What is your idea of a perfect beach? I can almost guarantee you have seen the idyllic beach of Ölüdeniz if not in person most certainly in the pages of a glossy magazine as its one of the most famous beaches not only in Turkey but the world. Not only that but it has been voted as one of the top ten beaches in the world, who needs to go on a long haul flight to find the perfect beach?
A beautiful cobalt blue lagoon sweeps around on its seaward side into a vast crescent of pale sand and pebble beach, all framed by a spectacular backdrop of pine forests and mountains. The sheltered lagoon beach is made up of thousands of tiny pebbles and the warm, calm waters are ideal for children, who delight in chasing shoals of fish through the shallows. This lagoon area is not visible from the open sea, is very sheltered and is a national park (where building is prohibited) for which a nominal entrance fee is charged. The resort began with a handful of camping sites hidden amongst the olive groves along the beachfront. As the resort developed with its ever-growing popularity, more up-market hotels and restaurants are appearing, but due to the local building restrictions, it has still retained its natural beauty. The closest airport to Ölüdeniz is Dalaman which is less than 1 hour transfer time away.
Ölüdeniz beach is famous for its shades of turquoise and aquamarine, is an official blue flag beach and is frequently rated among the top 5 beaches in the world by travellers and tourists alike. The resort is also famous for its paragliding opportunities; it is regarded as one of the best places in the world to paraglide due to its unique panoramic views, and the Babadağ Mountain’s exceptional height. The location of Ölüdeniz is ideal being only 8.5km (5.3 miles) south over the mountains to wonderful Fethiye. Here you can find an abundance of colourful shops selling hand-woven carpets, excellent quality leather wear, designer sunglasses and watches and fabulous jewellery. There are also several markets held in Fethiye each week, here you can buy all your fresh fruit and vegetables, clothing and hardware, you can even find some lovely gifts ideal for taking home at great prices.
The main shopping street in Ölüdeniz is Carsi Caddesi and here you will find a lovely range of shops selling souvenirs and a great array of beachwear as well as your everyday supermarkets. There are plenty of lovely bars and restaurants serving everything from traditional Turkish cuisine to international favourites. Some bars offer pool parties and others offer a more relaxed atmosphere. There is a nightclub it’s a café by day but becomes a haven for those who don’t want the night to end until the early hours. For those wanting a more vibrant nightlife, you can visit nearby Hisaronu. Ölüdeniz remains one of the most photographed beaches on the Med and for good reason, it’s sensationally beautiful.