Settled on the Dalyan river in Turkey, between Marmaris and Fethiye, the beautiful town of Dalyan will fascinate you with its natural beauties. The beautiful scenery, fantastic sea view, sandy beach with crystal clear waters, and natural treasures make this place worth a visit.

If you ever decide to visit Turkey, here are the top 7 things to do in Dalyan:  

1. Go Cruising on the Dalyan River

Dalyan river

If you want to see some of the most popular attractions in Dalyan, you should go on a full day sightseeing boat cruise from the Bodrum Peninsula, along the picturesque Dalyan river.

Here, you will have a great time observing the amazing natural landscapes, natural wonders and remains of the history of Dalyan. Your boat tour will finish watching sea turtles and relaxing on the amazing Iztuzu Beach.

2. Bathe in the Natural Mud Baths and Thermal Pools

mud baths

One of the most exciting things to do in Dalyan is to bathe in the natural mineral mud baths and thermal sulfur pools with healing water at the lake Koycegiz. This improves people’s health and has rejuvenating properties.

Spread the mud on your body, let it dry in the sun and wash it off after it dries under the Sultaniye thermal springs. Besides removing all the toxins from your body, you will definitely have a lot of fun doing that.

3. See the Ancient Lycian Tombs

Lycian tombs

Visit the ancient Lycian tombs is one of the must things to do in Dalyan. Here, you will see part of the fascinating rock-cut Lycian necropolis of the ancient trading city of Kaunos along the coast. There are tombs of Ancient Lycia, Roman baths, and an amphitheater cut from the rocks that date back from around the year 400 BC.

During this guide, you will hear interesting facts and stories about this place. So, if you are a history lover, then you will have a great time here.

Don’t forget to grab your camera because here you’ll make fantastic photos.

4. Observe Sea Turtles on the Delta of Dalyan River

Careta careta turtle

It is a tremendous experience to go cruising between the bulrushes on the delta of the amazing Dalyan river. Afterward, the boat gets to the river’s mouth where it empties into the Mediterranean Sea.

During this boat trip, you can see many animals that live there. Some of them are the protected sea turtles that come near the boats and the blue crabs which are their food. On the boat, you can also try grilled crab, which is an excellent experience.

5. Relax on Iztuzu Beach & Turtle Breeding Ground

Iztuzu beach

Iztuzu beach is a sandy beach where you can enjoy the stunning sea view. There you can also swim in the inviting crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

This beach is also famous because it is loggerhead sea turtles natural habitat and breeding ground. If you are lucky to go there in the season of breeding, you may see the gracious and rare sea turtles that come to lay their eggs.

6. Have a Great Time in the Bars and Restaurants in Dalyan

restaurant Dalyan

One of the things to do in Dalyan is eating Turkish specialties in some of the nice restaurants on Mara Caddesi, the main street in Dalyan. You will thoroughly enjoy the fabulous Mediterranean specialties, traditional Turkish food, seafood, and international cuisine as well.  Just sit and relax in a pleasant atmosphere, eating your favorite meal.

At night time, young people can enjoy in the bars and nightclubs that are open until the early hours; Families with children can find a family friendly place where their children can entertain themselves. Moreover, those who like quiet evenings can find tranquil, cozy bars where they can relax with a drink in a peaceful ambiance.

7. Go Shopping on Dalyan’s Local Saturday

street Dalyan

Every Saturday, Dalyan’s local Saturday market offers many goods and delicious local foods. There you can bargain with the local traders and feel the Turkish culture.

You can also buy souvenirs, pottery items, and ceramics from Nur’s Art Gallery. There you can find many amazing handmade pieces of ceramics. They are interestingly decorated and can be a beautiful decoration for your home or a present for your loved ones.

Take in Mind the Things to do in Dalyan for an Amazing Trip

There are many things to do in Dalyan. All you have to do is to pack your things, visit this beautiful place and see all the attractions there.

You will have a memorable time cruising on a boat trip, watching sea turtles, bathing in the thermal baths and relaxing on the beach. You will also find a pleasure eating Turkish food, learning about the history of Dalyan and exploring the center of the town.

Don’t wait anymore! Prepare yourself and go on a new adventure called Dalyan. You won’t regret it!

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