When to fly
With an average 320 days of sunshine per year, there is hardly ever a bad time to book flights to 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.
The Dalaman Culture Tourism and Sığla Festival, attended by a high number of visitors, becomes the scene of a fair that lasts a couple of days. Organized annually in May, this festival is not to be missed so you might want to plan your flights around that time and book them in advance to get the best deals.
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.
This part of the Turquoise Coast is fantastic for chartering a yacht, parasailing, white-water rafting and even just relaxing in a mud bath.
It's an area steeped in history too. There are tombs that date back thousands of years, baths that were first used several millennia ago and ancient bridges. The most notable sights are the Lycian rock tombs at Kayadibi and Gökdağ, an ancient city at Kavacık, and the monastery and religious school at Karaağaç.
Explore the rich history and beautiful scenery on one of many cheap flights regularly travelling to Dalaman.
Getting from the Airport to the CityDalaman Airport (DLM) is the gateway to the seaside resorts of Marmaris, Fethiye, Köyceğiz, Dalyan, Ölüdeniz and Hisarönü. The airport is located some 4 miles from the city. There are several bus and shuttle companies taking passengers from their flights into town. Taxis operate a 24 hours service and are the easiest (if not the cheapest) way to get to Dalaman.
Getting around Dalaman
Hiring a car is the best option if you feel like exploring the coast and the nearby villages. There are several car rental companies operating from the airport.
Dalaman insider information
- Since 3000 BC, the city 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.