Situated at the heart of Turkey’s Turquoise coast, an area of outstanding beauty and amiable weather, it is easy to see why the Dalaman region is such a sought-after tourist destination. Dalaman is home to a number of top holiday destinations including Oludeniz and Marmaris. While both promise beautiful weather and beaches, each destination has its own distinct personality and unique attractions.
Summer is the most popular time of year to visit Dalaman as this is when the region enjoys its warmest weather. However, it is advisable to visit during the autumn as the resort can be quite crowded during the summer. While the weather is a little cooler in October, it is still perfect weather for the beach!
Oludeniz is particularly popular with embarking on a family holiday or seeking a peaceful break as it is not regarded as a party destination unlike other Turkish holiday resorts.
The beautiful weather and sandy beaches are without a doubt Oludeniz’s principal draws. One of the best beaches in the area is the Oludeniz Beach as it has turquoise water and the sandy beach features a backdrop of lush greenery. In addition, the beach has attained a ‘Blue Flag’ status and the water here is safe for swimming.
However it is not all about the beach. Other attractions in Olu Deniz include the picturesque Blue Lagoon and Xanthos, an ancient city which is home to some of Dalaman’s best ruins.
Without a doubt, one of the most popular destinations in Dalaman is Marmaris, a lively port town. Indeed, during the summer months around 200,000 travellers pay Marmaris a visit.
Marmaris has a fantastic collection of beaches, making it the perfect destination for a beach break. Two of the best beaches in the area include Icmeler Beach and Turtle Beach. Icmeler Beach is not too far away from the hotels and shops, making it the most convenient of the beaches and offers a range of water sports. On the other hand, if you are looking for something more relaxing head to the nearby Turtle Beach in Dalyan. As the name of the beach hints, Turtle Beach is frequented by turtles. If you are keen to go turtle-spotting, the best time to visit is during the spring.
Dating back to the 16th century, Marmaris Castle is the town’s most-famous landmark. The castle overlooks the city from its hill and is home to a small museum which explores the history of the area. In addition, the castle offers magnificent views of the harbour below.
When the sun goes down, Marmaris’s night scene comes alive. Marmaris is home to a plethora of nightclubs, bars and pubs, many of which are concentrated on the appropriately named ‘Bar Strip’. In addition, there are a number of great beach bars and cafes that are worth visiting, if you are looking for something a little more laidback.