High pine-clad mountains surround an idyllic bay with a long swathe of pale shingle and coarse sand leading to the protected National Park area of the lagoon with its sandy beach to one end. It is a spectacularly romantic setting, which could be why so many couples choose to get married here.
Ölüdeniz is also the perfect family resort for a laid-back beach holiday. It is a popular resort with numerous lively bars, restaurants and shops alongside the seafront promenade but still retaining an individual charm. There is plenty of choice when it comes to dining out, with a choice of authentic Turkish and international cuisine, fine dining options, budget options and many places offering childfriendly menus. While away the pressure of life in this hazy sunblessed resort while sunbathing, sipping on a long cool refreshing drink or enjoying one of the many watersports and activities available.
High above the bay are the villages of Hisarönü and Ovacik. Just 4kms from Olüdeniz, Hisarönü offers lively nightlife and a great variety of shops, cosy cafes and a wider choice of restaurants, whilst nearby Ovacik is slightly quieter and surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery, still with a choice of shops, bars and restaurants. There are frequent dolmus services available to both these villages and also to Fethiye, only 12kms from Olüdeniz, an attractive harbour town with a colourful, bustling market to explore.
The local countryside is also very beautiful and holidays here are certainly not just for beach lovers. A rambler’s paradise, this lovely resort is situated along Turkey’s first long-distance walking route, the Lycian Way, a 509km way-marked footpath around the coast of southern Turkey running from Fethiye to Antalya. For walkers the best time of year to enjoy this route is either February to May or September to November, avoiding the higher temperatures during the main summer months. It is possible to walk shorter shadier sections if visiting during June to August, but not particularly recommended.
You can take a short boat ride to vibrant Butterfly Valley, named for the migratory Euplagia quadripunctaria, more commonly known as the Jersey Tiger, a colourful red, black and white tiger moth which comes to the valley in the thousands during the summer months. A waterfall cascades into the flat-bottomed valley which is enclosed by towering cliffs, the damp conditions supporting a variety of plants as well as appealing to the moths and other kinds of butterflies.