"Dalyan" Dalyan by peterdhduncan

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Dalyan is an attractive riverside town situated between the beautiful Itztuzu Beach and the large Lake Köycegiz, which we first visited in September 2010. The bank of the river is lined with restaurants, which look out onto the famous rock tombs carved into the cliff on the opposite side, and onto the procession of boats taking people to and from the beach or the lake.

We stayed at the comfortable and secluded Hotel Sultan Palas (www.sultanpalasdalyan.co.uk), which is on the other side of the river to Dalyan town, and is reached by the hotel's own river boat, which also transports guests to and from Dalyan during the day.

A holiday at Dalyan almost inevitably includes time on boats. We spent one day on a boat on Lake Köycegiz and another sailing past Itztuzu beach and round to Ekincik Bay; and we also went on a trip to Gocek from where we spent a leisurely day sailing round the nearby islands on a gulet.

Even a trip to the ruins of the ancient city of Kaunos started with a ride across the river on a rowing-boat ferry rowed by the ferry lady in a rather unorthodox manner standing up!

We usually had our evening meals at the hotel, but one evening we went out to the Ley Ley Restaurant (www.leyley.com), which is well known not only for its excellent food and Turkish dancing, but also for the storks that nest in the adjacent trees. One was even wandering around some of the tables!

We revisited Dalyan in May 2011, again staying at the superb Sultan Palas Hotel. During that stay, we walked over the hill from the hotel to Kaunos and then on to the rowing boat across to Dalyan. It was a very hot walk, but made very worthwhile by the superb views to Lake Köycegiz at the hotel end, and over Kaunos and out to sea at the other end.

We also discovered the excellent Dalyan İz art gallery and artefacts collection (dalyaniz.com) with its garden cafe. Unfortunately, on the day that we went there for a light lunch, unusually for the time of year, it was pouring with rain! However, they served it to us in one of the upstairs rooms, which has a couple of armchairs and a table in it, amidst the pictures and artefacts.

  • Last visit to Dalyan: Jun 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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