Choose a villa holiday in the relaxed, riverside resort of Dalyan to experience one of the most beautiful places in Turkey. This must-visit town on the southwestern coast is truly idyllic, surrounded by enchanting hills and citrus fields, with a river flowing through it from Koycegiz Lake to the sea at Iztuzu beach. Daily boat trips transport you to the beach where legendary loggerhead turtles head here every year between May and October, to lay their eggs on the protected golden sand which gently shelves into the sea. Another unique attraction to see during a villa holiday in Dalyan is the thermal springs and sulphur-rich mudbaths at Lake Koycegiz, just four kilometres away by boat.
It’s more than just a beauty spot, though – there are chilled-out waterfront restaurants, historic gems and a lively main street with a weekly market and a smattering of bars. The fascinating history of the area is hidden among the rich greenery along the riverbank, so you’re best to admire the mighty Kings' Tombs of ancient Kaunos carved into the towering cliffs during a boat trip. Once the sun has set, savour some tasty mezes in a Turkish riverside restaurant, washed down with a glass of raki.