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similar to dalyan?

hi all, can you help me please,my husband and i have been to dalyan last oct, going again in may.really enjoyed it, loved the scenery, going to the beach by boat,not overly commercialised, just strolling, having a nice meal and drink and just chilling out. we are in late 50s,young at heart and i need somewhere quite flat( dicky knees) .data looks lovely do you think it would be suitable? or is it ultra quiet? also transfer times please. do you fly to dalaman ? thanks ever so much. sorry for going on abit................ best wishes happy hols.

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1. Re: similar to dalyan?

Yes you would fly into Dalaman.From there via direct transfer it will take c.2½ hours.It is this distance from the airport which has kept Datça off the mass tourism radar thankfully!

I've just replied to another post which you commented on so you can see my answer on there too.

It is much less commercialised than Dalyan,lowkey with only a few foreign visitors.Most are Turkish people with just a handful of discerning international visitors.It is also a stop off for gulet cruises too so the bars and cafes around the harbour form the main extend of night time entertainment.

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thank you sarikanarya, although it looks lovely maybe just a bit to quiet for us, i will look at our next choice of bitez or yallikavak. thanks anyway. best wishes.

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Bitez would be good for you.Level ground all around the village,other than a steep hill up to Gumbet at one end but you have no need to go there.Things going on but not too much if that makes sense.Regular bus service into Bodrum 15 minutes away.40 minutes transfer time from Bodrum airport.No big concrete block hotels,just smaller friendly ones and some nice bars and restaurants all along the sea front.Clean sandy beach too and shallow sea for a long way out.

I've lived in both Datça and Bitez and both are lovely but for different reasons!

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4. Re: similar to dalyan?

thanks sarikanarya, i have seen you replying to posts on dalyan forum and you always seem to give good honest and sensible answers .thanks a lot , will take a look at bitez..best wishes.

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5. Re: similar to dalyan?

<<< loved the scenery, going to the beach by boat,not overly commercialised, just strolling, having a nice meal and drink and just chilling out. we are in late 50s,young at heart and i need somewhere quite flat( dicky knees) <<<

If you want to fly to Antalya check out Cirali.

if you prefer a quietish resort then have a look ...however you will not find any package holidays...transfer time 1.5 hrs from the Antalya airport...

Cirali ( Çıralı ) is a very lovely and unspoilt area...with Olimpos Roman ruins scattered in a pine forest, a secluded 4km non-touristy beach, fertile fields, and the Chimaera, the world's oldest and best-known natural "eternal flame". Also a natural nesting-ground for carretta carretta (loggerhead turtles).

Cirali tends to draw more families and mature toursits...the hotels and pensions are anywhere from 150m - 750 meters from the beach. All within a 5-10 minute walk.

Also the famous '' Chimaera '' burning mountain is located in the north end of the Cirali village...

This is the Chimaera or Yanartaş as it is know in Turkish .....Yanartaş - The mystical flames at the Chimaera. The Chimaera, a series of flames issuing out of cracks in the bare hillside, is one of the most unusual sites in the whole of Lycia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yanarta%c5%9f

You won't find Cirali like any of the places normally mentioned in this forum. No mass tourism or 5 star hotels. Just nice family own hotels and pansiyons. Small shops, quiet bars, restaurants, and no discos. It is more of a place for nature lovers.

But Cirali may not be for everyone as it does not have the waterparks, horseback riding, parasailing etc etc but it is closeto the town of Kemer that has many of these types of activities. You can rent a jeep, quad bikes, bikes etc to explore the nature and there are even some organized tours available as well but not to the grand scale that they are in other places.

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6. Re: similar to dalyan?

We stayed in Datca 2 years ago, it is actually nothing like Dalyan, it is a reasonable size working town which really surprised us but it has beautiful views from the promenade and harbour. The market is a proper market like Fethiye but without the tat! The town has a lovely laid back feel to it and the water and the air are crystal clear. It is definitely more Turkish with the exception of the marina, and we liked it a lot. It is mostly flat but if you don't have full mobility you may be stuck for something to do compared to Dalyan. We hired a car for the day to go to Knidos and explore the peninsular, it is pretty spectacular.

We came in from Marmaris by bus, a fabulous scenic journey and went out to Bodrum by ferry, equally scenic.

P.S. We have stayed in Cirali twice and liked that too.

Edited: 4:17 am, February 22, 2013
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scousemouse, thanks for your reply,it does sound nice. may still be tempted to try it !!!!!!!!!!!!! best wishes

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8. Re: similar to dalyan?

İ would not compare Datca to Dalyan at all. Nevertheless it is a quiet village with low key tourism. There are more places like Datca but closer to Dalaman. Check also Bozburun, Turunc, Akyaka, Patara.

İf Datca, you could also fly to Bodrum and take the ferry to Datca, of course that is if the times are convenient.

So far the only place that İ have seen really a bit like Dalyan is Andriake near Demre. A small harbor, a much smaller beach, a smaller river with a small delta... close to beautiful Myra, but Demre is not such a lovely town.

Good luck!

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9. Re: similar to dalyan?

Please don't disregard Datca. I spend around 8 weeks a year there and have been visiting for over 20 years. It has been changing in recent years and the council are gradually modernising it. Some of it I like and some I am not so sure about. There are 2 big marinas planned and I am not sure about those. The harbour has been renovated in the last couple of years and is so much nicer along with the town square. The scenery along the peninsula is breath taking and in my opinion probably the most beautiful on the whole of the Turkish coastline ( I have seen a lot of it). It is a bustling little harbour town with enough restaurants to satisfy me and a very good Saturday market. If you are there for a couple of weeks and feel the need to explore further you can get a day trip to the Greek Island of Symi, a ferry trip to Bodrum or a bus trip to Marmaris. The ancient city of Knidos is a must but I find it rather hot in August, it is a vast site and there is a hill to climb. In the main season you will not find it too quiet but it is a resort mainly frequented by Turkish families and Europeans who venture off the beaten track either by car, bus or come in on boats.

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10. Re: similar to dalyan?

Turkey... lovely country. I visited entire south-west coast during my six months stay several years ago.

If you are looking something as beautiful, with aboundance of unspoilt nature you should perhaps consider visiting Croatia. Number of gulets (most of them built in Turkey) is growing constantly so you can enjoy this kind of vacation as well.

And during turistic season number of flights from all European countries encrises rapidly, so you wouldnt have problem finding low budget flights :)

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