Dalyan first came into the public consciousness in 1986, when conservationists prevented a hotel being built near İztuzu Beach - the same beach where loggerhead turtles are hatched every year. Since then, it's become an increasingly popular tourist spot, with turtles used as source of inspiration for many local souvenirs - you'll even find a turtle statue in the town centre!
Boasting everything you'd need from a coastal resort town, including shops, restaurants and a welcome helping of history thrown in, Dalyan offers an all-round holiday experience for couples, families, and groups of friends alike.
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Due to its position hugging the Turquoise Coast, Dalyan is often reduced to its sun-kissed beach - known for the nesting loggerhead turtles that come ashore each summer. However, there's so much more to this town than sand and sea.
Still staying on the water, you can take a boat trip between Lake Köyceğiz and İztuzu Beach, meandering through the winding inlets of the Dalyan River and passing sheer cliffs etched with the staggering Lycian-style Kings’ Tombs.
Other ancient ruins and natural wonders jostle for your attention, including the ruins of Kaunos. The remnants of this ancient port city date back to 9BC, and include a crumbling theatre, public bathhouse and acropolis.
You can also choose to explore your natural surroundings by hiking the new network of ECO Trails that weave through the Dalyan delta. Connecting the region’s lagoons, lakes, wetlands, rivers, forests and beaches, it's a wonderful day out for walkers and cyclists alike.
And for a relaxing experience less ordinary, head to the mud baths and hot springs on the shoreline of Lake Köyceğiz. They're thought to have therapeutic properties, but whether you believe that or not, covering your limbs in mud is sure to prove unforgettable!
Traditional Turkish food is a blend of Central Asian, Middle Easter and Balkan cuisine, with recipes crafted, perfected and passed down through many generations. Due to its fertile coastlines, you can expect to dine on brilliantly fresh fruit and vegetables, while a drizzle of olive oil is never far away when mezze is on the menu.
Start your day with menemen, a national favourite that sees scrambled eggs cooked with tomatoes, green peppers and plenty of spice. When it comes to lunch, there are so many Turkish breads to try, including simit. Typically sold at street food carts across Istanbul, but bleeding its way into the surrounding regions, this is similar to a bagel in texture but incorporates sesame seeds for added crunch.
Carb lovers can also indulge in a pide, which is an Ottoman version of pizza. The boat-shaped flatbreads are baked and topped with anything you like, though cheese, peppers, egg and sausage are common.
Of course, when you're staying near the coast you should absolutely try some freshly caught fish. Keep an eye out for the catch of the day, while balik ekmek is great for eating on the go - it literally means 'fish bread', seeing a grilled mackerel fillet sandwiched inside a bun.
And for dessert? Our top pick will always be baklava - bite-sized pieces of layered filo pastry that are filled with chopped nuts and then drizzled with honey. Give halka tatlisi a go if you're after something more substantial - they're a Turkish take on churros, though be warned: one may lead to another...
To find out more, read our blog on the best places to eat in Akyaka and Dalyan.