Backed by pine-covered mountains and home to the country’s famous Blue Lagoon, Olu Deniz holidays have blossomed into one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. However, while there’s plenty of opportunity to laze the days away on a Blue Flag beach and soak up some sunshine, holidays here offer much more than a just chance to top up your tan. This resort acts as the host to the Ölüdeniz International Air Games, which sees aerobatic fanatics and pilots pitting themselves against each other against the backdrop of the Babadag Mountain.
If you prefer your attractions to be a little bit closer to the ground, spend a day travelling the Lycian Way to explore ancient, rock-hewn tombs and seek out Roman ruins. Alternatively, once you’ve reached the right shade of brown and the sun is creeping off to bed, spend your evening in one of the beach bars along the waterfront and catch some traditional Turkish music, cocktail in hand.
Things to do
Without doubt, the biggest attraction in Olu Deniz is the Blue Lagoon. Not only does it attract sunbathers and photographers looking to snap a picture of the native Loggerhead turtles, but look beneath the sapphire waters and you might see a scuba-diver or two! However, if you can bear to tear yourself away from the beaches, you’ll find a wealth of things to do in the town. Whether you’re a fan of the Great Outdoors, an adrenaline junkie, a history buff, or you just want to soak up a sunset or two, there’s never any reason to be bored!
Summers in Olu Deniz get very hot, with temperatures creeping into the thirties. If you’d prefer cooler sightseeing conditions, visit in the spring or autumn, when the mercury hovers in the mid-twenties.
Flights here land at Dalaman Airport, which is approximately 50km northwest of Olu Deniz.