Wonderful Dalyan. Our second time here and while there had been changes, they were mostly for the good. You can walk through town in about 20 minutes, a vibrant main street full of shops and restaurants but no real hassle to buy stuff or enter a premises. I never saw anyone drunk or making a prat of themselves, no gangs of lads or lasses on the sessions. It is a family orientated resort and it is a place that makes you feel safe and welcome.
If you want discos and kareoke all night then don\'t come here, there are a few bars with Kareoke and some clubs but they all shut about 1.30.
The people are lovely and almost all speak good ...
There is a great Market on a Saturday, for all your fakes and Turkish souvenirs. One of the best bargains are the 5TL stalls, all items only 5TL. I got a Bench and a Calvein Klein T shirt, originals not fakes for a couple of quid each.
The fruit and veg market is wonderful. We got several kilos of yummy fruit and salad items for less than £2, in the UK you\'d be looking at at least £12.
Izututu Beach is about 40 mins away by river taxi, costs 8 TL per person return and meander down the river, spotting Storks, Herons, fish and maybe a Turtle. The Dolmus leaves from the Mosque and costs 5TL per person and takes only 20 mins. It goes to a differant end of the beach.
The beach is superb, winner of The Times Best Open Space Award 2008. Miles of clear, warm water and golden sands. The beach umbrellas and beds only cost £1 for the whole day and the little cafes sell snacks and drinks ar reasonable prices. There is now a Turtle Hospital at the Dolmus side. Students from the Vetinary University work here to rescue and nurse Turtles who have been chopped by speedboat props or caught in fishing line. They had several huge turtles when we were there, all with some horrid injuries and a tank of hatchlings. Our youngest spend hours there and became a good friend of the students. Well worth dropping a few notes in their collection tin, they do a splendid job and the beach is a real showcase of how conservation and Tourism can work together.
The Post Office in Dalyan no longer cashes travellers Cheques, the bank does but at 5% commission. There are three ATMS and the PO will change notes.
There is a brand new 24 hour bakery just outside Ozalp Apartments, I loved this place, beautiful fresh bread, pastries etc and cheap as well.
Food well there is one big Migros Supermarket and a couple of butchers and one fishmonger, also a few small fruit and veg stores.
Restauarants all sell more or less the same items but the ones off the main drag are half the price of the front ones.
Our youngest had a mission to eat as much seafood as he could, this he did bluecrab, calamari, Grey mullet,Sea Bass, Sea bream and prawns. All delicious.
Ali Baba\'s- no menu just pick your dish from the cabinet. Good value
Starfish- Nice fresh fish but staff far too pushy and one of the dearest places in Dalyan
Careta Careta Pizza- Finest pizza I have ever had since Croatia. Excellant prices and nice staff.
Antik- Sat upstairs and watched the world go by. Nice Turkish Lamb casserole.
Golden Crab- Nice place do Indian food as well as crabs obviously, had the largest single Raki in my life here, only charged 5TL for what must have been a triple.
Kozem- Sold on the fact that the waiter had lived in Fife where I come from and could do a Fife accent. Nice food and staff
Ley Ley- is out of town but they will come and pick you up and take you back. Huge place with live Turkish music on a Wednesday and a Saturday. They have animals for the kids to look at. Food was good and not too dear, my mixed grill was the only bad meal I had in two weeks. Cooked to oblivion.
All in all a good holiday. Recommend Dalyan to anyone.