About Dalyan

Dalyan is situated on the South west coast of Turkey between Fetiye and Marmaris. Dalyan can offer visitors a wide range of activities. Boat trips, turtle watching, sports activities such as mountain biking, scuba diving, cultural interest, proximity to fine beaches, massage, shopping, restaurants and bars make Dalyan a popular destination for families and individuals alike. The town has become a popular destination over the last 10 years, but still retains its charming and friendly village character bringing repeat visitors year after year. Dalyan means "fishing weir" in Turkish. The town has developed on the banks of the river where the ‘dalyans’ are used to catch the Bass, Mullet and Sea Bream swimming back to the Mediterranean after spawning in Köyceğiz Lake.


Iztuzu Beach

At the mouth of the Dalyan river is Iztuzu beach. A four and a half kilometer long beach that stretches from the base of a pine-clad mountain to a river delta, with not a single house, shop or hotel in sight. The beach is a rare breading ground for the endangered logger head turtles who return here each year to lay their eggs, and as such is has been given Special Environmental Protection Area status. Protected by patrols from The SPA and students from Pamukkale University on a 21 year protection program the students locate the nests, put metal cages over them to prevent foxes or dogs digging them up, and are on hand when the hatchlings emerge. Iztuzu beach has won beach of the year awards and is one of the most popular attractions in of Dalyan.

Mud Baths

The Sultaniye mud Baths and hot springs, a short boat ride up the Dalyan River on the Koycegiz Lake are a must during a stay in Dalyan. The famous anti–ageing hot mud cleans and tones the skin while the 40 degree water in the hot springs is said to be curative against neuralgia and especially rheumatism. The ruins of the buildings from this period are submerged under the waters of the Koycegiz Lake. Boat trips are available which take in the town ok Koycegiz, a barbecue lunch and the baths and springs.

Dalyan River

The Dalyan River on which the town is situated is an area of immense natural beauty and has become one of Turkeys most treasure natural conservation areas. It was the location for the filming of the famous movie ‘African Queen’ starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn, doubling for the Nile River. Meandering between Koycegiz Lake and the Mediterranean, the river, a mixture of fresh and salt water, is surrounded by 5 meter high reeds and the river delta area is home to a vast number of fish and other water life. Marsh frogs, stripe-necked terrapins and lizards scurry for cover as your craft glides by.


Across the Dalyan river is the ancient city of Caunos. Build around 3000BC by Kaunos, son of Miletos, the city comprises an acropolis, roman baths, a Byzantine church, an antic theatre, and agora amongst other remains. Caunos was once a port city on the boarder between Lycia and Caria, but now lies inland of the Mediterranean after centuries of silt deposited by the Dalyan River have closed up the old harbor. Caunos can be visited by taking a boat across the river and walking to the ancient city. The views from the top of the river delta and the sea below are spectacular.

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