Oludeniz Resort Turkey
Oludeniz is a Mediterranean resort situated on the South West coast of Turkey, a stretch of the coastline often referred to as "the Turquoise Coast" of Turkey, thanks to its colourful waters. The Taurus Mountains envelope the resort from behind with Babadag Mountain to the south east, reaching a height of 1960m. Dalaman is the nearest airport and is a 45 minute journey.
Oludeniz is the name often associated with the three small towns in the area - Oludeniz itself which is on the beach front, Ovacik, and Hisaronu which are set back 4km on the plateau overlooking the beach. So if you're booking a holiday in the resort and expecting to be close to the beach, check that your are in fact booked into accommodation which is in Oludeniz and not Ovacik or Hisaronu.
Beach lovers will in heaven at Oludeniz. There's the 3km long Belcekiz Beach with white sand and a myriad of water sports to enjoy. It's one of the finest beaches you'll find. Adjoining the beach as you head west is the crystal-clear blue lagoon, with its stunning backdrop of mountains and pine forest. It's a national park, and has therefore been left unspoilt. It's ideal for swimming and snorkeling and has showers and snack bars at various points. Water sports are are not permitted in the lagoon area which makes the bathing safe and family friendly.
Despite being developed with many hotels and apartment blocks, the scenery here is still spectacular - the paths which weave along the hillsides other some amazing views. These same hills are the starting point for the famous pathway - The Lycian Way.
Shopping in Oludeniz
The shopping in Oludeniz mainly consists of souvenir and gift shops although a wider range of shops can be found at nearby Hisaronu or in Fethiye just 17km (12 miles) south. Hisaronu has a weekly market held on Mondays.
There are plenty of restaurans in Oludeniz some with roof terraces perfect for enjoying the sunset. There's Turkish cuisine and international cuisine on offer.
The nightlife in Oludeniz is low-key and the beachside bars offer a great place to 'chill' in the evening with a few drinks. The local resorts offer live evening entertainment for guests. If you're looking to party then you can take a short trip to Hisaronu 4km where there are clubs and more bars.
Activities in Oludeniz
The beach, renowned to be the most beautiful beach in Turkey is no doubt the main attraction of Oludeniz. It's a hotspot for paragliders from around the world who come to paraglide down from Babadag Mountain to the beach below. Those new to paragliding can book a tandem flight with an instructor.
Scuba diving and boat trips can be arranged.
Enjoy a Turkish bath which are available from some of the resort hotels.
The Lycian Way (one of the best ten walks of the world) starts from the hills of Oludeniz
'Butterfly Valley' is beautiful beach and valley only accessible by boat. It's the home to a variety of creatures including the butterflies. The geology is the area is also interesting, it's almost like someone has cut a wedge out the surrounding mountains.
Take a trip to "Kayakoy" - a deserted Greek village, which was evacuated during the Turkish-Greek war of 1919-1923. This ghost town is now preserved as a museum and consists of hundreds of deserted Greek style houses.
Visit the ancient ruins at Xanthos which is around 30 miles from Oludeniz. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was once the capital city of the Lycians and later a home to various other conquering empires.
Only 4km south of Xanthos is the Letoon temple complex. Experts believe the site was once a religious centre for the Lycians.