Fly to Dalaman, basking on Turkey’s Lycian coast in the South Aegean Sea and discover a wonderful blend of fantastic scenery and interesting culture. You can spend hot summer days enjoying the crystal clear seas on the Turkish coast and all the other wonderful holiday activities like swimming, sailing and waterskiing
Fly to Dalaman which is a spectacular holiday experience ranging from cool pine groves and superb sandy beaches to legendary Turkish hospitality, exotic belly dancers and many ancient buildings some dating from the Roman era. Not to be missed is the spectacular step back in time to Ephesus, classical city of St Paul’s preaching’s and one of the Mediterranean’s best-preserved. In the languid heat beneath shady olives see the ruined Temple of Artemis , once numbered amongst the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The dazzling white terraces and petrified waterfalls of Pamukkale were once home to the ancient city of Hierapolis and are now cited on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. They are situated just 40 miles inland from Dalaman, these steaming white limestone basins, hollowed by hot mineral-rich springs, cascade down the mountainside. The Sacred Pool, now housed in the Pamukkale Motel, should not be missed with many column fragments still languishing beneath the water.
Holidays to Turkey
There are masses of different activities to do around the coast of Turkey which has a variety of hotels ranging from affordable 3 stars to Luxurious 5 Star places! West from Dalaman the sheltered coves and bays around Marmaris are the home of Turkey ‘s blue cruise. Day trips sail from nearly all the harbour villages, the polished wood and billowing white sails a common sight anchored offshore as bobbing heads snorkel in turquoise waters, clambering back on deck for a taste of fresh barbecued fish. Many very comfortably equipped schooners can also be chartered for up to two weeks cruising.
Just 30 minutes from Dalaman the fishing village of Dalyan sits at the head of a wildlife sanctuary delta, the haunting beauty of wild reed beds flanking the course of the Dalyan River as it flows past looming ancient Lycian rock tombs. Wallowing in the sulphurous mud pools that ooze from Lake Koycegiz will knock 10 years off your age (allegedly) as well as being great fun for all the family.
Nesting Loggerhead Turtles
The Dalyan delta culminates in the stunning 5km sandbar of Iztuzu Beach , where the gently shelving sands are one of the last nesting grounds of the endangered Loggerhead Turtle. The entire delta is now designated a conservation area, with access to the beach restricted during May – September when the turtles are nesting. Frequent boat trips leave from Dalyan and it’s not unusual to spot these timid creatures basking at the water’s edge or even swimming beneath the boat.
Many of Turkey’s 170 Blue Flag beaches lie within easy reach of Dalaman airport. The stunning crescent beach of Olu Deniz is one of the most photographed in the Mediterranean, its powdery white sands sweeping round to a lovely blue lagoon against a spectacular backdrop of pine forests and the beautiful Babadag Mountains .
Sports in West Turkey
Just an hour from Dalaman airport, the soaring Babadag mountains boast breathtaking views over the stunning sands and lagoon of Olu Deniz. Experience the ultimate adrenaline rush as you leap from the mountain top to paraglide down over the lagoon before eventually drifting down to land at the water’s edge. The beaches also allow you to experience the very best waterskiing and other sports. Fancy some dingy sailing? Turkey has got it all!
White Water Rafting
You can Ride the exhilarating rapids through the remote valleys and canyons of the Dalaman River amidst unspoilt lush forests. Choose to tackle challenging grade 4-5 rapids or kayaking through gentler waters. Canoeing is also available and on most excursions you’ll also enjoy a BBQ lunch or overnight under canvas.
Perfect family holidays with the kids or grandchildren
The beaches in Turkey are perfect for that family holiday with children being able to enjoy safe beaches and white sand to play on. If you want to do something different why not go to the weekly markets and see mounds of fragrant spices and the season’s fruit and vegetables, gathered fresh that morning from the surrounding fields. Stallholders proudly test out their latest English catchphrases; ‘designer’ label clothes, bags, rich rugs and textiles and sweet Turkish delight some of the temptations as you bargain over a glass of sweet apple tea.
Have you been to Turkey, and if so where is your favorite spot?