philp

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Hello All
first time on the Dalyan forum.
I am looking to book a villa in Dalyan in June 2013.
we have been to Yalikavak for the past 3 years and are ready for a change.
We don't like the typical " Brits abroad" type resorts i.e full english, John Smiths, Karaoke etc. I can get all that in Wakefield for the price of a £ 1.50 bus ride ;)
having said that we all like to drink in nice surroundings and eat good food whilst enjoying local and friendly 'Turkish' hospitality.

honest question. Is Dalyan the place for us?
honest answers please.

thanks
Phil
 

Mushroom

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I can't help you with thoughts on Dalyan but would recommend Gulluk for your requirements.
I can even recommend a good villa for June - we own it.
And, if you are only a £1.50p bus ride from Wakefield, I think we are not too far apart.
If you are interested, please PM me.
 

Smiler

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Philp,
There is a little bit of that, though its not as 'intense' as, say, Marmaris. Once you get out of the main street, along by the river, the restaurants and bars are quieter and more typically Turkish.

Alternatively, you might like Gocek. plenty of good quality restaurants, a number of bars and hardly a soul about, apart from residents and the people on shore from the various boats moored in the Marina.
 

CJD

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datca or bozburun would fit the bill, well worth checking out
dalyan whilst nice for a visit is essentially a 'british' resort
 

philp

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thanks for the interesting and honest replies. sounds like theres boom boom if I want it and quiet relaxed also.

what about crowds in June?

purposly stay away from school holidays been there done that. my kids are all grown up so dont need to go in school holidays.

sorry if it sounds like a case of cake and eat it, but best to ask people in the know before I commit and book anything.

thanks
Phil
 

Yalides

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The summer months will be busy in most resorts of any substance.
 

philp

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yeah agree with you Yalides

but there is comfy busy i.e seats in bars, seats in restaurants, room to walk and there is July August busy.

thanks
Phil
 

candy

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Dalyan is lovely, beautiful scenery, fantastic boat ride to the beach, lovely restaurants by the river with a beautiful back-drop but it has got bigger over the years, and some of it could be called fairly commercialised. Datca is great a typical Turkish working town, with lots of nationalities particularly as it has a big marina with lots of smart boats moored, not really quiet in the summer. Bozburun is very small and very quiet just a handful of restaurants and accommodation, and lovely scenery.
Turunc also has a villagey feel but is bigger in a spectacular bay with a fantastic choice of restaurants for the size of it. It is always pretty quiet and laid-back, and quite rural away from the main street.
We have an apartment there, have a look on our website, click the link below, there are lots of pictures of the village and around - particularly the slideshow on the second page. There is a lot of good quality accommodation there also.
All of these places are good holiday destinations with many plus points.

http://www.turkishliving.com/forums/holiday-lets/62598-turunc-lovely-2-bed-holiday-apartment.html
 

miriam

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Dear Philp,
A honest answer, that's what you're looking for ...
Indeed Dalyan has grown bigger, but walking around in the center you don't notice that. Also Dalyan becomes more English every year.
Almost every bar has a television screen with English football on it.
Still, if you've never been to Dalyan, it's beautiful.
I'm Dutch and live here now for about 10-12 years.
Sometimes I get fed up with the English crowd.
But when I get on the boat, or take the bus to the beach, I fall in love with Dalyan all over again. The beach, the sea, the lake, the mountains and the fields ..... beautiful. So you don't have to see all those English people.
There's also a big difference between July-August and the spring and fall period.
In June you will see all the flowers, everywhere you look.
The visitors are more relaxed and in general don't like loud music.
They come to relax, meet nice people: not only visitors and so called expats, but also the real local people. They want to see the village side of Dalyan; that really still exists.
If you've never been here, don't like disco's, want to walk around, relax and enjoy the nature ....... go for it (in June or September)
 

kazbaz

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Hi Philip, Welcome to the forum, Yes you will love Dalyan!! We like a drink and good food but not the clubing & crowds of lads & girls on the booz ect. So many come back year after year it speakes for it's self. We bought a villa there. good luck
 

dalyanfan

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Of course we think Dalyan is beautiful as we have chosen to live/buy here, but we are not the only ones!
There are restaurants advertising English breakfasts (which we as residents are not too keen on) and yes, there is a large TV screen in most bars with sport on, night and day, but somehow they are not intrusive and do not detract from the essence of Dalyan.
People do come back year after year, such is the magnetism of the river and mountains and mostly genuinely lovely people.
The river restaurants are away from the main centre, which as most tourist places has its share of tourist shops and bars, but there is no high-rise building allowed, so most hotels are small and family-run. We have the famous Rock Tombs and the river leading to the sea, the thermal baths and ancient Kaunos -all in all a wonderful spot to visit, and we look forward to seeing you here.
 
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philp

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thankyou all for the great and honest replies
Dalyan in June ( 16th to be exact ) it is :)

thanks again
Phil
 

Lokum97

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See you around then Phil! We spend every June in Dalyan (inşallah). We love it and can't wait to come 'home'. As has been mentioned on this thread Dalyan can provide different holidays for different folks and at the moment still ticks the boxes for us. We love the people, some of the restaurants (the ones NOT advertising English breakfasts), escaping on the river and lake, people watching in the bars, hiring a car and exploring nearby villages, towns and glorious coastline. Enjoy!
 

philp

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sounds perfect Lokum 97. dont get me wrong I like a pie and a pint as much as the next man but not everyday ha ha. some days its wine and salad ;)

already looking forward to our holiday

thanks
Phil
 

candy

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Sure you'll have a great time. You may want to also spend some time in Koycegiz, I think you can get a boat across the lake quite easily.
We spent 2 days there last year, it is a very authentic Turkish town, with some nice restaurants and bars on the banks of the river. Very cheap, and lovely Turkish food.
Have a good holiday.
 

khris

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i don't know the other villages mentioned but i can't but recommend dalyan. as miriam has said, it has got more commercialised over the years [it was pretty much mud tracks when i first went 15 or so years ago and now - shock! horror! there are proper roads] but it is still laid-back and generally free of idiots. give or take the odd local difficulty.

you can't beat getting the boat taxi one way [beach] or the other [lake].

regards,
 

miriam

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My house is still surrounded by mud tracks: a village in a village as I call it!
 

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