Dalyan is situated on a lush river delta in prime farming country where cotton and citrus are the predominate crops. Its placid river meanders by with excellent fishing - it takes its name from the dalyans, or fish traps, used to capture the migrating fish. There are some beautiful beaches in the area but by far the best is Iztuzu Beach, also known as Turtle Beach - one of the most important natural nesting grounds in the Mediterranean for the Caretta Caretta (loggerhead sea turtle). No permanant buildings are allowed on this 6 km beach and you'll always find a quiet spot, even in high summer. You can reach the beach in 20 minutes by road, and there's a regular minibus service. Or you can travel there by boat - a lazy 45-minute cruise through the magnificent reed beds, past ancient Lycian tombs carved into the cliff face. The ruined city of Kaunos, the stunning expanse of Koycegiz Lake and the health-giving hot springs and mud baths are only a short boat ride away. Dalyan has every shopping convenience, including a post office, bank, supermarket, carpet and leather shops, and restaurants catering for every taste and price range. And you'll always find a friendly welcome - the population of Dalyan is very diverse and includes many English-speaking people. Temperatures range from 18 degrees (April and October) to 38 degrees in July. It does rain in winter - that's what makes Dalyan so lush and green - but even January has bright, sunny days. Dalyan is also one of the easiest places to get to in Turkey. It's only 30 minutes' drive from Dalaman Airport with regular charter flights from the UK during the summer and in winter months.
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