easyJet, Turkish Airlines, Jet2, Swiss International Air Lines, KLM
This quiet little Turkish town is big on Eastern promise. And flights to Dalaman Airport are the key to unlocking the country’s fabled Turquoise Coast. Its crinkle-cut, tumbling mountains and eager sea have created secluded coves – drop anchor in one and you’ll have sun, surf and sea turtles as your only companions. There are also broad sandy bays that echo both to rolling waves and whooping kite boarders. Gasps are drawn by the ancient monuments along Dalaman’s cliffs, carved by an impressive range of civilisations. And your tongue will be teased and tantalised by a feast of Turkish delights, all plucked fresh from the sea.
There’s no doubt you’ll want it “hot, hot, hot” here, whether your days are spent on a beach-lounger or bobbing in turquoise bays aboard a Turkish gulet. Aim for July or August, and hot’s what you’ll get – and possibly more than you bargained for. May or October can be sweeter and lighter on your wallet too, and you may be able to find cheap tickets to Dalaman. Late spring and autumn is the time to search for bargain return flights to Dalaman. Culture vultures and keen ramblers may enjoy the winter months: it’s cooler and quieter, and cheap flights to Dalaman are easier to come by.
As Dalaman has boomed in popularity, flights there have increased. You can catch non-stop flights from both Glasgow (Thomas Cook) and Edinburgh (EasyJet). Then you’ll be stepping into Dalaman’s soft-scented breeze in just 4 hours. There are direct flights from London airports, including Gatwick (Monarch and EasyJet), Heathrow (Turkish Airlines) and Stansted (Thomas Cook). Manchester doesn’t miss the party either, as Monarch offers a non-stop flight out to Dalaman from there.
Dalaman Airport (DLM) is centrally located for the pretty resorts, ports and small towns of this beautiful area. But because they are scattered widely along its rugged coast, getting to your destination might take a little extra time. The taxi ranks here are full during peak season, but even during low season, a 24/7 taxi service is available. Somewhat cheaper are the shuttle services offered by Havaş from Dalaman Airport. These are regular and quick at getting you to most popular destinations. Of course booking a hire car makes a lot of sense if you’re staying off the beaten track.
Balmy beach days in the coast’s sunny bays might be well-earned (and hard to drag yourself from). But miss the mountains, myths and magic of ancient Lycia at your peril. Prepare to be awe-struck at the rock tomb cliff carvings of Carnos. Or get tingly as you watch nesting turtles clamber onto the beaches near Iztuzu. Olu Deniz isn’t just the most photogenic beach in Turkey – the adrenaline is pumped to the max at its paragliding centre. And after each day’s exploration, Mediterranean cuisine with an Ottoman twist will take you on a culinary adventure.
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