Last Updated on March 28, 2021
Dalyan is a popular resort located on the 80 kilometers southeast of Marmaris. Dalyan can be considered as a wonder of nature where the sea and the lake come together. A must see place around Marmaris and Dalaman region. In Dalyan, you may enjoy your holiday in the company of the great beaches, the sun and the sea.
Why Visit Dalyan?
Dalyan is famous for its unique Dalyan river, protected sandy Iztuzu beach, also known as Turtle beach by most of the UK travellers, the Caretta Carettas sea turtles, the world famous mud baths believed to give extra health to your body and skin with its sulphuric mud, the ancient Lycian Kings’ rock-cut tombs, and the ancient city of Kaunos.
Things to Do & See
Dalyan Delta and Lakes
The Dalyan Delta, with a long and golden sandy Iztuzu Beach at its mouth, is a nature conservation area and a refuge for the sea turtles (Caretta Caretta) and the blue crabs. Besides the Caretta Carettas, the Nile Turtles (Trionyx Tringulus) also live in the region by the lake.
Dalyan has variety of beautiful lakes. The labyrinthine canals and natural beaches fascinate the visitors. A road shaded with aromatic frankincense trees leads to the village of Dalyan on the inland waterway. The maze of channels are easily explored by small riverboats.
Iztuzu Turtle Beach
Iztuzu Beach will fascinate you for sure. The golden sandy beach worth spending a day in.
Mud Baths & Thermal Springs
Mud Baths of Dalyan is the perfect place for both adults and kids. Kids won’t believe how lucky they are as they can get as mucky as they want, since you have to be caked in the mud for its alleged benefits to work.
The hot springs and mud bath is very healthy for the patients having the diseases such as rheumatism, sciatica and calcinosis.
After you wash it off in a 40 degree sulphur pool, it is claimed that your skin will be glowing and cleansed, and this mud has even been reported to ease rheumatism ailments. The region is always crowded and joyful.
Ancient City of Kaunos
High on the cliff face, at a bend in the river, above the fascinating ancient harbour city of Kaunos and the magnificent tombs are carved into the rock. Kaunos is located nearby the Candir Village, on the west side of the Dalyan Creek.
Kaunos was a Caria city in the 4th century BC. The area is very huge with terrace Temple, seaport Agora, theatres, rock tombs and bath.
The remnants are from the eras of the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and the Byzantium. The rock tombs of the Lycian Kings are worth seeing.
There are also few trekking tours organized around Dalyan. You may participate the tours and have fun in the company of the heaven nature.
Where to Stay?
Dalyan offers variety of hotels and holiday resorts.
How to Get there?
Dalyan is located on the 80 kilometers southeast of Marmaris. By road, you need to take the bus for the village Koycegiz first. You may find transportation from Koycegiz to Dalyan.
The best way to visit Dalyan from Marmaris is to take daily excursions. There are two types of Dalyan trips from Marmaris that you can participate.
Dalyan Boat Trip from Marmaris
This is the most preferred option. Dalyan boat daily departs the Marmaris port about 09:00 am., you’ll take your sunbed on the upper deck of the boat and start sailing about 2 hours along the beautiful coasts and crystal clear water of Marmaris through Dalyan.
Dalyan Day Trip by Bus from Marmaris
This is for the ones who just visit Dalyan from land and enjoy its attractions and sights. You will be picked up about 07:00 am. in Marmaris and make about 1-1,5 hours journey (with break) in an air-conditioned coach for Dalyan.