Situated in the heart of the Turkish Riviera and nicknamed the ‘Turquoise Coast’, the Dalaman region is a colourful explosion of some of the country’s most jaw-dropping landscapes. Dalaman strikes the perfect balance for those craving a relaxing retreat with a scope of adventure. Our villas open the door to this fascinating region, with its pine-clad mountains, bustling resorts, vibrant shopping streets, and sparkling seascapes galore at your fingertips.
With a stunning coastline, bustling markets and fascinating ruins – there’s no end to the exciting things you can see in the Dalaman region. Beyond the beaches, there’s so much more natural beauty that awaits, such as the beautiful nature reserve of Butterfly Valley or the incredible hiking trails sandwiched between oceans and dramatic valleys in the Lycian Way. For some family fun, head to the bigger resorts like Marmaris and make a splash with the kids at one of the world-class water parks or visit the dolphinarium. If you’re feeling brave, you can take a breath-taking paraglide from the top of Babadağ Mountain or try your hand at some windsurfing in Dalyan.
The shopping scene across the peninsula is something else altogether. Rummage for bargains at the antique Fethiye bazaar, full of intricate handicrafts, handmade clothing, wonderful spices and beautifully woven rugs. Marmaris is all about its modern shopping, from high-end malls selling designer fashion to its local daily market selling souvenirs, handmade jewellery and Turkish sweets.
Beaches in Dalaman
The shoreline is flanked by unspoilt beaches, picturesque lagoons, and secluded rocky caves—perfect for sun-worshippers who want nothing better to do than laze on the sand and catch some rays. Olu Deniz is regarded as one of the best beaches in all of Turkey, a stunning fine-sand bay gently lapped by the calm warm waters. A real oasis for wildlife, the quiet coastline attracts rare sea turtles to the white sands of Iztuzu Beach, with loggerheads coming to nest during August and September.
Nightlife in Dalaman
The after-hours entertainment covers all the bases of a fantastic night out, whether you want to sip a cocktail at sunset or dance until sunrise. From waterfront cocktail bars to classic British pubs and energetic night clubs – there’s something for everyone. Marmaris is the nightlife hub, with two separate strips brimming with open-air clubs featuring live DJ sets and vibrant dance floors. For a quieter evening, Kalkan is perfect for settling in at a cosy rooftop bar and admiring some dazzling sea views whilst cracking open a bottle of bubbly.
Food and Drink in Dalaman
Foodies will be in their element, as the region is buzzing with a vibrant Turkish culture that is reflected in its gastronomy. Turkish cuisine is bursting with flavour, with hearty stews and casseroles or kebabs served with pita and vegetables on every menu. The Dalaman region boasts a few unique dishes, such as the meatball dish Kofte or the popular pide, also known as "Turkish pizza". Across the peninsula, you’ll be spoilt with the number of traditional tavernas, where you can sample food lovingly cooked using age-old recipes. But you can tuck into international favourites at glitzy restaurants within the main resorts, with Indian, Italian, British, and Chinese cuisines at your fingertips. Seafood is the name of the game along the coast, where you can try the fresh catch of the day in one of the sleepy fishing villages. For dinner with a view, Kalkan is renowned for its rooftop terraces perched across its colourful harbourfront, where you can eat whilst gazing over coastal panoramas.
History and Culture in Dalaman
Covered in a blanket of captivating historic sites and phenomenal ruins that echo its rich and fascinating past, history buffs will be in their element. The city of Xanthos is a must-see, with an impressive Roman theatre and acropolis, or head to Mamaris to explore its well-preserved 16th-century castle. The archaeological site of Kaunos, just outside of Dalyan, is mesmerising, with a 2000-year-old theatre that is still used for concerts to this day. Head further afield on a day trip to the incredible Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and arguably Turkey’s most prized historic site.