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The small village of Dalyan in the Province of Mugla on the southwestern coast of the Mediterranean is 30 km from the new International airport at Dalaman , only a 30-minute drive away. Set in the centre of a broad delta whose natural beauty remains unspoiled, Dalyan is in an environmentally protected area managed by the Turkish government and Greenpeace. Under this protection Dalyan will remain a natural paradise with spectacular scenery and interesting historical archaelogical sites.
Just across the Dalyan River is the ancient city of Kaunos with its ruins dating back to the 3rd Century BC when the Lycian League inhabited this area. The Dalyan River through which water circulates between the Mediterranean and Koycegiz Lake and winds its way down past the ancient Rock Tombs to the sea, via a small network of lakes and waterways.
Boat rides are available on the Dalyan Canal which winds through the rustling reed beds rising between 3 and 5 metres in height. With its mixture of fresh and salt water, these wetlands are now home to a vast number of fish and other water life, as well as the birds of many species which feed on them, species such as the Sparrow Hawk, Crane, Kingfisher and Jay. The Stork is also native to this area migrating here at the end of March to nest until the end of August.
Located at the entrance to the Dalyan Delta is Iztuzu Beach stretching for 5 km east from the south end of the channel. With fine crystal sand and shallow turquoise seas, Iztuzu Beach is the ideal seaside spot, which can be reached by regular Dolmus or boat service from Dalyan. This is also the beach where the endangered Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta Caretta) and the green turtle (Chelonia Mydas) have returned to lay their eggs since the beginning of time. The nesting time is from May until October.
Most of the hotels, restaurants and bars are open year round, but the season is generally from late April to mid October. Flights from Europe arrive at the new Dalaman International Airport just 25 minutes down the road.
Why not treat yourself?