Dalyan is a beautiful village in south west Turkey where the Mediterranean meets the Aegean. It still retains its character and charm compared to some of the other large resorts in the area. Dalyan is famous for its Lycian rock tombs, mud baths, and the loggerhead turtles that lay their eggs at Itzuzu beach. The river that runs beside the town provides a wonderful setting.
The town has grown over recent years due to its popularity and friendliness. Whatever you like doing Dalyan offers it all. For sun worshippers, the unspoilt Itzuzu beach is a must as well as an outing on any of the numerous boat trips. You can also enjoy the ancient city of Caunos, with its impressive amphitheatre and magnificent views of the sea and delta. For those more adventurous, the local tour operators offer a variety of trips further afield. The Dalyan river links Köycegiz Lake with the Mediterranean and the mix of fresh and salt water means that the reed beds and wetlands have become home to vast numbers of marine life as well as the many species of birds which feed on them.
The town itself has many restaurants, cafes and bars serving both traditional Turkish cuisine and a more international menu. There are also plenty of shops for your every day needs as well as gifts and souvenirs. Alternatively you can try your hand at haggling for cheap goods at the local weekly market.
With strong demand for property and land, Dalyan is not only a wonderful place to be but investment here also makes good financial sense. Values have increased over recent years and with Dalaman airport soon to provide direct flights to England throughout the year, this growth is set to continue.
DALYAN : Heaven on Earth
Dalyan is established in an environmentally protected area. This is one of the few surviving places of paradise, an area of natural beauty and historical interest. The ancient city of Caunos lies here with its ruins dating back to the 3rd Century. The Dalyan channel through which water circulates between the Mediterranean and Koycegiz Lake winds its way down past the ancient Rock Tombs to the sea, via a small network of lakes and waterways. With its mixture of fresh and salt water, these wetlands are now home to a vast number of fish and other water life, as well as the birds of many species which feed on them, species such as the Sparrow hawk, Crane, Kingfisher and Jay. The Stork is also native to this area migrating here at the end of March to nest until the end of August. Dividing the delta is the Iztuzu sandbar stretching for 5 km east from the south of the channel. With fine crystal sand, shallow turquoise sea Iztuzu beach is the ideal seaside spot. Which can be reached by regular dolmus or boat service from Dalyan. This is also the beach where the endangered Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta Caretta) and the green turtle (Chelonia Mydas) have returned to lay their eggs since the beginning of time. The nesting time being from May till October.
Twelve years ago Dalyan was a small fishing village, the discovery of the endangered Loggerhead Turtles and the wildlife in this area led to a campaign to designate the area for conservation. The village has therefore retained its natural charm and beauty. A haven for relaxation that has blossomed to cater for the serious traveller. There are many restaurants in which to try local Turkish cuisine, music bars and shops. There are a couple of discos on the outskirts of the village so as not to disturb those of you that wish to retire early. A regular dolmus service that runs to neighbouring resorts such as Fethiye and Marmaris as well as surrounding villages. In summary a unique destination full of culture, charm, history and contrasting beauty, excellent cuisine and unforgettable hospitality. A resort that you will undoubtedly return to year after year.
PLACES TO SEE IN DALYAN
Sultaniye Thermal Bath & Mud Baths
Along the channel of the delta from Köycegiz are The Sultaniye Thermal baths the water is 40 degrees C .The water has been used since Hellenistic times, first by the Carians then the Byzantines. The ruins from these buildings are now submerged .The waters which contain radioactive elements (harmless) and Hydrogen sulphur are believed to cure rheumatism, skin disorders, liver, spleen and bowel complaints, as well as being beneficial for nervous and digestive disorders. The Mud baths are also said to remedy rheumatism as well as cleanse and beautify the skin.Popular belief states that a mud bath will take ten years off you. Once you have covered yourself in the mud you then wait for it to dry in the sun. The sulphur pool in which you clean yourself after your Mudbath is also at a temperature of 40 degrees.
The ancient city of Caunos stands midway along the channel. It grew into a major area on the border between Lycia and Caria, the people were said to be famous for their yellowish skin and eyes. Caunos was said to be the son of Miletus and the Grandson of Apollo, he is believed to have fled from the city due to unnatural feelings between himself and his sister. The city sprawls over a broad slope overlooking the sea and delta. At Caunos there is an Acropolis surrounded by the city walls that are Byzantine, a theatre, four temples, an Angora, Roman Baths, Palestra and a Cistern. The demise of the city was due to the harbour that continually silted up which is now 5 km from the sea and marshland, and also disease due to malaria. Rhodes purchased Caunos in the 2nd century, after many wars it went back to Carian rule only to be given back to Rhodes in 88BC. Caunos has a long and varied history and is well worth a visit. You can visit Caunos at any time although it is advisable to avoid the midday sun. First you will have to cross the Dalyan channel via rowing boat then walk up to the city. Caunos can also be visited as part of a day tour.