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Holidays in Olu Deniz

Stunning Olu Deniz is famed for its picture-perfect lagoon, and multi-coloured paragliders soaring through the skies as they glide down from Babadağ mountain. If daredevil sports aren’t your scene, bathe in its calm azure waters (Olu Deniz translates as ‘dead sea’!), trek the Lycian Way to spot ancient rock-cut tombs, or enjoy fun evenings in beach bars with live musis on a holiday to Olu Deniz.

 

30 °C

Even in April you can enjoy a swim in the warm waters of the Turquoise Coast.

4 hours

Dalaman Airport lies 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

Liberty Hotels Lykia

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Exciting on-site aquapark
  • Stunning beachfront location
  • 24hr All Inclusive

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  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
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Orka Sunlife Resort and Spa

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Hillside location with sea views
  • Outdoor pool and five waterslides
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SENTIDO Lykia Resort & Spa

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

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smartline Flamingo

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

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Liberty Hotels Ölü Deniz

7 Nights, Half Board
Hotel highlights
  • 150m from the beach and nightlife
  • Outdoor pool and adults' quiet pool
  • À la carte restaurant with terrace

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Based on 1588 reviews

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Based on 41 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
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Hotel Turquoise

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • 850m to Olu Deniz lagoon
  • 300m to resort centre
  • Restaurant with bar by the pool

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Based on 1515 reviews

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  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
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  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

Bring out your inner James Bond: parachute from the top of the soaring Babadağ mountain and slowly glide down onto Olu Deniz beach – Daniel Craig famously did it in Skyfall. You can also take a tandem paraglide with an expert, so you can comfortably take in the breathtaking views of pine-covered mountains, the protected lagoon, and even as far as Rhodes. For underwater activities in Olu Deniz, take a dive with qualified instructors. You can get up close to ghostly underwater shipwrecks, or peer inside stalactite-filled caves – the visibility in the clear waters is superb.

The 509km-long Lycian Way trekking route, starting in Olu Deniz, would take weeks to complete, but you can take a small stretch at your own pace to see ancient tombs cut from the rocks. Butterfly Valley is a half-hour boat ride from Olu Deniz, where you can see millions of multi-coloured butterflies clinging to rocks and trees – look out for the rare Tiger butterfly. Near Olu Deniz, the attraction Kaya Köyü is a huge 18th-century ruined 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 is now an open-air museum.

You’ll be spoilt for choice for where to eat and drink in Olu Deniz. Its beach has a promenade lined with a lively collection of bars and restaurants; join the holiday fun at Buzz Beach Bar and Grill for a night of cocktails, DJ music and dinner of fresh seafood, while watching the crashing waves on balmy evenings. 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: Recreate Daniel Craig’s Skyfall parachute leap from the peak of Babadağ mountain.

Beach lovers: The secluded Blue Lagoon, a mirror-calm deep blue sea surrounded by lush forests.

Explorers: Trek the Lycian Way, a rustic footpath past rock-hewn ancient tombs on the coastline.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Olu Deniz is Turkish.

Currency: The currency used in Olu Deniz is Turkish Lira (TL).

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

Fly to: Dalaman Airport lies approximately 50km northwest of Olu Deniz.

Flight time from UK: Approx. 4 hours.

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday 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 Olu Deniz: Even in April you can enjoy a swim in the warm waters of the Turquoise Coast.

You’ll love the weather in Olu Deniz – a typical Mediterranean climate means that it’s sun-filled year round. It’s not going to be completely dry through – how else would the surrounding area be so lush and green? Expect a little rain even in summer, and heavier the winter.


GETTING AROUND

By minibus: Getting around Olu Deniz is mainly by local dolmuş minibus – 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 – check before you travel.


EVENTS

For dare-devils: The highlight of the year is the Olu Deniz Air Games in October, a six-day festival of thrills and spills – join the party! You’ll see a dazzling selection 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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