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Dalaman Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Specialists


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Dalaman, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Luxury Travel Specialists.

Overview+

Language Turkish
Time Difference 3 hours
Currency Turkish Lira
Voltage 220V

A new addition to our luxury Turkey portfolio, Dalaman - otherwise known as Turkey's 'Turquoise Coast' - is renowned for its beautiful beaches and warm, clear Mediterranean waters. Alongside the undeniable coastal treasures, the dreamy region offers a range of historic towns, yacht-filled harbours, ancient Lycian ruins and mountains covered in pine forest, not to mention a glorious climate with sunny days stretching way into October.

Highlights+
Fethiye

Located on the site of the ancient city of Telmessos, Fethiye boasts a fascinating history with ruins still visible today – including the 4th century tomb of Amynta, carved into the cliff and offering panoramic views back over Fethiye. A museum also offers insight into the area’s successive civilisations since the ancient Lycians. The beautiful natural harbour is often frequented by yachts and traditional gulet boats, leading out to a bay scattered picturesque islands – one of which features in the James Bond film Skyfall.

Butterfly Valley

Not far from Ölüdeniz lies the village of Uzunyurt, overlooking the staggeringly beautiful Butterfly Valley. As well as a soft golden sand and turquoise waters, the valley is renowned for its population of over 80 butterfly species, including the unique Jersey tiger butterfly. A range of walking trails take you through the lush gorge.

Kalkan

Set in a simply stunning Mediterranean bay, Kalkan is a town well worth exploring. The charming harbour is full of Turkish wooden gulets (traditional sailing boats), lined by waterfront restaurants and backed by the historic Old Quarter. Explore the winding streets and traditional houses, admire the unique blend of Greek and Turkish architecture, or head up into the nearby Taurus mountains, characterised by magnificent scenery and small traditional villages.

Göcek

Backed by gorgeous greenery, rugged mountains and the beautiful blue Mediterranean Sea, Göcek is a charming coastal village that is renowned for its upmarket marinas, filled with luxury yachts and lined by boutique shops and restaurants. Declared an area of special protection in 1988, the area remains pristine and low-rise, while various coves and islands surround the main town, flaunting pine forests, crystal-clear waters and soft sand. Head out on a boat tour, try out sailing, or simply enjoy the vibrant atmosphere while soaking up the sunshine.

Gulet boat charters

The southwest coast of Turkey is renowned for its production of gulet boats - traditional two or three-masted wooden sailing vessels. These can be chartered from various coastal areas in the region, whether for a day exploring the hidden gems or a multi-night sailing adventure in authentic luxury.

Kayaköy

Just south of Fethiye lies Kayaköy, an ancient ghost town of around 4000 abandoned buildings and other stone structures that once made up the Greek town of Levissi. Explore the timeless village and experience its eery atmosphere. In the evening, the ruined churches are lit up, offering an even more otherworldly experience.

Climate+

The climate here is typical of the southern Mediterranean, characterised by long hot summers, mild autumn months and early springfall. April, May, September and October are great for slightly cooler temperatures, with June to August often seeing temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius. The weather can often be sunny and mild through to early December, though rainfall and storms are more likely. There is little rainfall between April and October.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Dalaman.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January15216
February16160
March1896
April2146
May2526
June3011
July324
August335
September3024
October2580
November21139
December17233

Getting There+

There are direct flights with various airlines to Dalaman from London-Gatwick, London-Stansted, Manchester, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bristol and Glasgow. Many airlines only operate this route during the summer season (usually from May to October). The British Airways flight from London-Gatwick to Dalaman takes approximately 4 hours. Flight times vary depending on your airline and departure airport.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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