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From cheap and cheerful self-catering apartments to high-end luxury hotels, there’s an abundance of accommodation opportunities for all budgets in the many holiday resorts within the Dalaman region.
Book in advance to secure the best deals, and make sure to avoid the peak season when prices for accommodation will shoot up as a result of the hordes of tourists descending on Dalaman.
Prices in the winter are usually the cheapest, followed by those in spring and autumn. The summer months of June, July and August are the most expensive as the temperatures rise and the numbers of visitors increases accordingly.
Language: Turkish | Currency: Turkish Lira (₺) | Local time: UTC+3:00 | Avg. Flight time: 4 hrs
If you’re after a vibrant, atmospheric, full-on stay in the Dalaman region, head to Marmaris, which boasts some of the Turquoise Coast’s best accommodation – there’s plenty to choose from, from family-friendly holiday villas to deluxe five-star properties.
Many people opt to stay in the Long Beach and Siteler areas which are moments from the beach, but if you want to be close to the heart of the town, Central Marmaris has a few decent but cheap hotels where rooms are available from around £30 a night.
While Marmaris may thump with the noise of trendy bars and clubs, that’s not to say the whole Dalaman region is one big party. The relaxing, purpose-built resort of Icmeler is a great choice for families or couples.
The sweeping bay is backed by pine forests sloping down to the turquoise waters and a cosmopolitan crowd sips cocktails on its Blue Flag beach. Icmeler is not a clubbing resort, but there are plenty of low-key pubs in which you can enjoy a quiet drink after dark.
If you love an active getaway, look no further than Ölüdeniz. Its postcard-pretty appearance makes it the perfect place to relax on the beach with a good book, but for those who like to get their hearts racing on their holiday, there’s diving, snorkelling, canoeing, windsurfing, horse riding and the Ölüdeniz favourite, paragliding.
The accommodation on offer varies from cheap hotels with rooms from just £8 per night to boutique hotels for around £100 per night.
If you dream of getting lost in ancient ruins, be sure to stay in the busy port city of Fethiye. There’s plenty of history to explore, from the Fethiye Museum and the ruins of the ancient town of Telmessos to the imposing Tomb of Amyntas. The town bounced back from a severe earthquake in 1958 and has become a popular tourist destination with a gorgeous marina, idyllic beaches and clear waters.
The accommodation here ranges from cheap, no-frills guesthouses on the lower end of the scale, to luxury hotels with spas, multiple restaurants and swimming pools on the upper end.
The alluring Turquoise Coast sizzles in the summer months when air temperatures hover around 32C and the sea is nice and warm. Correspondingly, package holiday crowds arrive in great numbers and prices are at their highest.
For budget travellers, the best time to go is April to May, and September to October, when the weather is still warm and prices are cheaper. Winter is short but can be rainy, and some attractions will be shut.
Looking to visit Dalaman? Make sure you check out our Tips and Advice page first.