You are now staying in Dalaman, you have obviously gone straight to the beach hoping to work on your tan all day long while lounging around on those powdery white sands. What’s next? You are lucky because Dalaman is one of the top paragliding destinations in the whole world. The beautiful small resort of Olu Deniz is the best one for that thanks to its truly mesmerizing panoramic views. The launch site at Babadag Mountain is considered to be among the best ones in Europe so if you are feeling adventurous, you have no excuse not to paraglide here. The breathtaking views over the legendary Blue Lagoon are well worth it!
Get to know the region’s vibrant history and visit some of the ancient sites dotted all over the place. Sun-drenched and stunning they make for lovely daytrips from Dalaman. The legendary ancient town of Ephesus, for example, is based in the nearby Izmir Province and is a must visit if you are staying in the area – the journey there will culminate in you discovering that marvellous ancient Greek city that tells the story of days long gone in a way that you could never get from a textbook. Among the most interesting sites here are the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Artemis and the Temple of the Sebastoi.
Another ancient Greek town based nearby is Myra in the Antalya Province – the home of the real life father Christmas, Saint Nicholas. An 11th century church here is now the Santa Claus Museum (Noel Baba Müzesi), while among the other attractions are also a large theatre which used to sit 13,000 and the necropolis Lycian rock tombs.
Exploring the ancient rock tombs near Dalyan is another great adventure for history buffs – constructed back in the 4th century BC by the Lycians, this is where ancient rock tombs and nature meet in a tantalising dance of beauty. In Fethiye, visit the beautiful Tomb of Amyntas, Kadyanda Ancient City, Gemiler and Aya Nikola.
Visiting a traditional Turkish spa is an absolute must. Where to start? Dalyan’s mud baths are not to be missed – indulge in the sulphur-rich baths here and enjoy an improved skin after a few moments of looking like a statue. Here you can have fun while beautifying your skin – two birds with one stone!
The Sultaniye Hot Springs are well-worth a visit as well combining ancient Roman sites with hot springs. The sulfur-infused waters are said to have a lot of health benefits including treating skin complaints, arthritis, muscle fatigue and rheumatism.
Sunbathing and water sports are, naturally, what we all expect from a great beach holiday and Dalaman offers plenty of those, too. Thanks to that hot Mediterranean climate ensuring sunshine and high temperatures throughout the year and those long shorelines of white sands, Dalaman is ideal for a beach chill out. Olu Deniz’s legendary Blue Lagoon is a firm favourite – easily one of the most beautiful lagoons (and one of the most photographed beaches in the world). Seeing those out of this world blue waters in person is something every traveller should do.
As this is Turkey’s Turquoise Coast expect splendid turquoise waters gently embracing the powdery beaches, the perfect base to a truly dreamy getaway. For endless miles of untouched sands head to Dalyan Delta, while Fethiye boasts plenty of pristine bays.
Party all night
History, culture and beaches aside, Dalaman is great for partying, too. If you consider a great night scene as a must for your holiday, then opting for buzzing Marmaris is your best bet! A popular cruise stop, a place that is absolutely perfect for sailing and diving, Marmaris offers both fun water activities and a lively nightlife. The marina is full of bars and restaurants, while the very appropriately named Bar Street is the one to hit if you are after that club scene – think back-to-back clubs and bars, absolutely buzzing all night long. ….Plus, visiting the Greek island of Rhodes is incredibly easy from Marmaris, too, as an added bonus!
So, thinking of visiting Dalaman or you have already been there? What are your top tips for a Dalaman holiday?