What you should know before hiring a car in Dalaman
|Dalaman city centre|
|Dalaman Airport (DLM): 4 mi from city centre|
Car hires in Dalaman: practical information
Where to rent a car in Dalaman
Dalaman is the gateway to the south-western coast of Turkey. Dalaman itself is located inland and is used mostly by holiday makers who are heading to the coast. If you've book flight tickets from London to Dalaman, you should also check out car rental companies at Dalaman International Airport as well to get you to the coast and around the region. There are three offices there, Avis, Budget and Europcar.
Apart from the airport you can also pick up a car hire for cheap in Dalaman's city centre and along the D555. DLM Car Rental, Simsekler Salaman Car Rental, Ercan Car Rental, Medusa Car Rental, Almira Rent A Car and Avis are all located very close to each other along this road. It's worth comparing the offers though because prices are likely to be cheaper from the airport, not mentioning more convenient.
Driving in Dalaman: parking and other tips
Most travellers won't spend too much time in Dalaman, with the Turquoise Coast as their final destination but if you do, you can easily find parking either at the airport or at your hotel in Dalaman if you choose to stay over-night there. Even if you don't stay over, many hotels offer their car parks out to non-guests for a minimal fee.
Along the coast parking isn't usually a problem either. Many of the beaches have car parks nearby and in the town centres you're better off parking a little bit away from the centre. There are two major holiday resorts located south of Dalaman, where the river meets the sea. There is plenty of parking at both of these resorts as well. If you plan to take advantage of car rental deals in Dalaman for your holiday, then call ahead to your hotel or resort to make sure that they have parking facilities available.
Road trips from Dalaman: what to do, what to see
Göcek is a yachting city on the tip of the gulf. It's a mere 15km from Dalaman and enjoys an impressive 300 days of sunshine a year. The city itself is very easily explored on foot but the main attraction isn't' the town, it's the small coves and little islands in the sea. The rugged coastline is a mix of tall pine forests and mountains, very pretty when seen from the deck of a boat out at sea.
If you want to get away from Dalaman, head to the coast! Pamphylia is towards the east and is very similar to the Lycian coast. It's quite touristy though, which can get old really fast. It's about 70 km further down the coast and makes a great side trip to a holiday in Dalaman and for those travellers looking to explore more of the coastline.
Marmaris is a little further from Dalaman in the opposite direction as Pamplylia. It takes about 1 hour and a half to reach it by land, a lot shorter by boat. The city however is very busy, with visitors from all over the world in the summer. The bars and coffee shops and restaurants all have a lively atmosphere well into the evening. During the day take a cruise along the coast!