When you are in Dalyan you will see quiet nice cafes and restaurants in the center.. As the town is just a small one you can find them easily..
Just take one next to the riverside.. and have a drink.. Enjoy the beauty and landscape..
This is a real great experience.. Make the pic larger and see the beauty..
Dalyan is a wonderful resort near a canal where you can take a boat tour.. to the beach, to the ruins and to the lagoon..
Once you arrive there you will hear people asking you if you want to rent a boat.. Boat tour in dalyan is a must.. And there are many private boats you can rent..
However I would suggest to take a shared boat tour.. In the center of the town near the canals, you can find the towns boat agency.. Where people are gathering on a boat and taking a full tour or half tour.. Boats leaves on a schedule and the cost is quiet reasonable when you compare to rent a full boat..
When you take the boat tour... The boat will take you to the mudbaths also..
Contaminations of the muds are perfect for yr skin.. You can take some mud with you and use it afterwards also and you will feel that yr skin is getting tougher and nicer..
The beachside of Dalyan.. You can reach here by boat and also by car.. However as it is one of the stops of the boat tour, no need to have the hassle of a car..
Iztuzu beach is one of the most important beaches of Turkey.. As the beach also hosts the one and only caretta caretta sea turtles, the beach is under protection.. You can enjoy the pleasure of swimming and have sun tan but you are not allowed to dig the sand and place sun beds..
When you take the boat tour from the town center, you will see many other boats, some are private, some are previous tours..
Boats stroll along the Canals of Dalyan, and there with the play of the sunlight, sometimes you can catch unforgettable views..
The famous turtle beach is a must. Virtually on a spit of land. On one side the boats will enter from the long rushes and on the other side the beautiful beach - just perfect. The scenery all around is splendid. During the months of May to August the Carettaturtles lay their eggs and parts of the beach may be protected.
These are the famous Lycium rock tombs of Caunos on the Dalyan river, carved from the sheer rock face, these tombs are paticularly special from other rock tombs in Turkey because they are compleately carved out right around the tombs, you can walk right around them between the rock walls and the tomb itself making it very unique indeed.
This boat we saw along the banks of the river was so beautifuly decorated in crushed velvet and amazingly painted in red with a dome on the top, it just had to be a wedding boat. Come to think of it , it might have been a funaral boat Mmmm.
This photo shows part of Turtle beach, where the Caunos river in Dalyan meets the sea, all the area for miles is protected because of the endangered loggerhead turtles who come here to lay there eggs in the wonderful soft sandy beach. Nobody is alowed on the beach at night because this is when they are most active. We did see a turtle last year when we visited but unfortunately this year we did not. In my view this is the best beach in Turkey.
This is another great view of the river and an impresive mountain backdrop, this has to be a photographers dream come true. I don't know if i have already mentioned it but this river is where the famous film AFRICAN QUEEN was shot, you know , the one with humphry bogart.
This is the famous Dalyan mud baths and thermal springs. What you have to do is cover your body in hot mud which is ment to reverse the ageing prosess and make you younger by 10 years, then you stand in the sun and let the mud bake on your body untill it is rock hard, after 10 or so mins the mud has set hard and you really have a job to move hahahahaha, then you struggle to the hot natural springs and jump in to find it burns the skin off your arse hahahahaha, oh and all the time the whole place stinks off rotten eggs. After all this aggro it never took 10 years off my life, i think it put 10 years on hahahahahahaha.
The Lycian graves were carved in the rocks of the hill in the IVth BC by the Lycians.
Photo 1 : we are now close enough to see well seven of them. Four are medium size and look like the front of a temple, with four columns and a fronton.
The largest is not so open. Is it a different style or more likely, it has not been finished. It seems to have been designed with 6 columns but only the top has been carved. The story says that its building was abandoned when Alexander the Great conquered the country and put down the Lycian civilization, 2,300 years ago.
On the right, another one seems also unfinished. At a lower level, a much smaller one has no columns.
Photo 2 : photos are not easy as the boat does not remain still. The photo shows more clearly the five main graves.
Photo 3 shows only the left graves but shows that several columns are broken.
Photo 4 shows another group of graves but we cannot get closer and they do not seem to be in very good condition.
As I walked faster than the group, I had enough time to reach an elevation and have a look at the river.
The first photo shows that an enclosure made with wood and reeds is standing across the river, drawing a U shape. This is to collect fishes and this explains why the entrance had to be open for our boat. The fishes are mainly grey mullets and yhey are caught whe they go back to the sea, once they have hatched their eggs in Lake Köyçeyiz.
The second and third photo shows that there is actually a complex system of enclosures with narrow catwalks running along them. They allow to “push” fishes in one enclosure or in another, in order to keep them ready so that they are easy to get. This is not really a surprise as the river is named Dalyan, which, in Turk, means fishery!
The theater has been carved into the slope of the hill. It was first built in the 2nd BC. Later, during the Roman period, it was improved and enlarged. It has now a diameter of 76 m and can accommodate an audience of 5,000. It is in relatively good condition, except for the stage building which along the centuries has been entirely put down, mostly by earthquakes.
We finally landed on a wooden pier (photo 1)
Catwalks made of roughly arranged boards ran between the high tufts of reed (photo 2). I was fast enough to be the first and take a photo of the desert catwalk!
Our whole party is walking towards ancient Caunus ruins (photo 3).