About Dalyan

Once a tiny Turkish fishing village Dalyan is now a bustling market town which plays host to many restaurants, bars, shops and activities, making it an ideal location for the discerning holiday maker who appreciates convenience combined with traditional Turkish culture and an area of outstanding natural beauty. Dalyan makes an ideal location for anything from a peaceful break to an action packed holiday.

Local to Dalyan, for those with an interest in history is the ancient town of Caunos, a medieval city steeped in history with an amphitheatre, ancient ruins and the Lycian rock tombs which stand tall over Dalyans’ town centre, dating back to 400bc, by far the best examples of Lycian rock tombs to be found in turkey.

Also in very close proximity to Dalyan is the famous iztuzu beach, voted as the best beach in the world in 1995. The beach spans more than 4 kilometres and is home to the loggerhead turtles which have long been famously associated with Dalyan, significantly enhanced by the efforts of conservationists who famously stopped an attempt to build a large luxury hotel on the beach in 1986, despite the fact work on the hotel had already commenced.

The beach is a protected site and can be accessed during the day from the town by either water taxi or by taking a scenic ride through the mountain on the local minibus (dolmus) service.

Other activities and points of interest in the Dalyan area include the famous mud baths and natural hot springs, koceygiz lake and the town of Gocek, a wealthy harbour town where many day boat trips and charter yachts leave to explore the breath taking twelve islands in Gocek bay, a must for any holiday maker staying in the area.

Additional excursions which can be arranged during your holiday include Jeep Safaris, Overnight or day trips to the ancient ruins of Ephesus, visits to Saklikant gorge, Koceygiz Market, Twelve Islands Day Cruise on Turkish Gulet from Gocek, or day trip to the mineral spas of Pamukale where the calcium laden waters form vast white travertines and pools.

We are able to assist with arranging any of these or many other alterntive excursions should you wish or indeed you can simply chill out at Villa Saadet with occasional visits into the town for a little shopping or eating out at the many available restaurants, many offering excellent Turkish cuisine which include many wonderful vegetarian options.