Dalyan Turtle Beach
Dalyan, an independent town municipality located within the Orcata administrative district in Mugla Province of Turkey is located between the popular districts of Fethiye and Marmaris. Dalyan is 85 km away from Marmaris. Set on the southwest Mediterranean coast of Turkey, the area is known for its outstanding natural splendor. Dalyan in Turkish means the ‘Fishing Trap”, the fish that swim back from the sea move up to Lake Köycegiz and lay their eggs there. While they return back to the sea, they are caught in dalyans.
The Dalyan River flows through the town and is the most preferred means of traveling to all the popular sites around. The town has an unspoiled and peaceful holiday environment in spite of the mass tourism. The area houses over 100 varieties of bird species and is a breeding ground for more than three varieties of turtle including the endangered Loggerhead Caretta Caretta. The entire delta area along with the neighboring town of Köycegiz and the Lake Köycegiz has been declared as the “Köycegiz-Dalyan Special Environmental Protection Area” in 1988.
Taking ‘Mud Bath’ on the banks of the River Dalyan is one of the most popular activities for tourists visiting the place. The mud is rich in minerals like magnesium and sulfur that are beneficial in improving skin health. Hot water springs to swim are also available .
The town lies inland, but tourists can enjoy boat trips from the Dalyan Harbor, which has a white sand beach that almost runs for six kilometers. A boat ride from here will take you to the gorgeous Dalyan Turtle Beach, a conservation area and one of the last nesting areas for the endangered Loggerhead turtles. This species of turtles have existed for over 45 million years and thus these nesting grounds are closely monitored and protected by international conservation organizations and the Turkish government as well. Turtles lay their eggs during the period between May and October and the beach remains closed between 20:00 and 8:00 to facilitate this. Sunbathing and swimming is the favorite pastime for travelers moving over here. The Dalyan Turtle Beach has been proclaimed as the ‘Best open Space in Europe’ in 2008 by The Times.
The nearby sheer cliffs are home to the ancient Lycian tombs that were made by cutting rock during the 4th century BC. The remains of the ancient trading town of Caunos across the river can be accessed by a short trip through boat.
Day Trips from Marmaris to Dalyan
You can join Marmaris Dalyan Boat Trip , the boats starting their cruise from Marmaris Harbor and after 2,5 hours you will be in Dalyan. Read More – Marmaris Dalyan By Boat.