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...
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!
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.
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...
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. :)
Favorite thing: This is the famous Babadag mountain, cca. 2000m above sea level, from whose top the paragliders launch themselves into the abyss and fly down to the beautiful Ölüdeniz. But, it's not only perfect for flying, it's great foor hiking, there are fantastic trails, also mountain climbing and jeep safari :)
Favorite thing: Despite being a very popular tourist destination Olu Deniz has retained a laid back village atmosphere. There's a good mix of hotel and pool complexes as well as smaller hotets and pensions. Plenty of bars and restaurants can be found at the back of the beach and spread further back into the town - so much choice you'd need a few weeks to try them all out. Above Olu Deniz is another popular resort of Hirasonu - a bit more peaceful if you like things really quiet.
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.
Maybe not as many as in Antalya, or southernmore, but there are a lot of banana trees in Fethiye and Ölüdeniz as well. The first time I saw a "live" banana tree was in Israel, but this was a first time close up. I was so ashamed of myself how ignorant I was, I had no idea how the fruit appears from a HUGE beautiful flower! The first time I saw the flower I saw it was an ornament! What a shame on me!!! I find them gorgeous!
Well, it seems that I am more ignorant than I thought, I just got this remark from JLBG:
No, the bananas do not really appear from the HUGE beautiful flower! You were
not completely wrong thinking it was an ornament. Or a kind of : it is the
single male flower. This is why it won't give itself bananas. The female flowers
are many, small and unimpressive. There is ONE male flower for
a hundred or so (may be more) female flowers. But as they
do not bloom at the same time, one male flower cannot fecundate the female
flowers of the same stem but from another stem. That allows to maintain genetic
And I was so happy that I discovered how it works! Oh, well, now I'm at least getting the right picture! Thanks, Jean-Louis!
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.
Fondest memory: Olu Deniz means Dead Sea - and the blue lagoon certainly is clear and calm here - yachts are not allowed to sail into the lagoon so its a wonderful place to have a swim. Its fairly shallow and really warm - safe for kids and for those that don't like bathing in deep water. The sand is more like proper sand - rather than shingly - on the lagoon side. We enjoyed some lazy days here just swimming and basking in the sun. Its well worth the the small entrance fee which helps to protect and maintain this national park.
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!
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: 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.
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.