Turtle Beach, Iztuzu
Beach, Iztuzu, and the Dalyan River Delta.
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by boat, Turtle Beach (also known as Iztuzu Beach), a sandbar of
the Dalyan Delta, is one of the last breeding places in Europe for
the protected loggerhead 'Cretta' sea turtle.
It's several kilometres long, with very scenic surroundings, hot
brown sand, and shallow water. A small café, sun loungers
and umbrellas available. It's accessible mainly by an enjoyable
20 minute public boat ride from pleasant, relaxed Dalyan town.
Iztuzu beach. Next, Marmaris and Bodrum beaches
Dalyan achieved international fame in 1986 when developers wanted to build a luxury hotel on Iztuzu Beach. The incident created major international storm when David Bellamy championed the cause of the conservationists. The development project was stopped and the beach is now a protected area.
There are cafes at both ends of the beach. At the boat end there are ladies who make delicious pancakes with cheese or meat or honey and banana and other fillings. The cafe will make toasted sandwiches and serve cake, along with tea and coffee, soft drinks, water, cold beers, ice creams and fresh fruit.
The cafe at the other end is smaller since fewer people go there, but they do a full range of drinks and sandwiches.
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