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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 Iztuzu Beach is a long beach seperated from Dalyan by the reed beds that are along the river feeding into the sea from Koycegiz Lake. It is world famous as one of the rare breeding grounds for loggerhead sea turtles. (Caretta caretta) The greatest threat to the survival of the loggerhead sea turtle is on these sandy beaches where its life begins, which has triggered an international conservation effort that began in the 1990s. The effort to protect loggerhead sea turtle eggs and to assure a safe breeding ground for this endangered species has made international headlines. June Haimoff is an English environmentalist who settled in Dalyan after her retirement and l... 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

Kaunos

Kaunos (Caunos) Kaunos was a city of ancient Caria, Anatolia, a few kilometers west of the modern town of Dalyan, Muğla Province, Turkey. Kaunos was said to have been founded by Kaunos, son of Miletos and Kyane, on the southern coast of Caria, opposite Rhodes. It was in a district later under the jurisdiction of Rhodes known as Peraea, Peræa Rhodiorum (Latin form) "the Rhodian Shore", at the foot of Mount Tarbelos. Its acropolis was called Imbros. It exported, chiefly to Rome, highly prized figs. It was the home of the painter Protogenes. It was a member of the Chrysaorian League. The ruins of the city are near Dalyan, on the right bank of the ancient Kalbis. Among them are... Read more

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