Why did I choose Dalyan?
I first visited Dalyan in 2013 after reading an article in The Daily Telegraph. I was intrigued by the description of a beautiful small town nestling on the river and the idea of travelling by boat to the Turtle beach through the reed beds. My first glimpse of the river, the colours, the boats and water taxis was nothing short of an assault on the senses.
I have returned twice a year ever since, each time discovering yet more to this historic town and enjoying the hospitality offered by its friendly and open people. The proximity to Dalaman airport – just 25Km away – makes it very accessible to visitors. It seemed therefore entirely natural to buy my own little corner here which I am pleased to offer to guests who will hopefully share my own passion for Dalyan and experience its delights from the comfort of my apartment.
The town of Dalyan
So much has been written and documented about Dalyan that I will share just a few basic details and refer you to websites that go into greater detail.
This small town is in Mugla Province in southwest Turkey by the side of the Mediterranean. The town itself is situated on the Dalyan delta at the mouth of which lies the world famous Iztuzu beach or Turtle beach, which is an important breeding ground for the Loggerhead Caretta Caretta turtle.
Dalyan actually means ‘fishing weir’ in Turkish. Bass, Mullet and Sea Bream swim upstream from the sea to Köyceğiz Lake at the head of which the town of Köyceğiz is located. The fish spawn there, and when returning to the sea they are caught in the ‘dalyans’.
The amazing ancient city of Caunos and the Rock Tombs are important landmarks located on the ‘other side’ of the river and are reached by rowing boat. For the 2016 season a small car ferry makes the crossing saving vehicles a substantial detour by road.
Set inland on the banks of the Dalyan River, the town of Dalyan is a peaceful holiday backwater unspoilt by mass tourism. This is evidenced by the lack of high rise buildings and a plethora of small hotels and pensions that are generally family run. Visitors to the 5Km sand bar at Iztuzu can take the water taxi from Dalyan harbour through beds of reeds, bull rushes and pampas grass. This takes around 45 enjoyable minutes giving you time to absorb the spectacular scenery and wildlife. The entire Delta is a protected National Conservation area and is home to over 200 species of birds.
Read more here www.dalyanguide.co.uk/index.html
Our Tours & Excursions Partner
The area is rich with things to do and see -ranging from boat trips, to activity based excursions, to places of historical and cultural interest.
Volkan’s Adventures – the brainchild of Volkan Hacigumus – is an outstanding tour company pioneering progressive and unique exclusive tours in Dalyan, as well as further afield in Turkey.
The idea for the tour company started when Volkan was managing a hotel and a bar in Dalyan for two years. the best part for him was going out on spontaneous trips with the guests and meeting people who have become lifelong friends and who return every year to Dalyan. He discovered new and lesser known spots that either local friends had shown him or he discovered by chance. He realised he wanted to share his excitement and passion for the landscape, history, culture, food and people of Dalyan and Turkey.
This is how and why Volkan’s Adventures was established as a Dalyan Tour Company in 2015 and what makes his trips so different is the small groups philosophy, his team’s in depth knowledge of the area and off the beaten track tours that are not on the tourists’ typical itinerary.
Volkan offers our visitors 15% off all trips booked with his company. Please mention this when booking.
Read more here www.volkansadventures.com