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Old 24th August 2014, 09:12   #1 (permalink)
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Dalyan losing its charm

Am I the only one to wonder what is happening to the Yesil Dalyan we all loved?
It is losing its charm now as has been uglified by orange traffic cones everywhere and neon lights on shop and restaurant fronts which make it all look so cheap, frenzied and tacky! Plus all the huge noisy coaches blocking the streets make driving nearly impossible at times.
Come on Ortaca - try to keep Dalyan the beautiful, dignified and tranquil place it was.

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Old 24th August 2014, 09:17   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Dalyan losing its charm

What a shame that Dalyan is being spoilt this way. I fell in love with Turkey over 20 years ago, when on my first trip to Marmaris (which I hated), we had a trip to Dalyan, which made me realise how beautiful Turkey was. To spoil such a natural beautiful place is so short sighted.

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Re: Dalyan losing its charm

I think the Dalyan you are talking about was the one we fell in love with when we first started coming 20 years ago. As the years have gone by, the council has allowed the demolition of beautiful old buildings and replaced them with yet more concrete block shops with staff bawling out moronic mantras like "awright mate", "cheaper than asda", "cheaper than asda", "cheaper than shoplifting".
Add to that the abundance of karaoke bars, tacky T-shirt shops and the appearance of neon flashing message boards everywhere with even the local butcher joining in with one pointing out he sells meat and you are substituting a place of natural beauty with a mini Marmaris.
As usual, the council has put revenue before taste and we are all now seeing the results.
Thankfully the natural beauty is still there, provided you can look beyond the tremendous tat that has been allowed to multiply around it.
Even when we first moved here 9 years ago we still loved to return to our village 4kms out of Dalyan and savour the natural beauty, the peace, the tranquility, the friendliness of the neighbours and just being at peace.
As the years have gone by the joy of returning to our peaceful haven have increased and we are so grateful we made the decision to build in what some people described as "out in the sticks."
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Re: Dalyan losing its charm

There were people probably saying the same about the place 20 years ago.As was said to me many years ago you cannot expect the farmer to continue ploughing his field with a horse just so you can take a photograph every year when you visit.Its the way in which development is managed that is important and there does seem to have been an inability to see that the very thing that draws people is being ruined. Hopefully now it is part of the much larger Muğla BŁyŁkşehir Belediyesi more thought will be given to the organic development of all the small tourist towns instead of the selfish self interest that seemed to pervade when we had small town mayors.

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Old 24th August 2014, 14:05   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Dalyan losing its charm

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There were people probably saying the same about the place 20 years ago.As was said to me many years ago you cannot expect the farmer to continue ploughing his field with a horse just so you can take a photograph every year when you visit.Its the way in which development is managed that is important and there does seem to have been an inability to see that the very thing that draws people is being ruined. Hopefully now it is part of the much larger Muğla BŁyŁkşehir Belediyesi more thought will be given to the organic development of all the small tourist towns instead of the selfish self interest that seemed to pervade when we had small town mayors.
But that's just it - now we are under Ortaca we are subject to their insensitive handling of things - just put cones in and they don't have to 'police' it. Where are they when the coaches cause traffic snarl ups. or people walk semi-naked through the streets as if it was a beach promenade? Where are they when tourists are being beaten up by louts that run so called fun bars, or shop owners are allowed to put up huge ugly signs like NUR in the square?

Where are they when tourists can't walk passed bars and restaurants without being hassled - no, if this is 'progress' Dalyan has had it, and
Mugla will run it like Marmaris.

Yes, probably best not to go into the town at all until the 'season' is over - but will the cones go? Will the signs come down? It will look even sadder than usual after Oct 31st if they don't!
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Re: Dalyan losing its charm

The ironic thing about the cones of course is that in theory they stop parking (although try telling drivers especially with 34 plates that this is the case) and create a walkway for pedestrians to wander.
In practice of course they simply push pedestrians to within centimetres of bar, restaurant and shop owners who can hassle them so much easier and tempt them with their inane patter in mock Eastenders accents.
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Re: Dalyan losing its charm

Come on people, give the Belediye a chance. They have only just got the place and I have seen that the cones are a good idea for families walking, as the pavements are always full of 'stuff'. If it wasn't for the cones a young boy would have been knocked down the other day by a driver who was paying no attention. The driver hit the cone but thankfully not the boy. At least wait and see what happens in the future and try to stop looking on the black side of things, I know the signs are really awful, especially Nur, but most went up before Ortaca had the town. With luck they will take a good look at it and make them take them down.
It would help if the shops stopped selling mostly tat made abroad and concentrated on Turkish wares and also stopped putting 'hand made" when it is so obvious they are churned out in a factory.
Next year the Jendarma leave and police come in, that I hope will be a blessing as perhaps they will enforce the laws, especially for traffic and crash helmets etc.
Give them a chance, it can't get worse really and is still the most beautiful place.
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Old 25th August 2014, 08:27   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Dalyan losing its charm

I dont think anyone was laying the blame for all Dalyan's tat-peddlers, lack of planning, lack of developemt control etc at the feet of Ortaca Belediye. The rot set in well before Ortaca was even on the cards for taking over.
I think the ones of us who are still not hanging on to our rose coloured glasses are simply hoping that Ortaca will see what a mess years of Dalyan Belediye have made and correct it before it becomes too late.
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Re: Dalyan losing its charm

Let's hope for that, if they can correct some of the mistakes it will be better. Here's to the future!
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Re: Dalyan losing its charm

İ think Ortaca council have made some improvements, lots of parking has been opened up and most of it is free. The waterfront is much more visible as a result. The orange bollards are not attractive but when İ walk with my young children they help. The ridiculous ground level bars round the mosque square have gone so wheelchairs can at last get in and out easily. Regarding hassle from restaurants İ have heard that in Marmaris they shut bars and restaurants down for 3 days for doing that - if that Muğla rule applied here it might be very effective. As for the ugly signs, if they bother you tell the owner that you would have come in but you think the shop front is unattractive. As for the increase in karaoke bars - İ think it is still only two bars that offer that .... the same two for the last 3 years. İ have been here for 10 years now and not much has changed. İf my memory went back 20 maybe İ would be more inclined to agree with some of you. Nostalgia is well and good but our town is a developing one and by and large İ enjoy the journey.
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