Holidaymakers simply fall head over heels in love with the pretty, coastal region of Dalaman, with many choosing to return year after year once they have discovered the area. And once you've unpacked, it probably won't take you long to relax into Dalaman's unruffled way of life either. 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.
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.
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. 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.
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It gets very hot in the summer in Dalaman, with daytime temperatures in July and August regularly reaching more than 30C and making air-conditioned rooms a blessing. Spring and autumn are popular times to visit, especially for families, as temperatures cool off a little, but Dalaman doesn't really cater for winter-sun holidaymakers.
Dalaman Culture Festival; May: With folk song and dance, rock music, cookery demonstrations and plenty of other arts and cultural performances - there really is something for everyone at this annual event.
Kas Lycia Festival; June: Learn more about the traditions of the Dalaman region in the resort of Kas. Expect singing, dancing and fun times.
The Air Games Festival; October: Head to the gorgeous beach at Olu Deniz to see aerial acrobatics from the world's best paragliders, who launch themselves off the cliffs above the beach.
Best of Dalaman holidays for...
Shopping: A range of wares, from delightful silverware to colourful rugs, can be haggled over in the streets of Dalaman Town.
Active types: The rapids of the Dalaman River attract adrenaline junkies on white-water rafting adventures. It's a unique way to see the sights!
Romance: The finger of tree-dotted sand that juts into the sea at Olu Deniz is a wonderfully romantic spot in which to spend some time with your loved one.