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Dalyan is an extraordinary coastal town. It has historic ruins which wouldn’t be out of place in an Indiana Jones movie. The area features stunning rivers and deltas perfect for lazy boat trips and exploring the coastline. It was even the site of a famous legal and conservation battle about loggerhead turtles versus property developers. Spoiler alert: the turtles won. Both a significant holiday destination and a sleepy fishing village, this is our Turkish resort guide to Dalyan.

Situated 24km from Dalaman, in many way Dalyan is a laid-back little town. Home to around 5,000 permanent residents, the population swells to tens of thousands in the Summer. It is an excellent base for visiting the neighbouring attractions and incredible natural features. These include the ancient site of Kaunos, the freshwater lake of Köyceğiz with hot springs and the Iztuzu beach.

In the Summer the fertile waterways bring an armada of boats from Marmaris and Fethiye, eager to explore. It offers a real breath of fresh air from the major tourist centres.

Iztuzu Beach

Now known as ‘Turtle Beach’, it has a long stretch of soft sand. Relax under the warm Mediterranean sun and swim in calm, shallow waters. Perfect for families with little children.

Dalyan became (in)famous in 1986 with a controversial legal battle between developers and conservationists. Developers planned to build a luxury hotel on nearby Iztuzu beach, a renowned hatching ground for loggerhead turtles. At loggerheads (!) for years, the conservationists won their legal fight, an the beach is now protected by statute. As a result, the town has since marketed itself as a bastion of ecology (take it with a pinch of salt when you see all of the usual tourist stuff in the town centre), and you’ll see the turtle motif everywhere! If you don’t come back from holiday with a turtle soft toy, key-ring or t-shirt, something has gone very wrong.

Dalyan Sites

The maze-like river, the Dalyan Çayı, is at the heart of the village. Many hotels, ‘pansiyons’ (B&B) and restaurants line the river’s east bank. Naturally travelling by boat is the only way to navigate from site to site. Boats heading downstream pass the spectacular fourth-century BC temple. The ancient Lycian tombs are hewn into the cliffs and date back to the Roman period. Just stunning, particularly at sunset.

Wonderful bays and coves are created as the river wraps around numerous islands. If all you want to do is find a beautiful remote beach and not move for several hours, Dalyan is for you.

Food and Drink

Both the old village and the town centre have a choice of restaurants, bars and cafés. Unlike other resorts, the nightlife is much calmer. Some bars will stay open late, but there are not scores of nightclubs as you might find across the water.

If you’re a sucker for a local market, you won’t be disappointed. Every Saturday a loud, vibrant market takes over the streets. Practise your negotiation skills with the Turkish street-sellers and find a bargain! When you have finished shopping, park up in a local restaurant and enjoy the area’s most popular menu item, Gözleme (filled pancake).


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    Investment Opportunity – 18 Bedroom ApartHotel in Dalyan for sale

    Situated on the fringes of the beautiful tourist destination of Dalyan, this is a substantial 450m2 property over 3 buildings, used as self-catering accommodation. There are a total of 18 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, and a mix of apartments and villas to suit many guest types. There are 5 apartments of 60m2 (2+1) and a further 4 villas/duplex apartments, all 2+1 and 60m2 living area each. In addition guests can benefit from a large 60m2 swimming pool, covered terrace, bar, BBQ area and gardens. With the property being sold furnished and equipped, this would make an excellent turnkey investment. There is also the potential to exploit the site further. If desired, an additional 5% footprint can be developed, that is, 100+100 m2 duplex in a fourth block according to the new zoning plan. The picturesque town of Dalyan is located on the southwest coast of Turkey. The location has it surrounded by an environmentally protected area and, as such, visitors are able to take in Mother Nature's finest qualities like meandering rivers golden beaches, lovely lakes and towering mountains! A perfect example of international tourism bringing prosperity to an area while also preserving environmental preservation. For more details on this excellent tourist investment property in Dalyan, get in touch!
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    Attractive Dalyan Villa for sale with Pool

    This impressive-looking 4 bedroom villa has a large balcony which overlooks the private swimming pool and garden - and which also has lovely mountain views. The property is in Dalyan, within walking distance of the town centre with all shops and services, but also a short walk from the river itself which winds through the town. With 150m2 of living space, 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, this would make a sizeable holiday home for a family, but could also be lived in all-year-round. The property benefits from ceramic tile flooring throughout, excellent standard of fixtures and fittings and air-conditioning. It comes fully-furnished, so is a perfect turnkey property for someone wanting to move in, drop the cases and get into the pool! Dalyan is one of the most beautiful places in Turkey, with its virgin nature and immaculate sea. The town has a peaceful holiday vibe that will relax you after long days spent exploring historical sites such as Kaunos city, Rock Tombs and Mud Baths! Please contact us for more information or to book your viewing!
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    3 Bedroom Dalyan Villa for sale

    Situated close to the centre of Dalyan, this is an interesting 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom duplex villa with a lovely garden. The villa includes a large open plan living area, fitted kitchen and wooden parquet floors throughout. There are several balconies and a large terrace wrapped around the private swimming pool. BBQ area, driveway and garage. The property is situated close to Dalyan town centre and shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. It is also walking distance to the river - you can stroll from the property down along the river and to the pier. Situated just 30 minutes from Dalaman International Airport.
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