Situated on Turkey's beautiful south-western coast, the region of Dalaman is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination and it's no wonder given its idyllic position between snow-capped mountains and the Aegean Sea. Dalaman centre is located inland and was once an agricultural town that's now home to a small number of hotels, bars and restaurants. Nearby Patara Beach boasts beautiful sand and sea as well as being home to some fascinating Roman ruins. Dalaman and its surrounding areas are steeped in history, and during a holiday in Dalaman you can do everything from hill-walking to indulging in a Turkish Bath.
With budget airline easyJet offering direct, cheap flights to Dalaman from London Gatwick, London Stansted, Bristol and Edinburgh you can bag a really good deal if you book flights well in advance. Thomson Flights, flythomascook and Jet2 also offer direct flights to Dalaman from most major UK airports. Direct flights to Dalaman take just four hours and arrive at Dalaman International Airport which is located around six kilometres south of the town centre.
Unless you are super fit, don't have much luggage and a prepared to walk to the town centre (takes around an hour), you will need to get a taxi to your Dalaman hotel. Taxis can be expensive so make sure you take this into account if you are on a budget. Alternatively, you could hire a car in Dalaman and pick it up from the airport upon your arrival. A hire car is perfect if you wish to explore the surrounding areas during your Dalaman holiday.
Dalaman town centre is fairly small and cheap hotels in Dalaman fill up quickly so it's a good idea to book accommodation as far in advance as possible and shop around online for the best deals. For a wider variety of accommodation options look at the nearby resorts of Ataturk Park and Calis. Calis in particular is home to a number of cheap hotels.
You don't have to spend a fortune during your holiday in Dalaman and can enjoy the beautiful scenery by taking long walks around the town centre and surrounding areas, hill-walking or simply lazing on one of the nearby beaches. And if you're feeling peckish, why not pack a picnic to avoid splashing out on restaurants? You can pick up tasty Turkish treats such as olives and flatbread.
Updated 15th May 2013
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