The Sultaniye Thermal Spring and Mineral Spring : It's one of the ten most important thermal springs and mineral spring spas in Turkey. The Sultaniye spring is estimated to have been used since the Hellenistic Era. The Sultaniye spring is 20 km away by road from southwest coast of the Köycegiz Lake and 4 km away by the stabilized road from Dalyan. There are the ruins of antique walls nearby the spring. The name comes from a neighbouring village. Daily tours are held. The region is covered with pine trees and the water runs at a speed of 42 lt/sec.

The spring serves 1.000 persons a day. There are not high standard facilities except a -400- bed capacity village houses.

The water contains chlorine, sodium, hydrogen-sulphur, fluorine and radioactive elements. Especially, radioactive (youthful water) is important. According to experts, radioactive elements are good for 8 different illness especially for metabolism, nerve and digestion system and also good for convalescence after a surgical operation. The tourism season is between June 15 and October.

Köycegiz District : Köycegiz district was first established near the Köycegiz lake in 1867 with the name of Yüksek Kum. Later, the settlement took the name of Köycegiz, which means "little village" in Turkish language. There's a planned settlement in the district. Apart from the historical mosque, the district is famous for odorous different types of flowers and trees and for low windowed old houses with macrame curtains. Some of these houses are used as pendions and these houses are the mirror of the social life of the region.

For those who want a peaceful, and quiet vacation away from stess and noise, Köycegiz is an ideal place. Köycegiz has facilities built around the lake. We advise you to stop by at market and taste the honey.

We also advise you to use the old Dalyan road. Because if you travel through Köyegiz - Ortaca road and then turn right from the Yuvarlak stream you won't understand how the time passes in your journey because of the fabulous view. During the journey, which is 25 km, you'll see forests, villages and a green nature. You can also join in boat tours to go to the canals an Iztuzu. This route is 15 miles and takes 1.5-2 hours.

If you decide to climb mountains instead of going to Dalyan, you'll see a lot of virgin plateaus.

Old Köycegiz (Köycegiz Village) : it's 5 km in the east of the present Köycegiz and a half- deserted village. The settlement near the lake was the administrative center of the region before it was deserted in 1867 due to flood. Today it's used as a holiday resort by the people of Köycegiz. Apart from the historical mosque there are some mansion type houses. One of them, which is known as Ali Pasha mansion has an inscription and it is in good conditon. The mansion is used by the grand childen of the family. Althought it has a tourism potential, the old Köycegiz is not known much and there aren't many accommodation facilities. It's an ideal place for those who would like to experience history in a natural village atmosphere. Especially in recent years, as an alternative to sea holiday plateau tourism has become popular. The old Köycegiz is a lovely country with its still ongoing traditions.

The Köycegiz Lake and Island : The Köycegiz Lake (54 km2) is the larges fresh water lake of the region. The lake is surrounded by mountains covered with pine forests, by rich earth and by reed bed. The name comes from settlement place, which is in the northwest. With its island, it's a convenient lake for water skiing, sailing, canoeing, water cycling, rowing and fishing. With touristic facilities, Gedeova Island, and with its fortress ruins Gavurbag Island are distinguished from the others. The lake is 8 m from the sea level. The depth of the lake is 1.5-5m., but at some points the depth is 60m. The lake is quiet in the morning but it waves in the afternoon. There are regular, daily boat tours for the lake, Dalyan, thermal springs and Iztuzu. When we examine the geologic structure of the lake, we see that it's a unique formation in the world. According to geographers, in prehistoric period the area where Köycegiz and Dalaman are situated was a tectonics hollow and they were the bays of the Mediterranean. Today they were turned into plains. The reason of this, due to the speedy flow of streams, espeically Dalaman made fill up the northern part of the gulf. Eventually, the gulf turned into a lake, which is now known as Köycegiz. Researchers believe that this formation occured in 3000 BC. With a natural water conduit, the lake was connected to the Mediterranean through Calbis (the Dalyan stream). The lake overflows by the waters of rain and snow of the mountains in winter and spring, and the excess water is discharged into the sea through a strait where the Dalyan stream reaches the Mediterranean. In the same way, the salty water in the sea falls into the lake. Because of the frequent contact with the sea, the water and salt level in the lake vary in accordance with natural phenomenon.

The Yuvarlak Stream and Trout Production Facilities : From Köycegiz-Ortaca road to the south from the gas station in Cay Köprüsü, through the asphalt motorway until the road turns to the montain path and after the town of Beyovasi, you can arrive at trout production facilities and touristic facilities. The Yuvarlak stream is born in the Gölgeli Mountain and falls into the Löycegiz lake. Although it's a small stream, it carries an abundance of water and contributes greatly to the agricultural economy of the region. In recent years, the Yuvarlak stream is used for various purposes. With a-state-of-art technology the facilities is one of the most developed ones in Turkey. In parallel to the developing tourism in the region, the Yuvarlak stream has a important place with its touristic facilities and with jeep safari. You can have your meal in wooden touristic facilities, one of which is under the trout production facilities, the other one is in waterfalls area, and you can swim in the natural swimming pool under the waterfall. You can go to the source of the water when you walk through the stabilized motorway towards the mountain. The view here is highly attractive. Because here is like a museum of trees whose trunks became solid. A little Roman Bridge, which proves that the mountain path was used in antique period adds a cultural dimension.

Arboretum : It's a model project to protect and develop the diversity of the region. It's on Köycegiz - Gökova road, a few kilometers away from the city, and covers a large area. It's intended to protect peanut, pine and liquidambar orientales trees for ecological balance. There's a waterfall, which is convenient for swimming inside the arboretum. The arboretum is being planned to be turned into a recreational center.

Plant Structure (Liquidambar orientales trees) : Dalyan and its environment have unique trees and plants, especially pine trees, eucalyptus, oak, juniper and liquidambar orientales trees. From the trunks of these trees resin, which is called "Sigla" is produced. This tree is very precious and there are few in the world and in Turkey. This tree is grown in the region between Dalyan and Marmaris in Turkey. In the north of Köycegiz, there are two groves of liquidambar orientales. A nice scented resin is produced from the trunk of these trees. The resin is very valuable and is used in medicine, pharmacy, paint, perfume, soap. People also use the resin as medicine. This tree has a nice scent. After the resin is extracted it gives off a nice scent. After the resin is extracted, the trunk of the tree is burnt . It gives off a nice scent called fumigation. It's a mystical scent. As for the other plants in the region; citrus fruits, pomegranade, fig trees. As cultural plants; cotton, tobacco and sesame.

Ekincik Bay : In blue voyages on the route of Marmaris - Dalyan the most important resting place is Ekincik Bay. Its name comes from a neighbouring village. It's very convenient for yacths. You can arrive of Ekincik Bay by boat from Dalyan or you can reach there travelling through the road surrounding the Köycegiz Lake. Travelling by road is more enjoyable because you may have the opportunity to see the Köycegiz Lake and Ekincik Bay up from the hill. Another advantage of travelling by road is that you can go round Sultaniye thermal spring. In recent years food and shopping centers were opened for yachts and daily visitors. The length of the coast is 1180 m. and there are facilities and beaches.

Rafting in Dalaman : The Dalaman River is born in Denizli and falls into the sea in the province center. First the river was used for agricultural purpose then it was noticed that the river is convenient for rafting because of the speedy flow of the river. The river runs through in its third bed. The first bed was the settlement place of Dalyan. According to geographers, the river began to run through in its prensent bed in 500 BC. The river carried alluvion and so Dalyan delta and Kargin lakes were formed. After the Coruh River, the Antalya Köprü stream and the Sakarya Melen stream, now rafting is being done in the Dalaman River.

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