Dalyan & İztuzu Beach
Little laidback on a river delta, Dalyan still retains of its original sleepy riverside character. It was once a small farming community but today this picturesque small town is famous for its mud baths, the mighty cliff-cut ancient Kings’ Tombs and the atmospheric ruins of Kaunos.
Kaunos (or Caunus) was founded in the 9th century BC and was an important Carian city by 400 BC. The ruins can be reached by boat or on foot. The theatre is very well preserved and on the same level are impressive ruins of the Temple of Apollo, a Roman bath while down the slope is the port of agora.
The Kings’ Tombs take on a golden glow as the sunsets.
When you cruise downstream the Dalyan river through a nature reserve of untouched reed beds and fields you reach İztuzu Beach.
The beach, often referred to as ‘’Turtle Beach’’, is one of the main protected breeding grounds for the loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta). These beautiful creatures are on the IUCN Red List of endangered species. For this reason İztuzu beach has a protected status.
Along side the beach you will notice a line of wooden stakes that indicates the nest sites and visitors are asked to keep behind them to avoid disturbing the nests.
İztuzu Beach, a 4,5 km narrow spit of land, which forms a natural barrier between the fresh water delta of the Dalyan river and the Mediterranean. When you cruise downstream the Dalyan river through a nature reserve of untouched reed beds and fields you reach İztuzu Beach.