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Sultaniye Thermal Springs

Along the channel of the Dalyan Delta from Köycegiz are the Sultaniye Thermal baths with the water is 40 degrees  C. The water has been used since Hellenistic times, first by the Karians then the Byzantines. The ruins from these   buildings are now submerged. The water which contains radioactive elements (harmless) and hydrogen sulphur are believed to cure rheumatism, skin disorders, liver, spleen and bowel complaints, as well as being beneficial for nervous and digestive disorders. Read more

About Dalyan

Dalyan Dalyan was once a village of fishermen and farmers. Centrally located in the midst of the best of holiday locations on the south coast of Turkey, it has many advantages as a holiday destination. It is close to the famous Iztuzu Beach where the protected loggerhead turtles lay their eggs each summer. Just a 30 minute drive from Dalaman International Airport it lies right in the middle of the most visited tourist destinations along the Mediterranean coast. Spectacular nature abounds everywhere around Dalyan that can be enjoyed by taking boat trips, jeep tours, or by going on a guided trek to enchanting locations which exist in every direction. It is the ideal destination ... Read more

Dalyan Iztuzu Beach

IZTUZU BEACH Twelve kilometers from the centre of Dalyan lies the five kilometer long sandbar that juts out from the mainland into the Mediterranean Sea. This site was earmarked for development until it was brought to the attention of authorities that it was one of the last nesting grounds for the endangered Loggerhead Turtle. A campaign with David Bellamy and a local conservationist Kaptan June (Haimhoff) were successful in stopping the development of Iztuzu Beach . Chaise lounges and beach umbrellas for rent are available at the beach, and cold drinks and snacks are served throughout the day. To reach Iztuzu, you can either take Dolmus (mini-bus), or a boat. The boat trip... Read more

Caretta Caretta

Caretta Turtle The Caretta Caretta turtle or the Loggerhead turtle is an oceanic turtle that can measure around 90 cm in length and weigh around 135 kg when fully grown. The loggerhead sea turtle has a low reproductive rate; females lay an average of four eggs clutches and then become quiescent, producing no eggs for two or three years. The loggerhead reaches sexual maturity within 17-33 years and has a lifespan of 47-67 years.  These sea turtles are considered an endangered species and are protected by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Untended fishing gear and fishing nets are the main causes of loggerhead deaths. Efforts to restore their numbers wil... Read more

Ancient Kaunos

Kaunos (Caunos) The ancient city of Kaunos stands midway along the channel. It grew into a major area on the border between Lycia and Karia, where the people were said to be famous for their yellowish skin and eyes. ( due to Malaria ) Kaunos was known to be the son of Miletus and the Grandson of Apollo, he is believed to have fled from the city because of the unnatural feelings between himself and his sister. The city sprawls over a broad slope overlooking the sea and delta. At Kaunos there is an Acropolis surrounded by the city walls that are Byzantine, a theatre, four temples, an Angora, Roman baths, Palestra and a Cistern. The harbor that continually silted up is one of th... Read more

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