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Dalyan Travel Blog

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On the Thursday we took a day tour to Dalyan, is a town in Muğla Province located between the well-known districts of Marmaris and Fethiye on the south-west coast of Turkey. The tour bus picked us up from the hotel at 6.30am to make the 3 hour journey to Daylan National park. The hotel provided us with these giant rolls for breakfast which was a life saver because the breakfast stop was more than a bit overpriced. We got to Dalyan about 9.30 and hopped on a boat, life in Dalyan revolves around the Dalyan Çayı River which flows past the town, and looks surprisingly like Katherine Gorge. The boats that ply up and down the river, navigating the maze of reeds, are the preferred means of transport to all the local sites. Our first stop was the mud bath and sulfur spa, the mud baths are also said to remedy rheumatism as well as cleanse and beautify skin. Once you have covered yourself in the mud, you then wait for it to dry and the rinse off in a communal shower before having a dip in the sulphur pool which is 40◦C the waters which contain radioactive elements and sulphur are believed to cure rheumatism, skin, liver, spleen and bowel complaints, as well as being beneficial for nervous and digestive disorders. The smell was pretty bad so we only stayed in for a few minutes. After the spa treatment we got back on the boat and headed over to a riverside restaurant for lunch. On the way there we passed the Lycian Tombs cut from the cliff face high above the water in about 400 AD, these are the resting place of ancient kings and wealthy towns people of Dalyan. The final stop for the day was İztuzu Beach on the Mediterranean coast, also known as Turtle beach where the Logger Head Sea Turtles lay their eggs. On the river side of the beach there were lots of vendors selling crab and other seafood, but it was the last thing on most people’s minds after the huge lunch spread. The beach was amazing, with soft white sand, but it was extremely hot so we had to do a very fast ‘Bay Watch’ run to the water.
On our last day in Turkey we thought we should indulge in a Turkish Bath, a Hamam and to be even more special we went to the resort next door which was a few stars above ours. The hamam’s have played an important role in cultures of the Middle-East, serving as places of social gathering, ritual cleansing, and as architectural structures, institutions, and (later) elements with special customs attached to them. We stripped down to our swimmers and hopped into the sauna, which didn’t really feel too hot after our sunny experiences of the last week, then we went into a large bath room tiled entirely in marble where we were washed down in cool water. In the middle of the room there was a large round bench which we were told to lie on and they exfoliated us all over with a rough glove, then covered us with foam bubbles before massaging us all over, front and back. After they rinse you off you sit on a longer and dry off. A very relaxing experience!

Our transfer to the airport picked us up at 11.30pm and we were very sad to be leaving so soon, even the concierge was surprised it had already been a week. The experience of Bodrum airport put a bit of a bad spin on things (it costs £25 for 2 burgers and drinks, nearly all the planes were delayed and the bathrooms weren’t very nice), but had to keep in mind all the fantastic experiences we had relaxing in the sun, eating fantastic food, free drinks and even getting some culture in as a great reflection on my first time in Turkey.
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