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?The town of Dalyan is located on the Turquoise coast in southern Turkey.? Dalyan is well known thanks to its proximity to the famous 7km Iztuzu Beach where the endangered Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta Caretta) lay their eggs, the beach and surrounding area is protected. As well as Loggerhead Turtles Dalyan is also home to the largest population of the Soft Shelled Nile Turtles (Trionyx triunguis). ?The wet land areas are home to many migrating birds and storks nest all over the area.
Steeped in history Dalyan is overlooked by ancient Lycian Rock Tombs which are the last resting places of the Kings of Kaunos, meanwhile the Dalyan Canal weaves its way past the village on its way from K?ycegiz Lake to the beach.
Across the canal we find the ruins of the city of Kaunos, with a Roman theatre, fortifications, basilica and many other sites to be seen.? Dalyan itself has strict building regulations which allow us to keep the traditional feeling in the village, traditionally a fishing village the village has a warm welcome to visitors.
The Saturday Market is a joy to shop at, from the best quality wear to fresh vegetables and of course a plentiful collection of local spices and teas; as a working market you will shop alongside tourists and locals alike.
Also with Mud Baths, Thermal Springs, an Historic Mosque and Scenic Walks Dalyan has it all for the perfect relaxing holiday.? Nearby you can also find Tlos, an ancient roman site with Lycian rock caves; Saklikent Gorge, a natural marvel to walk through; the beautiful bays of Asi and Ekincik bay, perfect for snorkeling.
The Rock Tombs overlooking Dalyan were built to house the dead?Kings from the ancient City of Kaunos and offer an impressive sight that inspires all that see them. You’ll wonder at just how the ancient people of Kaunos carved such features with just the most basic of tools.? When illuminated at night the splendour is amplified with the orange glow.
The tombs were a symbol or wealth and power to the people of Kaunos and although the test of time has eroded some of the features you can still see this message of sophistication.