Fly To Dalaman, Turkey
Located on the south-western coast of Turkey, Dalaman is a good base from which to explore several of the country’s main scenic attractions. It’s a gateway to the nearby seaside resort of Fethiye and has become a popular holiday destination in recent years.
Dalaman is situated in the ideal location. Nestled between turquoise waters and snow-capped mountains, it really does encapsulate the mythical and intriguing aspects of the Aegean Coast. Travel a little wider in the region to experience an area that encompasses thousands of years of history along with amazing artefacts like Roman baths, Lycian rock tombs and Ottoman forts.
Neighbouring Fethiye boasts some of the most striking ruins built atop the ancient city of Telmessos. Don’t forget the Turkish white beaches and vibrant nightlife that await you too!
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African are issued a Visa on arrival in Turkey – you don’t have to organise a prearranged Visa. Make sure that your SA passport is valid for 6 months from the date of your return and that you have at least 2 pages free for stamps.
- The South African Embassy in Turkey is located at Filistin Sokak No 27, PO Box 30, 06700, Gaziosmanpasa, Ankara. Phone: +90 312 405 6861.
See and do
Thermal spas are well-known in Koycegiz and the Sultaniya Thermal Spa can be found in Sultaniye Village. The water is heated to between 32 and 42 degrees Celsius and contains sodium, chloride, sulphide, hydrogen and bromide. The bath waters are said to have an incredibly relaxing effect on people who suffer with rheumatism, urinary complaints, heart and other ailments.
Sarsala Cove, just 12 kilometres from Dalaman, is a popular mooring spot for the yachts and boats on the Blue Cruise. The water in the cove is incredibly clean and clear and you can easily get to the area by car.
Kaunos was once a significant trading post and can be accessed via a short boat ride from Dalaman. The area is said to have been founded by Kaunos – son of Miletus who was exiled for having incestuous relations with his sister. The city used to be part of the Kingdom of Rhodes and then later the Roman Empire. There are a few remains of these ancient times that overlook the gorgeous Lake Suluklu. There is a church, 33-row theatre, roman bath and a few city walls.
The Mudbaths of Balyan is another top attraction with countless tourists travelling from surrounding areas to try out this odd experience. The baths are rich in sulphur and are said to alleviate various symptoms relating to arthritis and dermatitis.
Ekincik is a sweet little cove and popular stopping point on the Blue Cruise route, and Koycegiz with its lake-side setting is also worth a visit for the local brew in one of the tea gardens.
Haggling is a must at Hisaronu. You can easily snap up a bargain designer bag or find handmade crafts and souvenirs to take home. Look out for Ali Baba slippers, colourful rugs and aromatic spices to take home with you.
Dalaman is a small beach city easily explored on foot. To travel out of the city you can hire a car or take a taxi.
Dalaman Airport – DLM
Dalaman Airport is the gateway to one of Turkey’s most popular tourist regions. It’s also one of three major airports in southwest Turkey. There are two terminals – one for domestic flights and one for international flights.
Food and beverage: There are a couple of restaurants and fast-food outlets that offer everything from Turkish to Western fare. These include Burger King, Café Turca, Rainbow Café and Goodbye Café which is great for a pastry and cup of coffee.
Currency Exchange: There is a bank as well as a Bureau de Change and ATMs in the terminal building at Dalaman Airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk.
Car Hire: Rental companies operating at the airport include Europcar, Avis and Budget. Their offices can be found in the international arrivals area.