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The Blue Lagoon in the centre with the surrounding coves and mountains. In the lower right of the photo is the town of Ölüdeniz.

Ölüdeniz is a town near Fethiye in Turkey, famous for its Blue Lagoon.

Understand[edit]

The village and the beach by the lagoon was locally known as Belcekız or Belceğiz before the area became a magnet for mass tourism, although today many people in the area have no idea about what Belcekız is. The town and the lagoon are both known as Ölüdeniz, which literally means "dead sea" and used to refer only to the lagoon.

Inland to the north, 2 km from the beach, are the former villages of Ovacık and Hisarönü, with occasional family-run guesthouses at the dawn of the 21st century, but are today concrete sprawls of hotels and bars, agglomerated almost without a gap with the town of Ölüdeniz. Both serve as "bedroom communities" that offer accommodation that is close to but cheaper than Ölüdeniz proper.

Climate[edit]

The climate of Ölüdeniz is Mediterranean with hot, sunny and dry summers and mild winters with occasional heavy rainstorms. Its climate is also basically identical to nearby Fethiye, which has more detailed information on its page.

Get in[edit]

Ölüdeniz is connected to Fethiye with a wide road that is well-paved and maintained.

Most buses will drop you off at the bus station in Fethiye, from there you can take a very frequent minibus (dolmuş). During summer, it runs every 5 minutes starting from 07:00. In Fethiye the bus stop is next to the Carrefour SA store on Ölüdeniz Cd, right next to the bus station.

Get around[edit]

Dolmuş buses running from Fethiye to Ölüdeniz connect Ovacık with both towns.

See[edit]

the festival Ölüdeniz
  • Blue Lagoon (Ölüdeniz). Access to the beach is shut by the evening, around 18:00. Known in Turkish literally as the "dead sea" because of its calm waters, the lagoon is a nature preserve. To enter the park there is a fee of 7 TL per person. You will also likely have to hire a beach chair which are an additional 15 TL each, plus 15 TL extra for an umbrella. 7 TL.

Do[edit]

Over the tip of the lagoon's sandbar
  • Paragliding. A number of companies in Ölüdeniz offers paragliding launches from the summit of nearby Mt. Babadağ, about 1,900 m above sea level. A "trip" from the top to the beach takes around an hour and offers stunning views of the Blue Lagoon and the nearby valleys and mountains covered with pine forests. Training and tandem flights are also available for those inexperienced at paragliding.
  • Hike along the Lycian Way. You can hike to Fethiye at the western end of the Lycian Way or just start in the direction of Faralya (5 hr) and Kabak. While the views of the sea, the mountains and the Ölüdeniz beach are great, there isn’t much shade on the way to Faralya, so try to avoid the noon-heat, bring enough sunscreen and water (or some water purification if you intent to use the cisterns on the way). If you’re just doing a day hike you can take a dolmuş back from Faralya (the last one leaving about 19:40). You can also take the dolmuş to Kabak and hike the coastal route to Faralya (4-5 hr) and again return by dolmuş, though it’s well worth staying at either village.

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

There are lots of different places to eat a wide variety of foods from different cultures and countries. You can find anything from original English breakfast to true Mexican dishes, all for different budgets. You can check the menus right in front of the restaurants, or go in and see them before deciding.

Drink[edit]

There are a variety of international alcoholic beverages and wide selection of beers. You can try a lot of different cocktails but always be careful about suspicious cocktail bars with very cheap menus. They might be using counterfeit products, always look for trusted reviews and recommendations.

Sleep[edit]

Ölüdeniz and Ovacık are cluttered with hotels, most of which have an online presence and can be found through various hotel-booking websites.

Budget[edit]

  • Sultan Motel, Kırıncağıl Mahallesi, Ovacık-Ölüdeniz (about 250 m from the Ovacık–Ölüdeniz highway towards the start of the Lycian Way; follow the signs for the Lycian Way or much bigger 'Montana Resort Hotel'), +90 252 616-61-39, fax: +90 252 616-62-61, . A hotel at the trail head of the Lycian Way, so is a very convenient base to get rest after/before your long hike. Rooms with en-suite bathrooms, air-con, and balconies, all with the view of large pool. Double rooms (low/high season): 25 TL/30 TL bed and breakfast per person, 35 TL/40 TL half board per person. 0-6 years of age free, 7-12 years of age 50% discount.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Aygul Hotel (600 m. from the beach), +90 252 617 00 86, fax: +90 252 617 06 10, . Family-owned, small hotel. Rooms with air-con, TV, and balcony. There are also a swimming pool with children section, playground, and safety boxes. Staff is friendly and fluent in English and French. The hotel is on the top of a small hill, so it has clean and cool air flow. The view of the lagoon from the hotel is breathtaking. Double 75-210 TL.
  • Orka Village (4 km from the beach and a short walk to the centre of Hisarönü), +90 1603 869930 , +44 117 230 3677 (in the UK), . Check-in: After 16:00, check-out: 12:00. Orka Village is set in a private complex with breathtaking views of the Babadağ mountains. The site is beautifully landscaped and features a 650-m² swimming pool and a separate children’s pool. There is also a bar/snack bar on site. The complex also features a reception, secure parking and 24h security. 2-bedroom ground floor self-catering apartment from £250 per week.

Splurge[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • Butterfly Valley (Faralya) is a remote canyon to the south, on the coast, with some rare butterflies and waterfalls. Boats and minibuses head there from Ölüdeniz. A little further south, at the end of the road is the village of Kabak, which has a canyon similar to Butterfly Valley, although relatively easier to access.
  • For a bit of history and a deserted ghost town experience in your trip, take the road west from Hisarönü and head to Kayaköy, where hundreds of partially ruined houses cover the side of a hill.
  • Ovacık to the north of Ölüdeniz marks the beginning of the Lycian Way, a 500+ km hiking trail leading to Antalya in the east.
Routes through Ölüdeniz
FethiyeKayaköy  W Pictograms-nps-trailhead.svg E  → Kirme → FaralyaAntalya


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