A dalliance with Dalaman

RIDE the rapids on a thrilling white-water raft adventure on Dalaman River,  past canyons and arched Roman bridges – showing off the centuries of history in the region.

In Dalaman you’re at the heart of the Turquoise Coast, Turkey and where better than to relax on a gulet (traditional wooden boat) as you explore the coastline of hidden-away coves. You’re also close to attractions including Butterfly Valley, and the crenellated walls of 16th-century Marmaris Castle overlooking the harbour.

You’ll be spoilt for choice with the range of beaches around Dalaman. Maybe you fancy the broad sandy swathe of Patara, near Kalkan, backed by huge sand dunes that once covered the ruins of this ancient town. Or the small beach of Turunç, sheltered by wooded hills, and attracting local yachters. Prepare for a high-octane scene at Marmaris, its famous nightlife drawing crowds of holidaymakers to its lively resort. You’ll recognise the lagoon at Olu Deniz– Daniel Craig parachuted onto it in his Bond film Skyfall – and it looks just as dramatic in real life.

Historic and natural attractions in Dalaman are plentiful. See unspoilt rural scenery along the Lycian Way trekking route, most beautiful around Fethiye; leave the crowds behind as you greet local farmers tending to their flocks.

Immerse yourself in the sulphur-rich mud baths at Dalyan, known for their therapeutic qualities which are said to make you look younger.