Dalyan Travel Guide

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Dalyan Highlights

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    nicbarem says…

     Absolutely beautiful area and very friendly people 

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    DaveG2011 says…

     It's a peaceful nature reserve with lovely restaurants and bars but one or two of them think that having Karaoki nights are a good idea. I hate them. 

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    Birsen says…

     Great place to disconnect from real world 

Dalyan Things to Do

  • The Acropolis

    The acropolis hill is the walled hill just above the ancient theater. 152 meters above sea level, it overseas the whole area.

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  • Suluklu Lake - the harbor

    The old harbor of Kaunos is now called Suluklu Lake - translated in english as Leech lake. In the olden times when the lake is still functioning as a port, the sea was upto the Acropolis, and when the water receded, the ancient city of Kaunos lost its importance as a merchant city.

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  • The Agora

    The very lower part near the Sukluklu Lake is the agora, sort of like a plaza, and since it's beside the old port of Kaunos, it may have served as a marketplace where merchants kept stalls or shops to sell their goods amid colonnades.The Kaunos agora was decorated with several monuments and statues as evidenced by many harbor stoa in the area....

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  • The Roman Bath

    The roman bath which is considered to be the most preserved example surviving from the roman imperial period, is on the same upper terrace where the domed church is on the right side of the main doric portico.The huge roman bath is being restored, and I thought it's a church due to its enormous size.

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  • The Terrace Temple and ROund Structure

    The terrace ws built during the second half of the 1st century BC on an artificial terrace overlooking the agora and the harbor. The courtyard of the temple was enclosed by a collonaded gallery. The temple was dedicated to Zeus Soteros.The round structure is probably a sanctuary, an Abathon-Heroon. However, a sacred stone (Baitylos) unearthed below...

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  • The Portico

    The entrance to the lower settlement or town of Kaunos is through this portico that leads to a winding collonaded street.

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Dalyan Restaurants

  • Must try "Blue Crab"

    We had blue crabs by the riverside restaurant called "sirious" 10 min walk after the town through the riverside pathway- towards north , next to our hotel Riverside. Aware of mosquito bites, put repellent or wear long pants and sleeves there.("mavi yengeç" in turkish) It was worth to try , they are delicious...

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  • Great Food Friendly People

    The surroundings are very down to earth, but the family who run it are very welcoming and friendly, and the food we have had was very locally orientated, and extremely tasty and excellent value, most of all it was very relaxed, and you were made to feel very welcome. You must visit,and you may bump into us when we visit Dalyan again in May.

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  • Excellent all round cusine

    An excellent around menu as well as offering the local specialities. Established over twenty years ago is one of the towns top venues. Excellent steaks cooked to perfection, great local casseroles and how you ask for the dish to be presented i.e no rice only chips please

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Dalyan Nightlife

  • Secret Garden in the town

    This Public park is open until late. After the dinner we did town walk and found this nice park situated by the river at the end of the port. You can have a beer or tea with better price and you have wonderful night view of the rock thombs...

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  • Lots of small hotels and restaurants

    This is a view down the main street in Dalyan. The street is lined with rug shops, restaurants, and small hotels. It is a great town and a perfect place to use as a base to see this part of Turkey.

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Dalyan Transportation

  • Small rowing boat to Kaunos

    To get to the owest bank side of the Calbis river (Dalyan river), you have to look for the small rowing boats (no engines), manually rowed by either the old man or the cheerful fat guy or a lady. It's located right at the entrance of the municipal tea garden on a wooden platform.If you want to visit Kaunos, you'll be taking this boat, fare is TL4...

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  • Cooperative Boat - to Iztuzu Beach

    The popular transport going to Iztuzu Beach is the cooperative boats moored at Dalyan river. It took me minutes to figure out which of those dozens of boats on the side of the river, quite confusing, until I finally asked one of the boat drivers.Return fare to Iztuzu Beach is TL10 which will be automatically handed out to you once you hopped on the...

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  • Getting out of Dalyan

    The nearest transport hub from Dalyan is Ortaca bus terminal. So after Dalyan I headed to Fethiye via Ortaca. I took the dolmush from Dalyan's minibus station to Ortaca, and from Ortaca I've waited less than an hour for the bigger (than dolmush) minibus.There's no direct transport to Fethiye or probably other destinations from Dalyan, so one must...

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Dalyan Shopping

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    CARPETS

    by whitecliff62 Updated Aug 14, 2006

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    Carpets are one of Turkeys biggest tourist exports, they can take months even years to make so some of them do not come cheap

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Dalyan Local Customs

  • GULET CRUISING

    Although i have yet to do a Gulet cruise people tell me its the most relaxing holiday you could ever want. You can rent these local boats for one or even two weeks and sail around the beautiful bays of Turkey with an experienced crew who do everything for you, and the tan you get is incredible. There is a very useful fact sheet you can get all...

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  • TURKISH MOSQUES

    In every town, city, and village in Turkey you will find one of these, and alone the banks of the Caunos river in Dalyan is no exeption.

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  • LOCAL FISHERMEN

    Part of the river Caunos in Dalyan has been turned in to a fish breeding center with the farming of seabass, which you will find in lots of the restaurants in Dalyan and Marmaris. I don't think this fisherman has had a very good catch, he looks really pissed off hahahahaha.

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Dalyan Warnings and Dangers

  • Mosquito Bites!

    Dalyan is by the river. It's inevitable to escape from the mosquitos unless you come prepared. Bring repellent for the room and for your skin as well. They bited me mostly while I was dining outside. The bites are pretty itchy and if you scratch them it's painful...

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  • Snakes and Turtles

    We really enjoyed sitting outside next to the pool. We spent many an afternoon at the cabana by the river enjoying fresh pizza fresh out of the fire heated oven. There were a few tables right next to the rivers edge. One day while we ate lunch I noticed the river had a lot of turtles swimming in the reeds up the river. I thought this was really...

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  • Clouds of ???

    In the evenings a truck pulling some kind of tank would visit the neighborhood. It was kind of spooky as huge clouds of ? (DDT?) would spray out from this tank. We were happy about this as it really kept the mosquitoes down to a tolerable limit.

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Dalyan Tourist Traps

  • Taxi-Boat-Hotel-Rest everywhere famous...

    We saw everywhere this tip boxes, it's very annoying, because they are abusing the tip system in this touristic places. Tip should be voluntarily giving to a person, you shouldn't feel obligated to give...

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  • OVERPRICED DRINKS

    If you are ever lucky enough to visit this beautiful place and you dicide to go to the Dalyan mud baths please, please, bring your own drinks along with you. It is very hot there and there is only one place you can buy drinks from, so its the usual story of con the tourist out of there hard earned money by overcharging on the drinks by doubling the...

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  • Mud Baths

    There are thermal springs in the south of the Köycegiz lake, at the foot of the Evlenmez mountain, and around the Dalyan stream and lake. The springs have been opened up to tourism on mass - seems the whole of tukey comes here to soak in the beauty mud treatment, letting it bake on and then rinsing off. It really does get a bit too crowded, though...

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Dalyan What to Pack

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    by whitecliff62 Updated Jan 7, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you visit the mud baths in Dalyan try to take an old pair of shoes with you, it can get very slippery in all that mud, and its so easy to slip and break your arm or leg

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take a first aid kit with you as there are no medical facilaties for miles

    Photo Equipment: Do not run out of film as i did, films are not cheep in Dalyan

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Dalyan Off The Beaten Path

  • THE PERFECT BEACH

    Now this is what i call the perfect beach, no one in sight, unspoiled, quiet, soft sand, and no nagging from the wife hahahahaha, just leave me here, i'll be alright.

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  • TURTLE WATCH

    This was just typical of me, a Loggerhead turtle was spotted over there and i missed it as usual, never mind better luck next year hahahahaha.

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  • LOCAL GULETS

    Here is a photo of 2 more local gulets moored up for the day in a quiet little bay. This is peece and quiet at its best, all you can hear is the water lapping againsed the boat (PERFECT)

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  • POLICEMEN

    There are three types of police in Turkey, first there are the jandarma who are the military police, then there is the traffic police who deal with any kind of road traffic offenses and the police who are in the tourist resorts who deal with the likes of me hahahahahahahaha.

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  • TURKISH CURRENCY

    The turkish currency is the Lira, and its very confusing and hard to master with all those bloody noughts on the end of there notes hahahahaha, still this is how it goes The coins are 25,000---- 50,000 ---- 100,000 ---- 250,000 and the notes are 250,000 ---- 500,000 ---- 1,000,000 ---- 5,000,000 ----10,000,000 ---- and 20,00,000 T.L.One of the best...

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  • DUTY FREE ALLOWANCES

    The duty free alowance that can be brought back to the u.k from turkey is as follows.200 cigarettes50 cigars250g of tobacco2litres of table wine1 litre of liqueurs60cc/ml of eau de toilette£145 worth of gifts and souvenirsPeople under 17 cannot bring back tobaco or alcohol into England

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