The Dalaman region of Mugla Province, Turkey is a region of outstanding natural beauty. In the past, people have only known as an entry point to Mugla through Dalaman Airport, but as more people get to see the region, its popularity has soared as a Turkish Aegean destination in itself.
It is hard to know where to start with the attractions of the Dalaman – Dalyan region, the nature, the history or the culture. All three are in abundance in the region, and I cannot imagine anyone arriving at a holiday rental property in Dalaman or Dalyan and being short of entertainment!
Throughout the hills, cliffs and inlets of this stretch of the Mugla coast are an amazing array of historical monuments and places of interest. Sitting on the banks of Lake Suluklu are the ruins of the ancient city of Kaunos, complete with a huge theatre, roman baths and a Roman temple. If you take the hiking paths along the Kapidag Peninsula, you can explore the largely unexcavated cities of Kyra, Lissia and Lydia, and the Lycian Rock Tombs are not to be missed either.
Walking and trekking through the spectacular countryside of the Dalaman region is a real treat for anyone who enjoys getting out into the great outdoors. There are many excellent routes throughout the area, taking in some of the finest viewpoints, oldest historical sites and wildest parts of countryside in Mugla. You can often spot evidence of Lycian, Byzantine and Carian settlements as well as a stunning array of birdlife. Those looking for a little adrenaline kick are in luck too. There is some wonderful white water rafting along the Dalaman River, with rapids ranging from grade 1 to 5. After a hard day in the countryside, the Dalyan Mudbaths are a magnificent, and quite unique, way to unwind.
There is even good shopping in the region. There are some excellent markets in many of the small towns and villages surrounding Dalaman and Dalyan, especially the Monday market in Koycegiz, the Saturday market in Dalyan and the Sunday market in Sarigerme.
Dalyan is a remarkable destination. One of the last homes of the endangered Caretta Caretta turtle, Dalyan is both an attractive, thriving coastal resort, with fantastic beaches, especially the spit beach of Iztuzu, part of which is sectioned off as a breeding ground for the turtles. The town is steeped in history, with many monuments having survived centuries in Dalyan, Turkey. The Lycian Rock Tombs which watch over the town from their position high on a vertical rock face are simply stunning, and defiantly worth investigating from self catering holiday rental accommodation in the region.
The recent influx of cheap flights to Dalaman Airport has made the town amazingly accessible. There are new golf courses and a new marina being planned for the town, which is already a first class holiday resort. The many shops, restaurants and bars in Dalaman make it a wonderfully comfortable place to stay, and the surrounding historical sites, walking routes and sandy beaches mean you will want for nothing from a self catering Dalaman holiday rental.
In summer, temperatures average a stunning 32˚C, which makes the beaches, waters and sailing holidays of the Dalaman – Dalyan region absolutely sensational. In the winter months, temperatures are very rarely below 10˚C, meaning you can still enjoy sightseeing, walking and golf.
There are many cheap flights to Dalaman Airport available, leaving from airports right across the UK. Last minute flights to Dalaman Airport can be ridiculously cheap, and there are 8 airlines providing flights from the UK.