Not many towns can say they rose to fame due to controversy over building a luxury hotel where an endangered species of turtles nest, but Dalyan can! The Turkish town went up in arms when a hotel company tried to buy the land where the rare loggerhead sea turtles have laid their eggs for 9.5 million years. With a little help from Prince Phillip the area became a protected zone and the turtles can now live in peace and holidaymakers can indulge in a luxury hotel further down the beach! Not only is the holiday resort at one with nature, it also has some beautiful beaches, fascinating tombs and is a brilliant alternative to a normal Turkish holiday. Holidays in Dalyan are relaxing, authentic and a little bit different.
As quite a small town, holidays in Dalyan won’t be filled with trips to the zoo or the nearest theme park. Those who are itching for a culture fix, need to just look up into the hills. The mountainside in Dalyan is fascinating to look at, Lycian tombs have been perfectly carved into the sheer cliff faces. Dating back to 400 BC the ruins are in quite spectacular condition and are unlike any other ruins you’ll find on the coastline. Boat trips run regularly across to Kaunos, another incredible ancient site. This trading city is found just across the river and walking around the eerie ghost town you can see ruins including a theatre, port and even individual streets. Check out other holidays to Izmir and holidays to Side.
After a morning of sightseeing the beaches of Dalyan welcome you with open arms to relax on their golden sands. The immediate beach is great for sunbathing during the day but be aware that it closes from eight each night to give the turtles time to breed. A short journey can take you to award-winning Iztuzu Beach. This gorgeous sandy seafront is perfect for swimming and has some fascinating underwater species for snorkelers. A trip to the beach and the wonderful town of Dalyan is more affordable than you might think with lastminute.com. With hundreds of great deals to choose from, find the perfect combination for you and save some money as you go along. Booking your Dalyan holiday with lastminute.com means that you’ll have plenty of spare change for the spending budget when you get there. Book all your holidays to Turkey with lastminute.com
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