Dalyan

For the village of the same name in the Troad Peninsula south of Çanakkale, see Geyikli.

Dalyan is a town in southern Muğla Province of Turkey.

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.

Get in

A ferry boat trip can be booked from Marmaris which will take you to just outside of Dalyan, Will then need to transfer onto small ferry boats to continue onwards into the estuary river into the fresh water.

A regular dolmuş service that runs to neighbouring resorts such as Fethiye and Marmaris as well as surrounding villages.

Flights are daily from most UK Airports between April and October to Dalaman Airport. Dalyan is then a 40 minute taxi ride away.

Get around

See

ruins of Kaunos

The ancient city of Kaunos lies here. Kaunos was an important sea port, the history of which is supposed to date back till the 10th century BC. Because of the formation of İztuzu Beach and the silting of the former Bay of Dalyan (from approx. 200 BC onwards), Kaunos is now located about 8 km from the coast. The city had two ports, the southern port at the southeast of Küçük Kale and the inner or trade port at its northwest (the present Sülüklü Göl, Lake of the Leeches) that could be closed by chains. The southern port was used from the foundation of the city till the late days of Kaunos, but due to the silting of the delta and the ports, Kaunos had by then long lost its important function as a trade port. After Caria had been captured by Turkish tribes and the serious malaria epidemic of the 15th century AD, Kaunos was completely abandoned. In 1966 the excavations of ancient Kaunos began. These have been continued up to the present day.

Lycian rock tombs

Do

Buy

A shop off the river in the town centre will measure your feet and make you high quality Turkish style slippers.

Eat

There are many restaurants in which to try local Turkish cuisine, music bars and shops. Lamb meat is a famous Turkish food and also another one is Kebap. A traditional spirit called raki which is a classic Turkish beverage made from grapes and aniseed that has been distilled for centuries.

Drink

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.

Sleep

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