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    Dalaman, on Turkey's Turquoise Coast, is a diverse holiday destination with a range of beautiful Blue Flag beaches, lots of historical sites, lively nightlife areas, and a plethora of Instagrammable natural beauty spots. No wonder it’s been attracting visitors since ancient times. The coastline is a mixture of secluded mountain-backed coves, bays and long stretches of fine sand. The famous Blue Lagoon in Olu Deniz in particular must be one of the most beautiful spots in the whole of Europe. Holidays in Dalaman are more than just a fly and flop beach affair though (unless that’s what you’re after, of course - it’s perfectly suitable for that), it’s a great base from which to explore the fascinating history of the area, such as the ancient city of Kaunos, Fethiye’s Lycian Rock Tombs and the Ancient City of Tlos. A little further away but easily reachable is Ephesus, the second largest city of the ancient Mediterranean, which served as a bridge between the East and West for centuries. Here you will find one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Temple of Artemis. Prices here are somewhat cheaper than in most of Europe, so if you’re looking for a cheap family holiday, Dalaman should be at the top of your list.

     

    Why book Dalaman holidays?

     

    Blue Lagoon, Olu Deniz

    - This protected national park has beautiful turquoise waters and lots of lovely beaches. Activities such as paddle boarding, peddle boats and paragliding make this a fun day out.

     

    Kayakoy Ghost Town

    - An ancient, empty village in the Taurus Mountains, deserted since the 1920s. 

     

    Lycian Rock Tombs

    - Overlooking Fethiye, these tombs date back to 400 BC. Built so that ancient angels could reach the dead Kings from Kaunos and fly them to heaven.

     

    Ephesus

    - Around three hours away by car, but well worth the effort, is the ancient city of Ephesus, its main attraction being the Temple of Artemis. 

     

    Marmaris

    - No holiday in Dalaman is complete without a visit to the famous Grand Bazaar in Marmaris where you can haggle over the price of local arts, crafts, spices and jewellery.

     

    When to go

    Dalaman has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers, and mild winters, so it’s very much a year-round holiday destination. For those that enjoy the heat, June, July, August and September are the best months, when the mercury hits around 30 degrees celsius. You can look forward to 14 hours of sunshine a day during the summer months. Spring and Autumn are preferred by many tourists, as temperatures are a little lower, hovering between 18 and 25 degrees and still with plenty of sunshine.
     

     

     

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    Top 5 Things to Do in Dalaman

     

     

    Top 5 Things to Do in Dalaman

    Dalaman holidays offer plenty of opportunities for fun, relaxation and exploration.

    Dalyan River Cruise - Set sail along the picturesque Dalyan river for an afternoon's swimming and turtle spotting.

    Bar Street, Marmaris - If lively nightlife is your thing, the main strip in Marmaris is where you will find pumping music, neon lit clubs and a party atmosphere.

    Have a mud bath - Whether you believe in its healing properties or not, rolling around in the mud at Dalyan Mud Baths is an extremely fun way to spend a few hours.

    Island hopping - take a 12 islands boat trip from Gocek Harbour and spend the day sailing around picturesque islands, with plenty of opportunity for sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling.

    Paddle Boarding - Take a trip to the Blue Lagoon and learn how to use a SUP board - the calm turquoise waters here are perfect for beginners.

    Best beaches in Dalaman

     

    Best beaches in Dalaman

    Dalaman has some fantastic beaches - here are our favourites.

    Iztuzu Beach - Surrounded by beautiful hills and forests sits this five-mile stunner. You can reach it by hopping aboard a Dolmas, or by taking a water taxi from Dalyan. 

    Olu Deniz Beach - Famous for its beautiful lagoon. Its stunning water, surrounded by low mountains and pine forests, attracts visitors from all over.

    Sarigerme Beach - This huge 12km stretch of sand is the longest in the region and is surprisingly quiet, with most preferring its bar-laden neighbours.

    Kabak - The 30-minute walk from the village deters the majority of holidaymakers. Make the effort and you’ll be rewarded with a lovely, secluded and quiet place to sunbathe.

    Sarsala Koyu - A lovely big bay with a sandy beach and a few secluded coves, surrounded by pine forest.


     
    Food and Drink in Dalaman

     

    Food and Drink in Dalaman

    Dalaman is home to many restaurants - here is a small selection of top choices.
    Gobun - A fantastic Mediterranean fish and seafood restaurant with a wonderful setting right next to Gocek Bay.
    Q. Lounge - Beautifully presented and tasty Asian cuisine. A top spot for a refreshing cocktail with a view of the sunset over Gocek Bay.
    Akkaya Garden - Set in a valley with a stream running through, this restaurant serves authentic Turkish food in tables set into the trees. A unique dining experience.
    Cinar - Lacking incredible sea views, but you’ll appreciate the wonderful Turkish and Mediterranean dishes on offer at this family-run restaurant.
    Yakamoz - Friendly beachside restaurant serving a range of Turkish, Italian and Mexican dishes along with a mouth-watering daiquiri. 

     
    Sightseeing in Dalaman

     

    Sightseeing in Dalaman

    A cotton castle, one of the world's deepest deep gorges and miles of sandy coastline - a quick view of the highlights you should see during your holiday in Dalaman.
    Saklikent Gorge- trekking through the icy cold waters of one of the deepest gorges in the world is a fantastic way to beat the heat. 
    Cotton Castle - Pamukkale is a three-hour drive from Dalaman, but it’s well worth the drive - it's a spectacular landscape. Bring your swimsuit so you can bathe in the hot springs.
    Rhodes - Yes, that Rhodes, in Greece. Why not hop on a ferry in Marmaris and check out this lovely Greek island whilst you’re here - it’s only an hour’s journey.
    Marmaris Castle - Built back in 1522 by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent as a base for his military tropos, this castle has fantastic views over Marmaris bay.
    Patara - the ancient village of Patara, set in the middle of a national park, is just a short dolmus ride away – a walk around will take you past thousands of years old Lycian ruins.

     
    Nightlife in Dalaman

     

    Nightlife in Dalaman

    Want to let your hair down on holiday in Dalaman? Check out our favourite night-time spots. 
    Bar Street, Marmaris - plenty of lively bars and neon fronted clubs are to be found on the ever popular Bar Street. One of the biggest is Backstreet, which hosts regular open-air parties.
    The Fountain, Kalkan - The Fountain bar has a neon-lit fountain on a rooftop terrace with views out to sea, cosy sofas and an extensive cocktail menu.
    Club Areena, Marmaris - This is a large club hosting all night DJ parties, with lots of fireworks and foam for added fun.
    Sofra Bar - A laid-back evening is in store at Sofra, which is right on the main street. Ideal for enjoying a draft Efes and whilst watching the world go by.
    Deep Blue Bar, Fethiye - A cosy bar with great service and cheap beer - if you want to watch sports, Deep Blue is a solid option.

     
    Dalaman family holidays

     

    Dalaman family holidays

    Planning a family holiday in Dalaman? Check out our top tips for keeping everyone happy. 
    Marmaris Aqua Dream Waterpark - A Day full of fun for kids (and big kids) awaits at Marmaris Aqua Dream Waterpark, with rafting, slides, foam parties and dance shows all on the agenda.
    Turtle spotting - Head to Iztuzu Beach, home to endangered Loggerhead turtles for a chance to spot one of these prehistoric animals.
    Go-karting - Marmaris Go-Kart has karts suitable for even the youngest of wannabee F1 drivers. Well, so long as they are over seven years old. 
    Build a sandcastle - Grab your bucket and shovel and get to work. This will keep the kids quiet for at least a couple of hours.

     
    Dalaman couples holidays

     

    Dalaman couples holidays

    Check out our pick of the most romantic things to do whilst on holiday in Dalaman.

    Private boat trip - Hiring your very own private boat has to be one of the most romantic things you could possibly do. Top it off with a BBQ for two at a deserted cove.
    Pamper yourselves - Indulge you and your partner and spend time connecting at one of Dalaman’s many Turkish baths and Spas.
    Take a walk - Spend a quiet, romantic afternoon strolling hand in hand through the cobbled streets of Fethiye Old Town and stop for an authentic Turkish coffee and pastry.
    Lunch at a vineyard - Sample a few glasses of great local wine, accompanied by some meze at Karnas Vineyards.
    Sunset Dinner - Have a candlelit dinner for two and enjoy incredible views as the sun sets over Fethiye from the top of Babadag mountain.

     
    FAQs

     

     

    FAQs

    Is Dalaman a good holiday destination?

    Dalaman is a super destination for a family or couples holiday in Turkey. It’s a picturesque destination with lots of sandy beaches, lively nightlife and tonnes of historical sites.

    What are the best holiday resorts in Turkey?

    There are many resorts to choose from if you're looking at a holiday in Turkey - Bodrum, Dalaman, Icmeler, Side and Gumbet to name just a few.

    What part of Turkey is best for holiday?

    Olu Deniz has to be one of the best options, thanks to its incredible lagoon, historical sites and links to Fethiye.

    Does Dalaman have a beach?

    Dalaman has plenty of beaches to choose from, with Iztuzu Beach, home to the endangered loggerhead turtles, being one of the most popular.

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