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Dalaman is located in south west Turkey, nestled between the sea and the mountains. Dalaman flights can either be the gateway to some of Turkey's most popular resorts, or put you in a peaceful and historic location with sophisticated marinas and beaches were rare loggerhead turtles nest among the diverse attractions. It's an area gaining in popularity, so visit in 2016 or 2017 before everyone catches on!
There are a range of companies offering direct flights to Dalaman International Airport from locations across the UK. Keep your eye out for a deal and it's easy to pick up a cheap flights to Dalaman. Save money on your onward travel by getting a holiday package with hotel transfers included or by picking up cheap Dalaman car hire from the airport if you'll be heading out and about.
For many it's a gateway to other Turkish destinations, but Dalaman is slowly becoming a destination itself. Seek out the Dalyan mud baths and ancient tombs, or just relax on the huge beaches nearby. Don't miss the herons and stalks at Lake Köycegiz, the olive and citrus groves on the Gulf of Gokova and Kekova's underwater Lycian ruins.
Dalaman International airport is serviced by flights from a wide range of UK airports. As well as direct flights, it is also possible to fly via Istanbul, although this usually costs more and always takes more time.
Dalaman international airport is six kilometres from the centre of town and is connected by a regular bus service. You can also pick up car hire from Dalaman Airport. If you're heading off for a beach holiday it's best to book a package deal that includes transfers for the best value and the most simplicity.
Dalaman is primarily a thoroughfare as far as tourists are concerned and is well connected to the nearby attractions by a network of buses that run between towns. The Dolmus services - shared taxis that don't depart until they are full - are a good way of getting between smaller villages. There are a number of boat services that can be taken to access various attractions such as Kaunos.
Turkey has an excellent network of private coaches which connect the major cities. Services are available from Dalaman and to Marmaris, Antalya, Bodrum, Izmir and further afield to Istanbul. A more leisurely and more costly means of onward travel are the private boat tours which run trips along the peninsula to Antalya and Marmaris. Boats can usually be chartered in Fethiye and vary vastly in price and quality so it's well worth shopping around.
The holiday season in Dalaman runs between the early spring and autumn. June, July and August are the most expensive and hottest months, so aim for the shoulder months of April, May and September to make your money go further. Not only are flights to Dalaman cheaper but you are also more likely to find great deals on Dalaman hotels, plus the beaches are quieter, giving you more space to relax.
In the midsummer temperatures reach into the 30°Cs and can be quite unbearable if you're planning on doing much more than lying on a beach or island hopping in a sailing boat. Even in March the temperatures are usually well into the 20°Cs, and the sea is usually warm enough to swim in. Whilst trying to take a beach holiday in the off season is not advisable, there is much more to see in this part of Turkey than just the beaches and the temperate climate means that it would be perfectly possible to take a hiking or sightseeing holiday here in the winter. Cheap flights to Dalaman are harder to come by though, with direct services stopping between early November and late March.
Over are the days of Turkish hyperinflation, and with the lira largely stable again, Turkey it is much costlier than rest of the middle east. It remains, however, much cheaper than most of Europe and there are always bargains to be had on accommodation. ATMs are to be found in most large towns and accept all major cards. Dollars and Euros are fairly easy to change and are a much better option than travellers cheques which can be hard to change.
Turkish is the official language though given the large number of tourists that pass through this part of the country annually, English is fairly widely spoken as well as German.
The national dialling code for Turkey is +90 and the area code is 252.
Turkey is by and large a safe country and violent crime and even petty theft are not common occurrences. It is worth being on your guard and wary of pickpockets.
Visas are required for all UK citizens entering Turkey. However, these are available on arrival in the country at a cost of £10, payable in Sterling.