Dalyan

Originally Dalyan was a fishing and farming village set in the Dalyan delta, an area of outstanding natural beauty filled with wildlife, some unique to the area.  As Dalyan has developed it still retains a tranquillity and calm which is found in the reed beds of the delta heading towards the sea and upriver on Koycegiz lake.  It is hard to believe that this beautiful area is only 20 minutes drive from Dalaman airport. The delta is a lush green area which is special and similar cannot be found anywhere else in the Mediterranean.
 
  

       
The ancient ruined city of Kaunos lies across the Dalyan river near to Dalyan.  the origins of the city date back to 500BCE and Carian and Lycian civilisations.  At its height the city was a rich and important port, however extensive silting and earthquakes led to its ruin.  Nearby are the famous Lycian rock tombs that dominate the banks of the river in Dalyan which are at their most striking when illuminated at night.
  

 Iztuzu beach often known as turtle beach is a natural breeding ground for the caretta or loggerhead turtle.  This is an endangered species and the beach is a protected area.  This 5km sand spit is easily reached by boat from Dalyan passing the rock tombs and navigating the reed beds of the delta.  The beach has sunbeds and small beach cafe.
 
 
 At the other end of the beach is the turtle sanctuary and the hut of "Kaptain June" famous for helping preserve the beach for the turtles.  This end of the beach is easily reached by dolmus from Dalyan and the route follows the shores of Sulungur lake heading into the mountains through masses of oleander with views of the delta.

  

     

Dalyan is famous for its thermal springs and mudbaths.  The oldest, dating back to Roman times, is Sultaniye on Koycegiz lake frequently used by the locals as a spa. Claims are made for the thermal springs being effective in the treatment of rheumatism and arthritis as well as other complaints.  Another two mudbaths are situated on the river nearer Dalyan.  Boats regularly travel from the Dalyan Waterfront to the mudbaths.