Blue Lagoon in Marmaris
Travelling to the Blue Lagoon, Turkey, is like visiting a picturesque scene from a beautiful postcard. The Lagoon is surrounded by lush, green trees while the turquoise waters beg to be explored. Shallow waters near the shoreline are perfect for dipping your toes in or letting the little ones splash about and enjoy the warm sunshine.
Grab a sunlounger and park it along the long stretch of soft sands and soak up the warmth as you listen to the gentle waves lapping the shore. The adventurous will have a great time swimming out to the small, abandoned island at the mouth of the Blue Lagoon and exploring the rocky shores.
Snorkelling and scuba diving are popular pastimes, as is hiking through the neighbouring national park. With so much to enjoy, here's our top tips for the best day out at the Blue Lagoon in Olu Deniz.
How to get there
The Blue Lagoon is located in Olu Deniz, which is pretty close to Fethiye. You can travel to the Blue Lagoon by taking a minibus from Fethiye and it won't cost much at all. To catch the minibus to the resort, head to the PO Petrol Station next to the main bus terminal. There, you can hop on the minibus and make your way to the azure waters and glorious sandy beach of the Lagoon.
Of course, you can skip public transport if you're willing to pay more for a taxi. If you're a confident driver, you can rent a car and make your own way to the resort in around 20 minutes.
What to do on the Beach
The main attraction is the Blue Lagoon Beach. You can pick a quiet spot on the sand and simply lie back and take it all in or you can pump up the excitement and take part in a variety of beach activities on offer.
Snorkelling is a great experience that the whole family can enjoy. If you want to see more, you can explore underwater further with a scuba diving session. This is the best way to really explore the aquamarine waters of the Blue Lagoon. Plus, it's exciting being able to get so close to all the colourful fish that call the lagoon their home.
If you're standing on the beach and look out towards the mouth of the Lagoon, you'll notice a very small but mysterious island. It's completely abandoned now, but if you're feeling up to the challenge, you can swim out and explore it for yourself.
If you prefer, you can also rent a paddle boat or canoe and gently float around the lagoon to discover new places. Some people even search for mussels here as they're known to occupy the nearby shores and rocks.
Top Tips for your day out
With so much grabbing your attention on the beach, it won't be long before hunger kicks in. The good news is that there's a great selection of restaurants and cafés not too far from the main beach. Inci Restaurant serves a selection of traditional Mediterranean and Turkish dishes. You can go for something homecooked such as homemade pasta and meatballs or enjoy a romantic dinner by candlelight in the evening.
Some other nearby restaurants that are worth visiting include Celebrity Lounge Bar and The Reef Bar Bistro Club, which serves delicious Italian and grill food.
When visiting the Blue Lagoon, you can do so much more beyond spending time on the stunning beaches. You can head off for a trek through the National Park or hang around for a relaxing massage. You can even get a classic henna tattoo near the beach and try a variety of Turkish food.
Turtles are known to visit the Blue Lagoon Beach too, but you'll probably have a better chance seeing one while swimming underwater during an afternoon of snorkelling or diving.
The Blue Lagoon is a great spot for the family to enjoy but if you want to see more of Olu Deniz during your visit, go for it. We suggest checking out the beautiful Butterfly Valley or heading to the eerie ghost town of Kayaköy, which has been left abandoned since 1923.
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