Not directly near the sea...
This charming little town is slightly further inland, located at the Dalyan river, which connects the sea to Lake Köycegiz. The river banks are home to the graves of former Lycian kings and are carved into the steep rock formations. If you continue by boat down the river, you will reach the ruins of Kaunos. Only a few years ago, the inhabitants of Dalyan still lived off the land and fishing, but the town quickly became famous for its turtle beach and plans were made to build a large hotel in the 1990s. Fortunately the project was abandoned as a result of national and international protest by conservationists, but the town began to welcome tourists and quickly transformed itself in a resort with many restaurants, bars, hotels and guesthouses. The former natural paradise is now under threat from the large number of tourists being guided by fishermen in their boats. We can offer you a small charming resort by the river, with a beautiful garden where you can enjoy complete relaxation after all your sightseeing.
A definite must are the boat trips to Kaunos to visit its beautiful historic ruins. Other great excursions include boat trips to the large weekly market in Köycegiz at the lake with the same name, as well as the famous mud baths. Most hotels and guesthouses have their own boats for transporting their guests to Istuzu.
There are good dolmus connections to Fethiye, Marmaris and many other smaller nearby places, with departures several times a day. Rental cars There are several local rental car companies. If you would like to begin your travels in Dalyan, then we would recommend that you rent a car at Dalaman airport, which is located only 40 km from Dalyan.
Organised tours Yesil Dalyan is one of the oldest travel agencies in Dalyan and organises reliable day trips to all major historic sites in the local area at reasonable prices. Airport transfers can be booked here as well. Sport and leisure Diving is available through the Blue Diving Centre and there are several companies offering kayaking, rafting, trekking and mountain biking.
The Iztuzu beach is a fantastic sandy beach, which is also perfect for children. It became famous as a turtle beach, but there is now a separate protected beach for turtles. The Asi beach is a lovely, idyllic place, which can be reached by car via an off-road access way. This pebble beach offers you some privacy and you can enjoy some very tasty Turkish food at the local lokanta.