Favorite thing: Oludeniz is 12 kms from Fethiye, on the south west coast of Turkey and is a popular tourist destination for its beautiful lagoon with the Babadag (means Father mountain) mountain as a backdrop. We stayed here for a couple of weeks for an idylic holiday - you can be as lazy or as active as you like.
Fondest memory: The view of the lagoon we saw as we desceded from the abandoned greek village of Kayakoy is an abiding memory - such a beautiful landscape. Short of paragliding, which I wasn't brave enough(or mad enough) to try this was the most scenic view of the famous lagoon that I had.
Favorite thing: There is a public beach in Oludeniz - no entry fee for this but its a bit more shingly and pebbly than the famous lagoon side. Boats leave from the public beach area on trips to Butterfly valley and St Nicolas Island - a great day out on the boat. Plenty of tavernas and hotels behind the public beach too.
Fondest memory: With the mountains behind its a popular place for paragliders - watching them land on the beach was fascinating, I wish I was brave enough to have tried it back them. Several VT'ers have howevewr and the pictures of the lagoon form the air on their pages are amazing!
Favorite thing: Wandering around the ruins of the abandoned greek village of Kayakoy was enjoyable albeit eerie....to think so many people had once lived, worked and played here. Some scenic trails start from here down to Fethiye or Olu Deniz with great views of the coastline. More info on my small Kayakoy page
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..
Favorite thing: The pine-fringed beauty of the blue lagoon has also made it popular for film locations and sure enough during our stay this small pirate ship was to be seen in the lagoon - the only boat we ever saw in there as they are not normally allowed. Not sure what the film was called but one us old 'uns might remember being shot here was the Brooke Shields film called "Blue Lagoon".
- Water Sports
Favorite thing: When you enter to Fethiye, you will be surprised.. The outskirts of Fethiye does not look good due to high migration to the town.. However when you reach the town center, you will see a diferent Fethiye.. a nice mediterrenean town with nice houses and Palm trees all around..
- Sailing and Boating
- Diving and Snorkeling
Have Lunch in Saklikent Gorge
Favorite thing: At Saklikent, after walking in the cold waters up to the gorge, you will get very tired.. And on the way back it will get worse..
When you reach the starting point.. There is a nice place waiting for you, where you can have your lunch and rest.. Look for the balconies on the river path.. and enjoy the good day..
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: Some parts of the Blue lagoon look like a lake. If I didn't know it was sea, i would have sworn it was lake! The water is so still, like oil, and the vegetation is more continental alike. But of course, the beach beds and umbrellas are inevitable!!!
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.
Off season Fethiye
Favorite thing: Just to say that many many more hotels, restaurants etc are staying open through the year these days. Winter can be a good time to explore this part of Turkey ......uncrowded and very relaxed. But the nights are cold! You will need extra layers for early morning and evenings .....but a good percentage of sunny days with temps at 20 deg or so afternoons.
Fondest memory: The smells ! Streets that smell of jasmine and honeysuckle ..............the smell of really fresh fruit and veg in the open bazaar by the canal!
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.
Ölüdeniz and Belcekiz Beach
Favorite thing: I have just returned from my vacation in Turkey. I stayed with my friends in Ölüdeniz from where we took quite a few trips/excursions in the region as well as a bit further.
As far as Ölüdeniz itself is concerned, it is a typical package-holiday resort and if someone's budget is tight, it is better to avoid staying there as it is rather pricey. However, it is a beautifully located summer village - you can get the best view of it when you come down the hills - you see everything: the open see (turqouise - what a color!), the splendid pine trees and a peaceful lagoon.
There is a public Belcekiz Plaji, which is free, yet you need to pay for sun-beds and a parasol if you want to sunbathe. Another beach, which is paid (about 1 Euro), is situated on the right, if you pass a jandarma post and walk down the same road. This beach is located in a park, full of pine and olive trees as well as flowers, and is winding around the famous lagoon. Beautiful!
I would suggest visiting this area outside the high season - September is possibly the best option.
Favorite thing: All around the area, except cotton fields, you'll find sesame fields. They harvest and gather them in these cone-shaped formations and let them rest until they pick them up. I just love the way it looks.
Favorite thing: Naturally, nothing unusual for the Mediterranean area, plenty of pomegranate trees. The yields are already ripe and juicy, I was wicked and mean and picked up one (and ate it here at home!) I just couldn't resist...
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..