With its riverfront setting, ancient tombs and adorable Turtle Beach, holidays to Dalyan offer a glimpse into Turkey's hidden wonders.

Turquoise Coast

Tucked between Marmaris and Fethiye on Turkey's south-west shores, Dalyan's a traditional fishing village with its own natural perfume thanks to citrus orchards and pine trees. The lively main street's got family-friendly restaurants as well as lively bars, and there are ancient ruins around quaint corners.

Get ready for action

It's not all lazy days along the Turquoise Coast. Beach sports and bike rides are popular here, and you can pack in historical sites for your culture fix. Take a trip across the river to the spectacular ruins of ancient Kaunos – home to the grand resting places of past kings.

Meet the sea turtles

The loggerhead nesting sites on Iztuzu Beach are downright magical. It's a 30-minute boat ride along the picturesque river delta – the scenery and chilled atmosphere alone are worth the trip. Time your visit right, and you might see newborns making their mad dash through the sand to the surf.

At a Glance

  • Feast on kebabs at a clifftop restaurant
  • Stock up on spices at Dalyan’s Saturday market
  • Tiptoe around turtle nesting sites at Iztuzu Beach