine on simple but delicious dishes at one of the family-friendly beach cafés. Fethiye and Dalyan are both excellent for chilled-out bars where you can sip on chilled local beer or nurse a cocktail, as the sun slips over the horizon.

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