Our Jet2 flight from Leeds/Bradford arrived just 20 mins behind schedule at about 9.45pm.
Legroom good, onboard drink prices a bit steep and, just a random thought, but when did the word 'pop' replace the word 'put' in the English language amongst cabin crew? "can you 'pop' your tray down?" "can you 'pop' your seatbelt on?" etc.
Anyhew, we had booked a private transfer with Shutlledirect (£40 return) and as the visa/passport queues were quite light we had soon collected our suitcase and were quickly heading down the ramp in search of our driver.
We eventually located him and in no time at all we were hurtling down the dual carriageway towards Dalyan and we arrived at our hotel ' The Donmez' just before 11pm.
I'll post a full review of the hotel in the hotel review section but considering we only paid about £12 a night for the 2 of us B&B it was ok although sleep quality wasn't great thanks to the neighbouring gang of dogs that would stage barking competitions between 1-3am every night followed by the call to prayer which could be heard loud and clear about 4.30-5am.
We dumped our cases and went straight across the road to Temsi restaurant for a bite to eat and our first Efes of the holiday.
Service was prompt and friendly and the free bread and Meze were delicious as was my wifes Chicken Scnitzel but my Moussaka wasn't great and was obviously pan fried rather than baked and distinctly lacking in sauce and cheese though to be fair we probably caught them on the hop a bit turning up so late for food.
After Temsi we went for a wander up and down the streets to try and get our bearings a bit and eventually found ourselves outside Leons Bar where we stopped for a nightcap.
There did seem to be a lot more bars/restaurants than we remembered from our previous look at Dalyan which was a day trip from Olu Deniz about 5 years ago.but we both had a good vibe about the place and went to bed looking forward to the next 9 days.
What we did:
Well, if we hadn't planned anything specific the days tended to pan out as: breakfast, couple of hours by the pool, bit of a wander round here and there, then lunch and a beer or 2, Tezcan Hotel pool for a couple of hours (really nice pool, poolside bar, and great views of the river and hills through the palm trees) then Turtle Inn for an early evening beer as the sun went down.
Shower, change, couple of duty free drinks on the room balcony then out for drinks and dinner.
We did take the dolmus to Ortaca and had a look around the market there and went to the local market where we haggled a T shirt for our baby grandson down from 60ytl to 15 ytl (and we still paid about 10ytl too much but hey the stall holders have to make a living)
We went to Caunos, which is well worth a visit, not just to visit the ruins but to witness the 'battle of the old ladies' as they try to entice customers into their respective cafes to await the return row boat.
We went to the beach via dolmus and got the boat back, and we took the Marmaris dolmus to Akyaka which is fairly quiet, very popular with the Turkish, and seemed an ideal place to go if you just wanted a low key chill out for a week.
I'll post reviews of specific bars/restaurants along with some general musings later as additions to this thread.
AlEdited: 20 September 2013, 21:34