with a view
of the rock-hewn tombs...
The pretty riverbank town of Dalyan,
27 km (17 miles) west of Dalaman
Airport (map), is
quite different from other resort
on Turkey's Mediterranean coast.
People come for its setting on the
placid Dalyan Çayı (Dalyan
Creek), for the dramatic Lycian
tombs hewn into the rockfaces that
dominate the town on the west bank
of the river, for the ruins of ancient
and for broad İztuzu
Beach, a natural nesting-ground
for carretta carretta (loggerhead
Upsteam, on the shore
of placid Köyceğiz Lake,
are the Sultaniye hot springs,
with their therapeutic (or at least
fun) mud baths.
Many of the fields surrounding this
farming town now grow new
hotels, and the smooth-flowing
creek is often thronged with excursion
boats both local and from as
far away as Fethiye and Marmaris.
at Beyaz Gül Restaurant
above the Dalyan Çayı, with the rock of Caunos beyond.
Even so, Dalyan is still an interesting
place to stop for one or two days.
The center of town is marked by the
tall, modern PTT (peh-teh-TEH,
Post Office building), around which
Dalyan's weekly market takes
place on Saturday.
To the west of the PTT across a park
are the riverside
which motorboats leave
for İztuzu Beach, Köyceğiz Lake,
and day excursions that
include a river cruise, a swim in the
lake, a stop
at the Sultaniye hot springs, the ruins
of the Roman city
of Caunos, and İztuzu
By the way, Köyceğiz has
its weekly market on
Monday, and Ortaca has
its on Friday.
Further afield, you can take a minibus
east to Göcek,
halfway to Fethiye, to board a day
excursion boat for a sailing cruise
of the 12 Islands in the bay of Fethiye.
If you prefer the mountains,
day trip minibuses leave Dalyan
for Yuvarlak Çay,
a mountain forest stream that provides
a peaceful respite from the town.
Dalyan has a wide
selection of lodgings,
from homey pensions and small hotels
three and even a few four-star places.
on getting to, from and around
The nearest airport is at Dalaman,
27 km (17 miles) southeast.
of Mediterranean Turkey
—by Tom Brosnahan
river tour boat glides beneath