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Use our Dalaman holidays travel guide and hotel recommendations below to help you plan your holiday. Holidays in the Dalaman region stretch over popular resorts situated on the Mediterranean coastline of Turkey.
Set on the South West Mediterranean coastline of Turkey, also known as the Turquoise coast or Lycian coast, holidays to Dalaman have it all. Stretching from Antalya to Marmaris, this large region of Turkey consists of miles upon miles of beautiful coastline, with ancient sites dating as far back as the Lycian era and lush forest covered hills. There are numerous bays and coves to be explored along this part of the Turkish coastline, varying from gold and white sand stretches of beach to small pebbly coves. The backdrop of pine-clad mountains leads down into blissful beaches, lapped by crystal clear waters.
Dalaman itself is a small Turkish town, which serves mainly as a connecting point to many of the coastal holiday resorts in this region of Turkey due to the main airport being situated here. Holiday resorts include Calis, Dalyan, Fethiye, Hisaronu, Icmeler, Kalkan, Marmaris, Olu Deniz, Ovacik, Sarigerme and Turunc. Many of the resorts in this area are popular with holidaymakers as they retain the traditional Turkish feel and traditions but also offer modern hotels and activities, coupled with stunning beaches. It is an ideal area for all types of holidaymakers from family holidays to Dalaman to couples and young travelers. It also holds great interest for those who wish to find out about Turkey's ancient past, and offers energetic activities for sports enthusiasts, especially watersports.
Go jet-skiing on the coast, explore the ancient historical sites of Ephesus and more, hike the lush hills, take the family and have fun in the waterparks, experience nature by visiting the loggerhead turtles or relax on the beach or even in a mud bath. There is so much to choose from along this stretch of Turkish coast you'll want to book a Turkey holiday every year!
Dalaman has a Mediterranean climate and offers sunshine nearly all year round. Temperatures are consistent and can reach up to 35°C in the peak summer holidays months of July and August. The Dalaman region is characterized by hot, sandy beaches and warm seas, making it ideal for a holiday. The ideal time to book a holiday here is between May and October, when a lot of the resorts experience hardly any rain at all. The mild winters here also lend this area to winter sun holidays, with average day temperatures of 20°C in October and November.
There are many popular resorts in the Dalaman region of Turkey, with each one catering for many different holiday tastes. Olu Deniz is probably one of the most popular resorts, and is often used for photographs depicting this stretch of coastline due to its stunning beaches and famous blue lagoon. Situated in a picturesque inland bay, the area is ideal for watersports and safe for children to swim. Paragliding over this area is also popular to view the stunning scenery.
In contrast, Marmaris, one of the largest resorts, is a lively hotspot on the Turkish coast. Situated in a huge bay, Marmaris is a busy, bustling resort offering everything you could need on your holidays to dalaman. A frenetic mixture of old and new here you can experience some of the best nightlife and clubs, long volcanic beaches, a plethora of hotels to choose from, a wide variety of restaurants, boat trips to nearby islands and beaches, plus shopping, watersports and a 16th century Castle. Holidays to Marmaris are irresistible.
Neighbouring Marmaris is the resort of Icmeler, formerly a fishing village and a quieter resort situated on a beach it is a haven for sunlovers and also families. A friendly, purpose built holiday resort, Icmeler is ideal for a relaxing holiday spent sunbathing, swimming and laughing with new friends at one of the many bars into the early hours.
Fethiye, situated in a sheltered bay against a backdrop of mountains, is a bustling harbour town. Ideal for holidaymakers with an interest in ancient historical sites, here you can visit the Lycian rock tombs, a Roman amphitheatre and the nearby Kayakoy ghost town. Despite being hit by an earthquake in 1958, Fethiye has retained lots of its character and ancient monuments and is popular with families and also scuba diving enthusiasts. From here you can hop on a dolmus or boat trip to Calis beach resort which is only 2 miles away.
If you're planning on experiencing a traditional Turkish mud bath whilst on your holiday then look no further than Dalyan. Famous for its beach, Iztuzu, where protected loggerhead turtles nest, Dalyan also has an abundance of hot springs and mud baths in which to relax and unwind. The ancient city of Kaunos is situated here, across the river, and is considered to be a very important archeological site and worth a visit.
The main airport in Dalaman region is Dalaman Airport, which serves both international and domestic flights for Turkey. Situated just 3 miles South of Dalaman town centre, the airport is a hub for holidays to the Dalaman region of Southwest Turkey and receives non-stop flights from Europe many times a week. Turkey is considered a short haul destination from the UK, with flights lasting on average 4 hours. Flights are available in the UK from many main airports and both scheduled and charter airlines fly into Dalaman airport.
Without a doubt the resort with the liveliest and loudest nightlife in the Dalaman region is considered to be Marmaris. A well developed holiday resort, Marmaris parties from dawn until dusk, with holidaymakers partying in the bars and clubs lining its shorefront. Within the other resorts long this coastline there are many bars, clubs and a huge variety of restaurants offering various international cuisines to choose from. Fethiye, Dalyan and Hisaronu are good resorts to choose for nightlife in particular.
There is plenty to do and see in the Dalaman region of Turkey, with its many holiday resorts, ancient sites and natural beauty. Visit the Lycian Tombs near Feithiye, the ancient city of Kaunos, Roman amphitheatres and even an excursion up the coast to Ephesus. Relax on the beach or experience some of the water based activities such as banana boats, waterskiing, paragliding, scuba diving, snorkelling and white water rafting. Catch a boat trip to one of the nearby islands or local beauty spots or cruise the coast in a traditional Turkish gulet.
Dalaman holidays are hot, relaxing and fun. Filled with a wide choice of activities and numerous things to do and see, the many holiday resorts along this stretch of wonderful Turkish coastline offer everything a holidaymaker could wish for. With guaranteed sunshine, cheap holidays to Dalaman are in demand every year from UK tourists and continue to be a popular choice for Summer Holidays.