Once a traditional, peaceful fishing village, now Dalyan Turkey has become a major tourist attraction with numerous historical sites and natural scenery.

Set on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, Dalyan offers an abundance of surrounding hills and citrus fields. What’s characteristic of this place is the river that runs through the center to the sea.

Dalyan waterfront offers a variety of magnificent restaurants, cheerful bars, and a lively market. Although situated between the major tourist attractions of Marmaris and Fethiye, Dalyan has still remained a peaceful, tranquil and idyllic setting for many tourists.

Here is a complete travel guide that will help you plan your holiday for 2018/2019.

Try Some Traditional Food at the Local Restaurants

traditional food in dalyan turkey

There is a variety of Turkish restaurants along the waterfront that offer some of the best traditional Turkish dishes. Dalyan Turkey unlike most tourist destinations is less known for McDonald’s and similar British style eateries.

Sevgi Gozleme Restaurant is a great place to sit and relax while at the same watch the turtles in the river. You can even get bread to feed the fish if you like. It’s a perfect place for lunch, but also they make a delicious breakfast.

Scenic and beautiful location, warm welcome and tasty food… could you ask for more?

Natural Paradise Restaurant is the perfect spot if you want to try some fish and chips. It’s a good value for money…efficient service and delicious food. And what’s more..it’s a quite lovely and peaceful place where you can enjoy your meal and feel like home. The staff is very helpful and welcoming.

Experience the Traditional Dalyan Nightlife

summer nightlife in dalyan turke

Unlike major tourist destinations, Dalyan, Turkey is not really a place where you can look for buzzing nightlife. But don’t worry, Dalyan still has something to offer. There are a few bars and clubs that occasionally organize traditional Turkish nights with belly dances, traditional music, and dishes. You’ll get to experience the more traditional side of this peaceful and picturesque town.

Sofra bar, Efe bar, Tequila bar, and Green bar are just some of them.

Great bars – even greater fun… Perfect cocktails and drinks… efficient staff is looking after you…these bars will become your favourite getaway place during the summer nights.

Do Some Holiday Activities

dalyan turkey boat cruise

While visiting Dalyan, Turkey you can see and experience a lot of things. What about a boat cruise, a jeep safari, mountain biking, paragliding, kayaking in the sea? Fishing or snorkeling?

Or maybe flying over the Dalyan Delta? No place is better for turtle spotting and enjoying the stunning views of Iztuzu beach. All those fond of wildlife can enjoy bird watching.

However, Dalyan Turkey has something for the less active holidaymakers as well. You can visit the hot springs at Sultaniye and relax at the mud baths. Or you can try a massage or take a bath at the Turkish hammam.

Don’t forget to get to the famous Iztuzu beach. Here you can spend a relaxing day, lying on the beach, enjoying the warm sun and swimming in the crystal, clear waters.

History lovers can visit the magnificent Lycian cliff tombs or the old theatre, temples, churches, and baths in the nearby ancient town Kaunos.

Barbeques at the beach are also available but need to be booked in advance (through a tour operator or a hotel).

Does Dalyan Turkey Sound Like a Perfect Summer Destination?

Dalyan Turkey is more than just a scenic, tranquil town. With a variety of holiday activities, attractive historical sites, and things to see, it can be hard to choose how you want to spend your summer holiday.

Despite the plentiful activities, you can go for a lazier holiday and enjoy the stunning, sandy beaches with shallow, crystal waters.

Dalyan Turkey is a truly idyllic setting to soak up the sun, while at the same time offering entertainment for all those who want to be more active during their holiday.

Stunning scenery with a low level of development is what makes this place an unspoiled holiday destination. 

Start planning your holiday now!