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Taxi: 22 £GBP (60 min)
Bus: 5 £GBP (60 min)
It is Turkey’s picture-postcard perfect destination. What was once a hideout for smugglers and pirates on the country’s southwest coast, Oludeniz’s treasures are buried no longer. The Blue Lagoon found here probably represents the most photographed tourist attraction in Turkey, and regularly it tops polls of the best beaches in the world.
As well as its beauty the beach at Oludeniz is a Blue Flag-winning 1.5 kilometre crescent of both sand and shingle that leads up to the lagoon. It is flanked by a promenade that is packed with restaurants serving local cuisine. And in the village beyond the beach, where development has been kept to a minimum, there is an eclectic variety of places to eat and drink on Oludeniz holidays.
Rugged, pine-covered mountains serve as an equally stunning backdrop to all this beauty. And the beauty is not just for admiring, the mountains are the launching point for paragliding flights that let you take a bird’s eye view of all the stunning scenery.
A flight for the 1,960 metres Babadag Mountain, lets you take in the sights of Butterfly Valley, which is a canyon that is, as the name suggests, home to a large number of butterfly varieties and the Blue Lagoon. Oludeniz also offers the full complement of boat trips and watersports you’d expect form a beach resort destination.
Temperature: From June to September temperatures sit at around 30 degrees Celsius.
Best time for holidays to Oludeniz: Even as late as April you can enjoy a dip in the warm waters of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast.
The typical Mediterranean climate of Oludeniz means glorious sun-soaked days year-round. That doesn’t mean you can’t expect rain – there is good reason for the surrounds to be so green and lush. You can expect a little light rain in summer, becoming heavier through autumn, winter and spring.
As early as April temperatures in the low to mid-20s degrees Celsius are common. By July, expect them to hit the 30 degrees Celsius mark – often climbing higher. The summer months feature 12 hours of sun a day. If you want cooler, autumn temperatures usually sit around the mid to high 20s, with plenty blue sky days. Even in winter, you won’t need to worry about winter clothes, the temperatures average between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius.
The charm and beauty of this spectacular area will take your breath away, as hills blanketed in pine trees descend down to the turquoise blue waters. Then there is Turkey’s most photographed beach. Away from the coast you will discover an intriguing ancient culture that beautifully offsets the vibrancy of the holiday resorts and bar streets.
While tourism is a lynchpin of the local economy and hugely influential, the region’s traditional flavor can still be seen in its tavernas and bars. In the most upmarket resorts you can still indulge in traditional Turkish cuisine or experience an authentic Turkish Hammam on your holidays in Oludeniz.
Only 25 minutes away by local minibus, dubbed dolmus, is Fethiye where you will discover the marina where sitting at the water’s edge you can sip an ice-cold Efes while admiring the Tomb of Amyntas, which was built in 400 BC.
Paragliding, horse riding, boat trips, diving, Jeep trips, all make up most people’s desired itinerary on holidays to Oludeniz.
If you are feeling particularly adventurous, soaring through the air above the stunning Blue Lagoon, with panoramic views from Babadag Mountain, Oludeniz has Europe’s best tandem-paragliding spot, if not the best in the world. With take off sites close to the 2000 metre summit of the mountain, a flight will take you flying above its ridges, out over the sea for a bird’s eye view of the famous lagoon, and then down to a gentle landing on the beach.
There are various reputable companies, with highly qualified and experienced pilots. Let them do all the work as you fly with them tandem. The companies have fully-comprehensive insurance and have flown people all ages from four to 84 years old.
Alternatively you can dive in the Mediterranean’s crystal clear turquoise waters with a highly qualified diving teacher. As the sea is tide-free it is home to a multitude of marine life because it is warm and calm.
Horse Riding in Oludeniz is a great way to take in the amazing scenery, and in most cases it is actually the only way to reach those off-the-beaten-track places. Horse riding centres (many of them English owned and run) cater to every age and ability
Set sail on your own miniature voyage of discovery on Oludeniz holidays. If you want to explore the area and want to top up on your tan as part of the deal, then one of the many boat trips available daily may be the thing for you. There are several boat trips that leave from Oludeniz.
From Oludeniz you can swim in the deep blue waters of the Blue Cave before going ashore at Butterfly Valley.
Another good way to explore the area is with Jeep Oludeniz. There are a multitude of companies in the area offering this trip. You can choose to drive the jeep yourself or sit back, relax and letting someone else do the driving.
The tour begins from the Hisronu/Oludeniz area and you can discover ancient cultures, beautiful countryside and village life, stopping at the not-to-be-missed Saklikent Hidden Canyon. Here you can kick-back at one of the traditional cafes and watch the world go by.
Go exploring at the classical ruins at Xanthos, the rushing waters and mud baths of the Xanthos River give you a chance to cool down before you relax on the white sands of 18 kilometre long Patara Beach.
The Blue Cruise is a chance to experience cruising on a traditional Turkish gulet during holidays in Oludeniz. Just completely relax while the beauty of the Turquoise Coast slips by.
You cannot visit Turkey without experiencing a traditional Turkish Bath. The heat followed by an exfoliating scrub and massage, leaves your skin feeling cleaner and softer than ever before – and you feeling completely relaxed.