Cheap days out in Dalaman
The beautiful beaches, affordable markets where haggling is expected, and wide range of dining choices mean a holiday in the Dalaman region can cost as little as you want. Lazy days on the beach or snorkelling can be combined with live evening entertainment in the numerous bars and restaurants. The local Dolmus buses are a cheap option to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Fethiye, the hilltop ruins of Tlos and the rock tombs of Pinara.
The surrounding Taurus Mountains provide opportunities to go horse-riding before heading out on a 4×4 safari. Or take a boat trip along the Dalyan River and discover ancient rock tombs carved into the hillside. You can even spend the day browsing for handcrafted goods without hurting your wallet at the local markets in Marmaris and Fethiye.
Other popular holidays in Turkey
You’ll also find cheap holidays in other areas of Turkey such as Antalya, with its ancient ruins and beautiful waterfalls or Bodrum, which boasts idyllic beaches, watersports and historic attractions. And the Izmir region offers plenty to do for every budget, from the ancient Roman city of Ephesus or the traditional Turkish bazaars to waterparks and the Wildlife Park.
To find out if Dalaman is the spot for your next affordable holiday, read our travel guide to help you plan, and here’s a selection of our cheap hotels in the region.
Historic sites, local markets and cuisine to suit every budget
With a flight of just over four hours, to take you to sandy beaches and bustling bazaars, it’s easy to see why the Dalaman region is a popular budget-friendly destination.
Local Dolmus buses offer a cheap way of getting around and will take you to the region’s numerous historic sites. Turkish cuisine is Mediterranean-themed, with a selection of mezzes, seafood and stewed meat dishes. The markets provide an opportunity to sample street food without hurting your wallet.
Marmaris is a popular choice with holidaymakers as the area’s long sandy beach is lined with an array of sporting activities, bars and restaurants. Or just 20 minutes’ drive from Marmaris, the tranquil region of Turunc with its calm, Blue Flag beach, is ideal for cheap days soaking up the sunshine, plus there’s a selection of bars and restaurants along the promenade. Or if you’re the sporty type, Calis Beach offers many activities including surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving.
For those on a tight budget Icmeler – a quiet town surrounded by mountains – has Blue Flag sandy beaches and affordable waterfront restaurants with traditional Turkish entertainment. Hisaronu, set in pine-clad hills, is just four kilometres from the popular beach area of Olu Deniz and its Blue Lagoon, affording stunning views of the Turquoise Coast.
This 4* hotel offers value for money and has a choice of double and twin rooms or villas. It has three outdoor swimming pools, one with a waterslide, as well as an indoor pool, fitness room and a Turkish bath. There are two restaurants and two poolside bars with evening entertainment provided. The sand-and-shingle beach and Blue Lagoon at Olu Deniz is four kilometres away and Hisaronu centre is about one and a half kilometres away, both easily accessible by local Dolmus bus.
Located in the heart of Icmeler, with the beach just a 10-minute walk away, there's no need for expensive cabs during a stay at this 3* hotel. Plus there's a minibus that takes you to the centre of Marmaris. This hotel has a relaxing pool scene and a raised sun terrace. The nautical-themed Love Boat restaurant serves maritime-themed breakfast and there's waiter service dinner. While the popular sports bar has a large screen TV and DJs in the evening.