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Dalyan, its history, its fauna and flora

on 25/05/2012

When you decide to visit the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, Kaunos if there’s one place not to miss, it’s Dalyan, at the door of Lycia.
Dalyan’s story goes back to the tenth century BC and with a stroll through the ancient site of Kaunos (presented in a previous post) will suffice to discover its richness.
On the opposite bank to the houses, beautiful Lycian tombs carved into the rocks sheltered the last homes of the ancient kings of Lycia.
Dalyan, whose name comes from fish traps used in this area, is located on the banks of the river of the same name, in the middle of a very fertile delta connected to the Dalaman River which flows into the Mediterranean Sea.
Fishing village in the last century, this small town has until recently kept his habits to perform all daily tasks by boat, whether it would be transportation or trade.
For thirty years, tourism has grown significantly here. The cooperative nautical containing a hundred boats can provide service to both a premenade on the river or transportation to the beach of Iztuzu called also Turtle Beach because it is home to the famous Caretta Caretta turtles that come to breed each year.
Just a little away from downtown and walk through the adjacent streets or crossing the shore with small boats to enjoy the lush vegetation that delights more than a gardener or nature lover.
The fauna and flora are worthy of a Garden of Eden and give Dalyan assets which no visitor can remain indifferent. A needle in a haystack would list plants and vegetables, flowers and fruit trees but also quantities of fish and over 150 species of migratory birds.
To preserve these riches, an area of ​​environmental protection has also been established in 1988.


One Response to “Dalyan, its history, its fauna and flora”

  1. Bongad68MA says:

    Day 2 in Istanbul (not Constantinople). So far, love: Turkish bread, tea, grilled anything. Don’t love: over-aggressive vendors.

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