Your Guide to Holidays in the Dalaman Region
Located on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, across the sea from the Greek island of Rhodes, the Dalaman region is a stunning sunny escape. Often called the “Turquoise Coast” for its shimmering blue waters, the Dalaman region is practically overflowing with natural beauty.
Though one of the more off-the-beaten-track sun destinations, the Dalaman region is a diverse area with so much to offer. From adventurous outdoor activities like paragliding to exploring ancient ruins, the area is bound to have something for everyone. The resort towns of Marmaris, Oludeniz, and Fethiye are the three most popular places to stay within the Dalaman region.
The port city of Marmaris on Turkey’s southwestern coast is a dazzling hub for history, nature, and of course, beautiful beaches. To immerse yourself in the city’s fascinating past, explore Marmaris Castle and take in the breathtaking sea views from the fortress.
For a lively day or evening out, head to Marmaris Harbour, where Kordon Street, Barbaros Street, and the main promenade are always bustling. Here you’ll find no shortage of unique bars and restaurants, as well as shops to check out. Lastly, lounge on one of the city’s well-known beaches, Marmaris Uzunyali Beach, also known as the Long Beach, and Marmaris Urban Beach.
Where to Stay in Marmaris
Overlooking the crystal blue waters where the Mediterranean meets the Aegean Sea, the Poseidon Hotel is the ideal place to stay in Marmaris. Firstly, the location is unbeatable with a private beach just steps from the hotel’s doors and only 3km to the city centre.
The rooms feature lovely sea views, flat-screen TVs, and large walk-in showers. There is an indoor pool, two outdoor pools, and a jacuzzi, as well as several onsite restaurants. The Poseidon is best for couples, groups of friends, or families with older children, as guests must be over 16 to stay in this adults-only hotel.
Oludeniz, the southernmost of the three Dalaman resort towns, is known for both its calm beaches and thrilling outdoor sports. Without a doubt, the most popular activity in Oludeniz is paragliding over the famous Blue Lagoon. Paragliding here isn’t for the faint of heart since it features one of the highest commercial take-off points in the world at nearly 2,000 metres. Nevertheless, if you’re up to the challenge it’ll certainly be something you never forget!
For those looking for other, less extreme ways to enjoy the area, spend some time swimming and kayaking in the Blue Lagoon. In addition, Oludeniz Waterworld Aquapark is a great place for families with younger kids. If you’re looking for a fancy night out, check out the Buzz Beach Bar. Here you’ll find unique cocktails, an extensive menu, and sweeping sea views on the top floor.
Where to stay in Oludeniz
Liberty Hotel Oludeniz
The Liberty Hotel is an excellent vantage point to enjoy all Oludeniz has to offer. In terms of location, it’s a short 5-minute walk to Belcekiz beach. The Liberty is also more family-friendly, with three outdoor pools including one children’s pool.
For dining options, this hotel features two restaurants, one buffet-style and one a la carte, and a pool bar. The Liberty spares nothing when it comes to luxury, so you can enjoy a fitness centre, sauna, and a spa with Turkish baths and massage services! With stunning mountain and sea views all around, the Liberty Hotel is the perfect place to kick back and relax on your holiday to Oludeniz.
Only a short drive from Oludeniz, Fethiye is a beach haven nestled in a cove along the Turquoise Coast. The bay is scattered with tiny islands you can explore by boat, and the resort town is home to one of the most beautiful harbours in Turkey. Many of the attractions in Fethiye centre around both nature and history.
There are many ancient ruins worth checking out in Fethiye. Modern-day Fethiye sits on the ruins of the Lycian city of Telmessos dating back to 200BC. You can explore the famous Tomb of Amyntas and various Lycian sarcophagi in the south of Fethiye. There is also further information on the Lycians in the Fethiye Museum in town.
For a lovely hike and a beach day all in one, trek to the Butterfly Beach hidden between two steep cliffs. Here you’ll find the home of the colourful Jersey Tiger Butterfly and a rugged, pristine backdrop that will take your breath away.
Where to stay in Fethiye
Yacht Classic Hotel
The Yacht Classic Hotel is the height of luxury within Fethiye. This exquisite hotel features an incredible design, integrating pools and lush gardens into the perimeter of the hotel. It overlooks Fethiye’s famous harbour and mountains on the peninsula in the distance.
There are various room styles to choose between, ranging from classic to premier Water Villas. These cabana-style rooms offer direct access to the infinity pool wrapping around the hotel’s exterior. Further, the dining options at the Yacht Classic include the Mori Restaurant, Skyfall Bar, and Blue Bar, so you’ll won’t have to settle for just one choice. In addition to the many pools, this hotel has its own private beach on Fethiye Bay.
So, which part of the dazzling Dalaman Region will you be visiting?