Dalyan


Near Fethiye you'll find the ideal place for a boat trip: Dalyan. From here, you can rent a boat to take you to the famous turtle beach, where giant sea turtles (Caretta caretta) come to lay their eggs.

Local woman in a rowing boat

Rock graves

On your way to the turtle beach you pass along these ancient rock graves. I always find those graves carved in stone very fascinating.
Halfway to the beach our boat has to cross this bridge-like thing. It looks great, but we still don't know what it is exactly. It could be a toll boot, or (indeed) a bridge.

Passing a toll boot

Reeds in the water

Coffee on the beach

Walking on the beach

When we arrive at the turtle beach, we know one thing for sure: we won't see any turtles. The turtles are here only a few days a year. And those few days, they'll be here at times when there aren't any tourists: at night or very early in the morning.

Of course we don't blame the Turkish tourism office. Something called "Turtle beach" does sound a lot better than "Beach where sometimes are turtles, but you never get the chance to see any". And it's a nice beach, lovely to walk, great weather, they serve coffee, so who cares.

Lunch

Turtle fountain

Back in Dalyan, we have lunch in a lovely restaurant, overlooking the ancient rock graves. Wonderful location, good food. And, we see a turtle here, although it's made of concrete.