Dalyan is a relatively small town, unspoilt by the booming bars which have taken over some of the larger resorts. The town remains relatively undiscovered and unspoilt, thus retaining the friendliness and local colour sought by many. However, there are bars and restaurants to choose from in the village centre , sufficient to cater for everyone’s taste.
Being smaller, Dalyan retains much of its original charm and has a village community feel, and during the evenings the main part of the town centre is closed to motorised traffic for pedestrian safety.
The Saturday Market is held near the mosque every Saturday and not to be missed. You will enjoy haggling for “Genuine Fakes”. There are many varied stalls great for those holiday gifts and a must to stock up on your fruit and veg for the week. Good healthy food, typical Mediterranean staples… tomatoes, herbs, olive oil, fish, pasta, etc… and not expensive.
There are more than 100 Restaurants to choose from, it is hard to narrow down just a few to recommend. We do of course have our favourites and many good friends amongst the staff. On the more rural lanes you will find garden restaurants and there are special river and wildlife sanctuary restaurants out of town which offer free pick up and drop off service.
The shops offer a large variety of goods and stay open very late, so the main street is alive with shoppers and the bars have seating into the road as it is closed to traffic from dusk. Their are excellent gold, leather and carpet shops, where nothing is too much trouble.
For an historical cultural experience take the rowing boat across the river and walk down the back lanes to the ancient ruined City of Kaunos. This was a very significant port, with ruined temples, an amphitheatre, castle and walls but unlike Greece or Rome you can take your viewing at leisure in the cooler parts of the day with few other tourists to compete with.
The local buses (dolmus) are cheap, clean and reliable, but for those wanting a little more independence there is always the alternative of car hire, taxis or bicycles, all of which are readily available, but can be organised by us on your behalf if you wish.
The local attractions and activities in Dalyan are too numerous to list here, but details can be obtained by clicking through our links. Car hire is readily available, but not essential. You can get anywhere in Dalyan or surrounding areas by good, cheap and frequent public transport (bus or boat).
The Beach (Turtle Beach) is arguably one of the finest in the world. Accessible by boat which chugs down the river, approx 40 minutes through the rustling reeds, to the open tip of the beach, with an opportunity to spot the turtles, and many species of birds. Alternatively, the Dolmus (local bus) travels roughly 15 minutes across farmland and over the mountains through beautiful winding roads lined with Oleander trees. Both ways offer spectacular scenery and well worth doing.