Oludeniz, paradise is just around the corner
08.06.2013 - 15.06.2013 30 °C
I hit the jackpot! Didn't we all dream about relaxing on a white beach under palm trees once? I found one - and it is not too far away! In lists of the top ten beaches in the world, next to Honolulu in Hawaii, Copacabana in Brazil and Venice Beach in Los Angeles, I would definitely list Oludeniz. The beach - locally known as the Blue Lagoon - is located close to Fethiye in Turkey.
“Ölüdeniz” (spelling in Turkish) is situated at the congruence of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, this picturesque area is known to jet setters as the Turquoise Coast, thanks to the crystal clear quality of the sea. When you travel to Oludeniz, there is plenty to occupy your time from water sports, paragliding and shopping in the traditional market but the star attraction is definitely the beach. You have to visit Mount Babadag, from here you can overlook the harbour with an impressive rugged outface which also helps to divert any squalls or mizzle. Hiking and mountain biking are popular pursuits here and all necessary equipment may be hired from vendors in town; your hotel concierge will be happy to point visitors in the right direction - for a small tip in exchange you will hear a whole story. A must is the Turkish bath (hammam) in the Belcegiz Neighborhood.
Oludeniz is a sun worshipper's paradise with an average temperature of 30 degrees in June, although in high season (July - August) the mercury frequently hits forty. Scheduled flights arrive at Dalaman airport from every major city however, once your flight touches down, you are still 35 miles from the resort. Buses and coaches are available but can be rather sticky and space for luggage is limited; a better idea would be to hail a taxi between the two. Be aware that this will take a couple of hours and costs the equivalent of 30 GBP.
There are a number of hotels in Oludeniz from luxury honeymoon suites to more affordable rooms. There are also a number of hotels slightly further away from the beach resort of Oludeniz which offer better value for money but a longer way to travel. When visiting the Blue Lagoon, such is the splendour of the water, it would be a pity not to go out to sea in a chartered boat. Here you can peer overboard and see the marine life swimming around with the sort of clarity which would be unimaginable in any other resort. I really comes into its own as a place for young couples celebrating time alone together. The beach bar Buzz has maybe the best views to offer, as it is located on a rooftop. I must say that June is a good time to come here to avoid hordes of children charging around the beach. Only warning I have to give is - this place is too nice! I can imagine hordes of children charging around the beach in high season, when special deals become available on hotels and excursions