About Dalyan
Dalyan – Turkey’s Most Hospitable Town



When you’re preparing to purchase a holiday home or retirement villa, you know that the location will be the thing that makes or breaks your investment. And that’s exactly why Dalyan is such a popular place to build or buy a home or villa.

A Picturesque Riverside Town

Nestled between the famous districts of Marmaris and Fethiye on Turkey’s south-west coast, Dalyan has grown alongside the picturesque Dalyan Çayı River. Properties overlooking this calm waterway will overlook the small boats which ply their trade up and down the river, transporting people and goods throughout the district. Built close to the ancient ruins of Kaunos, Dalyan comes from the Turkish words for "fishing weir”, thanks to the large numbers of bass, mullet and sea bream that spawn upriver. As these fish return to the sea, they are caught in the "dalyans”, offering sport and food for local fishermen.

A Place of True Natural Beauty

Fish make up only a small portion of the natural bounty that can be found close to Dalyan, as local farms produce huge varieties of fruit and vegetables which are sold in the town’s Saturday market. The local countryside is one of Turkey’s most fertile areas, with cotton and citrus crops enjoying the warm, temperate climate almost as much as vacationing visitors do.

Iztuzu Beach – "Best Beach in the World” Winner, 1995

But it’s the local marine life that made world headlines back in 1986. When developers wanted to build a hotel on nearby İztuzu Beach, they threatened a breeding group of Loggerhead sea turtles. The work of local conservationist June Haimhoff, joined by David Bellamy, ensured that the beach is now a protected area for both the turtles and relaxing holidaymakers in nearby villas and homes. This combination of nature, history and a friendly, hospitable local culture has made Dalyan a firm favourite with everyone who visits. So it’s no wonder that so many people choose to purchase holiday properties in this secluded slice of paradise.

Dalyan Districts

Maras is the oldest neighbourhood, situated at the Southern end of the town, stretching from the end of main bar street right down to the Ferry terminal. With some properties having uninterrupted view of the Lycian rock tombs or the river, this is a desirable and most sought after area. The plot sizes here tend to be irregular and some offer 30% building permission for businesses and residential useage.

This area has a mix of properties with permanent residents, both Turkish and foreign and also those purchased as holiday homes. The numerous restaurants, supermarkets, shops and bars make this an attractive place to live. A park, used for dog walking or simply relaxing has an adult outside gym and kiosk for refreshments.

Atatürk is the central district of Dalyan, spreading to the east of the main road, Atatürk Boulevard, with easy access to the main street with a range of shops, supermarkets, restaurants, bars and other amenities. Moving away from the main street, the area becomes mainly residential with properties to suit all budgets and requirements, from small apartments to large, detached luxury villas.

Gülpınar is the newest neighbourhood in the northern part of the town and is the first you encounter on your right hand side when entering Dalyan. It stretches from Atatürk Boulevard right down to the riverside and is mainly residential. Many foreigners have permanent homes here in a wide range of properties from small apartments to luxurious detached villas. The usual plot size is 500m2 with a 15% build permission. Large hotels are a feature of the north west of this area, as you near the river and Sevgi Yolu (Lovers’ Lane), winding alongside the river is a great place to stroll by the river. The new market area is here, as are both the oldest and newest hamams.

Arıkbaşı is a developing area and stretches from the first part of the beach road, down to the edge of the town. Many properties have stunning views of the mountains, open countryside and pomegranate orchards. There is a mix of traditional Turkish homes, farms and new modern villas. This rural setting offers a tranquil, relaxing environment where you wake up to bird song, cows mooing and the call to prayer or silence.