A coastline strung with stunning beaches, with modern resorts and ancient ruins side by side; the Dalaman region has something for everyone.
The area around Dalaman has been dubbed the Turquoise Coast thanks to its pristine Mediterranean waters. A smorgasbord of resorts have sprung up along its shores, from bustling favourite Marmaris to new kid on the block Sarigerme.
The entire coast is strung with beautiful beaches, from sunbed-strewn stretches of sand to tucked-away coves accessibly only by boat. It’s also home to the Blue Lagoon – a strong contender for the title of world’s best beach.
Scattered among the modern resorts are the remains of ancient civilisations – especially those of the Romans and the Lycians, who were the area’s original inhabitants. Plus the mountains that backdrop the coast are home to hosts of traditional hamlets just waiting to be explored.
The Blue Lagoon at Olu Deniz is one of Turkey’s most photographed tourist attractions. It’s a stunning curve of white sand and shingle bordered by warm Mediterranean waters and a pretty promenade. Sarigerme has 12 kilometres of beach all to itself. Marmaris Beach is a lively spot day or night.
The region is so peppered with historical sites that you’re spoiled for choice. Highlights include the ruins of Ephesus, once Ancient Rome’s second largest city, and the fascinating if slightly creepy Lycian tombs carved into the cliffs beneath Fethiye.
Watersports are huge here – you can try everything from scuba diving to kite surfing. Marmaris has a couple of A-grade water parks, too. If you’re in the mood for some pampering, take a daytrip to Dalyan - its mud baths are said to have rejuvenating properties.
Treat your taste buds to some authentic Turkish cuisine by ordering a meze. It’s a selection of small dishes that can include things like stuffed vine leaves and toasted lavas bread dipped in tsatziki or hummus. Raki is the local tipple, an aniseed-flavoured spirit with quite a kick to it.
Fethiye is one of the funnest places to shop. It’s a bustling market town with shops and stalls selling jewellery, leather goods and beautiful hand-woven carpets. For good-quality faux designer clothes, haggle with the stall holders at Hisaronu market.
Marmaris boasts a buzzing after-dark scene. Head towards the neon lights on Bar Street where you’ll find back-to-back bars, pubs and clubs. Hisaronu is home to trendy seafront bars that attract visitors and locals alike. Fethiye is full of laidback but lively bars, especially in the old town and on the harbourfront.
The Dalaman region stretches along part of Turkey’s southwestern shore, looking out across the Mediterranean towards the Greek island of Rhodes. It includes the seaside city of Fethiye and the resort town of Marmaris.
Time differenceGMT +2 hours
Beeraround 6.50 TL
3 course mealaround 80 TL