Dalyan is arguably Turkey’s best kept secret. A paradise on the south-west coast, situated between the better known districts of Marmaris and Fethiye. ‘Dalyan’ means ‘fishing weir’ in Turkish and this resort is perhaps so called due to the great marine activity in the area.
There is an abundance of fish such as bream, bass and mullet that swim upstream from the sea to spawn in lakes, when they return to the sea they get caught in the ‘dalyans’. However, the wildlife in this area is not limited to fish; Dalyan is in close proximity to the world famous Iztuzu beach (turtle beach), where endangered loggerhead turtles lay their eggs. This fascinating attraction can be reached by minibus or by a relaxing boat ride along the Dalyan Canal through the reed beds. This really is a fantastic sight, and is a must for tourists and holidaymakers. For holiday offers or more information see the Directline Holidays page on Dalyan.
Dalyan also has the largest population of Soft Shelled Nile Turtles and the wetland areas common to the district are home to a variety of migrating birds. Wildlife aside, Dalyan has many other attractions to explore. The remains of the ancient town of Kaunos are definitely worth taking the time to see. The ruins include Roman baths, a Byzantine basilica, an ancient theatre and intriguing rock tombs that are illuminated at night. Kaunos is an area that is both historically and culturally significant, and is therefore a highlight for many tourists.
However, if you are looking for a more traditional Turkish experience, Dalyan will not disappoint. There are many hot springs and mud baths throughout the resort, giving you plenty of opportunities to sample ‘Turkish baths’. This can be a fun, refreshing and rejuvenating way to unwind; these baths are also believed to be great for your health. The water which contains radioactive elements and sulphur is said to help cure many illnesses and ailments such as, skin and bowel complaints, as well as being beneficial for nervous, digestive disorders and gynaecological problems.
Mud baths are also said to remedy rheumatism as well as cleanse and beautify skin. Once you have covered yourself in the mud, you then wait for few minutes for it to dry before cleaning yourself in the sulphur pool. Mud baths are at a temperature of 40 degrees. Whilst many people do not believe in any scientific logic or health benefits, it is nevertheless really great fun playing in the mud. Turkish baths really are a unique and authentic experience, so be sure to give them a go.
Overall Dalyan has a great deal to offer all types of visitors. It has retained a peaceful atmosphere and this makes it an excellent alternative to the busier resorts nearby.
Guest post by Ervin Cenmurati. Image showing view over sea in Turkey provided by Directline Holidays.