Dalaman Holidays

A Mediterranean natural wonder

For clear, azure bathing spots and jaw-dropping scenery, Dalaman should be the first place that springs to mind. Situated on the Turkish Riviera – the ‘Turquoise Coast’ – its picturesque lagoons, indulgent mud spas and plentiful windsurfing spots offer masses of beachfront fun. A real oasis for wildlife, the region’s pine-covered hills and quiet coastline attract rare sea turtles and many bird species.

Beyond Turkey’s natural beauty, Dalaman holidays offer plenty of man-made wonders too, from the eerie ghost village of Kayakoy to the striking rock tombs precariously carved into the cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea. Days spent sightseeing are best rounded off with a hearty Turkish meal. Step away from the main drag and you’ll encounter age-old recipes served in charming restaurants run by the same families for generations.

The great thing about holidays to Dalaman is that there is an activity to suit everyone, whatever pace you like to holiday at. Thrill-seekers searching for an adrenaline hit can paraglide off the mountain tops, partygoers can dance long into the night in Feyithe, while those after serenity can relax on a river cruise. All in all, Dalaman holidays strike the perfect balance for those searching for a relaxing retreat with scope for adventure.

Three tips for a top trip

Consider car hire
Dalaman’s attractions are dispersed around the region, so it’s a smart move to rent a car. It gives you the freedom to explore on your own schedule rather than sticking to public transport timetables.
Don’t miss the markets
From ‘kofte’ (traditional meatballs) to ‘lokmasi’ (cinnamon-covered doughnuts), Turkey’s street food is worth writing home about. The best place to try a bit of everything is one of Dalaman’s local food markets.
Take your oldest swimwear
If you’re planning a rejuvenating soak in Dalaman’s famed mud baths, wear something you don’t mind getting dirty. Save your smartest new swimwear for basking on the beach.

Best attractions to see in Dalaman

The Blue Lagoon

Set in a protected national park and surrounded by lush, hilly forest, it’s easy to see why visitors flock to the clear, calm waters of this picture-perfect lagoon.

A real-life ghost town

To soak up some history, head into the Taurus Mountains (a scenic journey in itself) and see how nature is reclaiming the abandoned village of Kayakoy.

Astonishing wildlife

Tourists aren’t the only ones attracted to Dalaman’s golden beaches. Iztuzu Beach is a nature-lover’s paradise, where rare loggerhead turtles come to breed and nest.

Your Dalaman questions, answered

Dalaman boasts a mild Mediterranean climate, with sea temperatures rarely falling below ‘warm bath’. So swimming, diving and water sports are all on the cards.

With protected status, the region is home to three species of turtle – including the endangered loggerhead – which you can spot from May to September.

For a fascinating and photogenic peek into ancient history, scope out the ruins at Kaunos or head for the hills and explore the crumbling citadel of Tlos.