Mudbaths and pomegranate juice – Dalyan, Turkey

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Dalyan is a small area in Turkey at the coast of the Aegean Sea. I was in Marmaris with friends in the summer of 2013 and we did an excursion to Dalyan, where we would take both a mud bath and a sulfur bath, make a boat trip, go to the beach and have some lunch. We had much fun and came back very relaxed.

We started off with the boat trip. We picked places in the sun on  the back of the boat and laid back sunbathing while admiring the great views. Our guide told us about the history of the area and pointed out some ancient tombs, carved into the mountains. These tombs belonged to the kings of Caunos and contained many riches. Even though there are many fake walls and such to keep unwanted visitors away, the tombs have been plundered long ago. We also saw some turtles during the boat trip.

DSC_0199We arrived at the mud pools. I only brought my new bikini to Turkey, so luckily I was able to borrow an old bikini from my friend. We stood in the mud pools and rubbed it all over our bodies. Then, we had to let it dry in the sun and take a shower to get everything off again. We could also take a sulfur bath, which wasn’t that special, it was just warm water that smelled like eggs in my opinion.

Afterwards, we took the boat again and went to the beach. It was a little windy, so you had to wear sunglasses to make sure the sand didn’t get in your eyes while you were sunbathing. The plus side of the wind was that the waves were quite high, which was very fun to swim in. After we left with the boat again, the guide caught a crab, so I ate crab for the first time in my life.. and liked it!

At the end of the excursion, we had a nice lunch. We could choose between spaghetti or fries. We also got some pomegranate juice, which is the pride of Dalyan. I enjoyed the excursion very much. We booked it with our own tour operators, but I’m sure there are a lot of similar tours you can book if you’re close to Dalyan.

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