Dalaman is positioned on a coastal plain surrounded by mountainous terrain, home to picturesque lakes, an idyllic Mediterranean Sea coastline and inviting offshore islands. Dalaman’s town centre provides a variety of dining options, from alfresco cafes to traditional Turkish restaurants, while the surrounding region is dotted with historic landmarks.
Things to do in Dalaman
If you’re visiting with kids or just love getting close to animals, head to Hilton Dalaman Zooland to hang out with a range of farm animals, including geese and cuddly rabbits. Nature abounds around Dalaman, with multiple lakes found within easy driving distance, such as Kocagöl and the sprawling Köycegiz Gölü.
Foodies will appreciate the selection of authentic Turkish fare found within Dalaman. Soak up the family-friendly dining atmosphere at Yelken Bistro Cafe or indulge in locally-sourced meat at Serkan Kokoreç. There are also various cafes serving casual eats and fresh coffee, such as Martı Cafe and Sado's Café. If you want something a bit stronger, head to Barkod Cafe&Bar.
Soak up the local sights, smells and sounds at the Dalaman Market Area, where you’ll find numerous small vendors selling fresh produce, handmade garments and arts and crafts. If you want to rest your legs, head to Çocuk Parkı to enjoy a family-friendly public pool with umbrellaed loungers and water slides.
Explore the surrounding region to see Dalaman’s iconic landmarks, such as the centuries-old Kalynda ruins and the Lissai stone hut and walls. A short drive west takes you to the magnificent Kaunos ruins, which showcases an ancient city and tombs carved into the mountainside.
Getting around Dalaman
Dalaman is serviced by Dalaman Airport, which is next to the city and has domestic and international flights. You can walk around the main parts of town, but it’s best to organise a driver or hire car for venturing further afield.