Dalyan was, just over a decade ago, a small fishing village when the discovery of the endangered Loggerhead Turtles and the wildlife in this area led to a campaign to designate the area for conservation. The village has therefore retained its natural charm and beauty, while still providing many restaurants in which to try local Turkish cuisine, bars, shops and a weekly market.
Dalyan sits on the river channel between the vast Köycegiz lake and the Mediterranean Sea, which winds its way down to the sea, via a small network of lakes and waterways.
Dividing the delta is the Iztuzu sandbar stretching for 5 km east from the south of the channel. With fine crystal sand and shallow turquoise sea, Iztuzu beach is the ideal seaside spot.
This is also the beach where the endangered Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta Caretta) have returned to lay their eggs since the beginning of time. The nesting time being from May till October.
Access to the beach is by "water boat" and the idyllic 30 minute journey takes you past the spectacular Lycian Rock Tombs and the ancient city of Kaunos
The ruins of the ancient city are easily accessible and well worth exploring. It dates from 3000 BC and among the ruins is a 5000 seat theatre.
Up river you can visit the mud baths or hot springs reputed to be good for skin and general health. You can also rent a boat and spend the day cruising around the lake.
Dalyan has been described as one of the few surviving places of paradise and once you’ve been there.... it’s a hard place to leave.