Dalyan (Turkey) - Rock Tombs across the Dalyan Çayı

There are plenty of reasons for visiting laid-back little Dalyan. The major attraction is undoubtedly a visit to the ruined city of Kaunos with its spectacular Kings' tombs across the river. Also, the İztuzu beach, hatching ground for loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta Caretta), at the river mouth, and the Köyceğiz Lake with its Sultaniye Hot Springs and Mud Baths are popular tourist attractions. The water of the hot springs reaches temperatures of 40 °C, is mildly radioactive and rich in calcium, sulphur, iron, nitrates, potassium, and other mineral salts. It is said to be good for skin complaints and rheumatism.

Life in Dalyan revolves around the river, the Dalyan Çayı. Many hotels and pensions line the river's east bank, and the boats that sail up and down the river are the preferred way to visit the main attractions. We stayed two nights in the Özalp Otel, which is not far from the town's centre, but a bit away from the river.

Here are photos of Dalyan, click on the thumbnails to see greater pictures.

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