The Dalian River (also known as the Dalhyn River) and resort town of Dalian are situated at the western end of the Turquoise Coast, the southwestern corner of Turkey. At first glance, this is a picture one hardly expects to see in Turkey. The lovely, unspoiled freshwater Koycegiz lake teeming with fish, a lush marshy delta, a no longer lonely, deserted beach where sea turtles lay their eggs, a lazy reed-fringed river meandering into the sea. The deep reed beds provide a natural sanctuary for many species of birds, ranging from heron to kingfisher and cormorant. Watch out for mosquitoes!
Explore the river upstream and pass Lycian tombs cut clearly into the rock with their columns and porticoes. Go ashore at Dalian, a small resort village located a little upstream from the sea. Visit the ancient site of Caunos (Kaunos) that overlooks the winding channels and islands of the bay, and the small circular lake that is all that now remains of the silted up original harbour. With its defensive walls, Byzantine basilica, Roman baths, walls and well preserved second century theatre and Doric temple, it is quite easy to imagine the site in its former guise as a bustling and prosperous Greek and Roman town. Even now much of the site remains to be excavated.
At the mouth of the river is the beautiful Iztuzu beach, a nesting spot for turtles and alive with other wildlife in the marshes immediately behind it.
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