Dalyan and Fethiye in the Southwest coast are attracting tourist from all over the world through its culture, history, traditional cuisine and top of it – Eco Tourism. Besides Sun, Sand and Sea, the visitors can enjoy medicinal mud too….writes Kaliph Anaz…PICS: “Matt Day, TNT Magazine
Dalyan, the coastal town in Turkey’s southwest coast, is all spruced up to greet modern day travellers. The city is blessed with natural beauty which will attract eco tourists while the historic sites in and around the city will attract families school going children.
Dalyan, the main town on the Dalyan River, just inland from Turkey’s southwest coast. The city’s newly built airport is well connected with almost all the main cities across the world.
The tourists can take memories of their boat journey in the Dalyan River. Across the river from town is the ancient ruined city of Kaunos, with Lycian rock tombs and the remains of a theatre. Riverboats connect Dalyan with İztuzu Beach to the south, home to protected loggerhead turtle nesting grounds. To the northwest on the shore of Lake Köyceğiz is the village of Sultaniye, known for its thermal mud baths.
Dalyan is a unique destination with full of culture, traditional Turkish charm, history and contrasting beauty. The traditional cuisine in the region is also a treat to the pallets.
Dalyan means “fishing weir” in Turkish. Bass, Mullet and Sea Bream swim upstream from the sea to Köyceğiz Lake where another large town of the region, Köyceğiz, is located. The fish spawn there, and when returning to the sea they are caught in the “dalyans”.
Experience the boat trips in the lake and the river, swimming in the sea and lake in the same day.
Sultaniye Thermals and mud-bath visit by boat and relaxing in the thermal waters where since ancient time has been using for the same thermal therapy. The thermal waters are good for some skin diseases.
Discover 3.000-year-old Caunos, the ancient city where mainly the Greek and Roman remains exist such as a Greek-Roman style theatre, Roman bath, remains of a Basilica, Temple of Athena, Harbour buildings, fountain etc.
One of the best preserved area where the Candır Village is standing and has known its organic agricultural activities. A short walk in the village will be memorable. If you got time, visit neighbouring Ekincik Village known for its blue cruise gullet and motor yachts.
A trip to the Iztuzu (Turtle) Beach and the nearby Turtle sanctuary will help you to know more about the nearly extinguished amphibians. Turkey is taking extra precautions to preserve the turtles. You can see how the specialists treating the injured turtles. Most of them were victims of ocean pollution and by the ignorance of man to consider their fellow beings.
Blue Lagoon national park and the beach is a must visit. Drive from Blue Lagoon to the Butterfly Valley offers great scenery. The view from the top of the valley is breath-taking.
TRIP TO FETHIYE
Fethiye is located one hour drive from Dalyan. It is Turkey’s well-known tourist centres and is especially popular during the summer. The season will be busy with tourists from Europe and other part of the world.
The Fethiye Museum, which is very rich in ancient and more recent artifacts, displays and testifies to the successive chain of civilizations that existed in the area, starting with the ancient Lycians.
Fethiye is also home to the Tomb of Amyntas, a large tomb built in 350 BC by the Lycians. Some of the other historical sites worth visiting are: Kadyanda Ancient City and Kayaköy- old Greek tow.
Kayaköy is a tear drop in the history of the world. An entire village become a bargaining chip to find peace between two empires. Kayaköy is located just 8 km south of Fethiye. Both Anatolian Muslims and Greek Orthodox Christians had lived here in harmony since its origins in the 14th Century until the Greco-Turkish War of 1919-1922 culminated in the emptying of its 6,500 Christian inhabitants. Both Turkey’s Christian citizens and Greece’s Muslims were expelled from their homes in a population exchange between Greece and Turkey.
The townspeople were subsequently barred from returning by 1923. The ghost town, now preserved as a museum village, consists of hundreds of rundown but still mostly standing Greek-style houses, churches, schools which cover a small mountainside.
It’s a must to visit ancient Lycian City of Tlos. It’s rock tombs are historic. A tomb says many stories – the status of the person, his position, his relatives etc. After the visit to Tlos, you can visit Saklıkent Gorge. Explore the gorge and you will never forget the experience. The rhthm of the nature will follow you for ever.
Paragliding at Babadag Mountain is must do activity during the trip to Fethiye. Babadag Mountain located near the Oludeniz beach and Hisaronu. The Babadag Mountain paragliding height is about 6500 ft (1960 m). It will provide a breath-taking panorama. Landing on the Oludeniz beach is as easy as taking off from Babadag Mountain – no rapid decline but just gentle touch down.
The trip was organised by Eco Turkey Travel www.ecoturkey.com with flights from Heathrow on Turkish Airlines, which includes a change at Istanbul. Thomas Cook have direct flights to the area and Dalaman Airport is well connected with most of the major cities across the world.