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Turkish tourism at its best

[ 0 ] September 13, 2012 |

Pamukkale, Turkey

Turkey is hugely popular these days, and it’s not surprising, given the huge range of holiday resorts available on the Turquoise Coast.

Marmaris, Icmeler, Olu Deniz, Hisaronu, Fethiye, Dalyan …. something for everyone. Dalaman is the first place you’ll see, mainly because this is where you’ll land.

I’ll hit you with the bad news first, mainly because there is only one hiccup and the rest is very good indeed. Transfers from Dalaman to any resort can be long. For example, if you’re heading to Marmaris, expect anything from 1½ – 3 hours. It’s worth it, I promise!

Because of these potentially long transfers, you’ll find a lot of flights into Dalaman are evening or night flights. Not all, but I prefer this, because it means I’m not on the transfer in the heat.

To ease the stress of travelling, I always try to pre-book an airport hotel and parking too. If I can get as much rest and relaxation as possible prior to boarding, I’m happy. Some of the Dublin Airport hotels are amazing, and so worth spending the money on to ensure the best possible start to your holiday! Check out Dublin Airport parking, for some great rates and package deals, the money you save can be spent on buying pressies for the family!


Whatever resort you choose, you’ll be spoilt. Lively and bright? Head to Marmaris. Chilled out, with the choice of heading to the noise if you want it – choose Icmeler. Something a little more sophisticated? Dalyan is for you. Sheer beauty? Olu Deniz is the place, with the famous Blue Lagoon. Hisaronu and Fethiye? A little bit of everything.
View Over Olu Deniz
Once in resort, you’ll find it easy to get around, with dolmus, or small minibuses, running the main streets. These are cheap and easy – simply hold your arm out to stop one, and shout ‘stop’ when you want to get off.

There are many excursions around, intermingling with whichever resort you choose to base yourself. The ancient ruins of Ephesus are a long bus ride away, and the stunning landscape of Pamukkale is certainly worth a visit. I’d recommend combining these in an overnight trip. There are many great value excursions on offer from street vendors, so haggle and see what price you can get. I’ve found if you book more than one trip from the same vendor, you’ll often get a discount.
Travertine pool near the Necropolis, Pamukkale, Turkey

I’ve been to this part of Turkey countless times, yet boat trip and jeep safari days are two I never miss. I’d highly recommend a trip to Dalyan mud baths, cruising down the Dalyan River, passing the King’s Tombs, before stopping at Turtle Beach. The mud baths themselves are great fun, and said to have anti-aging properties!

The beaches of course are fantastic, with inviting clear waters. Water-sports are available in all resorts – if you can, give parasailing a go, the view is simply breathtaking.

Fancy a bit of retail therapy? Head to the markets, and be sure to haggle! It’s a little scary at first, but definitely worth it.

Evenings? Spoilt for choice. For loud noise and clubs, Marmaris caters, as do all the resorts but possibly not to the same degree. Wherever you go, be sure to try some Turkish food. Not only is it cheap, but delicious too. Finish off with some raki and you’re truly sampling local life!

Chapel at Kayakoy (Ghost Village)

Have I convinced you that the transfer is worth it? I hope so! This area of Turkey has so much to offer, and all in the sparkling sunshine. Combine your break with a pre-holiday airport hotel, and you’ll remember your sunshine holiday for all the right reasons.

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