Friday, 14 October 2011 9:38 AM
Nature lovers considering booking luxury hotels in Turkey might want to head to Dalyan, a region that is home to some diverse wildlife, such as turtles and hundreds of bird species.
If you want to see turtles more than anything after you've unpacked your bags at your hotel, your first port of call really should be Iztuzo – or Turtle – Beach.
The clue is in the name as to why this would be the perfect destination for you and the sandy stretch comes alive with loggerhead turtles between May and September every year.
You can find this beach at the end of the Dalyan Delta and, aside from being a wonderful location for spotting turtles, is a great place to go for a long walk and a picnic. There are mountains and hills lined with beautiful palm trees at one end and lots of reed beds at the other.
If you take a boat from Dalyan harbour, you will go past the Lycian Rock Tombs and then make your way through the reed-lined canals.
While you might be most interested in the loggerhead turtles that call Dalyan home, you may also be lucky enough to spot some soft-shelled Nile turtles as you make your way through the countryside. Here, you will find the largest population of these creatures in the country, so make sure you have your camera at the ready.
Turtles aside, there is lots of other wildlife to spot and if you are particularly interested in ornithology, you won't be disappointed.
If you head to the wetland areas of Dalyan, you are sure to see lots of storks and other birds. The delta is in fact home to more than 150 species of these feathered creatures, so you will enjoy a visit here if this is a passion of yours.
Once you've had your fill of the natural world, there are other activities to consider.
The area is famous for its mud baths and springs, and the mud is thought to have anti-ageing properties – so if you're concerned that you're getting wrinkled before your time, you might want to cover yourself in mud and bake in the hot sun.
A swim in the thermal springs could also be a great way to spend part of a day out here, and it is thought the water is good for rheumatism, the skin and the respiratory system.
If you want to go sightseeing, stop off at the Kaunos Tombs, which overlook the tiny village and were built as a crypt for all of the dead kings of the ancient city of Kaunos.
Night could well be the best time to see this attraction and take a few photos, as they are lit up with spotlights and illuminated with a unique orange glow.
There are also other beaches to explore in the area aside from Turtle Beach, and if you want to go swimming and snorkelling, you might like to make your way to Ekincik Bay, one of the most beautiful coves in the region.
With so much to see and do, this part of the world is perfect for all kinds of holidays. Plus, there are plenty of hotels in Turkey to choose from if you do decide to head here.
The Dalyan Resort Hotel in Dalyan in Turkey, for example, is a popular option thanks to its garden setting and its proximity to local sights such as the Lycian Rock Tombs.