Turkey’s Dalaman area is home to the ‘Turkish Riviera’ – a stunning stretch of coastline featuring some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. You’ll find an endless choice of pristine Blue Flag sands in this special spot where the Mediterranean meets the Aegean.
There are some Turkish big hitters here, such as the Blue Lagoon at Olu Deniz and the buzzing party resort of Marmaris. In fact, we think the Dalaman area has it all – great beaches, dramatic mountains, traditional towns, historical sites and modern beach resorts.
The town of Fethiye is the place to soak up some authentic Turkish culture. The old quarter is a winding maze of cobbled streets, lined with Turkish restaurants serving all kinds of local delicacies. As with pretty much all Dalaman destinations, there’s a lovely golden beach within easy reach at Calis. Make sure you check out the eerie abandoned town of Kayakoy, just outside of Fethiye.
The party town of Marmaris is one of Turkey’s most famous resorts. And while its bars and clubs have earned it a popular reputation among the night owls, there’s a lot more to this beautiful town. Check out the impressive Ottoman castle, get stuck into some adventure activities in the hills, or simply just wander the historic old town. And did we mention the beach? It’s a stunner, stretching for over 10km and with a wide range of water-sports available.
If you’re looking for the best when it comes to beaches, the sands at Olu Deniz regularly feature among the world’s favourites. The iconic Blue Lagoon is a breath-taking nature reserve, popular with honeymooners, wildlife lovers and families. Or get your adrenaline pumping with some paragliding – it’s one of the most popular pastimes in Olu Deniz. And with those views, it’s no wonder.
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Discover Some Ancient History
The Dalaman area has a rich history dating back to ancient times. Many civilisations have called this area home over the years, from the Romans to the Ottomans, and the evidence of these occupancies is all around. Head to the ancient city of Kaunos to visit a grand amphitheatre, temple and even some Roman baths. Or find the Lycian rock tombs carved into the hillside near Fethiye, where mighty kings of the past were laid to rest. The oldest city in the area is Tlos, which dates back to 2000 BC.
Meet the Turtles at Dalyan
This small, laid-back town has some famous residents you might have heard of: the loggerhead turtles. Visit the turtle sanctuary to learn more about efforts to protect these endangered creatures or head to the beach to catch a glimpse of them in their natural habitat. You’ll also find boat tours offering a closer look – a great day out for the family.
Marmaris Atlantis Waterpark
As one of Turkey’s top water parks, Marmaris Atlantis Waterpark boasts its own private beach as well as a selection of slides, flumes and pools. They also have some activities on dry land such as mini golf and bowling. Plus there’s a good range of bars and restaurants for when you’ve worked up an appetite.
Raft the Dalaman River
The Dalaman area’s main river winds its way through hills and canyons offering stunning views and adventure. You’ll find lots of companies offering rafting experiences of varying levels of difficulty. There are white water rapids for the fearless and more sedate stretches for the sensible.
Turkey Dalaman Area Beache
The Dalaman area is often referred to as the ‘Turquoise Coast’, and with good reason. The sea here is a vivid blue that’s hard to imagine. And while Olu Deniz’s Blue Lagoon is, of course, the most famous, there are plenty of other amazing contenders.
Icmeler is one of the most popular Blue Flag beaches for families, sheltered within a large bay and lined with lively beach cafes and bars. For sheer size, Sarigerme comes out on top with a 12km stretch of sands to lounge on, as well as a great choice of water-sports. For something a little quieter, try Patara beach – a secluded spot popular with sunbathers and turtles.
Turkish food takes the best of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine and brings the flavours together in some truly delicious dishes. Among the most popular Turkish treats are crisp pide flatbreads topped with a variety of toppings (the Turkish equivalent of pizza), sizzling kebabs cooked across traditional charcoal grills, sweet treats like baklava and Turkish delight (of course). Don’t forget to try the local drinks too. Two of the favourites are Turkey’s national drink, raki, and their cool yoghurt drink, ayran.
Turkey Dalaman Area Restaurants
The Dalaman area has a great range of restaurants from family-friendly to fine dining. In most towns the eateries tend to be along the seafront, giving you the perfect excuse to enjoy fresh seafood, a cocktail or two and spectacular sunset views. You will find plenty of traditional Turkish restaurants, serving up authentic dishes. But you’ll also find a good selection of international choices, especially in the larger resorts.
Holidays to Turkey Dalaman area offer the very best in beach life. The gorgeous coastline is backed by lively towns and scenic mountains scattered with interesting historic sites. Whether you want to spend your days sunbathing or adventuring, we think you’ll find your ideal holiday here.
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