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10 Best Things To Do and See In Dalyan

Dalyan has so much great stuff to offer that you run a risk of missing out on some of the best things to do on any one trip to the city. There are top places to see, enjoyable restaurants to dine at and the perfect beaches to take advantage of… Thankfully, we’re here to make sure you get the most out of your visit with the best attractions and activities to experience in Dalyan – as picked by our expert local team.

Dalyan Boat Tour – Look at the miracle of nature

Dalyan Delta which takes millions of years to form. Dalyan channel, curled up by Köyceğiz Lake, is like a maze among the reeds. When you pass through giant reeds with small boats, you arrive to the white sandy Iztuzu beach.

The district of Dalyan, named after this formation, tastes like a delicious Aegean village where life flows calmly. Although it is a bit crowded for 2-3 months of the year, it is peaceful, cheap and enjoyable.

Iztuzu Beach- Swin With Caretta Caretta Turtles


15 minutes by boat or minibus from Dalyan to Iztuzu.  The beach spawning area of the rare Caretta Caretta turtles in the world. The beach is surrounded by wires in certain areas. In these areas, cute carettas are burying their eggs in July-August nights. Even if you’re a good cute and lucky, you can meet a cute turtle while swimming.

There is also a facility on Iztuzu beach where you can find a shower toilet and a snack. Optionally, you can enjoy swimming and cooling in fresh water or salt water.

Caunos Ancient City – Tears of Byblis

You’ll see this magnificent rock tombs in Dalyan high in almost every movie introducing Turkey. However, very few people know the interesting legend of the ancient city of Caunos.

3000 years before today, the king of Caria Miletus, a girl and a boy twins. The man is called Caunos and the girl is named Byblis. Byblis falls in love with the male twin when they grow up. This love is far beyond sister love. Kaunos, who does not respond to his sister’s forbidden love, leaves his country with his friends. Going south, Caunos decides to live in the place now named after him.

Upset by the departure of Caunos and looking for him, Byblis sheds tears. They say that the springs still flowing in Dalyan are made up of those tears. At the end of the story, Byblis, who cannot bear the burning pain of love, throws himself down a rock and kills himself. Tears flow to Dalyan that day.

The ancient city of Kaunos is a 10-minute boat journey from Dalyan. In the ancient city of Kaunos, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Temporary List, the rock tombs, the theater of 5 thousand people, the basilica, the bath, the agora and the Temple of Demeter make visitors visit history.

Dalyan Tour Mud Baths – Spoil your skin

One of the most memorable activities during Dalyan holiday. Due to the tectonic structure of Dalyan, there are many spas. Some of these Dalyan mud baths are believed to be very healing.  According to the reports of Ege University Faculty of Medicine, these spa waters have been reported to be useful in joint rheumatism, sciatica, calcification, kidney and urinary tract, metabolic disorders, mental fatigue, skin and gynecological diseases.

Fethiye Boat Trip- Blue Cruise

There are many resorts close to Dalyan. Thus, it is possible to discover many places with a single holiday. Fethiye is one of them. There are many beautiful bays such as Red Island, Flat Island, Yassıcalar Bay, Tersane Island, and Knight Island depending on the wind conditions during Fethiye boat tour where you can sunbathe and swim all day.

Oludeniz- Paragliding over nature

One of the activities that can be done close to Dalyan is to see Oludeniz and paragliding from Babadag. Dalyan from Oludeniz 1.30 hours, you can reach Oludeniz by minibus.

Babadağ Paragliding is an amazing activity that lasts approximately 30 minutes with an expert pilot accompanied by the magnificent view of Fethiye Oludeniz. 2000 meters from the summit of Fethiye and Oludeniz sure looks amazing. Even the paragliders descending to Belcekiz beach like butterflies are very enjoyable to watch from below.

Dalaman Rafting- An exciting journey

Dalaman River, which feeds half of the underground spring waters with snow and rain water, proceeds in a canyon with magnificent beauties. The activity lasts for 2 hours and 30 minutes. The spring waters flowing throughout the canyon, the water color in the transparency that you can even count the stones on the floor, the natural whirlpools that will witness harmony and harmony of nature, you can swim and feel your soul from time to time.

It is a good reason to explore rivers and canyons, one of the highest positive energy sources in the world, to take advantage of its energy and start the journey back to yourself.

Dalyan Jeep Safari

In this full-day tour, the unique beauty of the sights around Dalyan comes under your feet. What is it? In short: village tour, tiny waterfall, round tea, akköprü rafting area, radar location iztuzu and the possibility of watching Dalyan from a bird’s eye view are just a few of them.

Gocek Boat Tours and Gocek Bazaar

One of the tours you can do in Dalyan Gocek boat tour. Using the advantage of being close to Dalyan, you can find yourself on a fantastic boat in Gocek in 40 minutes. Göcek has not lost its language with its exquisite bays, quality and orderly settlement. After enjoying the sea and the sun and the sparkling waters of the Aegean all day long, don’t go back without visiting Gocek Bazaar and tasting the famous ice cream.

Discover Akyaka- Who can swim in Azmak for 10 minutes?

The last stop of our tour is Akyaka, the pearl of Gökova Bay. Akyaka is a ‘Citta Slow’ which is worth seeing with its wide beaches, shallow waters and unique architecture. However, the sights in Akyaka are not limited to this. You cannot say that I have seen nothing without seeing the Azmak stream passing through, and having a short boat tour without having to touch its waters which are 8 degrees in summer and winter.