Dalaman is a Mediterranean holiday resort located on Turkey’s south-west coast and is part of the Turquoise Coast or the Turkish Riviera. Situated between lofty mountains and the sea, Dalaman is truly a destination of natural beauty. From sunbathing on the untouched beaches to visiting the sulphur baths, Dalaman is perfect for those looking for a laidback holiday with plenty of sun.
As Dalaman has a Mediterranean climate, it enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year with average temperatures of 29°C in the summer. The summer is the most popular time to visit Dalaman as this is when the town gets its best weather. However, the autumn is still a good time to visit as it is still warm enough to swim in the sea and many hotels have discounts on room rates. If you want to see the turtles, the best time to visit Dalaman is during the spring.
Dalaman’s closest airport is Dalaman Airport (DLM) which serves the south-west of Turkey along with two other airports. The flight time from London to Dalaman is just shy of 4 hours and there are 5 flights a week. On average, a return flight will cost around £150 and prices are at their highest between June and September.
What to Do in Dalaman
One of the major attractions of Dalaman is its beautiful beaches. Indeed, Dalaman boasts more than 10km of unspoilt coastline. The nearby Iztuzu Beach is the most famous beach in the area as it is incredibly peaceful and has golden sand. In addition, it is a protected turtle as it is an important breeding ground for loggerhead sea turtles.
Exploring the Kapda Peninsula is also a great way to spend your time while you are on holiday in Dalaman. There are a number of great treks to take which allow you to immerse yourself in the stunning scenery of the area. In addition, these treks give you the opportunity to explore the ancient ruins of Lydia, Kyra and Lissia.
One of the area’s top attractions is the mud baths at Dalyan. Accredited with a number of health benefits and incredibly relaxing, these sulphur-rich baths are an unusual way to unwind.
When in Dalaman be sure to sample some local food. There are a number of informal restaurants that sell local dishes such as karniyarik and other traditional Turkish treats.
As Dalaman is not one of the Turquoise Coast’s most popular destinations, travellers are rather limited when it comes to accommodation offerings. Near the airport, there are a number of hotels that are primarily aimed at business clientele. While these hotels have a comprehensive range of facilities, they are somewhat overpriced.
Away from the airport there are a few apart-hotels and hotels. Although they do not have the full range of services some travellers would like, at minimum they have TV, Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. Some of the better apart-hotel options have a pool too.
Guesthouses are the ultimate budget option in Dalaman with nightly prices starting from as little as £25.