Your guide to Dalaman

Turkey’s Mediterranean gem.

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January 2024
Discover Dalaman in Turkey’s southwest corner—an outstanding destination for both relaxation and adventure. Explore Turkish cuisine and beautiful hiking trails or enjoy the serenity of the nearby beaches. Here is your guide to Dalaman.

Discover this beautiful archipelago

Near Dalaman you will find the Göcek Islands—a breathtaking archipelago of 12 small islands surrounded by crystal clear waters, picturesque coves and stunning scenery. Book a day-long boat trip around beautiful Göcek Bay and enjoy a relaxing day on the water, whether snorkeling, sunbathing or swimming.

Göcek Islands
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Find peace in Butterfly Valley

Around an hour’s drive from Dalaman is the paradise of Butterfly Valley, considered by many to be one of Turkey’s most incredible destinations. With an isolated sandy beach surrounded by beautiful rocky mountains, Butterfly Valley is a peaceful retreat for those looking for a day of tranquility—and there’s a local campsite for those who want to stay longer.

Butterfly Valley
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Hiking along the Lycian Way

There are plenty of mountains and beautiful hiking trails to discover around Dalaman. Considered one of the best hiking trails in the world, the Lycian Way is an extraordinary experience, with majestic views of the beaches stretching along the coast. The proximity of several towns and roads along the trail makes it easy to decide when to start and stop. If you’re a beginner, there are also several local companies that offer guided tours. 

Lycian Way
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Visit the ancient city

Next to the Dalyan River, around an hour’s drive from Dalaman, is the ancient city of Kaunos, where you can soak in the city’s rich history, including ruins of theaters, temples and other public buildings. Explore the royal rock tombs above the Dalyan River and visit the ancient theater with impressive views of the city and its beautiful surroundings.

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Sample Turkish specialties

Dalaman is located in the Muğla region, known for several local specialties of Turkish cuisine, such as meze (Turkish tapas) or manti (dumplings filled with vegetables or meat). One of Dalaman’s most popular restaurants is Göcek Alaturka, which serves traditional Turkish cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Check in to the spa

Turkey in general, and Dalaman in particular, is known for its wide range of Turkish spas and thermal baths, so combining exciting day trips with relaxing treatments is an absolute must. Check in to one of Dalaman’s spa hotels, such as the luxurious Izz Getaway, and find yourself surrounded by lush nature in ecologically styled rooms.

Izz Getaway
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Göcek Alaturka
Göcek, Çarşı Yolu Cd. No: 57, 48310 Fethiye/Muğla

Izz Getaway
Karacaağaç, 48770 Dalaman/Muğla

Text by Peggy Hansson