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“A different side to Turkey”

Dalyan Special Environmental Protection Area
Ranked #4 of 28 things to do in Dalyan
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Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

We came to Dalyan mud baths and turtle beach as part of a day trip from Marmaris. Well worth it the scenery, boat, mud baths, tombs, turtle experience and beach are all magnificent.

Thank hoopydays
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Dalyan (August 2013)
Dalyan is an amazing small town with plenty to see and do surrounding it. I have just stayed there for a week and would go back again (I like to travel and never go back to the same place twice, but would here). It is a small town with river front restaurants, shopping bazaars, small 3 story hotels etc as its forbidden to build high to maintain the area. Its only 25mins from airport as well. Cheap place to stay, many small hotels and some lead onto the river where the boats will pick you up from your hotel for trips. Trips thata can be taken from there include:Rhodes, Pamukale, Cappadocia, Marmmaris and other nearby places. I went to Kos in Greece but it was not as easy from here and unless you like a trek, its better to stay in Bodrum to go there. I got dolmus from Dalyan to Ortaca, then Ortaca to Mula, then Mula to Bodrum. It took about 4 hours and then had to stay overnight in Bodrum to get ferry next morning as it only goes at 9.30 and returns at 4.30. Kos town is a nice place to spend a day and you can easily see the ruins, shops and eat in that time.
Lycian Rock Tombs & Kaunos Ruins
The big attraction locally are the Lycian Rock Tombs which can be seen at the river front and nearby Kaunos ruins that can be reached on foot in about half hour easy walk up hill. There are organised trips to the ruins on their own or as part of another trip but you can go across by rowing boat for about £2 return and walk. There are great views from the ruins and you can access all parts of them. You will have the company of the local goats! No shelter so take hat, water and sun cream. Small café and shop.
Iztuzu Beach
Beautiful beach reached by public bus or boat (Dolmus). A few wooden shacks serving fast food like chips, burgers, kebabs etc. Beach showers, toilets, umbrellas for hire.
Turtle feeding and watching
Again cheap from the river front, a boat trip at 9am every morning to spot the wild loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta). You will be in a boat with a few people and so can be difficult to see from front where the turtles are fed, but they do pop up all around the boats where they are enticed by a feeding boat by a woman with a line and fish and crabs. Hard to get pictures as they pop up and down quite fast and you mainly get head shots if you are quick.
Turtle Hospital
There is a turtle hospital nearby the beach and a bus will take you there from the centre of Dalyan at the bus stops near the Mosc. You get a plastic card for your bus ticket and entrance to hospital and return on bus . There are Loggerhead and green turtles in large tanks with injuries etc that are treated, rehabilitated and released. Donations can be put in a box.
All very cheap while there. Would definitely go again. Would recommend for first time visitors to Turkey.

Thank Pete27_10
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Dalyan is about being close to nature. I am so happy that no big complexes are allowed, buildings can't have more than 2 floors. If only they would stop building villas and new hotels now. I've seen it change over the past 15 years. Cotton fields have disappeared. Guys: the place is big enough, please let the remaining fields be fields.

Thank chris s
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Saw turtles very rare but the crabs they like to eat are nearby this year, well managed area if everyone is respectful

Thank maria s
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

This is a free attraction. The people there were very informative and we saw huge loggerhead turtles being treated - they eat jellyfish, you learn something new every day !!

Thank saturnstan
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