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Take a cruise down the river between the Mediterranean Sea and Koycegiz Lake to find this gorgeous town, an ancient city, pristine beaches and nesting turtles.

Dalyan is a small town in Turkey’s Muğla province, surrounded by spectacular natural and historical sites. Cruise down Dalyan’s picturesque river to find the umbrella-studded shore of İztuzu Beach. See loggerhead turtles sunning themselves in protected natural reserves, the ruins of an ancient Roman city and monolithic Lycian tombs carved into sheer cliff faces. Visit Dalyan for an experience of rural Turkey and enjoy local produce at the town’s Saturday market.

The Dalyan Çayı (River) is Dalyan’s main waterway, connecting the Mediterranean to Koycegiz Lake. Take a boat trip along the curving river and see a network of lush waterways and wetlands, where an abundance of fish and bird species live among the reeds. The wide sandbar of İztuzu Beach divides the delta and is an idyllic spot for relaxing on a rented beach lounge or on the sand. Go swimming in the warm, shallow waters.

Much of the wetlands make up the Köyceğiz-Dalyan Special Environmental Protection Area. Spot endangered loggerhead and green turtles arriving on İztuzu Beach to lay their eggs between May and October. Wooden stakes mark the turtles’ nesting areas. Storks, cranes and kingfishers can also be seen throughout the wetlands.

Stop by the thermal springs and mud baths near the town center to experience a natural and luxurious wellbeing treatment. Scrub the mineral-enriched mud over your body before washing it off in the lake or on-site shower facilities and relaxing in the hot springs.

See spectacular cliffs rising up from the river further downstream. Find the ancient façades of Lycian tombs, carved into the rock in 400 B.C. Nearby visit Kaunos, a trading city dating back to ancient Greek times. This fascinating site features ruins of an acropolis, a theater and the Heraklion fortress.

Explore Dalyan on a boat cruise. Rent a car to experience the region’s lush landscapes and views of Sülüngür Lake. Public minibuses (dolmuş) connect Dalyan to nearby cities Fethiye and Marmaris. Join a charter tour or rent your own boat for the day. Dalaman Airport is approximately a 40-minute drive away.

Where to stay in Dalyan

Dalyan City Center, Ortaca, Mugla, Turkey

Dalyan City Center

4.5/5Wonderful!(36 area reviews)

Unique features of Dalyan City Center include the river views and spas. Make a stop by Sea Turtles Statue or Dalyan Mosque while you're exploring the area.

Dalyan City Center

Top hotels in Dalyan

Dalyan Resort - Special Class
Dalyan Resort - Special Class
4 out of 5
Maras Mah. 114. Sok. No:12, Dalyan, Ortaca, Mugla
The price is £63 per night from 31 Oct to 1 Nov

Located in Dalyan City Center, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kaunos Rock Tombs and Dalyan Mosque. Sea Turtles Statue and Kaunos are also within 1 ...

3.8/5Good! (46 reviews)
A beautiful, relaxing well kept hotel

"Great location, easy to relax in, no rush for the sunbed here. Service impecable, staff can’t do enough for you. Genuine friendly people in the resort. They pride themselves on serving organic local produce. On the minus side management although highly visible throughout don’t have any interest in ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Aug 2019

Dalyan Resort - Special Class
Midas Pension
Midas Pension
Maras Mahallesi Kaunos Sokak No. 32, Ortaca, Mugla

Located in Dalyan City Center, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lycian Rock Tombs and Kaunos. Lake Köyceğiz and Iztuzu Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

4.9/5Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Great stay, simple and highly recommended!

"Midas is a great little pension that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others. Basic but spotlessly clean and comfortable rooms, Perfect peaceful location on the rover but within easy walking distance to town, lovely view of the tombs and family service with a smile. Loved it and I will be ..."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jul 2020

Midas Pension
Dalyan Terrace Hotel
Dalyan Terrace Hotel
Dalyan Mah., Yali Sok., No. 7, Ortaca
The price is £14 per night from 10 Nov to 11 Nov

Located in Dalyan City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dalyan Mosque and Sea Turtles Statue. Lycian Rock Tombs and Kaunos Rock Tombs are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (50 reviews)

"Yataklar çok temizdi.Ayrıca çatı katında manzaralı kahvaltı güzeldi.Teşekkürler"…"

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2020

Dalyan Terrace Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Dalyan

Beautiful 4 Bedroom Family Villa - Shared Pool, Secure Garden and Free Wifi
Beautiful 4 Bedroom Family Villa - Shared Pool, Secure Garden and Free Wifi
321 sokak, Ortaca, Mugla

Located in Dalyan City Center, this villa is within a 10-minute walk of Sea Turtles Statue, Dalyan Mosque and Lycian Rock Tombs. Kaunos Rock Tombs and Lake Köyceğiz ...

4.3/5Excellent! (9 reviews)
Summer break

"Lovely property and very quiet, although the whole of Dalyan was quieter this year also. Easy walking distance to town centre. Lovely pool - quite deep but nice to cool off in."…"

Reviewed on 1 Sep 2020

Beautiful 4 Bedroom Family Villa - Shared Pool, Secure Garden and Free Wifi
Villa Ozalp Apartments
Villa Ozalp Apartments
MARAS MAHALLESI OZALP SOK NO 1, Ortaca
The price is £20 per night from 5 Nov to 6 Nov

Located in Dalyan City Center, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dalyan Mosque and Sea Turtles Statue. Lycian Rock Tombs and Kaunos Rock Tombs are ...

4/5Very Good! (21 reviews)

"Great place to stay! Nice big & comfortable accommodation leading onto pool. Really happy we stayed here (for 3 nights rather than just the 1 as planned)"…"

Reviewed on 9 Nov 2019

Villa Ozalp Apartments
Yakut Apart Hotel
Yakut Apart Hotel
Ataturk Mah. Cinar Sokak No :20, Ortaca
The price is £10 per night from 30 Oct to 31 Oct

Located in Dalyan City Center, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sea Turtles Statue and Dalyan Mosque. Lycian Rock Tombs and Kaunos Rock Tombs are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (16 reviews)

"Although this hotel had advertised breakfast, as an additional payment, no breakfast was available. There was no hot water, until the evening, and generally old outdated furniture. The mini TV offered only one English speaking channel, Al Jazeera, a news program. I shall not return."…"

Reviewed on 19 Nov 2018

Yakut Apart Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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