In the centre of a fertile delta, just inland from Turkey's southwest coast, Dalyan is a sleepy backwater with buckets of charm. Sitting in a maze of canals linking Lake Koycegiz to the Mediterranean Sea, it’s also the gateway to the Lycian coast and the launch point for countless lake excursions. Among them, the highlight of Dalyan holidays is undoubtedly the ancient site of Kaunos and its Lycian tombs carved into the cliff. It’s also fringed with some spectacular beaches such as the white-sand Iztuzu where you can spot scuttling crabs and sea turtles heaving their way across the sands.

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