Dalyan River, Turkey
The Dalyan River is located in Muğla Province, between the well-known districts of Marmaris and Fethiye on the south-west coast of Turkey. The river flows past the town of Dalyan which is famous for nearby Iztuzu beach and the Giant Loggerhead Turtle which lives there.
Iztuzu Beach, near the village of the same name is a popular area for sunbathing and swimming. There are regular boat and minibus (dolmuş) services to the beach. Visitors should be aware of the wooden stakes in the beach to mark nesting sites. The road route is particularly scenic, offering views of Sülüngür Lake. Iztuzu, Dalyan's turtle beach, was voted the best beach in the world in 1995.
Above the river's sheer cliffs are the weathered facades of Lycian tombs cut from rock, circa 400 AC. The ruins of the ancient trading city of Kaunos are a short boat trip across the river.
Things to See & Do
* Ancient ruins of Kaunos
* Lycian rock tombs
* Turtle Beach
* Iztuzu sandbar (beach)
* Mud Baths
Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency - New Turkish Lira (YTL)
Language – Turkish
Population – 4000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC + two hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 90
Port Location – The port is located in the city of Dalyan.
Travel Links - The nearest Airport to Dalyan is Dalaman (DLM) which is just around 25 minutes from Dalyan. Dalaman Airport, is now open to charter flights from the UK throughout the year.
Istanbul (IST) is well served by flights by British Airways and Turkish Airlines as well as other operators from the UK, a connecting flight can be made to Dalaman. This can make for a very pleasant 2-stop trip to Turkey spending time in the historic Istanbul before heading for the tranquillity of Dalyan.
Easy Jet have also recently started flying to Istanbul's 2nd Airport (Sabiha Gökçen - SAW)
Turkey has a very popular, reliable and well priced bus network. The nearby town of Ortaca has a bus station that has many connections to Istanbul, Antalya, Izmir and Ankara as well as other destinations both locally and nationally. For the independent traveller the bus service provides an affordable and enjoyable means of transport throughout Turkey.