Families in the mud baths at Dalyan

Dalyan river and tombs in rock-face aboveDalyan is 140km from Kalkan, just past Dalaman airport (20 minutes drive from Dalaman). Many people staying at villas in Kalkan Turkey take the opportunity to visit Dalyan to bathe in the healing waters.

The Dalyan Channel slowly meanders between the Mediterranean Sea and Köycegiz Lake, forming a network of small lakes and waterways through reed beds rising to between 3-5 metres in height. With its mixture of fresh and salt water, these wetlands have become home to vast numbers of fish and other water life, as well as birds of many species. Dividing the sea from the delta is the Iztuzu sandbar stretching for 5km east from the mouth of the channel.

With fine crystal sand, shallow turquoise sea and abundant sunshine, Iztuzu Beach is the ideal seaside spot. The endangered Mediterranean turtle thinks so as it returns here year after year to lay its eggs.

The Sultanye Thermal Baths are to the southwest of Köycegiz Lake. The water here at 40 Celsius is second to none. The water at these baths was first used in Caunon times, then by the Byzantines, who rebuilt the accommodations. The ruins of the buildings from the period are submerged beneath the waters of the lake. It is not unusual to see the Turkish elderly make pilgrimages to the baths due to the water’s curative properties for cases of neuralgia, rheumatism and skin disorders.

The Mud Baths 'Beauty Mud' not only cleanses and tones the skin but is said to remedy rheumatism and has anti-ageing properties. After allowing the mud to dry, it can be removed in a natural clear water sulphur pool, at temperatures of around 40 Celsius, leaving you refreshed and relaxed, and with skin as smooth as a baby's.

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Girl underwater with mask and snorkelYoung boy covered in mudFrangipani, tropical flowerThree people covered in mudTurkish blue glass heartsRed and white Turkish flag with moon and starFour people sitting on rock covered in mud; softend the skin