Breath-taking views make Dalaman’s pebble-covered beaches simply irresistible. Situated on the south west coast of Turkey, Dalaman offers bustling bazaars, water sports and dry hot weather. During the summer months, temperatures can exceed 30˚C. Fly from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Dalaman for sun, sea and shopping.
Bathed in sun, Dalaman is blessed with white sandy beaches and is fondly known as the turquoise coast. For those who enjoy taking it easy while on holiday, with plenty of lazy days with a cocktail in hand gazing out to sea, Dalaman is calling. Calis beach is perfect for topping up your tan while lovers of watersports head to Marmaris, one of the city’s most vibrant beaches, which is adorned with restaurants and cafes. Patara, is one of the most beautiful beaches you’ll ever set eyes on and stretches over 11 miles. With pristine, unspoilt coastline, it’s worth the journey from Dalaman to Patara, which is just over one and a half hours.
If you’re not relaxed after a day at the beach, why not take a long soak in a natural mud bath in Dalyan. An area of outstanding beauty and home to the world-famous Turtle Beach, get ready for some serious pampering. With rejuvenating properties, tourists flock to the naturally occurring mud baths and hot springs in Dalyan. If you’re lucky, you may also have a chance to watch Loggerhead turtles as they arrive at the beach to lay their eggs.
If that isn’t exciting enough, thousands of people travel to Dalaman in Turkey each year to paraglide off Babadag Mountain. For approximately £40, you can take flight and view the Blue Lagoon and Butterfly Valley of Dalaman from above. There is nothing quite like it!
Once you’ve got your feet back on the ground, head to the authentic Turkish bazaars and street stalls to haggle your way to a sweetly priced box of rose or pistachio flavoured Turkish delight; a sweet memento of your time in Turkey. You can also find a number of authentic Turkish restaurants hidden down alleys and streets that will serve up local delicacies such as grilled lamp fish, mullah kofti and pide, a Turkish pizza.
It has recently come to the surface that an ancient underwater town, which used to be part of nearby island Kerkova, can now be explored by tourists visiting Dalaman. Under-water exploration of the sunken city has been banned since 1986 in order to protect the remains, but the ban may be overturned by Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The city’s inhabitants, The Lycians, were an ancient civilisation who date back to the 14th century BCE and were recorded as hard-working and wealthy people who were fiercely defensive about their freedom. You can see and experience the sunken city from above, by taking a paddle board out on the norther shore of Kekova.
If you like what you’ve heard about The Lycians so far, take your history lesson further with a trip to the Lycian tombs, which are carved into the cliff faces near Fethiye. Carved into the rock face, high above the town below, climb the stairs to the highest and most important rock tomb, the Tomb of Amyntas. Enjoy the panoramic views over Fethiye that the Lycian tombs offer and enjoy a meal at the Kings Garden Restaurant, which is conveniently located just an easy walk from the tombs.
If you time your visit to Fethiye well, you could also explore the biggest market in the region, which is held on a Tuesday, and make your way through the aromatic spice stalls, handmade leather goods and traditional rugs and ceramics. Be sure to stop at one of the local tavernas and sample Mezze dishes and freshly-caught seafood. Finish your day out in Fethiye with a traditional and sweet Turkish coffee as you watch the sunset.