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Twelve kilometers from the centre of Dalyan lies the five kilometer long sandbar that juts out from the main land into the Mediterranean .Iztuzu Beach is a long beach seperated from Dalyan by the reed beds that are along the river feeding into the sea from Koycegiz Lake. It is world famous as one of the rare breeding grounds for loggerhead sea turtles. (Caretta caretta) The greatest threat to the survival of the loggerhead sea turtle is on these sandy beaches where its life begins, which has triggered an international conservation effort that began in the 1990s.
Asi Bay is located just south of Dalyan. Day trips on boats out of Dalyan offer a day on the beach along with a barbarque. The bay has many caverns and caves, and an island where fish gather. It is a popular lay-over point for private and charter yachts plying the coastline. Asi Beach has a restaurant on the beach where you can order meals and drinks. It can also be accessed from Dalyan and this is usually by booking a jeep tour.
A paradise for people who love nature. Swimming and snorkelling in the clean seawater of Bacardi Bay. You can collect lots of things under the water. You can swim with the fish. And the best part of the trip is Captain AliÔÇÖs famous barbeque prepared with his lovely wife Susan. Its lush meal with lots of spices. You should try their tours before you leave. You will never ever regret from their boat trips.
Ekincik Bay is an excellent place to relax and take a break for swimming and sunbathing. After that you'll go to the underwater caves which is a really interesting place to go snorkeling. You will be awed at the fantastic beauty of these under water caves. You will also be able to enjoy a traditional Turkish barbeque on the beach during this tour as well. With a return to Dalyan at about 5 pm in the afternoon, it makes for a great day in the sun.
Sultaniye is well known for their natural hot springs and mud baths. The waters of Sultaniye are good for both bathing and drinking. The treatment consists of covering the body with a layer of mud and then soaking in the hot mineral water. You will spend hours at the Sultaniye mud baths, swim in K├Âycegiz Lake and enjoy a Turkish Barbeque on the boat.
Kaunos was a city of ancient Caria, Anatolia, a few kilometers west of the modern town of Dalyan, Mu─čla Province, Turkey. Kaunos was said to have been founded by Kaunos, son of Miletos and Kyane, on the southern coast of Caria, opposite Rhodes. It was in a district later under the jurisdiction of Rhodes known as Peraea, Per├Ža Rhodiorum (Latin form) "the Rhodian Shore", at the foot of Mount Tarbelos. Its acropolis was called Imbros. It exported, chiefly to Rome, highly prized figs. It was the home of the painter Protogenes. It was a member of the Chrysaorian League. The ruins of the city are near Dalyan, on the right bank of the ancient Kalbis. Among them are a theatre, a large rectangular building that may have been a temple, others of uncertain description, a Byzantine church, and rock-hewn tombs.
Sulunger Lake is a few kilomteres outside of Dalyan on the road to Iztuzu Beach. It is a favorite place for local Turkish families to enjoy a picnic. It is a protected area and swimming and fishing are not allowed.
At the New International Terminal, there are 60 check-in counters, all of which are designed as CUTE stations, with a capacity of 4000 passengers and 5000 baggage per hour. Besides, necessary infrastructure is being prepared for early check-in of the passengers at their hotels. Therefore passengers will save time for taking the advantages of the services offered to them at the terminal without waiting in long queues.
K├Âycegiz is a bigger town by the lake which is also called the same. It is a perfect place for people who want a quiet and peaceful area to visit. It has the famous K├Âycegiz Market every Monday which is also visited by people from Dalyan who come via road and also boats to shop. The Koycegiz Market boat trip travels across the lake to Koycegiz. Old Koycegiz was once a thriving town on the south coast of Turkey. The original Koycegiz was owned by the Selcuk people before the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century. The people of Selcuk known as the 'Mentese Ogullari' were a very rich and owned land covering the area from Iztuzu Beach to the other side of the present Koycegiz. The end came for this thriving people when an earthquake filled the valleys to create what is now Lake Koycegiz. Only half of the old town still exists. This area is now protected and the original descendants of the ''Mentese Ogullari'' occupy the dwellings.
The ancient name of present day Fethiye was Telmessos which dates back to 3000 B.C. It is one of the oldest sites of settlement in Anatolia. Fethiye is the only city where there has been continous settlement from the time of its construction along the Mediterranean coastline until today. It is believed that the city dates as far back as the third century B.C., however no concrete evidence has yet been found to support this theory. Fethiye has a fine harbor, many bars and restaurants, and an abundance of natural and historic attractions.
Ortaca is fifteen minutes away from Dalyan on the road that you travel in on from the airport in Dalaman. The Friday Pazar, or market, is always one of the better ones in the area. For residents of Dalyan, Ortaca is the place to go when you need anything and want to get for a lower price than in Dalyan. There you will also find the Police/Zabita offices for the area.
The Lycian Way is a 509 km way-marked footpath around the coast of Lycia in southern Turkey, from Fethiye to Antalya. The route is graded medium to hard; it is not level walking, but has many ascents and descents as it approaches and veers away from the sea. It is easier at the start near Fethiye and gets more difficult as it progresses. We recommend walking the route in spring or autumn; February-May or September-November; summer in Lycia is hot, although you could walk short, shady sections. The route is mainly over footpaths and mule trails; it is mostly over limestone and often hard and stony underfoot.
St Paul Trail
The St Paul Trail is a way-marked footpath from Perge, 10 km E of Antalya, to Yalvac, NE of Lake Egirdir. There is a second branch starting at Aspendos, 40km E of Antalya and joining the first route at the Roman site of Adada. The route totals about 500km.
Candir is a small friendly village across the river from Dalyan. There are a number of great day treks that originate in Candir. There is a trek up over the mountain to Ekincik where you will be picked up by a boat for a barbeque on the beach and returned to Dalyan via Iztuzu Beach and through the reed beds. Other treks which take usually about 2-3 hours are from Candir to the old cemetary where you can see Rhodes on a clear day, or to the viewpoint from which you overlook Iztuzu Beach and back over Dalyan. These can include a stroll through the ruins of Kaunos should you like to spend some time in the midst of this Lycian antiquity.
Ok├žular is a small village outside Dalyan on the road to Ortaca. There are numerous excellent treks that can be made from Ok├žular. These have been detailed in a guidebook written by Alan Fenn, a resident of the Kocadere Valley in Ok├žular. His book is available at the Ley Ley Restaurant in Ok├žular. In his book the author provides details of 6 different treks varying in distance and difficulty and also provides maps for each.
G├Âkbel is a small village in the mountains on the road to Iztuzu Beach from Dalyan. The views from the upper village are spectacular as is the scenery on the back road from Gokbel to Ortaca.
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