6 Best Things to Do in Dalaman

In south-west Turkey there is a place where you can bask in sunshine year-round, relax in a mud bath and even see the birthplace of Santa Claus. Dalaman is a truly unique and gorgeous destination.


Here is our list of the 6 best things to do in Dalaman.


Visit the popular destination of Marmaris along the beautiful, southwest coast of Turkey for a great holiday in the sun. This vibrant resort is a great choice for both families and groups alike as there are lots of things to do and many things to explore both day and night.


You can spend a day at Marmaris beach or hop on one of the many boat tours, or dive deep into the sea.


Marmaris is perfect for sightseeing too, where you can escape to the country around Marmaris and in the evening experience the vibrant nightlife.


Fethiye is best for beach lovers. Situated right on the Mediterranean coast, Fethiye has plenty of beaches nearby including the famous Blue Lagoon.


Sightseers will also love Fethiye, whose long history has left it with plenty of sights to see, including the breath taking Tomb of Amyntas.


The mountainous region is a playground for adventurers, with fantastic places to hike, paraglide and dive.


Visit the Dalyan River and relax in the Mud Bath and hot springs or head to Iztuzu Beach to ee the Caretta Turtles.

You can visit the ancient city of Kaunos and see the Lycian Rock Tombs. You can't go to Dalyan without tasting Blue Crab.

Go see Santa in Myra

Normally you’d go to Lapland to meet Father Christmas but you may be shocked to hear that you can also see him in Myra.


The story of Santa Claus is based on Saint Nicholas of Myra, who had a habit of secret gift-giving. You can visit the earliest church of Saint Nicholas and tell him what you want for Christmas.

Visit Cleopatra’s Thermal Pool

Literally meaning "Cotton Castle", Pamukkale is home to Cleopatra's Thermal Pool which is a truly remarkable spot to make your trip to Dalaman memorable.


Pamukkale is the most visited attraction in Turkey with over 2 million people going to see the stunning, white terraces and pools.

Eat the Local Foods and Delicious Blue Crab

If you’re feeling peckish, you may find lots of restaurants to choose from. Whether you're in the mood for some local cuisine or fish and chips, Dalaman Region will have something to fill you up.


You may visit Akyaka, Dalyan, Kalkan, Kaş to find delicious fish restaurants.

Essential tips before you go

Best time of year to visit Dalaman


Weather in Dalaman is warm 365 days of the year and even the winters are mild enough to take a dip in the pool.


To make the best of your visit to Dalaman, visit during the spring or the autumn when the temperatures are perfect for everyone. The winter is just as warm but there is always the risk of rain.


May and October is an average of 20 degrees, June and September 25 degrees and July and August 30 degrees.


The sea temperature does not change significantly and averages between 20-25 degrees.


Day trips from Dalaman


There are plenty of places to visit including Fethiye market, the Dalyan mud baths, Jeep safaris, boat cruises and historical sites.


Hiring a car in Dalaman


The hotels are very close to the airport for transfers. If you want to explore the local area then car hire is a good option.


With all these essential tips and a list of the best things to do in Dalaman, what are you waiting for?


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