We know, we know, they say it’s a hectic time in Turkey right now, but the truth is, that the majority of it – also Dalaman – is completely safe. Actually, now, it’s the perfect time to visit Dalaman, since the rates are as low as they were nine years ago! Visiting Dalaman this summer, will not only save you money but also some sanity – since the number of visitors dropped by half since 2015. Now you can finally experience Turkey in its full beauty. So. Are you ready? Let’s hire a car at Dalaman Airport and visit all the places you shouldn’t miss.
Basic info and car hire in Dalaman
- Location: Southwestern Turkey
- Population: 26.100 [year 2014]
- Official language: Turkish
- Currency: Turkish lira (TRY).
- Weather: Mediterranean
- Public holidays in Dalaman: Click here to check all the Turkish public holidays »
- Internet coverage: You can stumble on a free Wi-Fi access all over Turkey. Majority of hotels and rental apartments have it, also numerous bars and restaurants. General speed of the internet is from 25 Mbit/s to 100 Mbit/s.
- Road conditions: Driving in Turkey is . . . a unique experience in itself. The good news is that your first drive from car hire office at Dalaman Airport will be pretty smooth, since the highways and Dalaman city roads are in good condition. After that, it depends on your destinations. The more remote the destination will be, the narrower and interesting roads you’ll encounter. However, car hire in Dalaman is an excellent idea. The beauty of exploring this beautiful green area makes it all worth it.
Driving in Dalaman
- Age limits: 18, but remember that any driver under 25 pays an additional young driver car hire fee.
- International Driving Permit: It’s not obligatory, but taking IDP with you is always a good idea.
- Additional papers: ID card or passport, last version of your car hire voucher, and a valid credit card with sufficient funds (to cover any excess).
- Additional requirements: 2 warning triangles, first aid kit, and fire extinguisher.
- Children in the car: All children younger than 12 years must be seated in a child safety seat; Babies under 13 months should be seated at the back, child seat facing the rear window. After that, children can be faced forward. After four years of age, they can seat in the front, but have to use the safety seat. After 12 years of age, same rules apply as for adults – seat belt is mandatory. You can book a child seat via car hire supplier or bring your own with you.
- Driving side of the road: Right.
- Lights: Always drive with your headlines on (by night they should be dipped).
- General speed limits: Urban road limit is 50 km/h or 31 mph, for the roads outside the cities the limit is 80 or 90 km/h (50 to 56 mph) outside the cities, and on the highway the limit is 120 km/h (74 mph).
Parking suggestions: Parking on the road is generally not allowed. However, all cities have public parking lots and parking garages (from £6 to £35 for 2 hours). There are no parking meters in Turkey.
What to see in Dalaman
With a car hire in Dalaman, you'll be able to explore all the surrounding beauty. You must not miss these:
Our favourite spots
Olu Deniz (also Oludeniz) Beach
No doubt, you’ll crave to see some beaches. And if you’ll visit only one, let the Oludeniz Beach be it. It’s notorious as the paragliding dreamland, however, if all you want to do is to soak in some sun and relax your body in this clear, turquoise water, go for it. Since there is plenty of restaurants and bars near this sugar-sandy beach, you can easily make this a whole-day trip.
You shouldn’t have problems with parking, even though there is no designated parking area. Anywhere where you don’t see a ‘no parking’ sign, it’s a fair game.
Saklikent National Park
Nature lovers, this is something you should not miss. The Saklikent National Park is about an hour drive from Dalaman, so we suggest you opt in for a car hire at the Dalaman Airport and incorporate this beauty into your itinerary. Saklakent Canyon is the biggest gorge in Turkey, and one of the biggest in Europe. It is also known as a ‘Hidden Valley’ and it’s absolutely gorgeous!
Drive to George Club – on the verge of SNP – where you can arrange different activities, have lunch or sleep over. You can park there as well.
Tombs of Ancient Lycia
Most our customers that car hire at Dalaman Airport plan a pretty serious road trip, because there’s just too much to see nearby – even though a drive can last for an hour or three. Myra is one of such destinations. It’s the place where you’ll be blown away by the magnificence of Lycia and the Lycian Tombs. Lycians carved the tombs into the rocks and created one-of-a-kind scene.
This site is easily accessed and parking is free.
When you’ll be driving back from Myra, be sure to stop at Kalkan Village. In ancient times, Kalkan was an important Harbour – especially for Greek merchants. However, eventually its reputation faded and for a long time this seaside town stayed hidden. Today, this charming fishing village will win you over with its buoyant balcony flowers and narrow cobbled streets.
You can try to park on designated parking spots or in car parks, however a bit remote Kalkan areas are pretty parking friendly. Just watch for any ‘no parking’ sign.
Hotels in Dalaman
Otatnik Tas Ev
Dreamy place where you can sleep in a stone hotel, cherish the divine nature around it and enjoy a great lunch in their restaurant.
Romantik Villa Dalla
A nice stay – easily accessible from the Dalaman Airport and very affordable. It’s a peaceful place, with a pool, everything you need and free parking.
Dalaman Airport Lykia Resort Hotel
Close to the airport but with everything a bigger and modern hotel should offer – spa, pool, fitness, great breakfast buffet and free parking.
Downtown Fethiye Hostel & Rooms
Super popular hostel – 31 km from Dalaman. It’s close to the beach, food places, and in a safe area. It’s air conditioned and super affordable.
Drive your rental car around Dalaman
As Dalaman is known mostly as a starting point, we already mentioned some of the popular destinations our car hire customers in Dalaman choose to see. However, there’s much more to experience in this part of Turkey. Southwestern Turkey has amazing beaches and seaside villages to offer. Kas – not far from Myra – is a cute little town for example, with very popular beaches and amazing restaurants.
Where to eat, drink and party in Dalaman
Foodies, heads-up! Turkish cuisine is something you must experience and if you’ll be at the southwest of Turkey, you have to visit some of the fishing villages and popular restaurants. Our car hire customers in Dalaman love to drive around, explore and enjoy local foods with lots of tasty vegetables, mouth-watering home-made bread, exquisite olive oil and fresh fish. Bellow you find some of the most popular culinary gems near Dalaman.
Ideal place for a true Turkish breakfast or some lunch with your Effes. Order a burger, koftas, veggie plate or indulge yourself with some ice cream, daily desserts or fresh juices.
This restaurant serves classic Turkish dishes and Mediterranean specialities. In a nice garden, you can experience first-hand why Turkish cuisine is so popular – and for a reasonable price.
Very popular place for lunch or dinner – especially among our UK customers. Not only they recommend it for the flavoursome food but because of a very friendly staff as well.
If you’re on the budget and don’t want to spend a lot of money for the food but still want to eat good, there is no better place than this one. Many locals eat there all the time.
If you crave a cake, take a half an hour drive to Dalyan and brace yourself. Victoria sponge cake, ginger cake or strawberry muffins . . . Try them all. With ice cream on the side!
Want some glamour on your Dalaman trip? Than this stylish place will hit the right note for you. Enjoy a glass of wine or prepare yourself for the hot night with a cocktail or two.