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