Aptly named the Turquoise Coast, it is easy to see why Dalaman is such a popular destination. Vivid blue waters, coves, bays and long stretches of sand make the area the perfect spot for holidaymakers wanting to relax. Sat on the coastal plains of the Dalaman Stream, this small Mediterranean farming town has a beautiful backdrop of the Golgeli Mountains, alongside the Aegean Sea.
Dalaman is great for sight-seeing - from the ancient cities of Kaunos and Tlos, it is a region of great history and architecture. Other great ways to see the area is by gulet, traditional Turkish boats, or by island hopping.
This exceptionally beautiful part of Turkey has a wealth of history, culture and incredible natural wonders. From mud baths, ancient tombs, quiet beaches and rare wildlife habitat, Dalaman has something to offer everyone.
Top hotels in Dalaman
Kervansaray Marmaris Hotel
Garcia Resort & Spa
Olu Deniz, Dalaman
Pineta Club Hotel
Pineta Park Deluxe Hotel
Green Nature Resort & Spa
Jiva Beach Resort
Nicholas Park Hotel
At a glance
- Language: Turkish
- Time Zone: GMT +3
- Average flight time: 4h 10m
When to go
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There are many natural attractions in Dalaman. The best way to experience Dalaman’s waters is on a gulet cruises. Sailing aboard the traditional, single-mast wooden vessels allows you to take in the beautiful Turquoise Coast and swim, snorkel, wind surf the peaceful bays.
Olu Deniz National Park is one of the exceptional, unmissable sights you must visit. The Blue Lagoon is the centrepiece of Olu Deniz National Park which is surrounded by white sandy beaches. Meaning “Sea of the Dead", Olu Deniz is sheltered by high densely wooded hills on three sides. The turquoise waters and untouched Belceğiz beach are a paradise for water sports enthusiasts and sun seekers alike.
If you enjoy hiking, why not take the Lycian Way walking trail that starts off in the park. There are plenty of other trails that lead up into the hills, with breath taking views down to the lagoon and further out to sea.
Away from Dalaman flows the Dalyan River, which is home to two freshwater species of turtle, the Caretta-carretta and Loggerhead turtles. The only way to see these rare turtles is by boat, which sets sail along the river through floating reed beds. You will be able to spot the turtles quite easily due to the clear waters and they often swim up to boats looking for food.
Wine and Dine
Stemming from the Ottoman era, traditional Dalaman cuisine is rich in fish, vegetables, lamb and yoghurt. Yoghurt also features in Ayran, a typical Turkish drink. For a Turkish delight, snack on a Kofte or doner kebabs, or try a Borek, a pastry stuffed with cheese.
Restaurants in the area are reasonable and usually family owned, providing fresh, home cooked meals in a warm environment. Expect to start your meal with a variety of soup when eating in a Dalaman restaurant.
For an unforgettable dining experience, book a table at Serene dining Akkaya Garden. It’s locally sourced ingredients are used to create delicious dishes like chicken shish or a mixed grill, whilst you enjoy the unique surroundings. Located in a pine tree filled valley, you will see waterfalls and ponds, where you can spot an array of wildlife. The outdoor restaurant also features a pool and lounge in the gardens.
It wouldn’t be a family holiday in Turkey if you didn’t spend a day on the beach. Dalaman has more than 1,600 kilometres of coastline to enjoy, so pick your spot. Oludeniz is a great place to take the kids as the famous Blue Lagoon provides an amazing natural swimming pool.
In nearby Marmaris you can take the whole family on a horse safari in the countryside. Or if the kids need an excuse to get muddy, then take a mud bath in the waters of Dalyan. Besides being lots of fun, the mud is believed to help with skin conditions, and keep your youthfulness.
Also in Marmaris is the Atlantic Waterpark where you and the children can have fun on the slides and flumes.
Action and Adventure
With an abundance of natural wonders, Dalaman will inject a bit of adrenaline into your holiday. From swimming to scuba diving and jet skiing, there’s lots of action to keep to suit everyone.
Adventure seekers can go paragliding in Olu Deniz or try out the water sports in Ovacik. To see the unspoilt areas of the region, walk the Lycian Way. The trail will take you between scenic Fethiye and Antalya.
During the summer, watch the one-day Festival of the sea on Kalkan beach. The annual water sports event features swimming races, kayaking, water-skiing and jet-skiing as well as the entertaining greasy pole competition.
Life's a Beach
Dalaman looks out to the Aegean Sea which is bordered by wonderful beaches. An ideal place to relax and unwind is the beach resort of Calis, whilst Olu Deniz - is one of Turkey’s best beaches and is an international mecca of paragliding.
Part of the Turkish Riviera, Kaputas is a wild beach surrounded by mountains, and can be reached from the road by a long stairway. At Icmeler, its three Blue Flag beaches offer the perfect spot for sunbathing.
Because Dalaman is at the mouth of a river and on the coast, it is close to many islands that boast stunning beaches. Cleopatra Island is ringed by silky-soft beached, peppered with olive groves. Kizil Island is perfect for picnics with its lovely cove and is blanketed in pine trees.
A holiday in Dalaman is perfect if you enjoy quieter nights, away from noisy bars and nightclubs. The understated nightlife means you are bound to rub shoulders with the friendly locals in the bars.
If you want to party all night, there is a great nightlife scene across the region, from the nearby resorts of Dalyan, Icmeler and Marmaris to Olu Deniz and Hisaronu. These towns have a host of trendy bars and buzzing nightclubs beside the coast.
For something more traditional, catch a Turkish show, including belly dancing and music, at one of the local resorts.
The Turquoise Coast is bound to make you and your partner fall in love all over again. From secluded beaches to romantic restaurants, Dalaman is the destination for couples.
For an extra special evening, watch the sun go down with a cocktail Sat Beach Club. This laid back club has a seating area where you can catch some rays, a restaurant and a bar, where the waiters will even serve drinks straight to your sunbed on the beach.
If the Blue Lagoon at Olu Deniz doesn’t take your breath away, then slip beneath the radar and head west along the coast to the village of Sarigerme. As one of Turkey’s best kept secrets, its home to a quiet beach and a collection of traditional restaurants.
To see the rich cultural heritage of Turkey during your Dalaman holiday, take a trip to some of the smaller settlements in the area. Sarigerme village is a great example of traditional Turkish culture, with its historic streets.
The Dalaman region was once home to the Persians, Athenians, Ottomans, Romans and who left relics and ruins of their cultural traditions and customs. Today, you can explore the ancient Lycian Rock Tombs, discover Roman ruins and explore the local settlements.
Further afield you can see a little more culture by taking a boat up the charming Dalyan River to the ancient city of Kaunos. Explore the ancient ruins of the Acropolis, the Roman Baths and the Byzantine Basilica.