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Holidays in Olu Deniz

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.

12-30 °C

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.

4 hours

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

Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Olu Deniz to paraglide onto one of Turkey’s most picturesque beaches, or visit the region’s ancient cliff-top sites.

Recommended offers in Olu Deniz

Nicholas Park Hotel

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Hillside location with wonderful views
  • Free shuttle to private beach
  • Three outdoor pools

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Based on 727 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Hotel Alize

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Within 200m of the resort centre
  • Outdoor pool and kids' pool
  • Buffet restaurant and snack bar

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1612 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 46 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Orka Sunlife Resort and Spa

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Hillside location with sea views
  • Outdoor pool and five waterslides
  • 24hr All Inclusive

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 1639 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 18 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • Return Transfers

SENTIDO Lykia Resort & Spa

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Adult only 16+
  • Stunning beachfront location
  • 24hr All Inclusive

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 916 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 8 reviews

What is included ?

  • 20kgs Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Your Seat Choice*
  • Return Transfers

smartline Flamingo

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Large outdoor swimming pool
  • Poolside cocktail bar
  • Spa centre with sauna and Turkish bath

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 875 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 3 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

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!

Unleash your inner 007 and head for the Babadag mountain. Microlights buzz around the skies, and parachutists jump out of perfectly good airplanes and land near the beach. It’s all incredibly exciting, and a great chance for you to grab some amazing pictures, so don’t forget your camera!

For underwater activities in Olu Deniz, take a dive with PADI-approved qualified instructors and get your open-water ticket that’ll let you dive anywhere in the world! With superb visibility, you can get up close to eerie underwater shipwrecks, or peer inside stalactite-filled caves.

Walk along the Lycian Way trekking route to see ancient Lycian tombs cut from the rocks. To see some of the region’s natural wonders, hop on a boat from Olu Deniz’ harbour and set sail for Butterfly Valley. About half an hour away, it’s an unspoilt oasis that’s become a haven for the red, black and white-striped Tiger Butterfly. Book your holidays to Olu Deniz, Turkey, in June and you’ll be treated to the sight of millions of multi-coloured butterflies clinging to rocks and trees. Close by is Kaya Köyü, a vast, ruined, 18th century settlement, abandoned in 1923 and made famous in Louis de Bernières’ book, Bird Without Wings. Filled with traditional Greek houses and mosaic-filled churches, it’s now an open-air museum.

You’ll be spoilt for choice for places to eat and drink in Olu Deniz, Turkey. Its beach promenade is lined with a lively collection of bars and restaurants, and you can join the holiday fun at Buzz Beach Bar and Grill for a night of cocktails, DJ music and dinner of fresh seafood. Most bars turn into laid-back clubs after 11pm. In Kaya Köyü, enjoy an evening in a traditional wine house: Levissi Garden is an immaculately-restored house, with a wine cellar serving delicious Turkish meze and fresh seafood.

OLU DENIZ IS BEST FOR...

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

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: Two hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Dalaman Airport is just over an hour’s drive from the resort.

Flight time from UK: Approximately four hours.

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holidays to Olu Deniz. Apply for your Turkish visa online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

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.


GETTING AROUND

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

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. 


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