Dalaman area holidays showcase the best of the Turquoise Coast, with all-star beaches, nightlife and natural beauty.

Turquoise Turkey

The Dalaman area sits in a crescent-shaped scoop of Turkey’s south-west coast. Thanks to its bright blue waters and Insta-worthy beaches, it’s actually known as the Turquoise Coast. Icmeler and Sarigerme put their sand-smothered stretches in the spotlight – the beach at Icmeler is a sweep of golden sand, kitted out for adventurous watersports and less-adventurous sunbathing. Sarigerme, meanwhile, is on the site of an ancient city, Pilsilis, and has its own national-park-protected ribbon of sand.

Laidback days and lively nights

When it comes to pace, things are pretty diverse in the Dalaman area. Marmaris has two main beaches in its midst – by day, they’re strips of sunbather-friendly sand backed by snack spots and restaurants. By night, the bars pick up and party-seekers make their way to the main strip, where doors tend to stay open ‘til sunrise. Over in Fethiye, the cobble-covered old quarter is dotted with vine-shaded cafés, and is a good place to while away a day. Come sunset, a 15-minute taxi ride will get you to its neon neighbour, Hisaronu, with its party-‘til-dawn main street.

Insta-friendly sights

If you’re looking to lock in those #blessed Insta posts, Olu Deniz and Ovacik have natural beauty coming out of their ears. Both spots are nestled at the foot of brochure-ready Babadag Mountain. Thrill-seekers are taken care of, too – the mountain’s popular with paragliders. Once you’ve left the skies behind, make your way to the main event – the Blue Lagoon. This big, bright-blue pool’s surrounded by a stretch of sand and it’s seriously easy on the eye. You’ll have seen it all over socials already, we’re sure. Plus, you can try your hand at watersports like kayaking here.

At a Glance

  • Visit the loggerhead turtles on Iztuzu Beach
  • Snap some pics of the famous Blue Lagoon at Olu Deniz
  • Take a dip in Dalyan’s traditional Turkish mud baths

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