DALYAN ROCK / KING TOMBS
The ancient rock tombs of the Kings have become another symbol of Dalyan after the famous sea turtles or Caretta Carettas.
Although there are many rock tombs around the area, the most famous are those which look directly onto the town of Dalyan from the opposite side of the river. These tombs are the resting places of the Kings of Caunos. They are carved in the style of Lycian rock tombs. Believing that the souls of the dead were transported to the afterlife by a winged siren-like creature, the Lycians often placed tombs on cliff faces. There are two types of tombs to be found in Dalyan. Simple chambers, cut into the rock face like a room and more elaborate temple tombs. Many tombs were built with false walls placing valuables behind them so as to fool robbers, eventually this was to no avail as all the tombs were emptied of their treasures.
Iztuzu beach in Dalyan is a 5km arc of golden sand stretching from the base of a pine-clad mountain to a river delta. On one side of the beach are the warm crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean; on the other side is the clear freshwater coming from Lake Koycegiz. Truly one of the last unspoilt wildernesses of the world, the beach is in an environmentally-protected area, with not a single house, shop or hotel in sight. The beach is one of the last remaining nesting grounds of the Loggerhead Caretta Caretta turtles and for millenia, they have been coming to the beach to lay their eggs.
Step back in time and explore the ruins of this ancient town, dating back to the 9th century BC. The most compact and beautifully-kept ancient city surrounded by olive trees, pomegranates, red berry bushes. According to legend, Kaunos, son of Miletos, founded the town while escaping the love of his sister. Traces of Hittite, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine civilisations can be seen. There is also a well-preserved amphitheatre with 34 tiers and seating for 5000 people as well as a bath house, temple, basilica, meeting hall and a lot of sculpture bases plus 360 degree views over the region. Goats, donkeys, sheep and lambs also enjoy the area! Excavations are still on-going.
SULTANIYE & MUD BATHS
Cleopatra, the ancient Queen of Egypt famed for her beauty, is said to have regularly visited the mud baths of Dalyan. That the baths have been used since Roman times is evident in the now submerged ruins of ancient masonry.
Saklikent (Hidden City) Gorge is the second largest (18 km-long) gorge in Europe and the longest and deepest gorge in Turkey. Only 20 minutes from the resort. It is a spectacular, magical place; the water-sculptured walls soar high above keeping the gorge cool and shady. Explore the canyon on wooden board walks and wade through icy cold water from the melted snow waters coming down from the Taurus Mountains. Take submersible shoes!
Take a classic tour around Dalyan. Cruise to Iztuzu Beach, Koycegiz Lake, Kaunos, Sultaniye Hot Thermal Springs and Mud Baths. Enjoy breaks to swim, take in the mud baths and explore ancient ruins.
Explore the area with an adventurous jeep safari. You’ll visit secluded coves where you can swim and drive through pine forests and fields of olive trees. You can also drive to the top of Radar Hill. When you look down from the 600m height, a striking panoramic view of the Dalyan region is laid out . On one side is the delta, channels, the coast and the city of Dalyan , up further, the Köyceğiz region and the Sandras Mountains, while to the west you can see the island of Rhodes, the sparkling Mediterranean sea and beautiful coves.
This picturesque and serene lake is fed by springs and several streams. Reed beds edge the shores and the lake is an important site for wintering water birds and more than 150 bird species inhabit the lake environs and the reed-beds along the canal that joins the lake to the sea. Gliding along the lake in the early morning, you can experience its tranquility.
EKINCIK & CAVES
This is a natural bay of breathtaking beauty surrounded by scented green forests and small farms. You can swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters and also try water skiing or the banana boat.
The best way to get really clean! Have an invigorating massage and a cleansing scrub while your muscles soak in the relaxing warmth.
ABOUT THE LOGGER HEADTURTLES
These beautiful coloured turtles got their name because of their oversized head which looks like a log and can be as wide as 25 cm. They are among the largest marine animals, weighing on average 113kg and can live about 50 years. The adult female may travel thousands of kilometres to return to the beach where they themselves had hatched to lay their own eggs. Hatching after 60 days, the 5cm hatchlings scurry to the sea facing many predators on their way. The turtles are a threatened species, facing dangers from sharks, fishing nets, pollution, boat propellers. To safeguard the turtles, the nesting areas on Iztuzu beach are protected-the beach is closed in the evenings during the laying season and sunbathers cannot lie on the buried nests.
Dalyan means ‘fishing weir’ in Turkish and the name reflects the variety of fish to be found in the area. Dalyan has both fresh and salt water fish, including grey mullet, carp, bas and, sea bream.
TOUR TO YUVARLAKCAY
This tour is for nature lovers who want to experience the beauty of nature and see some stunning scenery. We stop at Yuvarlakcay gorge and Toparlar waterfall and if you’re brave, you can swim in the clean icy fresh mountain waters. We stop at a restaurant where you can can eat delicious fresh trout fish and tandir (tandir is lamb roasted in a traditional village oven).