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Find out more about this Turkish treasure with the TravelSupermarket guide to Dalyan holidays…
The fishing village of Dalyan is located in the Mugla Province on the south west coast of Turkey. Popular as a tourist resort, the village perches on the banks of the Dalyan River, on which boats chug up and down, plotting a course through the tall reeds and stopping every now and then to enjoy the view of yet another beauty spot.
Book package holidays to Dalyan and open your eyes to this unconventional holiday destination, where you cannot move without stumbling upon a view that surprises and delights. Our guide to holidays in beautiful Dalyan tells you when to go, what might be on during your stay, and what you can see and do while you are there.
The banks of the river are home to many sprawling Dalyan hotels, where spas, freeform swimming pools and an array of dining options will soon sooth you into the relaxed pace of life here. From cheap self-catering breaks to chic all-inclusive stays in boutique hotels, you can find the room of your dreams on a Dalyan break.
We’re sure that you will fall in love with the idea of a Dalyan holiday. When you do, simply use the search tool on TravelSupermarket to find cheap holidays to Dalyan. Our price-comparison expertise can also net you fantastic savings on travel extras, such as airport parking and car hire in Dalyan.
When will you go to Dalyan? Use our climate guide to pick the perfect month for travel…
Summer days are hot in Dalyan. Between June and September, the mercury soars to 30C and above, with peaks of around 35C in July and August. So you might want to consider an air-conditioned room if you plan to stay in Dalyan at the height of summer. Many people also head to Dalyan during the months of April, May, October and November, when temperatures are more comfortable at around 22-25C.
There are plenty of festivals throughout the year in Dalyan. Here is a quick round up of our top three events…
Turtle Nesting Season; May-October: One of the main attractions of holidays in Dalyan is nearby Iztuzu Beach, also known as Turtle Beach. Loggerhead sea turtles (caretta caretta) nest here between spring and autumn, giving their little hatchlings the best start in life. Visitors are allowed on Iztuzu Beach during the day. Find out more in our guide on what to do.
Caretta Caretta Dalyan Culture and Tourism Festival; June-July: For a few days each year this event brings live music and beachside fun to Dalyan and Iztuzu Beach.
Dalyan Saturday Market; weekly: From locals picking up ingredients for dinner to visitors haggling over souvenirs, this lively market is a true Dalyan experience. Be sure to leave time for lunch at the market, as the street food on offer is sublime.
Dalyan has much to offer to holidaymakers looking for a break from the norm in Turkey. Here are just a few ideas…
Kids and teens: Boat trips run regularly from Dalyan, travelling downriver and past the cliff-side tombs, to land on the shores of Iztuzu/Turtle Beach. It is a thrilling 30-minute journey, after which you can simply flop on the sands and soak up the plentiful sunshine. Beach markers show you where turtle nesting sites are, so you don’t need to worry about disturbing these amazing sea creatures.
Grown-up families: The cliff faces above Dalyan River are home to fascinating Lycian tombs carved into the rock some 2,500 years ago. Boat trips can be arranged just to see these manmade marvels. But why not take a trip that also offers time in the ancient city of Kaunos, which is just across the river and boasts spectacular theatre ruins?
Relaxing: The shores of Lake Koycegiz are mere moments from Dalyan. Simply hop aboard another boat to get to the lake, where you can slather your body in the thick, warm mud. Then wait, wash off in the thermal springs and admire your rejuvenated skin.
Active types: The jeep safaris that run out of Dalyan get rave reviews. Buckle up and prepare for a wild ride around more of the area’s beauty spots.
Nightlife: Dalyan has two faces once darkness arrives. Family-friendly bars and restaurants welcome wee ones and their parents with diverse menus and fun and games. Later on, the resort’s bars and nightclubs offer an adults-only atmosphere perfect for dancing the night away or enjoying a quiet nightcap under the stars.