Best Things to do in Dalyan
Iztuzu BeachThis beautiful sandy beach has crystal clear water and is easily accessible by regular boats and buses. There is food and drink available that is reasonably priced and it has lots of changing rooms, toilets and showering facilities. The beach is famous for the Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta Caretta) that come to lay their eggs. For further information click
Kaunos RuinsThe remains of ancient Kaunos are
12 Island Boat TripsThere are several different types of boats and tours on offer, they all depart from the harbour, make frequent stops for swimming and snorkelling and serve lunch. This has to be one of the best ways to witness the area's spectacular scenery.
Jeep SafarisKaunos Tours are one of the most popular of the jeep safari companies and will take you on an excursion through dusty roads, countryside, orchards, forests, rivers, around lakes and up the sides of mountains. They stop for food at a gorge where rapids cascade down underneath a platform and the food on offer is excellent. Be prepared to get soaked, dirty and tired, guaranteed great fun for all the family and is very good value for money.
Lake KoycegizTake a boat trip to this lovely tranquil freshwater lake where you will find many restaurants along its banks. There are also “Moonlight” tours available where you experience the stunning sunsets and eat dinner on board whilst watching the night sky light up with millions of stars. For further information click
Sulunger LakeAnother of Dalyan’s beautiful and peaceful lakes, this is on route to Iztuzu Beach and is right next to the Turtle Sanctuary. This is a wonderful place to take a stroll especially if you are a bird watcher. The lake has stunning views and is a great place to come and relax at one of its bank-side cafés and bars.
Ekincik BayThis is also called Kurkculer Bay and is one of the most popular visits of the Blue Cruise voyages. The beautiful beach has a backdrop of lush green pine tree hills, caverns and caves that can be accessed by boat or swimming. It is popular with celebrities such as Prince Charles, Princess Caroline, Dustin Hoffman, Sting and Pamela Anderson who are all regular visitors. For further information click
Turkish Bath or HamamWe highly recommended you experience the hammam or Turkish Bath as it is guaranteed to leave you feeling incredibly clean, refreshed, relaxed and with super soft skin. You first enter the hammam itself, which is a steam room, and relax whilst your skin softens and toxins are removed. After the steam you are laid out on a heated marble slab where you will be given an exfoliating body scrub using olive oil soap and then a massage. For further information click
Take a Village Trip TourThis is a great way to experience and learn about the traditional Turkish way of life and culture. The tour includes a visit to a mosque, a school and stops for a delicious lunch in one of the village houses. On the return trip a visit is made to the Ortaca Market and Dalyan Carpet Weaving Centre.
Day Trip to SaklikentThese full day trip tours include a visit to Tlos 's ancient city and its theatre then on to the gorge at Saklikent which is the 2nd longest in Europe. Here you can walk through 3km of crystal clear water and taking in the wonderful natural beauty around you and be refreshed from the scorching summer heat. For further information click
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Turkish Food Recipes
White Beans with Meat - Legume Courses
Aubergines Stuffed With Minced Beef - Red Meat Courses
Keskek or Pounded Meat-Wheat Dish - Red Meat Courses
Turkish Ricotta Fritters - Other Desserts
Celeriac Soup - Soup
Chestnut Cake - Cakes & Cookies