Dalyan is a small authentic Turkish fishing village situated on the Dalyan river, between the Koycegiz Lake and town and the famous Iztuzu beach. One of the reasons Iztuzu is so well known is due to the protected Loggerhead Turtles, also known as the ‘Caretta Caretta’ who lay their eggs here during the summer. This endangered species swims freely in the river and delta around Dalyan and the Iztuzu beach and has helped Dalyan increase its popularity over the years.

This beach as well as the delta and surrounding area is now classified as a protected area. Dalyan is also home to the Soft Shelled Nile Turtles, which mainly live in the Dalyan river and Koycegiz lake.

Dalyan was built around the central mosque which is still situated in the town centre, and you’ll be able to hear the call to prayer from here five times a day.

The area around Dalyan is well worth seeing via boat, and one way to do this is by local taxi boat (ko-op boat) which regularly sails between the jetty from the town centre and the beach. The delta also provides a home to many bird species such as the Kingfisher and the stork, the latter which can be seen all around Dalyan as well. Look out for the nests on top of electricity poles or specially constructed stork poles.

Would you like to see more of Dalyan? Please take a look in our gallery. Iztuzu beach has received the Blue Flag Award 2013 as well as chosen as the best beach in Europe in 2013, and you will be able to see from our photos why. We hope our gallery will give you a good impression of how truly beautiful and special this area is