Oludeniz Beach

Oludeniz Beach in Turkey is located in a picturesque resort area about five miles south of the city of Fethiye. The international airport at Dalaman is about 45 minutes away, and car rentals are available there. Alternatively, some of the better luxury hotels in the area will have an airport shuttle service.

There are a few three and four-star hotels near Oludeniz Beach as well as some comfortable two-star guest houses. The latter are almost all small family-run properties that offer character and good interaction with local people. You will also find a number of Oludeniz Beach resorts in the nearby communities of Hisaronu and Ovacik. Of the two, you will find that Hisaronu is the liveliest, with good nightlife, excellent dining spots, and good shopping. For something a bit more tranquil, the sleepy village of Ovacik is set above Oludeniz Beach and the main town, and is only about 1.5 miles away from the sea. Both are set in rugged mountains with beautiful scenery, and both have frequent dolus (shared minibus taxi) to the beaches, including Belcekiz Beach. Being a little higher in the mountains brings cooler temperatures that are a welcome relief from the heat of the summer months.

Some Oludeniz Beach Resorts are actually secluded farmhouses, part of the new agro-tourism movement that helps to promote sustainable agriculture and allow visitors to get a real feel for rural life. Country trails provide great hiking and horseback riding, and you can even help out with farm chores if you like. You can also find vacation rentals in the form of villas, cottages, and apartments. For true luxury Oludeniz Beach Resorts you really need to consider Fethiye hotels. Some people who really need the extra comfort as well as hopping nightlife, will book their vacations at luxury hotels in Fethiye, and visit Oludeniz Beach in Turkey only for a day trip or even a single overnight.

Another good day trip or overnight excursion would be to the frozen waterfalls of Pamukkale and incredible ruins of Ephesus, south of Izmir. To do justice to both sites, this really needs to be an overnight excursion, which you can book in Oludeniz. Attractions closer to Oludeniz Beach include the Dalyan Delta (where portions of the classic movie The African Queen were filmed, visiting Turtle Beach where endangered loggerhead sea turtles nest, and different kinds of Turkish baths in the mud and sulphur springs of the delta.

Oludeniz Beach itself is set in a lovely curving bay framed by the mountains. The long shingle beach contrasts with the crystal clear water and ends in a tranquil blue lagoon. The Blue Lagoon at Oludeniz Beach is legendary for its beauty. Part of the lagoon is protected as a national park. The swimming is excellent here and it is a great beach for families with children. Sports activities include parasailing and hang gliding with the mountains as the launch pad and the sand as the landing zone. There are sailing yachts for hire, and the scuba diving is excellent. Oludeniz Beach in Turkey offers nearly everything one might desire of a refreshing vacation on the beautiful Turquoise Coast.

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