Dalyan: Cesme's Most Famous Fishing Village
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Dalyan is one of Cesme's most well known areas. There is also a Dalyan down south near Marmaris but let's not get them mixed up; both have immense natural beauty but Cesme has just one Dalyan.
The village of Dalyan is in an area about 5 kilometers north of Cesme. The inhabitants are mostly made up of Balkan immigrants who arrived during the mutual population exchanges after WWI and of summer residents who have increased their presence during the last 30 or 40 years.
Dalyan, literally translated as "fishery" or "fish pond", gets its name from its small natural port. The heavy silt of this natural port had been cleaned some years ago and now the nearly perfect port serves as a fishing vessel and yacht port. As the village has an important fisherman population, fresh seafood is always available there. What goes along with fresh seafood? Fish restaurants, naturally. One side of the port is lined with some of the best known seafood restaurants in Cesme. Today, high quality seafood restaurants could be found in all areas of Cesme but many Cesme residents swear by the fish in Dalyan and rarely go anywhere else.
It is not possible to swim near the Dalyan port but many beautiful beaches, such as the Kocakari Beach, are just nearby. If you're going to Dalyan for the seafood, you can see a list of all the seafood restaurants of Dalyan here. Armed with this list, just take a walk on the promenade there and choose one to your liking. Dalyan is somewhat lacking in terms of nighttime entertainment but you could try the Cuba Cafe & Bar in the village or the Samdan at the Grand Hotel Ontur. Just across the port is the Sisus Hotel which also has some decent bars. If you're thinking of staying in Dalyan, here is a list of the hotels in the area.