Olu Deniz holidays

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 opportunities 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 a 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!

Incredible beaches

It all starts at the beach in Olu Deniz, which is famous for its picture-perfect Blue Lagoon. As one of Turkey’s most iconic beaches, it’s impossible not to be impressed by the crystal clear waters and the beautiful scenery. If you want to escape the crowds, you can take a water taxi to more secluded beaches, where there’s a good chance you’ll have a lovely little spot all to yourself.

Great activities

There’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained in Olu Deniz, whether your children are big or small. Head to one of the town’s two water parks for a fun-filled day out, or treat your little ones to a banana boat ride. If you’re looking for some romantic things to do, it doesn’t get much better than a day on a secluded beach, before a sunset meal with jaw-dropping views from the top of a mountain.

Relaxed atmosphere

If you love the atmosphere of a beachside promenade, you’ll be happy to know Olu Deniz has a lovely one full of shops, bars and restaurants. The nightlife’s nice and relaxed, perfect for quiet meals out or a few after-dinner cocktails. Whether you’re lazing around in the warm Turkish sunshine for your whole holiday, or being active and exploring spots like Kidrak Natural Park, you’re sure to have a memorable time in Olu Deniz.

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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.

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Flights here land at Dalaman Airport, which is approximately 50km northwest of Olu Deniz.

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Thrill seekers: Head to Babadag Mountain and watch professional thrill-seekers take to the skies in a variety of ways including base jumping and paragliding.

Beach lovers: Olu Deniz beach offers a horseshoe-shaped haven for sun worshippers. However, for something special and secluded, head for the beautiful Blue Lagoon.

Explorers: The Lycian Way is an ancient coastal path, hiding rock-hewn tombs from a bygone age.

Fast facts for Olu Deniz

Language: The language spoken is Turkish. While the locals understand some English, a phrasebook or app will certainly help you to try out your language skills with a few basics.

Currency: You’ll need to change up your Sterling for Turkish Lira, before jetting off on your Olu Deniz holidays.

Local time: Olu Deniz is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Dalaman Airport. The transfer time to Olu Deniz is between 1 hour 15 minutes and 2 hours. 

Flight time from UK: The Olu Deniz flight time is 4 hours.

Visas and health: If you’re a British Citizen and you’re travelling to Olu Deniz for a holiday, you will not need a visa unless you are planning on staying for more than 90 days in a 180-day period. If you need any more advice on Turkey visas, or entry requirements - please visit FCDO website for the latest guidance.  

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Getting around Olu Deniz

By minibus: The best way to get around Olu Deniz is to hop aboard one of the local minibuses, known as ‘dolmus’. They don’t operate on any fixed timetable, but they’re easy to flag down: simply stand on the roadside and wave your arm to alert the driver. From here, it’s easy to get to nearby towns and resorts such as Fethiye and Hisaronu.

By taxi: Metered yellow cabs can be called from your hotel or taken at ranks. They are either metered or have set prices to popular destinations, so it’s worth checking before you travel.

Events in Olu Deniz

For daredevils: The highlight of the year is the Ölüdeniz Air Games, which take place in October. A six-day festival of thrills and spills, you’ll see dazzling displays of paragliding, micro-lighting, hang-gliding and base-jumping from around 400 gliders from around the world, who soar from Babadağ and fill the skies with colour. 

Olu Deniz weather

Temperature: June to September top around 30°C.

Best time to visit: Even in April you can enjoy a swim in the warm waters of the Turquoise Coast.

The summer months fall between June and August. The months either side see things getting a little cooler, with temperatures dipping into the mid-twenties. There’s occasional rain, even in the summer, with the heaviest falling in the winter months between November and January.

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