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Dalaman Area holidays

A coastline strung with stunning beaches, modern resorts and ancient ruins side by side, the Dalaman region really has something for everyone. This hip district with its inner town centre is a hive of activity day and night, plus there’s a peppering of marvellous historical sites to explore.

Language

Turkish

Currency

Turkish Lira

Time difference

+2hrs

Cost of a beer

around 6.50 TL

3 course meal

around 80 TL

Flight times

4-4.5hrs

The Turquoise Coast

The area around Dalaman has been dubbed the Turquoise Coast thanks to its pristine Mediterranean waters. A smorgasbord of resorts has sprung up along its shores, from bustling favourite Marmaris to new kid on the block Sarigerme. Take a look around this remarkable region, and you won’t be disappointed.

Beaches galore

The entire coast is strung with beautiful beaches, from sun bed-strewn stretches of sand to tucked-away coves only accessible by boat. It’s also home to the Blue Lagoon – a strong contender for the title of world’s best beach. Wherever you wander, you’ll find the right spot for you.

Explore the past

Scattered among the modern resorts are the remains of awe-inspiring ancient civilisations – especially those of the Romans and the Lycians, who were the area’s original inhabitants. Plus the mountains that act as the mighty backdrop the coast are home to hosts of traditional hamlets just waiting to be explored.

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Hisaronu

A hip and happening hotspot, Hisaronu is one of the most exciting towns in the area. Perched on a mountain plateau, Hisaronu overlooks staggering beaches and warm waters.

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Ovacik

Go in search of this small village in south-west Turkey and you won’t be disappointed.

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Kalkan

Boat trips, bathing platforms and bougainvillea-splashed streets – that’s Kalkan for you.

Beaches

The Blue Lagoon in Olu Deniz is one of Turkey’s most photographed tourist attractions, so it’s a prize pick. Bordered by warm Mediterranean waters and pretty promenades, you’ll get to laze for as long as you like in Dalaman. Over in Sarigerme and Marmaris, you’ll find some sun-blessed spots as well.

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Aksazlar Koyu

Aksazlar Koyu

Fethiye, Dalaman Area

The beach at Aksazlar Koyu is a little different from the tourist resorts nearby. As well as basking in the sun on the shoreline, you can enjoy the shade of the encroaching pine forest while relaxing in a...
Amos Beach

Amos Beach

Turunc, Dalaman Area

Amos is the next bay along from Turunc and can be reached by road, foot or taxi boat. This small, quiet and unspoilt beach boasts beautiful scenery and clear water, which is perfect for swimming. There is one...

Sights

The region’s so peppered with historical sites that you’ll be spoilt for choice. Highlights include the ruins of Ancient Rome’s former second-largest city, and the fascinating if slightly eerie tombs carved into the cliffs beneath Fethiye. It’s a place of cultural leftovers – not to mention pretty postcard scenes!

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Amintas Rock Tombs

Amintas Rock Tombs

Fethiye, Dalaman Area

One unmissable sight in Fethiye is the Tomb of Amyntas, a series of tombs carved out of the rock face. These impressive tombs were the final resting place of the local Lycians some 2500 years ago. You can view...
Ancient City of Ephesus

Ancient City of Ephesus

Icmeler, Dalaman Area

Step back in time from AD to BC when you visit the ancient city of Ephesus. This biblical landscape - flaunting Roman ruins and a vast amphitheatre - is beautifully preserved, so be sure to have your camera on...

Activities

Water sports 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 day trip to Dalyan – its mud baths are said to have wonderful rejuvenating properties.

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Ancient Phrygian City of Hierapolis

Ancient Phrygian City of Hierapolis

Olu Deniz, Dalaman Area

History lovers shouldn’t miss a visit to the ancient Phrygian city of Hierapolis, which is located near to Pumakkale. The city was built on the site of ancient hot springs, and the impressive ruins today boast...
Aqua Dream Waterpark

Aqua Dream Waterpark

Marmaris, Dalaman Area

For a fun family day out, visit this water park just five minutes from Marmaris city centre. Have a go on the Pirate's Waterfall, or test your nerves on the ominous-sounding Anaconda and Viper rides. Grab a...

Eating and drinking

Treat your taste buds to some authentic Turkish cuisine with a meze feast. This selection of small dishes can include things like yummy stuffed vine leaves and toasted lavas bread dipped in tzatziki or hummus. Raki’s the famous local tipple – an aniseed-flavoured spirit with a kick to it.

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Bars and restaurants around the marina

Bars and restaurants around the marina

Icmeler, Dalaman Area

The centre of Icmeler has a wide choice of bars and places to eat. For a more romantic evening, check out Netsel Marina’s luxury restaurants and café-bars. Overlooked by a 14th-century Ottoman castle, it is...
Dine by Fethiye Harbour

Dine by Fethiye Harbour

Fethiye, Dalaman Area

Along the pretty seafront in Fethiye you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants. Whether you’re after some fresh seafood, a traditional kebab or just a refreshing drink, there will be somewhere...

Shopping

Fethiye is a fun place to shop. It’s a bustling market town with stalls selling all kinds of wares, so remember to pack your haggling hat! Hisaronu’s another for lively daily markets, while you’ll find the bigger resorts have more in the way of household-name brands and designer price tags.

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Calis Market

Calis Market

Calis, Dalaman Area

Every Sunday, a travelling open-air market sets up shop in Calis square. The beautiful fresh groceries such as fruit, nuts and cheese should make for a delicious beach picnic, and you can barter for clothing,...
Gorgeous gift shops

Gorgeous gift shops

Turunc, Dalaman Area

The southern region of Turkey is famous for the herbs and spices that flavour its cooking. At the shops in Turunc you can buy many of these, as well as delicious fruit, nuts and some charming souvenirs to take...

Nightlife

Marmaris boasts a buzzing after-dark scene. Follow the trail of neon lights where you’ll find back-to-back bars, pubs and clubs. Hisaronu is home to trendy seafront joints that attract visitors and locals alike. Fethiye’s all about laid-back but lively bars, especially in the old town and on the harbourfront.

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A mix of bars and clubs

A mix of bars and clubs

Icmeler, Dalaman Area

Icmeler’s nightlife is lively and varied. Pubs and bars offer anything from live music to karaoke to folk dancing so there’s always something to bound to take your fancy. There are also two nightclubs when you...
Bar Street

Bar Street

Marmaris, Dalaman Area

The beachfront is peppered with small bars, but if you're really serious about partying, head to Bar Street near the marina. There are over 100 clubs and bars to choose from, some of which stay open until the...
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