Dalaman is a town and seaside resort on Turkey's beautiful southwestern coast. Dalaman also gives its name to the region, which includes a stunning stretch of coastline that has been aptly nicknamed the 'Turquoise Coast'. Few places can compare when it comes to Dalaman's magical combination of beautiful shoreline, fascinating culture and glorious natural landscapes.
The most popular resorts along the Dalaman Coast are Marmaris, Icmeler, Fethiye, Hisaronu, Calis Beach, and Dalyan. Each has a distinct personality, but all of them share glorious scenery – fabulous beaches and azure seas set against a dramatic mountainous backdrop. Whether you choose it as your end or 2017 treat, or 2018's week of bliss, Dalaman is one of Turkey's top holiday destinations.
As well as the beautiful beaches and lively resorts, Dalaman is home to ancient sites such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaunos and the fortified city of Tlos. There are hot springs, natural mud baths, enchanting islands, and several magnificent protected nature reserves including the Marmaris National Park and the heavenly blue lagoon in Olu Deniz.
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Most popular hotels in Dalaman
Julian Club Hotel
Pineta Park Deluxe Hotel
Jiva Beach Resort
Letoonia Club & Hotel
Olu Deniz, Dalaman
Kervansaray Marmaris Hotel
Blue Bay Platinum
At a glance
- Language: Turkish
- Time Zone: GMT +3
- Average flight time: 4h 5m
When to go
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The heavenly beaches and coves are the main attraction of the Dalaman Coast, which is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt to be found along the Mediterranean. One of the best ways to explore this coastline is to take a cruise in a gulet, a traditional Turkish sailing boat. The bustling resorts are well-equipped and inviting, with fantastic amenities and a wide array of water sports including snorkelling and diving.
Other unmissable attractions including the breath taking Blue Lagoon in Olu Deniz and the wonderful thermal springs and mud-baths, which have drawn visitors for two millennia, at Dalyan. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kaunos, the fortified city of Tlos, and the ruins of Hellenic cities such as Physkos and Amos (both set in the Marmaris National Park) all attest to the importance of this region in ancient times. Visit Pamukkale, which means ‘Cotton City’, to admire the ruins of the ancient Greco-Roman city and wallow in the hot springs.
For your typical tourist friendly beach holiday, the must visit resorts include Marmaris, Iclemer, Fethiye and Sarigerme.
Wine and Dine
There are restaurants and cafés to suit every palate along the Dalaman Coast, where the resorts are well practised at catering to the tastes of international travellers. There is a fantastic choice of eateries, which range from international chains to simple, family run taverns and award-winning restaurants run by celebrated chefs. Many also offer traditional Turkish music and dance.
The wonderful meze is a collection of small dishes usually served as a starter: they might include dolma (stuffed vegetables), fried mussels or squid, marinated fish, fried pastries, greens in a tasty yogurt and garlic sauce. Main courses are typically grilled seafood or meat. Other traditional favourites include taze fasulye, green bears with tomato and onion, kebaps (skewered lamb, beef or chicken), kofte (meatballs), manti (dumplings) and lahmacun (a pizza-like dish topped with meat and onions).
The Dalaman region’s fantastic beaches are, of course, a huge part of its appeal. Families are particularly drawn to Calis Beach, which has plenty of facilities but remains quiet and laid-back. Olu Deniz is another fantastic option for families: the Blue Lagoon is exquisitely beautiful, and the waters are calm enough for even the youngest children. Older kids and teenagers will love the enormous range of water sports on offer, particularly the wind-surfing and kite-surfing, and energetic kids will enjoy tramping through the forested mountains inland in search of waterfalls and natural swimming pools. Many of the ancient sites, particularly Pamukkale and Kaunos, will capture the imaginations of children. There are waterparks at Marmaris and Olu Deniz with plenty of white-knuckle rides, and kids will also enjoy the gulet (traditional Turkish boat) cruises between the islands. Don’t miss Turtle Beach if you have animal-mad kids – come during nesting season to see the little hatchlings make their way to the water.
Action and Adventure
There is action and adventure at every turn in the Dalaman region. One of the most unforgettable things to do is paraglide from the top of Babadag mountain all the day down to the beach: the views over Olu Deniz and the Blue Lagoon are spectacular. You could also trek along a section of the Lycian Way, a magnificent long-distance hiking trail that runs for 540 kilometres between Fethiy and Antalya. The Lycian mountains are also full of fantastic mountain-biking trails, which suit cyclists of all levels. And of course you can try your hand at all kinds of water sports, from kite-surfing to sea kayaking.
Life's a Beach
There are scores of breathtaking beaches all along the Dalaman Coast, including those in all the main resorts of Marmaris, Olu Deniz, Icmeler, Fethiye, Hisaronu, Calis Beach, and Sarigerme. Many of them have been awarded Blue Flag status – Icmeler, for example, has no less than three Blue Flag beaches. But the most attractive of them all – perhaps the most beautiful in all Turkey – are the stunning beaches of the Blue Lagoon in Olu Deniz. All of the resort beaches boast plenty of amenities and great facilities for water sports. Other beaches that are worth a visit include Iztuzu Beach (also known as Turtle Beach), which is 13 kilometres from Dalyan. These vast, wide strands are beautiful and rarely crowded, and, best of all, are home to endangered loggerhead turtles (carretta carretta). Sarigerme beach, located 5 kilometres southwest of Dalaman, is particularly charming and well-kept, and is comparatively uncrowded.
There are plenty of all-inclusive hotels along the Dalaman Coast, which offer all kinds of fantastic entertainment, from live music and traditional dance to bars and nightclubs. If you’re looking for lively nights with plenty of bars and clubs, then head to Icmeler, Fethiye and neighbouring Hisaronu or Marmaris. Bar Street in Marmaris lives up to its name, and is chock-a-block with popular nightspots. If you prefer something quieter and more laid-back, then Dalyan is for you. It has plenty of places to enjoy a drink but the nightlife is considerably less intense than in other resorts. Calis Beach is also a good option if you’re looking for relaxation and low-key entertainment.
The Dalaman region is the perfect destination for a romantic holiday. The stunning coastline and exquisite beaches are the ideal backdrop for romance, particularly the truly breathtaking Blue Lagoon. You could take a gulet (traditional Turkish boat) cruises, and hop between the islands in search of a secluded cove. You can take your pick among dozens of atmospheric beach clubs, where you could sip a romantic cocktail at sunset, then follow it up with a candle-lit dinner, perhaps with some local music or dancing. Marmaris is full of lively clubs if you want to dance all night long, or you could enjoy a mud bath or a dip in the natural hot springs at Pamukkale.
The Dalaman area is home to two superb UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites: Kaunos, an ancient city which dates back to the 9th century BC, and Pamukkale, a spectacularly beautiful Greco-Roman settlement. Pamukkale, which is nicknamed ‘Cotton Castle’ in Turkish, is famous for its brilliant white terraces and pools which spill down the side of a steep valley. It is now one of the most visited attractions in Turkey. Both sites are set in extraordinarily beautiful natural settings, and shouldn’t be missed. These are just two of the highlights of a slew of remarkable ancient sites that are found across this region, including magnificent rock tombs and Byzantine ruins. Many of the resorts and towns, including Fethiye, host traditional markets where you can admire local crafts and pick up souvenirs.