Having just returned from 5 weeks in Dalyan it's hard to readjust to real life!
Cycling to Gunlukluk for a cold drink in the shade and exploring the outer lanes of Dalyan made a change of scenery.
Lunches at Ceyhan and Sevgi Gozleme, watching the boats, turtles, fish, water snakes, eels and ducks meant there was always something to see.
The 12 Islands trip with Kaunos was excellent, the boat only taking 12 passengers - however, I much prefer the Lady Selya, a slightly bigger boat taking up to 20 people, but with more space per person. Yesil Dalyan use this boat, but were fully booked for the whole week when I planned to go.
The moonlight boat trip watching the meteor showers was fantastic, as was watching the full moon rise across the lake on another trip.
Because of the length of my stay I ate most meals in the cheaper turkish restaurants away from the main drag. However, I had to have a steak at Ramazan Han's - never disappointed when I go there, and I had Yener's special meat balls at Yener's Place - they were absolutely delicious. Also a visit to Fiesta, the fish and chip cafe in the market area and Cagri Pide.
I met lots of lovely people, some of whom joined me for meals and boat trips. They all were enthusiastic about Dalyan and first timers said they would be back again.
The only downside of my long stay was a slight mishap on my bike and having to be rescued by 2 turkish men (that wasn't the downside). My bruises became a talking point, along with the fact that I was hobbling around for a couple of weeks. Swimming saved the day because you don't hobble in the water!
It was a brilliant 5 weeks. I always say that in Dalyan you can do as much or as little as you wish and never get bored.