You can doze on the sands, take a leisurely dip in the sea or your hotel's pool, or order a cold drink and let the heat seep into your bones.
It probably won't take you long to relax into Dalaman's unruffled way of life.
The resort town of Dalaman is pretty and pleasant, but while most people fly into Dalaman Airport (DLM), the majority head further afield to find the treasures of the wider Dalaman region.
Resorts in this popular coastal area, known as the Turquoise Coast or Turkish Riviera, include Marmaris, Dalyan, Fethiye, Olu Deniz, Icmeler, and Gokova. But wherever you unpack your holiday hat, you can guarantee a vista of blindingly white sands, the aquamarine waters of the Mediterranean Sea and hills peppered with trees: the kind of images found on thousands of postcards sent home from Turkey every year.
The resorts are packed with self-catering apartments and hotels from small establishments to full-on resort complexes offering all-inclusive holidays. And whatever sort of accommodation you are looking for, the standard of both the hotels and the self-catering apartments in the area is generally high.
And whether you are seeking gentle, sparkling waters just begging you to dive in for a swim, the thrill of the water sports on offer at the beach or fine Turkish cuisine complemented by a steady flow of drinks, Dalaman holidays will deliver the lot. The water sports available around Dalaman, for example, are plentiful enough to keep the most energetic teens and adults busy. From hanging on to a banana boat as it careens round the bay to getting a bird's eye view while paragliding with a qualified instructor, there are lots of activities for adrenalin junkies.
If, on the other hand, local culture is more your bag, worthwhile day trips around Dalaman include those to see the Lycian cliff-face tombs from the Dalyan River, the mineral terraces and hot springs of Pamukkale, while the sunken city off the island of Kekova will have those handy with a snorkel and mask in a state of high excitement. Families too are well catered for, with a good supply of clubs and crèches for children, a variety of family activities and enough dining options for even the fussiest of eaters.
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