DALYAN TRAVELLER ESSENTIALS - AN OVERVIEW FOR NEW VISITORS
This post is designed to answer some frequent general questions about Dalyan. This post will not include info about eating/drinking out or excursions. These will be covered in parts 3 and 4.
Dalyan’s local airport is Dalaman. Transfer time is about 25minutes. On arrival you need to go to the visa booth and buy your tourist visa for £10 per person before going to passport control. Its often said that you must pay with an individual £10 note per person but I have paid with a £20 for 2 before with no problems. I wouldn’t chance a £50 note or Scottish notes though.
There is a 24hour duty free shop next to the baggage reclaim – prices are nothing special however.
On return, plan on not buying food in the airport because it’s a rip off. You can take food through with you, but not fluids. I have been delayed a few times here, but they are pretty good at handing out food every 3 hours, usually a KFC meal etc – listen for the announcements. Sadly seating is limited, but you can sit in the food hall without buying anything, nobody gets moved on. If you are facing a long delay consider the VIP lounge. You just pay on the door and you get an unlimited food/soft drink supply (although nothing special food wise…), comfy sofas, English TV and internet access. The sign says you can stay for 3 hours but I have been in here considerably longer on 2 occasions – the staff don’t seem to notice/care.
For independent transfers, I recommend www.kaunostours.com. There are plenty of others. Taxis are available as well, but they won’t necessarily know where every hotel or villa is so make sure you know where you are going. On return, you don’t need to arrive any earlier than 2 hours before departure.
If you are getting into Dalyan late and need supplies, I know of at least one minimarket open 24hours, and you will pass several on the way, just ask for a brief stop. There are several informal café/restaurants open very late in town – also many bars are open until 3 in the morning.
Cash is king. Exchange your sterling at either the single bank (on the roundabout with the Turtle fountain) or the post office (on the main drag). The bank keeps normal office hours (weekdays only, closes for lunch, closed on public holidays) but the post office is open late into the evening, midnight I believe in high season. Travelers’ cheques can only be changed at the bank. There are many cash machines, mainly around the market area. Exchange rates are always better in resort than at home so don’t change too much before arrival. www.doviz.com seems to show about the same rate you can get in Dalyan – usually about 0.1 better than at home. Check your change – some people have reported a bit of “rounding down” at the post office, although don’t get confused as there is a small commission charged. Transfers can usually be paid for in Sterling, as can excursions. Some places take cards, some not – look for the visa/mastercard symbols displayed.
WEATHER/WHEN TO COME
Dalyans season is May-October. Out of this period you will find many places closed. There is a bit of a winding down process towards the end of October too.
Weather is hottest in mid June through July and early August, cooling down a little in late August. Typical midsummer highs can be 35+deg. This is why almost everywhere has aircon! Fortunately they is usually a breeze running through the vally. Nightime in midsummer is a steamy 20+deg, so no extra layer required. Maybe a fan!
Mid season (May/early June/September) expect daytimes to be from 25-30deg and night from 15-20, depending on how early or late you are. You may need a light coat or sweater for late evening, or if the wind gets up.
There is the possibily of some rain or cloudy days early May or late September/early October, but rarely enough to spoil your holiday. Late October can be dodgy – you can get longer periods of rain if you are unlucky, so I don’t recommend later than the first 2 weeks in October.
None are officially required for entry. Check with your GP what may be recommended.
No problems, there are plenty of supermarkets. Migros is the largest and stocks more brands from home, although the locals regard it as a little more expensive. As a general rule, if its eaten by the locals it will be cheap, if its imported for the tourists it will be expensive. Given what most people will buy, budget on about the same to feed yourself at home and you’ll be fine. Try the local little butchers for meat, the bakers for bread, and there is a great little shop in the market place for fruit and veg. Market day is also a good opportunity for fruit and veg, and cheese. You won’t find much Pork, Muslims don’t eat it. Tea bags seem poor here – so bring your own. Other than that, you should find everything you will need, with the possible exception of some unique british food items like marmite and gravy granules. Tap water is fine for boiling and brushing your teeth, drink bottled which is very cheap.
Buzz buzz…. No getting away from it, take precautions. Use repellant spray in the evening (dusk onwards), use plug in killers inside, and don’t open windows at night with the lights on. If you are out late, re-apply repellant after about 4 hours. You don’t need to worry in the daytime, and they don’t seem any more or less at any particular time of year. Fortunately they don’t have malaria here.
There is little hassle in Dalyan – just a few guys who will try to get you to go into their restaurant. Just keep walking if you find it annoying.
There have been a few burglaries at the back end of the last 2 seasons, effecting only privately rented villas and apartments. Not much you can do except take valuables out with you, or hide them well, and make sure you lock up and leave a light on. When you are out, avoid telling anyone local the exact location of your villa or apartment just in case.
I have heard no reports of any personal attacks. I feel safer walking around Dalyan than at home.
Any all female groups might attract a little more attention from barmen etc than would be normal at home, but most seem to enjoy the attention as far as I can tell. Don’t worry too much, this isn’t Marmaris, Dalyan does not attract a huge number of young people so would be a poor choice for lotharios.
CATS AND DOGS
Dalyan has a few street dogs that wonder around. Most are tagged and neutered, and are friendly and harmless, otherwise they wouldn’t survive. Also some are owned and allowed to wander. They don’t go around in packs. They will only usually approach if you encourage them, so just leave them alone if you don’t like dogs, and fuss em’ up if you do. Please don’t encourage them into restaurants though or they might get a boot up the backside from the owner.
Cats are fairly common and will often slink around the edge of restaurants and under tables. Some live at the restaurants and are looked after – these will be the fat ones! Again if you give them no reason the hang around they will go. If you drop food for them they will not.
Generally OK, take out a pack of tissues in case of no paper. You can put paper down most toilets in Dalyan, unless the building has a narrow pipe connection to the mains, in which case there will be a notice and a bin for paper. There are some public toilets by the mosque. All are modern, sit down types.
You will notice a little pipe under the seat. This is to wash your bottom with, and there is a valve usually on the wall behind if you want to play with it. Gentlemen please note that the water will normally squirt the back of whatever may be dangling down and will be cold, ensuring you shoot off the seat and end up with wet trousers. You have been warned……..!