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cute sea turtles, animals on the list of animals in danger of exhaustion,
come to the Iztuzu Beach in Dalyan to lay their eggs. Caretta carettas
are considered luxury food in France, Italy and Far East countries
and over-hunting has almost wiped off their species. With the effort
of the Dalyan people, the beach of Iztuzu is now under protection.
The construction of the German-Turkish hotel, started to be built
in 1980, was stopped with the struggle of the Dalyan society, foreign
inhabitants and the Association of the Preservation of the Natural
Life. The final result of this great struggle was the hotels complete
length of the caretta carettas varies between 115 cm and 150 cm
and they are usually 70-90 kg, their shells are brown and bellies
orange. Caretta carettas, which feed on moss generally, live in
colonies. Their life span is thought to be about 70 years. Caretta
carettas, which lay eggs normally once in 2-3 years, bury their
eggs in one of the holes that they dig using their back feet. A
caretta digs 80-100 holes but buries all her eggs in one (it is
either to hide the eggs and the hole in which the eggs are in or
in order to hide the eggs in the best conditions, to check the moisture
may be a reasonable explanation for digging all those holes). The
process of laying eggs takes hours and the mother turtle cries since
she suffers of pain. In Iztuzu Beach the nesting period is 55-60
days between May and July. The male turtles hatch about 28.5 C,
females about 32 C at the beginning of July and this continues until
September. There are many natural enemies of the eggs and fox is
one of the most dangerous ones. Foxes can find the eggs by sniffing
and destroy them. The turtles come out of the eggs and go towards
the light reflecting on the water where they will start their life.
However, many die of thirst because they lose their way and cannot
make it to the sea. Many others that make it to the water end up
being food to crabs, fish and birds. The experts say 1-2 turtles
are enough for the survival of the species. If there is another
light in the area that might mislead them, the turtles follow the
false light that will cost their lives. For this reason, it is prohibited
to enter the Iztuzu Beach from sunset till dawn.
you are in Dalyan, you surely must take a boat tour. You certainly
cannot find an answer to the question how does it feel to be in
nature? until you live the breathtaking view of the Dalyan Delta
or the magic of the rush that makes you feel like you are in a gigantic
labyrinth or wandering on a world map.
When moving along the rush, the grandness of the steep rocks is
a proof of the natures generosity. The multicolored bird that appears
suddenly and demonstrates a nice show on how to catch fish with
its long rostrum is the kingfisher. Many observers from different
parts of the world come to Dalyan to see rare birds such as this.
The water is so clear that you can watch the fish accompany the
boat all through the tour.
places such as bars, restaurants, cafes, built on the river, are
one-flat facilities and in great harmony with the nature. Of course,
of the greatest view is the Stone Tombs appearing on the right when
moving towards Iztuzu. The magnificent appearance that has been
standing there for other 3000 years definitely takes your breath.
It used to be possible to walk through the tombs in the past but
four years ago, because of the damage caused by the people, it was
prohibited and still is.
you move along, you can see the walls of the antique Kaunos on your
right. As the boat drains off, you lose your sense of direction,
the minute you think you will go right; the captain turns the wheel
to the opposite direction. Due to the geographic conditions, many
twists and lakes have been formed in time. As the boat flows towards
the sea, you come to the Iztuzu Beach, which is the second best
natural beach in the world where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean
and where you can swim either in fresh or in salt water.
you move up from the delta, you come to the Lake of Köyceğiz. If
you are traveling with one of the daily tours, this lake is the
second stop after the mud baths. The boats drop anchor in the middle
of the lake for you to enjoy swimming in fresh waters.
the way, do not be surprised to see the dalyans (fish farms) that
you might come across in the delta.
is a beautifying mud close to the area where the Lake of Köyceğiz
meets the Dalyan Delta. This is the daily tours first stop, the place
where Dustin Hoffman and Sting came in the 90s. Until today, it has
not been allowed to construct any cultivation so as not to harm the
formation of the natural mud. It is not scientifically proved that
the mud applied on the body has a healing effect but we cannot go
without saying that the people here say it does. It is said that as
the mud dries, it tightens on your skin and if you continue doing
this for some time, the wrinkles on your body disappear. After the
mud bath, try to the hot water spring that is also in the same area.
The spring is said to be good for rheumatism, waist problems and sciatica.
As far as we can see, the mud makes a difference on your skin and
a form of animation for the visitors. The tourists see each other
covered in mud, have fun and take lots of photos. This creates a fun
activity in the region.
is one of the rare beaches that the caretta carettas find safe enough
to lay their eggs. Iztuzu is a natural wonder with the award second
beach that maintains its naturality. It is said there is no beach
like Iztuzu with one side being fresh water and the other Mediterranean.
The sand of the beach starting from the mountains, vertical to the
sea and close up the edge of the delta, is golden and very thin.
Water is crystal clear. The shore is shallow and it leaves a velvet
feeling under you feet as you walk.
people of Kaunos used Iztuzu as a harbor in old times. It is learned
from an epitaph that this beach used to be a customs point and the
people of Kaunos used to sell salt, slaves and salted fish there.
surprise waiting for you at the shore is the romantic dance of the
sea and the beach. The images that the sea forms are a perfect proof
the natures unlimited creativity. The beach is 5400 m long. There
is no construction allowed except for the changing cabins. Also,
in order to avoid any possible damage to the caretta caretta eggs,
pets, such as cats and dogs, are not allowed on the beach. At the
certain points, it is prohibited to place an umbrella.
are two ways to go to the beach of Iztuzu. First one is by boat;
you can come to the beach by the boats from the port of Dalyan in
about 35-40 minutes with a wonderful journey among the thick rush.
The second way is to take the mini-buses that leave near the post-office.
This journey is also very nice, moving along the Sülüngür Lake and
the pine trees. But still, we suggest you take the boats, as the
views are more beautiful when you come to Iztuzu and the journey
is more fun.
you walk through the beach of Iztuzu, a wonder of nature, you will
be jealous of your own shadow!
are some places that unfold all the magnificence of history. Such
places are the living proofs of history, not the theory.
will feel your soul squeeze with the greatness of history when you
see the King Tombs in Dalyan: The eternal King Tombs have been standing
there for1000 years against all the harshness of time and carrying
the mysteries of the past to the future. As you look at the tombs,
you get the feeling that the stones have something to say. The gigantic
rocks had been caved in amazing forms. The tombs that are caved
in the rocks, at some points with an angle of 80 C to the sea, force
the limits of your mind.
to the archeologists, these tombs are the symbol of wealth and power
in the antique city of Kanuos. Most of the city, even today, is
still protected with borders that are 7-8 m high.
In the rock tombs, which were caved as in the form of Ionia sanctuary,
there are three lines of stones for the dead to be buried. The Ionian
columns that decorate the front side of the monuments have been
destroyed. Only in one of the pediments, the glyph of two lions
facing each other is interesting sight.
is prohibited to walk through the rock tombs because they are high
and/can be dangerous and prohibition is the only way to avoid man-made