Dalaman is situated on the south-western coast of Turkey and visiting it provides easy access to several of the country’s top scenic attractions. Primarily viewed as a gateway to neighbouring seaside resorts such as Fethiye, the town itself is increasingly earning a reputation as a worthy holiday destination.
Idyllically situated between snow-tipped mountains and turquoise waters, Dalaman embodies all the mythical intrigue of the Aegean Coast. The wider region encompasses thousands of years of history and is peppered with awe-inspiring artefacts, ranging from Lycian rock tombs to Roman baths and Ottoman forts.
Some of the most striking ruins can be seen in nearby Fethiye - built on top of the ancient city of Telmessos - while visitors to Olu Deniz can enjoy the best of Turkey's pristine white beaches. The port city of Marmaris - renowned for its vibrant nightlife and world-famous yacht marina - is also a popular stop-over for travellers.
When to fly to Dalaman
With an average 320 days of sunshine per year, there is hardly ever a bad time to visit Dalaman. Its Mediterranean climate and temperatures reaching 35 degrees in July and August, make Dalaman a perfect destination for sun-seekers. The winter months of December to February offer mild weather, occasional rainfall and temperatures around 17 degrees.
Getting around Dalaman
Dalaman airport is located some 4 miles (6 km) from the city. Hiring a car might be the best option if you feel like exploring the coast and the nearby villages.
Dalaman insider information
- Since 3000 BC, Dalaman has been inhabited by the Lycian, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman civilisations.
- The town of Dalyan boasts some of Turkey's most unspoilt beaches, largely due to its status as a protected breeding ground for the endangered loggerhead sea turtle.
- Holidaymakers who have had their fill of sunbathing can go rafting in the Dalaman River.
- The bars in Olu Deniz frequently stay open as late as 4am, catering for international visitors on the many cruise ships that dock in its bay.