Information & Facts
There is plenty to see and do on holiday in Dalyan. Boat trips
are immensely popular, as are jeep safaris, mountain biking, sea
kayaking, paragliding, fishing, snorkelling and more. A definite
holiday must is a microlight flight over the spectacular Dalyan
Delta, providing incredible views and possible turtle spotting on
the golden sands of Iztuzu beach, home to the rare Caretta Caretta
or loggerhead turtle. Wildlife enthusiasts will also enjoy the
fantastic bird-watching opportunities.
For the less active, the Dalyan hot springs and mud baths
provide relaxation, as does a visit to a Turkish hamman for a
massage and Turkish bath. Relaxing on the spectacular Iztuzu beach
and bathing in the warm, shallow water is also a must. History
buffs will enjoy the fascinating Lycian cliff tombs that house the
kings of Caunos, and at Caunos itself the remains of this once
large port can be seen, including a theatre, temples, churches and
For those looking for more action while on holiday in Dalyan,
there are regular dolmus trips to neighbouring resorts and towns
such as Marmaris. Beach BBQs are also a favourite (they can usually
be booked through a tour operator or hotel).
Turkish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in the main tourist areas.
The official currency is the New Turkish Lira (TRY), which was
introduced on 1 January 2005, whereby six zeros were dropped from
the TL and the sub-unit New Kurush was created. Currency can be
exchanged at banks, exchange booths, post offices, airports and
ferry ports; banks have the worst rates and highest commissions,
but will exchange lesser known foreign currencies. Banks open
mainly Monday to Friday, but some are open daily in tourist areas.
ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas, but
Turkish ATM keypads usually do not have letters of the alphabet on
their keys. Most bank branches have ATMs which accept Cirrus and
Plus. Major credit cards are widely accepted; the most popular are
Visa or MasterCard, but American Express is accepted in many of the
more expensive places. Travellers cheques can be exchanged at some
banks and currency exchange offices, but are not as welcome as cash
or credit cards. US dollars or Euros are preferred. Some pensions
and hotels in the most popular destinations accept US dollars as
Dalyan can be a bit more expensive than neighbouring holiday
resorts and as it is a more family orientated resort, party animals
looking for late nights and pumping clubs should be head elsewhere.
Mosquitoes can be a problem.
Dalyan is not the place to come on holiday for a buzzing
nightlife, but there are several bars and a few clubs (including
Sweet Sixteen and Zilli), and many establishments have regular
Turkish nights offering up a more traditional experience of belly
dancing, traditional music and special food.
There are a number of restaurants catering for a range of tastes
in Dalyan, including several that offer tasty traditional Turkish
dishes. Unlike many resorts, this is not the place to look for
British style food or McDonalds. Paradise Restaurant is the best
place to go for fish and chips, though. Some favourites include Ali
Baba's, La Perla and Simarik café (formally Mulberry). Riverside
Restaurant has beautiful views of Caunos.
The Dalyan local market on Saturdays provides an excellent way
to pick up bargains while on holiday; as with anywhere in Turkey,
haggling is key and there are unbelievable deals to be had. There
are several small shops, including local arts and crafts and carpet
dealers, and there is also the usual range of very cheap, but fake,
designer goods. There are also several mini supermarkets.