This is a guest post from Eva.

The Dalaman region is often referred to as Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. The crystal clear, balmy seas are certainly a great reason to visit but there’s a lot more to see and do on holidays to Dalaman.

Beaches

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White Beaches

There are a number of great beaches in and around Dalaman. Belcekiz for example, the main beach at the Olu Deniz resort, has a reputation of being one of the finest in the whole of Turkey.

The wide arc of fine sand and shingle is perfect for a lazy sun-kissed day but, for the more energetic, a wide range of watersports and activities are available. For the even more adventurous, multi-coloured paragliders constantly glide from the heights of Babadağ Mountain to touch down in the crystal clear lagoon.

Nearby is the Lycian Way trekking route that wends its way past ancient rock-cut tombs. Calis has another superb beach with a 4 km stretch of sand and an attractive promenade packed with bars and restaurants.

Nearby Marmaris, meanwhile, is perfect for diving and snorkelling due to its clear, calm waters. The beach at Dalyan is also famous for its breeding population of rare loggerhead sea turtles. The species has been in existence for 45 million years but is now endangered.

Due to conservation issues the beach is closed nightly during the breeding season but you can visit the turtle sanctuary which helps look after sick or injured animals.

Fethiye

Sunset

Sunset

Located to the east of Dalaman, Fethiye is a bustling Turkish market town where you can practice your haggling skills. Visit the bazaar area of Paspatur, especially during the Tuesday market.

Here you can buy anything from local fresh food to genuine Turkish carpets, beautiful handcrafted gold items and the famous sweet Turkish delight.

Food and drink

Largely influenced by Ottoman cuisine, the local food features a lot of lamb and minced meat, with fragrant spices. Try karniyarik (split aubergines filled with minced lamb, pine nuts and dried fruits) or hunkar begendili kofte (meatballs served with a puree of smoked aubergine and cheese) for a real taste of Turkey.

Simple kebabs are also popular and if you fancy succulent seafood or a steak and chips then that can usually be arranged as well. Wash it all down with an orchid tea or the local beer: efes.

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A Few Days in Vegas

February 4, 2014 · 2 comments

The remaining time in Las Vegas was during the usual rounds of casinos, Fremont street, and a change from the Flamingo Hotel to the Luxor hotel (the big pyramid one with the giant light pointing from the top). If you want a decent Vegas story, get Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson (UK Link), or the film based on the same book starring Jonny Depp.

So rather than boast about how I came out $30 up, watched a show had 3 days of rain in a desert and all that usual tourist nonsense, I thought I’d make this a photo essay instead. So here you go:

Vegas Hotel

New York New York

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Awake and panicking about returning the rental car on time, we spent the late morning driving out to the direction of the airport, not the most relaxing start, but who ever said Vegas was relaxing?

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Istanbul On a Shoestring

January 24, 2014 · 1 comment

This is a guest post provided by Lauren.

The ancient city of Istanbul is one of the largest in the world. Packed with museums, galleries, cosmopolitan bars and trendy clubs, the tourist hotspot attracts a varied audience of sightseers, backpackers and travellers. As with all European cities, things can be expensive so it pays to travel as smartly as possible. Read the rest! \(^u^)/ →

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Driving to Vegas

January 21, 2014 · 0 comments

Refreshed from real sleep, like normal people get, I was excited to be going to Vegas, via American muscle car. Sin City, here we come… of course Harue wanted to meet another family member first (which was great) and also go shopping (not so much).

Half a wasted day later, mostly in a generic shopping mall found in every developed country in the world, and I knew I had to cross the Hoover Dam off my list. Apparently outlet stores are more fascinating for a lady with some dollars burning a hole in her coach bag. Welcome to marriage life, compromising is the Read the rest! \(^u^)/ →

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