Dalaman, Turkey was once a place tourists stopped to enjoy the scenic views while traveling between other major Turkey cities. Once settled by a variety of civilizations, most prominently the Lycians in the 1600s, Dalaman offers some of the best landscapes in the country. This southwestern coastal city is located between the sea and mountain, providing a number of natural wonders for travelers to view. Though Dalaman offers quaint shops, tea gardens and restaurants, the true appeal is the water and foothills. The small town is quickly developing into an area with resorts and activities, but the town has a restraint on how much development can be done. This way the natural side of Dalaman will always be the appeal of the quiet town.
Known as a beach paradise, Dalaman provides access to Patara, known for ancient ruins, and Olu deniz, the country's most popular lagoon. The biggest attractions are related to the area's beautiful waterways. Many visitors enjoy taking jet skis or banana boats out on the water for a day in the sun. Diving lessons are also popular because the turquoise water is so clear. Visitors enjoy exploring deep caves in the beaches and viewing the wildlife in the water. It's not uncommon for travelers to partake in a "Blue Cruise" along the shore as well (this is a phrase commonly referring to a quick sail).
Aside from water sports, travelers can partake in a number of other sports including golf, tennis and table tennis at hotels and resorts. With a local tour guide, hiking trails are also found throughout nearby mountains. Some trails are dangerous and should not be attempted without local assistance. If you are not into hiking, horseback riding is also available with local guides. Take horses out in the green foothills, exploring caverns and trails with guides. These guides are not only locals, but trained in the strong history of the area.
When visiting the areas you will need to secure flights to Dalaman in Turkey as you can only enter the town by plane, private boat or car. Buses occasionally enter the town. Though train travel is common in Turkey, no trains enter Dalaman.