For clear, azure bathing spots and jaw-dropping scenery, Dalaman might not be the first place that springs to mind – but it should be. 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 unspoilt 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.
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.
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.