No matter how you go about it, a visit to Dalaman, the treasure of Turkey’s turquoise coast, will be anything but normal. Wander the abandoned streets of a century-old ghost town, wallow in the region’s renowned mud baths, or soar with the clouds as you paraglide above it all: Dalaman is as ancient as it is unforgettable.
For a place with such ancient roots, Dalaman certainly offers plenty of brand-new experiences. Although it is serviced by an international airport, it still isn’t on your average traveller’s radar – so the destination still holds an air of the unexpected and unknown. Where else can you explore a 1920s-era ghost town, or pay a visit to endangered sea turtles and ancient tombs carved into a mountainside on the same boat tour? Dalaman serves as a gateway to some of the most picturesque and vibrant parts of the Turkish riviera, so travellers should come prepared to see, do, and experience as much as possible. Dalaman is waiting to be discovered – book your flight from Zurich to Dalaman with SWISS today.
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How do I get around Dalaman?
It is strongly recommended to hire a vehicle for your stay. Vehicle hire options are readily available at Dalaman Airport, and having a vehicle will not only provide convenient access to Dalaman and its surroundings, it may also save money on expenses overall. For example, while taxis are available between Dalaman Airport and Dalaman itself, the taxi fare can amount to more than the price of a day’s car rental. For travellers who are not interested in renting a car, it is recommended to arrange for a private airport transfer in advance of arrival. This will offer convenience and peace of mind; any travel agent should be able to provide this service.
What currency is used in Dalaman?
The currency of Turkey is the Turkish lira (TL). Although major credit cards should be accepted at retailers, resorts, and hotels, it is always prudent to carry cash, especially if travellers intend to shop at bazaars or smaller shops. Visitors to Dalaman should keep in mind that it is wise to acquire at least some Turkish lira in advance of departure, and that it is rarely a good idea to exchange currency at Dalaman Airport, as exchange rates will not be favourable.
Do I need a visa to visit Dalaman?
Visitors with ordinary or official passports from Switzerland are exempt from visa requirements for up to 90 days. However, nationals from countries including Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom must obtain an electronic visa prior to arrival. Consult the Turkish Immigration Service’s website to review requirements. If travellers wish to extend their visit to Turkey, it is possible to apply for a visa for tourism or commerce at any time online through Turkey’s Electronic Visa Application System.
Dalaman, a gateway to Turkey’s Turquoise Coast
Your travel style plays a large role in your experience of Turkey. If you’re the all-inclusive-resort and relax-on-the-beach type, you can be sure that you’ll be treated to top-notch amenities and beautiful landscapes – resort villages like Ölüdeniz, for example. Located about 90 minutes east of Dalaman Airport, it is renowned as a perfect place to escape the doldrums of everyday life and flop down on the beach for a while. Paragliding, boat tours, and trips to the spa are also both possible and recommended. With so many beaches to choose from, you’ll want to pick out a few favourites in advance:
- Sarsla Koyu
- İztuzu Beach
- Sagireme Public Beach
Discover art and history
For travellers who are more interested in discovering the diverse sights and secrets of the Dalaman region, meanwhile, a rented vehicle is a must. There is more than enough to see in the Dalaman region to keep any traveller busy: Kayaköy village, for example, is a ghost town under the protection of the Turkish government that serves as a sort of museum – churches and partially ruined houses are scattered around the abandoned village, with a private museum commemorating the past in the centre.
Visit the beaches of Dalaman
İztuzu Beach is another gem along the Turquoise Coast that many visitors never forget: a protected stretch of sand between the Mediterranean and Dalyan river, the beach is a key breeding ground for endangered loggerhead turtles – so much so, in fact, that some refer to it as “Turtle Beach”.
Regardless of what you want to see and do, the Dalaman coast is an eclectic mix of lush nature and fascinating history. Find your favourite part for yourself when you book your flight from Zurich to Dalaman.
Dalaman is delicious
To eat as your Turkish hosts eat, make sure to allow for plenty of extra time for meals. One of the best ways to experience the breadth of Turkish cuisine is to eat Mediterranean-style meze, a selection of small dishes that often seems to be never-ending. Of course, since you’re dining on the coast, seafood is never far from the menu. No matter your taste, there are certain items that shouldn’t be missed: Turkish yoghurt, local pine honey, and – of course – rich Turkish coffee are all things you won’t find anywhere else.
Make the most of Dalaman’s nightlife
As with most resort areas, Dalaman has developed several regions known for their lively nightlife. Marmaris is the current Dalaman hotspot, and any visitor looking to let loose will find it a great fit, whether they prefer dancing the night away to live music or simply grabbing a cocktail and watching the boats sway in the marina. The heart of Marmaris’s nightlife can be found on the city’s Bar Street, located near the marina, walking distance from the city centre. From flashing lights and fog machines to fancy cocktails and laid-back tunes, you’ll find your perfect night out in Marmaris.
Shop as the Turks shop
Interested in finding something to bring home? Perhaps the hottest spot to do some souvenir shopping is at the weekly market in Fethiye, held every Tuesday. Merchants from around the region come into town to sell their wares, and they are generally quite open to haggling, should the prices seem a little steep. Miss the market on Tuesday? Check around – merchants often visit the same places on a rotating weekly schedule, so don’t be afraid to ask locals for a tip on where they’ll be next.