Get ready to discover Dalaman! There are many popular resorts in this idyllic region of Turkey, and they’re much loved for good reason. Marmaris attracts holidaymakers far and wide thanks to its location nestled between two pine-clad peaks. Waterparks and open-air clubs ignite the excitement of the resort too. Trace the turquoise waters around the coastline and you’ll arrive at neighbouring Icmeler. Its arc of fine-grained sand is a great place to relax and you’ll also enjoy its family-friendly restaurants. But for sheer scenic beauty, you simply have to see the radiant lagoon at Olu Deniz.
Wherever you’re staying in Turkey, you’ll find that one of the best beaches is at Olü Deniz. Its sandbar of sparkling gold has created a magical lagoon, ringed by gently shelving beaches. There are lots of watersports on offer here too, as well as paragliding from the pine-clad Babadag Mountains. Patara (where St Nicholas (aka Santa Claus) was born in the 4th century AD) is also a beautiful beach, as it has a magnificent 18 kms (12 miles) of golden sand.
Over the centuries, an astonishing natural phenomenon created a massive creamy white formation of limestone cliff, stalactites and spectacular terraced pools, the products of deposits from the gushing hot springs. The formation was descriptively called Pamukkale, or Cotton Castle, is around 290km from Dalaman but it’s well worth the journey. Today this unique, historic site and its terraces, magnificent Roman theatre, hot springs and ancient stones remain. Plus, you can still bathe at Hierapolis and imagine the ancient Greeks and Romans doing so many centuries ago...an experience not to be missed!
Marmaris, in the far west, is one of the biggest and most beloved of all Turkey’s resorts. It has some excellent resort hotels, good beaches and it’s great if you want to chill, shop or party. Dalyan is a delicious backwater, built on a river between the sea and the Lake Köycegiz. If you’re heading here, be sure to stop at the riverfront Turkish restaurants with views across the reed beds to the elaborately carved 4th century BC Lycian rock tombs.
Dalaman is just inland from Turkey’s south west coast. Dalaman Airport is nine kilometres south of the centre, catering to a number of small but popular resorts.