Turkey Journals

Two Weeks in Dalyan, Turkey

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A travel journal to Turkey by yackers1

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Quote: Dalyan in general, things to do around Dalyan, places to eat in Dalyan

Turtle Watching

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Attraction | "There's One. There's One. There's Another One. Ohh.. there's One."

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As readers of my other reviews are well aware Dalyan relies on turtles to boost tourism and bring money in to the area. There are loads of turtle watching trips available and a quick walk along the river will give the tourist many opportunities to go on an excursion, which are run on a daily basis. Availability will never be a problem. In addition, many hotels in Dalyan will offer exactly the same thing but will cost you less. Using your hotel ,if they offer such a trip won’t save you much in monetary terms, but your hotel will try and find you if you are running late and will not just set off, so it is unlikely you will miss the excursion through sleeping in.Most of the trips are run earl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 22, 2009

Sea Fishing trip, Dalyan

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Attraction | "Deep Sea Fishing in Dalyan"

Heading out Photo, Dalyan, Turkey
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A deep sea fishing trip was what I was looking for and the price of 35YTL (approx £15) for a full days fishing, with lunch, was very attractive and seemed a bit too good to be true. The booking was very easy and simply involved speaking to the girl behind the desk (who spoke excellent English) who took my money (you have to pay in full on booking) and wrote out a receipt ticket with all the relevant details. Most tours include transfers from your hotel but since it was a five-minute walk to the river, and the boat, I had to meet the tour guide at HQ.****Format of the day****Once on the boat you motor down the river to Turtle Beach. You are not permitted to fish or troll during ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 21, 2009

Pasa, Koycegiz

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Restaurant | "A Perfect Place for Lunch in Koycegiz"

The rockery Photo, Koycegiz, Turkey
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Located right on the quay side of Koycegiz the Pasa restaurant is ideally placed to fully exploit the passing trade as tourists are coming from, and going to the boats.The lunchtime menu is nothing special and consists of chicken, meatballs, fish, kebabs, lamb steaks and pide. These are all dishes you can get from several other places in the town. The food is no cheaper nor is it more expensive than other restaurants in town. We were told that the quality of the food is no better nor is it any worse than other restaurants in town, so you have to ask yourself the question why eat at Pasa?Most of it has to do with the location, and tourists, most of whom are typically lazy whilst...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2009

Koycegiz Market

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Attraction | "Roll up Roll up....A market Turkish style"

Koycegiz Market Photo, Koycegiz, Turkey
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The small town of Koycegiz holds a weekly market on a Tuesday, and being a bit of a "touristy" town this market attracts many tourists from neighboring towns and villages.Getting to the market from Dalyan is best done by boat, although this takes around an hour. That said, it does give you a chance to kick back, relax and enjoy the gorgeous scenery of the area, so you have to make sure you have a camera handy. Funnily enough, Koycegiz is located on the other side of Lake Koycegiz, and this is one massive expanse of water. It actually takes about 10 minutes to get from Dalyan to Lake Koycegiz and the remainder of the trip is simply crossing the lake. Whilst the lake is breathtakingly beauti...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 13, 2009

Koycegiz Market

Koycegiz, Turkey

Hidden Lake Fishing

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Attraction | "Mile High Fishing"

Approaching the lake Photo, Dalyan, Turkey
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****The trip****Being a keen angler I always make it my mission find a fishing trip whilst on holiday. I have always been fascinated by marine life and the different types that are prevalent in different countries. Whilst in Dalyan I noticed there were only two types of fishing trip available, one at sea and the other in what was referred to as "the hidden lake".The pictures of the hidden lake looked fantastic, the blurb on the advertising poster stated there were numerous fish and the tour operator recommended it highly (not really surprising given they were looking for a sale), so I just had to book a trip and give it a go.****Price****Compared t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 13, 2009

Mud Baths and Thermal Springs

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Attraction | "Rolling Around Like Pigs in Muck"

Mud Baths and Thermal Springs Photo, Dalyan, Turkey
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****The mud baths****The mud baths are a natural phenomenon that is near Dalyan. There are actually two sites, both of which are almost identical, giving the tourists a choice. The first site is a fifteen minute boat trip from the river side of Dalyan and the other on the edge of Lake Koycegiz which is a thirty minute boat trip. For obvious reasons the one on the banks of Lake Koycegiz is quieter. Having been to both I can honestly say that I prefer the Lake Koycegiz site because at this site you can actually take a dip in the lake in safety and not have to dodge the boat traffic.****Why do it?****Having a natural mud bath is meant to exfoliate the skin and remove a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2009

Mud Baths and Thermal Springs

Dalyan, Turkey

The Turtle Sanctuary, Isutzu Beach

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Attraction | "The Turtle Doctors"

One of the patients Photo, Dalyan, Turkey
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The closest beach to Dalyan is Izutzu Beach, which is more affectionately known as "turtle" beach since it is a nesting site for the rare loggerhead turtle ("Caretta Caretta"). Being used by loggerheads the beach and its surrounding area remains un-developed, despite numerous planning applications to get the site developed to cater for tourists. During the last planning application the development opposition included David Bellamy, who fought for the logger head’s safe haven. A compromise was struck allowing the turtles to keep their nesting place and tourists to use the beach, and this arrangement appears to work very well.There are two ways of getting to the beach from Dalyan. The first ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2009

Isutzu Beach

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Attraction | "One of Turkey's Finest Beaches"

Looking back Photo, Dalyan, Turkey
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The closest beach to Dalyan is Izutzu Beach, which is more affectionately known as "turtle" beach since it is a nesting site for the rare loggerhead turtle ("Caretta Caretta"). Being used by loggerheads the beach and its surrounding area remains un-developed, despite numerous planning applications to get the site developed to cater for tourists. During the last planning application the development opposition included David Bellamy, who fought for the logger head’s safe haven. A compromise was struck allowing the turtles to keep their nesting place and tourists to use the beach, and this arrangement appears to work very well.There are two ways of getting to the beach from Dalyan. The first ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 5, 2009

Gocek 12 Islands Cruise

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Attraction | "Sun. Sea. Sailing. Superb!"

A stop off point for a swim Photo, Gocek, Turkey
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All excursion boards claim the 12 Island Tour of Gocek is the most popular excursion, and based on the fact these tours are offered by almost every single tour operator on a daily basis this claim cannot be disputed. ****Format of the day****The day commences with a bus journey (transfers are included from your hotel) from Dalyan to Gocek harbour, which is approximately half an hour away. Once in the harbour you are shown to the boat.Whilst the assistant carries out all the relevant checks etc. the captain serves traditional Turkish tea and wafers. With the checks complete the anchor is raised and the boat sets off around the bay and all the twelve islands. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 5, 2009

Kaunos Ruins

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Attraction | "A Run Down City"

The amazing ampitheatre Photo, Dalyan, Turkey
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****History****Years ago the ancient city of Kaunos was located in the historical region of Caria near the border with Lycia and right near the coastline on an isolated rocky hill that was surrounded by marshes. The shallow waters around Kaunos were a fantastic source of fish and salt, so the population survived by trading these natural resources, however its most famous export was figs, which were exported to Rome.The kings and most prominent citizens of Kaunos built their tombs the way Lycians did. The tombs started off small and soon got larger and larger and the design changed to represent small temples, hence the smaller tombs are the older ones. All tombs were raided by t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 4, 2009

Ceyhan Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Overall Poor Restaurant in a Prime Location"

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****Location****Ceyhan is located right on the river right, which in my opinion is in prime position. The location is perfect. The kitchen and bar is on one side of the alfresco dining area and the rock faces, containing the Lycian tombs, are on the other side.During the day this is a very busy place, however during the night it is different and the place is much quieter and more relaxed. The setting is beautiful at night and the rock tombs are illuminated for all to see. ****Food****The menu consists of traditional Turkish dishes (meat balls, kebaps, grills, salads etc.), which is to be expected especially since this is the case of virtually all restaur...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 4, 2009

Ceyhan Restaurant
Gulpinar Mah. Sahil Kenari
Dalyan, Turkey
+90-252 284 5387

Sini Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Claimed to Be the Oldest in Dalyan"

Sini Restaurant Photo, Dalyan, Turkey
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****Why Sini?****According to the tout, and the website;"In a traditional Turkish family the people eat together on the floor. They sit at a sort of tablecloth and a large round serving tray with about three or four different kinds of dish. In Turkish this tray is called a "Sini". Around the restaurant you will see traditional Turkish cooking implements, directly opposite the entrance you will see a "Sini".****Food****The menu consists of traditional Turkish dishes, like most of the other restaurants in Dalyan. In addition to the more "standard" dishes (such as meat balls, kepabs, shish, mixed grills, casseroles and the like) there were many specialit...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 3, 2009

Sini Restaurant
Geçit Sokak Dalyan
Dalyan, Turkey 48840
+905327169053

Caretta Caretta Panysion

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Restaurant | "Why Is This Place Not Thriving?"

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Whilst becoming re-acquainted with Dalyan on a stroll out we found this restaurant, which was half way down the next street from our hotel. It is clear the building is primarily a bed and breakfast, but it does have a restaurant on the roof terrace that is used by both residents and non-residents. ****Menu and Food****Outside the building stands a small chalkboard giving (what I assumed to be a small sample) of dishes available and the prices. Naturally, I thought this was just an ‘enticer’ to get people in to the restaurant, although once sat down and presented a menu I soon discovered that all the meals detailed on the board outside comprised the whole menu.Whilst...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 3, 2009

White water rafting, Dalyan style

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Attraction | "Love Water? Like an Adrenaline Rush? You'll Love This"

In to the rapids Photo, Turkey, Europe
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****White water rafting, Turkey****The white water rafting excursion is only available from May to October as this is the safest time. It is possible to get transfers from Marmaris, Dalyan, Fethiye, Gocek and Gokova. ****What you need to take****For this excursion you will need swimming shorts/costume, a towel and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet (you are not allowed in the raft barefoot for safety reasons. The guides allow almost any footwear in the rafts but if it is backless or liable to come off your feet then these will be tied around your ankles. ****What is provided****Included in the cost is the transfers to and from your resort...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 2, 2009

Metin Hotel

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Hotel | "Fun, Friendly Family Run Hotel in the Heart of Dalyan"

Metin Hotel Photo, Dalyan, Turkey
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The Metin Hotel is a small, and friendly, family run hotel in Dalyan, Turkey. The hotel is rated as a 3 star and consists of 25 standard rooms, 19 triple rooms, 3 family rooms and 5 self-catering apartments. The hotel offers bed and breakfast or half board basis, but not all-inclusive packages. Prices vary greatly and depend upon what room you want, whether you are bed and breakfast or half board and the time of year. Current prices, and details about the Metin can be found on their website. One thing I would stress is that the prices are very reasonable compared to other 3 star hotels in the area and the Metin offers fantastic value for money.****Location****Since ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 2, 2009

Metin Hotel
Maras Mah. Erkul sok.
Dalyan, Turkey 48840