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Why Get Married in Dalyan?

Dalyan Turkey weddingThe breathtaking scenery here will surely give you and your loved ones a fantastic experience. This place is such a perfect destination for anyone seeking a relaxing getaway that is far from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is also the best place to tie the knot with the person that you want to spend the rest of your life with.
A memorable occassion is further enhanced by the people you share it with and by the surroundings in which it is experienced. A wedding performed in Dalyan is guaranteed to encompass a number of emotional responses for both the bride and the groom as well as the guests in attendance. An event which occurs but once in a lifetime when experienced in exceptionally beautiful and exotic surroundings makes it an event that will certainly be remembered by not only the couple, but will remain as a vivid memory for their parents, siblings and friends. After all, it is a celebration and where better to have such an important celebration than in an exotic beautiful location? A wedding in Dalyan, Turkey will remain a fond memory for the family and friends that share this major life event with the bride and groom.

Dalyan Turkey weddingDalyan is a smaller town which was once a village of fishermen and farmers. Centrally located in the midst of the best of holiday locations on the south coast of Turkey, it has many advantages as a holiday destination. It is close to the famous Iztuzu Beach where the protected loggerhead turtles lay their eggs each summer. Just a 30 minute drive from Dalaman International Airport it lies right in the middle of the most visited tourist destinations along the Mediterranean coast. Spectacular nature abounds everywhere around Dalyan that can be seen and experienced by taking boat trips, jeep tours, or by going on a guided trek to enchanting locations which exist in every direction. It is the ideal destination on the Turkish Riviera because of it's spectacular beauty and it's convenient proximity to the best that a holiday in Turkey has to offer.

Dalyan Turkey weddingTwelve kilometers from the centre of Dalyan lies the five kilometer long sandbar that juts out from the mainland into the Mediterranean Sea. This site was earmarked for development until it was brought to the attention of authorities that it was one of the last nesting grounds for the endangered Loggerhead Turtle. A campaign with David Bellamy and a local conservationist Kaptan June (Haimhoff) were successful in stopping the development of Iztuzu Beach . Chaise lounges and beach umbrellas for rent are available at the beach, and cold drinks and snacks are served throughout the day. To reach Iztuzu, you can either take Dolmus (mini-bus), or a boat. The boat trip takes approximately 30 minutes, winding its way down the river through the rustling reeds to the open tip of the beach. The Dolmus travels lakeside through beautiful winding roads down to the Beach, and this takes around 20 minutes. In either way the trip itself is worth experiencing and the price is quite reasonable.

Dalyan Turkey weddingEvery Saturday in the center of Dalyan is the weekly market known in Turkish as Pazar. Fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, and olives are offered for sale by local farmers. There is also a large selection of clothes, shoes, housewares, tools, fabrics, and numerous other items that are sold under the cover of large canvas tent-like awnings. A great way to spend a Saturday morning before settling on a restaurant for lunch. On the road towards Iztuzu Beach just outside of Dalyan is Sülünger Lake where you'll often find local Turkish families enjoying a picnic by the shore. This is a beautiful lake close to Dalyan that is preserved by prohibiting the use of motorboats on it. There is a restaurant by the edge of the lake where you can enjoy a meal or a cold beer while taking in the beauty that surrounds you.

Dalyan Turkey weddingThe ancient city of Kaunos stands midway along the channel. It grew into a major area on the border between Lycia and Karia, where the people were said to be famous for their yellowish skin and eyes. ( due to Malaria ) Kaunos was known to be the son of Miletus and the Grandson of Apollo, he is believed to have fled from the city because of the unnatural feelings between himself and his sister. The city sprawls over a broad slope overlooking the sea and delta. At Kaunos there is an Acropolis surrounded by the city walls that are Byzantine, a theatre, four temples, an Angora , Roman baths, Palestra and a Cistern. The harbour that continually silted up is one of the two major reasons for the demise of the city, eventually carrying the coast line 5 kilometers away from the city. The second disaster was the outbreak of malaria because of the shared belief of the inhabitants of Kaunos that the mosquito was a sacred creature.

Dalyan Turkey weddingKaunos has a long and varied history and is well worth a visit. You can visit Kaunos at any time although it is advisable to avoid the midday sun. First you will have to cross the Dalyan channel by rowing boat then walk up to the city. Kaunos can also be visited as part of a day tour. Along the channel of the Dalyan Delta from Köycegiz are The Sultaniye Thermal baths with the water is 40 degrees C. The water has been used since Hellenistic times, first by the Karians then the Byzantines. The ruins from these buildings are now submerged. The water which contains radioactive elements (harmless) and hydrogen sulphur are believed to cure rheumatism, skin disorders, liver, spleen and bowel complaints, as well as being beneficial for nervous and digestive disorders.


Photos by The Black Rabbit - a former resident of Dalyan, Turkey.


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