Unless you walk out into the unknown,
the odds of making a profound difference in your life
are pretty low – Tom Peters
Only 30 minutes from Dalaman airport, Dalyan is a very popular holiday destination, something magical and truly special and very different from places such as Marmaris, Hisaronu and Olu Deniz where you can shop til you drop and party all night – lots of nightclubs and noisy bars! In comparison Dalyan is a natural backwater place, slightly off the beaten track. Surrounded by natural beauty, verdant covered mountains (people are often shocked when they first come to Turkey and see how lush it is, not realising that this region has a high rain fall during the winter months, only knowing that during the summer months it’s hot, hot, hot – most expect to see a lot of sand, think that Turkey is arid).
If you are interested in flora and fauna you won’t be disappointed. There are Liquid Amber trees in a small forest just minutes out of Dalyan – we can also show you where the are some in Dalyan too that most aren’t aware of. Of course Dalyan is famous for the Caretta Caretta turtles, so many are also surprised to learn that there are Nile turtles in the river which you can often spot coming to the surface when you are sitting at one of the many riverside restaurants. There is an abundance of birds to be seen, Storks being the most popular and not forgetting the stunningly beautiful kingfisher and bee eaters too but there are some rare species as well such as the wall creeper. We have resident birds but also different ones visiting during the summer when you will see a different variety than in the winter months (the links take you to a website showing pictures and more detailed information, plus the sounds of birds – awesome!).
Dalyan has it’s own celebrity, Kaptan June, who has fearlessly campaigned to protect the Caretta Caretta turtles. You will often see her at the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre at Iztuzu beach, we’ve taken many of our guests there to have breakfast there with her where you can also purchase copies of her book (from the sale of her books donations are made to help protect the turtles) where you learn more about her early life here (living on the beach) and getting people like David Bellamy involved.
There are numerous excursions in and around Dalyan, so there are lots of reasons to make this your holiday destination. You’ll certainly not run out of things to do!