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Old 11th September 2013, 10:00   #1 (permalink)
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Christmas in Dalyan

Hi to all forum members!

We are totally hooked on Dalyan as the perfect place for us. Hoping to return at Xmas for a totally new experience.
We plan to do lots of walking and exploring the countryside and villages. Will the weather permit this?
Also will we be able to find somewhere to eat on Xmas day or are places closed for public holiday?

Also can anyone advise a nice place to stay in dalyan. Hoping for an open fire or wood burner for a cosy family Xmas. Would quite like a traditional cottage or house with some character

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Old 11th September 2013, 12:05   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Christmas in Dalyan

Christmas Day is not a public holiday in Turkey. Think a couple of the restaurants served a turkey dinner but most are closed as it is out of season. Weather is generally good. Most hotels are closed and villas shut up.
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Re: Christmas in Dalyan

As the majority of the population are Muslim Christmas tends to be business as usual in Turkey. Unless it's a hotel, restaurant or bar catering for ex pats where a Christmas feast is put on you can expect it to pass unmarked. Quite refreshing for anyone from the UK who has had to endure weeks if not months of tv advertising and shelves full of Christmas stock as soon as the kids go back to school.
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Re: Christmas in Dalyan

As said the weather is generally good, if you want to explore yourself then I would recommend getting Alan Fenns book, Backways and Trackways, this is a guide to walking and cycling around Dalyan, Okcular and Candir. You can read about it here and there is also a link as to how you can buy it.

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There is normally an organised walk every Sunday during the winter run by Murat from Kaunos tours it normally meets at around 9am by the PTT in Dalyan, costs are only to cover transportation. Murat rates his walks Easy, Moderate and Hard but a word of caution I am sure Murat is part mountain goat as his moderate walks are sometimes quite strenuous. I have not tried a hard rated one!!!!!

Christmas Eve there is a get together at Iztuzu beach, bring your own food and drink.

As said there is normally a couple of establishments offering a christmas dinner but you do have to book in advance.

Can't help you with the place to stay, maybe look at Holiday lettings or enquire through one of the agencies here in Dalyan.
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Re: Christmas in Dalyan

Thank you for your helpful replies 🍷

Christmas on the beach sounds great, really looking for something a little different this year. Not too worried about a traditional Xmas dinner, we love turkish food. As long as we can have a few drinks somewhere.

I bought a copy of Alan fenns book this time and can't wait to get cracking!
The walks from Kaunos also sound great, thanks for the tip.

Just need to find a warm house with hot water now!

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Re: Christmas in Dalyan

Hi Kirsty,

We stayed in our villa over the new year period last year. The weather during the day can be like a good day in British Summertime, but once the sun drops behind the mountains, it was bone-chillingly cold.

We stocked up on logs and lit the fire as soon as the sun began to set, even with marble floors, the villa was cosy, but a few rugs would have been good.

It was nice to see Dalyan with around a third of the population of summer, most of the bars and restaurants were closed but those that were open were cosy with a great atmosphere.

The main street, usually crowded with tourists was deserted during the day.

New Year was great with quite a few English friends being there too.

Take some Fleeces and Jumpers though.

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Christmas on the beach sounds great, really looking for something a little different this year. Not too worried about a traditional Xmas dinner, we love turkish food. As long as we can have a few drinks somewhere.

I bought a copy of Alan fenns book this time and can't wait to get cracking!
The walks from Kaunos also sound great, thanks for the tip.

Just need to find a warm house with hot water now!

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Re: Christmas in Dalyan

Thanks onotoman, sounds lovely with only a few people around. Looking forward to cosy chats around the wood fires.

Regarding accommodation, would a villa equipped for summer holidays be warm enough? Been trying to find a house or flat with a fire but been unlucky so far. Do air con units give out sufficient heat?

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Re: Christmas in Dalyan

Try to find somewhere that is not open plan, as are many of the holiday lets. The aircons are very efficient, but somewhere with an open fire or soba would be preferable. We have central heating, as many do now.
Maybe talk to someone like King Emlak, who seem to know there properties really well, & as Faz has lived in UK she knows only to well what is needed.
I would expect Remsi, Temsi & Ali's to do Xmas dinner,they usually do, may be others.
The bus cooperative usually run a beach service for Xmas Eve party (noon 24th)
Hope you enjoy your stay, we don't usually have too much rain in December, but would advise bringing waterproofs, especially if you want to walk.
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Thanks dstearn, great advice and will do
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Re: Christmas in Dalyan

Our villa is open plan but the wood stove that was installed during the build is large enough to heat the whole of the downstairs area. As the chimney goes up through the en-suite bathroom off the master bedroom this was also warm enough in the evening. For the bedrooms we just put the air con on heat pump mode and 1 hour timer before we went up to bed.

Most apartments and flats don't have log stoves unfortunately, before we bought the villa our apartment had an air conditioner that heated too but it wasn't that good and we had to borrow an electric fire :-(

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