riverbank town of Dalyan, 27 km (17 miles) west of Dalaman
Airport is quite different from other resort towns on
Turkey's Mediterranean coast.
People come for
its setting on the placid Dalyan Çayı (Dalyan Creek), for the
dramatic Lycian tombs hewn into the rockfaces that dominate the town
on the west bank of the river, for the ruins of ancient Roman city
of Caunos, and for broad İztuzu Beach, a natural nesting-ground for carretta
carretta (loggerhead turtles).
Upsteam, on the
shore of placid Köyceğiz Lake, are the Sultaniye hot springs, with
their therapeutic (or at least fun) mud baths.
The smooth-flowing creek is often
thronged with excursion boats both local and from as far away
as Fethiye and Marmaris.