Located at the heart of the Turkish ‘Turquoise Coast’, the Dalaman region is home to some of the country’s most popular sights and attractions. You’ll find some stunning sun-kissed beaches all the way along the coast, and if you want some peace and tranquillity, there’s hidden caves and secluded bays to discover. The town has its own beautiful beach, which is famous for attracting Loggerhead Turtles and bright blue crabs. Inland, you’ll find lots of places to explore on your holiday: soak up the splendour of the Butterfly Valley, wander around the 16th century Marmaris Castle, or dive into the local history with a visit to the ancient Lycian rock tombs. With so much to see and do, you can make your holidays to Dalaman exactly what you want them to be!
To make the most of the higher Turkish temperatures, book your Dalaman holidays between July and August.
Flights land at Dalaman International Airport, which is about five miles from the centre of town.
Dalaman lies right in the middle of the Turquoise Coast. A short ride east, friendly Fethiye sits in an idyllic harbour where you can enjoy a relaxed beach holiday. You’re also near Olu Deniz lagoon – a magnet for once-in-a-lifetime paragliding onto one of Turkey’s most stunning beaches. For a Dalaman holiday that's buzzing with nightlife, stay in Marmaris where the party is centred on Bar Street. Choose a hotel in the pretty riverbank town of Dalyan to see the dramatic Lycian tombs on the cliff face, and have fun splashing around in the therapeutic mud baths – the kids will have a whale of a time!
The Turquoise Coast is one of the most unspoilt parts of Turkey, offering powder-soft sands and dazzlingly blue waters. With big, beautiful beaches, secluded coves and hidden bays, sun-worshippers will have plenty to choose from! Patara Beach is widely hailed as the best of the best, offering long stretches of white sand which melt gently into the sea, making it ideal for those holidaying with children. You can’t go on holiday to Dalaman and not pay a visit to Iztuzu Beach. Not only does it offer three miles of picture-perfect coastline, but it also acts as a stop-off for Loggerhead Turtles, who come here for a rest or, during the mating season, to lay their eggs. The turtles are protected, but you can see them bobbing about in the water or hauling their way up the beach.
If you want to get to grips with the Great Outdoors and some of Turkey’s most dramatic scenery, take a trek along the Lycian Way and see rural Turkey at its best. This coastal path is an ancient route that snakes its way through perfumed pine forests, over mountain peaks, through rustic villages and past ancient ruins. Alternatively, explore the eerie ‘ghost town’ of Kaya Köyü, near Fethiye. Once home to the ancient Lythians and Romans, it was abandoned in the 1920s and now acts as an open-air museum. Here you can still see the murals inside the Panayia Pyrgiotissa basilica. If all that exploring sounds a bit too much like hard work, immerse yourself in the sulphur-rich mud baths at Dalyan, known for their therapeutic qualities and said to make you look younger!
Eating & Drinking
If you’re a foodie, then you’ll find plenty of things to tantalise your taste-buds on your holiday. Start the day with glasses of sweet black tea (çay), fresh crusty bread, white cheese (beyaz peynir) and local honey. In the evenings, choose fine dining at plush harbour-side restaurants in Marmaris, or family-friendly beach cafés. After dinner, sip chilled Efes beer in friendly local bars in Dalyan and Fethiye, or continue your night out with expertly-mixed cocktails in Marmaris.
DALAMAN HOLIDAY RESORTS
HOLIDAYS IN DALAMAN
Safety and Security
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Quiet Nights Out: Ideal for couples and families, the nightlife is relatively low-key, with bars and restaurants preferring traditional Turkish music and dancing over thumping club tunes.
Nature lovers: Spot nesting caretta caretta (loggerhead) turtles bobbing in the water at the Marina.
Families: Take the kids sliding down the octopus arms at Atlantic Waterpark in Marmaris.
Language: The primary language spoken is Turkish. Although the locals understand basic English, pack a phrasebook or download an app to try out a few basics like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.
Currency: You’ll need to exchange your Sterling for Turkish Lira before jetting off on your holidays here.
Local time: Dalaman is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Dalaman Airport. The transfer time to Dalaman is between 1.5 hours and 2 hours 40 minutes.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Dalaman is 4 hours.
Visa & Health:Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Dalaman. Apply for your Turkish visa online at Electronic Visa Application System
Weather and climate
As with the rest of Turkey, Dalaman enjoys hot summers and mild winters. If you want to get some sightseeing under your belt on your Dalaman holidays, the spring temperatures are cool enough to make it comfortable, hovering in the low twenties. However, if it’s heat you want, head over during the summer months, when the mercury climbs up to the low thirties. September through to November offers warm weather, while the winter sees conditions cool into the mid-teens.
Near the airport: Dalaman is a busy transport hub. You’re close to Dalaman International Airport, while a quick taxi ride will get you into the centre in just a few minutes. Save money by sharing a cab with your fellow travellers.
By minibus:Once you’re in the town centre, getting around is easy. You’ll find plenty of minibuses (dolmus) which run throughout the city. The otogar (main bus station) is in the city centre.
Folk dancing: Take your holidays to Dalaman in May and you’ll be expected to join in with the celebrations at the Marmaris International Maritime And Spring Festival. Marmaris comes alive with every street hosting a different event. Expect everything from sporting contests to photography exhibitions and boat-building battles. Don’t forget to leave some time to see the sandcastle competition on the beach.
Sail away: October sees Marmaris International Race Week hitting the waves. You’ll see world-class yachts from around the world competing against each other in the most colourful regatta this side of the Mediterranean!
Turtle festival: Nearby Dalyan hosts the Caretta Caretta Festival, in honour of the local Loggerhead Turtles, with traditional songs and high-octane water sports.
Up in the air: In October, the Ölüdeniz Air Games in October fill the skies with multi-coloured hang-gliders, parachutes and microlight aircraft gliding from the top of the BabadaÄŸ mountain onto the lagoon below.