Empty beaches in October
Favorite thing: Except for the Blue Lagoon, which is always packed, Ölüdeniz is not very "populated" in October, which is simply perfect - no children jumping on your neck and no screaming, or popping eyes into your bikini. You can have your peace and privacy, since it can happen that the first beach "neighbour" is 100m away. :)
Turquoise water of the Blue Lagoon
Favorite thing: At the "nose" of the Blue Lagoon, the water has two "belts" - first, the diamond one, where the pebbles are still in a rather shallow water so the sun shines thorugh it to the bottom, and the second strip - turquoise and emerald green (depends on the spot), where the water suddenly becomes much deeper. it;s surreal and breathtaking! AT least for me...
Definitely the most beautiful beach ever. Especially with the pines surrounding it all around...
The sandy pebbles
Favorite thing: The beach at the Blue Lagoon at Ölüdeniz is the most beautiful one I have ever been to. There are small miniature pebbles, almost like sand, but so cozy and pleasant to walk on. They are a little piece of art each, and I "stole" a bit of it to bring home with me. Now imagine if everyone took a bit of the beach home... Not good! :) But I just couldn't resist!
Along the coast...
Favorite thing: As you go with the boat along the coast and islands, you'll find lots of little coves with emerald green water and exuberant vegetation, often reaching to the sea, and lots of fish, sea shells and other marine life. It is so picturesque and beautiful, perhaps the most beautiful marine scenes I have ever seen... together with the Adriatic! :)
This is a scene from St.Nicholas island.
Favorite thing: I can't remember when was the last time when i felt so serene and peaceful like whe sitting at the rocks of the Rock bar, and there was nobody. It was a bit cloudy and I could hear only the dashing of waves and the scent of the sea... It was a very special moment.
Favorite thing: Turkey is a muslim country, and naturally, there are mosques around, but in the coastal area, there aren't as many.
Turkey is the most liberated among all islamic countries, where women have full rights and in fact, it's even forbidden to attend school and University if you are wearing a covered head. However, there are still women who are very traditional, and who swim fully dressed and with veils...
Anyway, for some reason I find mosques extremely beautiful, with those tall minarets... This one is somewhere on the way from Saklikent, not far from Fethiye.
Little boats wth goodies
Favorite thing: If you take the boat tour around the coast, there will be plenty of small boats with various food coming to your big boat, offerring fruit, pastries, ice cream and pancakes. It is very usual that the woman is on the boat with the big pancake "oven" and making them as the boat goes.
Favorite thing: The climate in the area is Mediterranean. There are lots of pines, olives and other Mediterranean vegetation, the soil is tzpical red, and it is possible to swim from April to November without problem, the best periods are May, June, late September and October. in July and August it is too hot and humid.
Here are the averages for some months:
Temp °C Rainfall (mm) Sea Temp ºC
April 25 40 18
May 27 36 19
June 32 13 22
July 35 3 24
Aug 35 3 26
Sept 32 11 25
Oct 27 46 23
Actuallz, 35 in July and August is a lie :), local people told us it´s over 40, once it was even 47! So go figure...
In October we experienced rain twice during 15 days of stay, and both times it was still warm and swimable!
Fethiye has 300 sunny days in a year, so even if it rains, it goes away very fast!
Ölüdeniz - The Legend
Favorite thing: Ölüdeniz (or 'dead' or 'calm sea') takes its name from Turkish legend. In Medieval times, many Greek-bound Syrian and Egyptian ships used to pass by Ölüdeniz and take on board fresh water. One day the handsome son of an old sea captain met Belcekiz, a beautiful young girl, at the bay where he stopped to fetch water. The two fell in love at first sight and thereafter, would meet whenever the young man's ship passed by. One day the father and son were caught in a terrible storm at sea. The son, knowing the area well, suggested they take shelter in the calm, protected waters of the inlet at Ölüdeniz, but the old captain objected, believing that his son might be endangering the ship just to meet his beloved. Their disagreement turned into a violent quarrel, and, when the captain thought his ship was about to be dashed on the rocks he shoved his son into the sea with his oar. Finally, he saw the calm waters of the inlet in front of them but it was by then of course too late. Belcekiz, on hearing of her lover's death, threw herself into the sea and also drowned. The place where she died is called Belcekiz, and the inlet that became her lover's watery grave is called Ölüdeniz.
What a sad story about this enchanting place...
Favorite thing: I was impressed with beautiful, thick pine forests and all sorts of lush Mediterranean vegetation all over, i have never seen a place so green at the Mediterranean! And the scent of pines mixed with the other flora and the scent of sea is so beautiful, and healing!
Favorite thing: Wherever you turn, you'll be facing lots and lots of beautiful flowers of all colours - mostly from hotel gardens and bars, but also on the streets and needless to say, along the beach everywhere. It gives such a cheerful atmosphere.
Favorite thing: Hibiscus trees are EVERYWHERE! You'll find them on the streets, in hotels, cafes, virtualy everywhere! On absolutely every corner! Each tree/bush has plenty of flowers, crimson red and it looks so lovely!
This one was taken at Blue Lagoon, Ölüdeniz.
Favorite thing: All the shops are on the streets, displaying their goods outside. Most of them are carefully and beautifully arranged, but you'll never see the prices (or very rarely, only in markets), because the price depends on YOU. :) Bargain is a must!
Here you see many kinds of oriental spices, and chili peppers are hangind, dried. White stuff is a back rub for hamam.
Favorite thing: Behind the town center lays the rock tomns of the kings.. One of the most interesting sites to visit in Fethiye..
When you visit the rock tombs, you will understand why the kings has choosen this place to have their tombs..
The view is fascinating..
Sunset at Oludeniz..
Favorite thing: Behind is the Baba Mountains.. And ahead is the Mediterrenean and blue sky.. And the sunset creating a marvellous landscape..
While paragliders are getting down.. You can watch the beauuutiful sunset..
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