From Bodrum to Dalyan
There were two ways to get to Dalyan, we could do a complete journey by land or at Bodrum Harbour we boarded a car ferry to Datca and then carried on to Dalyan on land. The journey by ferry would need an additional 45 minutes and we had to adhere to the departure time of the car ferry.
We dropped the “car ferry ride” idea and went for the land journey.
By now we were fans of Turkiye Highways. So wide and well maintained with nice scenery all round.
We made it a point to detour out of the highway to a town/city for coffee /tea break after driving about 1 to 1.5 hours. In the town we would zoom into the town center and there we could easily find a coffee shop or a cafe. This time the town we stopped for a break was Bayir.
We were the only “outsiders” around and got many curious stares from locals. At the square there were many elderly sitting at cafes around the square chatting and drinking tea. We chose a busy cafe and ordered two Turkish tea. The two cups of tea cost only 12tl, the price was definitely getting cheaper the further we were from Istanbul!
The final stretch of the road to Dalyan after we left the highway was the first “lousy” road we encountered in Turkiye. The “bad” stretch did not last long and we were back onto “good” road again.
Dalyan town was quaint, clean and lovely. It was sited just by Dalyan Strait. The center of town was restricted to vehicles so it was very pleasant to walk along the cobbled streets without worrying about on coming traffic
We were in Dalyan Town to see the Caunos (Kaunos) Tombs of the Kings. These tombs were massive, so unique, so dramatic, so “powerful” looking. The tombs were carved into the cliff wall just across the river. They looked likes “palaces” carved into the stones.
From our hotel we had a direct sight of the tombs of the kings! We could also take a river boat to other side of the river to explore the tombs. But we had read that the path to the tombs were barricaded so we were contented to view the tombs from our hotel, Myra Hotel.
Staying at Myra Hotel had a great advantage, we were able to view the Tombs of the Kings in the evening all the way to the night. The tombs were nicely lighted up at night too!
The high view point of Iztuzu Plaji was about 13 km from Dylan. The last 3 km was on mud road and the last km was steep and difficult to maneuver on our ‘two wheel drive’ car! There was a Radar Tower near the peak and around it was a huge fence. We had to skirt around the fence to get a great view of Iztuzu bay below.
The scenery from the peak was lovely, on one side we saw Iztuzu Bay on the other side we saw many layers of peninsulas extending into the sea. The views were certainly worth the difficult trip up.
Dinner at Dalyan
We had dinner at a restaurant, “The Limon” just directly across the road from our stay. We had pizza, salad and tea. Not the typical Turkish meal but so enjoyable, so different from the standard Turkish meals we had been eating the last 10 days!
Stay at Dalyan
Our stay at Dalyan was Myra Hotel. The hotel room was not great but it had parking, breakfast, one night stay and an open terrace by the Dalyan Strait directly across Kaunos Tombs of the Kings!
I tried booking other river front hotels that too had a view of the Tombs, unfortunately they all required two nights stay. We had no plan to stay two nights in Dalyan so we just had to “make do” with Myra Hotel.
Myra Hotel in Dalyan
It was low season at Myra Hotel so there were plentiful of rooms available. Our host allowed us to pick our room. We thought the 2nd level room would have a good view of the tombs but found there was no direct and clear view at all. So we picked the room just on the ground level which had easy access to the open terrace with a great view of the tombs.
Our room was a double room, it was a very basic room not really comfortable or cosy. It had an ensuite bathroom which was also very simple with no shower curtain. Though not the best hotel room but definitely very clean.
Ancient city of Telmessos
The next day we drove about an hour to Fethiye to another famous tombs area which was the Ancient City of Telmessos
Telmessos was a flourishing city in the west of Lycia, on the Gulf of Fethiye. The Lycian rock tombs was one ot the symbols of the ancient city.
The most beautiful and famous was the ancient tomb, built on two pillars belonging to King Amyntas (son of El Magios) dating back to the 4th century BC. This tomb sites was easy to access. After parking our car was just a short walk up the slope of a hill to the entrance. Entry tickets was 40tl per person. From the entrance more slopes and steps led up to all the tombs carved into the hill.
We managed to looked into some of the tombs, inside was a big dark empty room. No coffins at all.