While seaside breaks in Turkey might get all the attention, Dalyan holidays are all about the river. A pretty waterway rolls through this farming town-turned-resort, with a beach at one end and a lake at the other, and activities on holidays to Dalyan centre around it. Relax at one of the many riverside restaurants, stroll along its tree-lined banks or follow its meandering curves by boat. On the border of the ancient kingdoms of Lycia and Caria, Dalyan is also home to impressive ruins, which can be admired from the water.
Take a boat across the river and follow the path past the Kings’ Tombs – temple-like structures carved into the cliffs – to the 3,000-year-old acropolis of Kaunos. Fancy some beach time? Hop in a ‘dolmuş’ minibus for sunbathing and swimming at Iztuzu Beach, where wooden stakes mark out protected loggerhead turtle nesting sites. With so much to see and do, on holidays to Dalyan, you can bank on having a good time.
Take a boat trip
Take a tour boat or a river ‘dolmuş’ (water taxi) along the coast to Iztuzu, or head upriver to Lake Köyceğiz where you can visit the Sultaniye thermal springs and mud baths.
Check out Kaunos
Get to the ruins of this Carian port – which had its heyday in 400 BC – by rowing boat or car ferry, and see remains of its theatre, acropolis, Roman bath and church.
Visit the turtles
Look out for the beach hut on Iztuzu, once inhabited by an environmentalist and turtle saviour known as Kaptan (Captain) June. Next door, there’s a rehabilitation centre for turtles.