Oludeniz Air Games 2019 – 15th to 20th October 2019
Oludeniz is famous for its paragliding. Paragliders take off all day weather permitting from the mountain “Babadag”. Which overlooks the resort and is almost 2000 mtrs high. The annual International Oludeniz Air Games 2019 start in October. This years dates are from the 15th to the 20th of October. If you are looking into having a holiday at this time of the year. Catching the air games is an added bonus.
20th International Air Games
I first went quite a few years ago not knowing the air games was on. Since then I have been back 3 times during October. Making sure I catch at least some of the air games. Not only do you get the great holiday as always. Its nice to see the build up for the games and all the people there for the event.
Oludeniz Air Games 2019 – 15th to the 20th October
In addition to the numerous paragliders who flock there for this time of year filling the sky from dawn till dusk. The competition events are very impressive from the aerial displays by solo and team paragliders. To base jumpers and pilots in wing suits. Link here to some pics I took at the 2018 Games.
Youtube Oludeniz Air Games
If you want to see what Oludeniz is like during the air games. Have a look on Youtube there are numerous videos up of the event. If you think the front at Oludeniz is busy with paragliders during the summer. Its nothing compared to what its like during the air games in October. Seeing tables and chairs cloaked with a parachute or a fire engine helping a paraglider out of a tree is not that uncommon. But with that amount of solo pilots there landing at the same time its hardly surprising.
Be prepared for it getting cooler at nights October can be unpredictable. We have been there with jeans and sweatshirts at night and some of the bars have fires outside. Other times we have been and wore t shirts and shorts in the evening. Although I would expect it to be colder at night. and if it isn’t its a bonus. The 20th International Air Games 2019 – 15th of October to the 20th of October in Oludeniz Turkey.
Air Games 2018. This is the 4th or 5th time we’ve been for the air games week in October. And this was the best Ive seen it it seems to get bigger and better each year. We are already on the lookout for flights for next year and we have only just got back.
The atmosphere is great throughout the games, and doesn’t stop when the last pilots land. Live music shows were on each night from a stage set up an the front. One night a hot air balloon set off from the beach.
October can be hit or miss for weather and when we arrived the heavens opened. We usually see torrential rain for a short while but this lasted 6 hours the strip was under 1 or 2 foot of water and when we got to our room it was also submerged under 3 inches. Luckily the bag with our passports etc was on a table out of the waters reach. We got another room and the next day it was glorious sunshine and was around 30 degrees. I took jeans and a sweatshirt for the evenings but as the last time I went in October they were never worn. T shirts and shorts in the evening, the weather was perfect.
Air Games 2018
We tried to count the paragliders in the air all at once, when we got towards 100 we gave up. Apparently this year there were over 900 paragliders there for the games from over 50 countries. There was a constant line of dolmus’s “buses” to shuttle the pilots to the top of “Babadag” The Mountain where they take off from. Some pilots landed on buildings and I saw one land on a table full of guests at the bar on the beach. With all the acrobatic tricks a few wings did collapse. Luckily the emergency parachutes worked. One pilot after opening his emergency parachute even managed to catch his wing as it fell through the air towards the sea.
Took a few pics below. Well that’s if for Oludeniz for a while we were thinking of going back again this Christmas but we have since booked a break in Mexico as a treat. So the next time we will see this beautiful country is in May 2019.
Oludeniz Holidays 2018 : Just back from 17 Nights in Oludeniz. Much warmer than usual for May low to mid 30s during the day and mid 20s in the evening. Even better the place was very busy. Compared to the last 3 years tourism has finally picked up.
We felt the difference as soon as we landed at Dalaman. 40 minute queue to get through passport control the last 2 years we have walked straight through. A few people were grumbling about how busy it was, however we thought immediately this looks good for Turkey. Then the poor young girl in front of us fainted. Luckily she didn’t hurt herself and was helped by all around and my better half had an unopened bottle of water to pass to her.
Manaspark Oludeniz Holidays 2018
Oludeniz Holidays 2018 : Our first 7 nights we stayed in the Manaspark, the 4th time we have been there now. Originally we had booked a cheap deal for 10 nights at the Karbel, which had changed to all inclusive this year from B&B and Half Board. All the reviews looks good on tripadvisor so we booked. Then we saw a good deal fro the Manaspark for the week before so decided to go out a week early. We knew the Manaspark was a 24 hour all inclusive and was very plush. We also paid a little more for the deluxe rooms which were very comfortable with a terrific sea view over the bay.
The Manaspark was almost fully booked however it never looked crowded. And it is one of the most luxurious places to stay in Oludeniz that we have found. You only have to have a look on their website to see that. www.manaspark.com . We have been before in May and the only thing we found was it can get a little cold in the evenings being set up the hill. But the views more than make up for that. This year it felt much warmer and only t shirts and shorts were needed in the evening.
Manaspark Set Back from Oludeniz
Situated right at the back of the resort past the Mosque and up the hill a bit. It takes us only 10 minutes to walk to the main strip and around 15 to the seafront. However It’s an uphill walk going back and we saw quite a few people getting taxis rather than do the short walk. If you are not good with walking this may be an issue as the last part is quite steep. We actually enjoy the walk and need it as the food is very good. And very Turkish which we like. Maybe a little too much.
The staff like most places in Oludeniz cannot do enough to help you. We try and speak as much Turkish as we can and staff always seen to encourage this and like it that you try and make an effort to speak their native language. The mix of nationalities there this may was mostly Turkish and then a mix of Russian English and Chinese guests. Mostly couples.
A few years ago I saw some wild boars near Oludeniz from a distance. This year I walked right past one on the way back to the hotel one night. It was rooting in the bins opposite the Marcan Resort Hotel. Just up from the taxi rank on the road leading to the Mosque I didn’t realize how big they were. At first we thought it was a large Alsatian dog then getting nearer it was much bigger. Only when it looked round in the dark at us we saw its snout. We then realized it was a wild boar. Much larger than the ones I saw before from a distance. It soon looked back to the bins again totally un-phased that we were around.
I was sad to leave after my week at the Manaspark and could have stayed there for my full 17 nights. But we had already booked for the Karbel right in the center of Oludeniz and have never been there before.
The Karbel Oludeniz Holidays 2018
Oludeniz Holidays 2018 : So we set off from the Manaspark to our next stop a little down the road the Karbel. We saw work being done on the hotel over Christmas so wondered what it would be like. Its one of the hotels we have never stayed in before so were looking forward to seeing it. The room was small but comfortable like many other hotels in the center. We already knew it would not be as plush as the Manaspark that didn’t bother us. The Karbel was a very good deal for the 10 days.
The Karbel 2018 All Inclusive
The staff were great and made us feel very welcome as soon as we arrived. The all inclusive only had the one bar open during the day opposite the pool. So if you wanted a drink then it was in a plastic beaker either around the pool. Or on the tables and chairs between the pool and the bar area. The downside to this is that there were 4 very large speakers which were very loud in front of the bar blaring out loud music most of the day. Speakers are often turned up full blast and accompanied by the entertainment manager shouting over them and staff by the pool blowing whistles.
I do understand that many like this however it would have been nice to have another area set away from the pool where you could have a quiet drink. Maybe even out of a glass. There was a large area above the bar and set back overlooking the main street which was unused all the time we were there. As there was no other area in the hotel apart from the pool area and the reception we spent most of the time away from hotel which we used as a base.
Food at the Karbel
That said the salad bar was very good the soups were superb each day and the hot food was decent but only OK at best. There was little for vegetarians in the main buffet. The hotel is geared up for English guests. Chips and Onion rings were a staple every day on the hot meal buffet menu and although they both could be classed as vegetarian there are much better alternatives in Turkey. We ate out quite a lot which is still very cheap if you don’t have alcoholic drinks.
Mostly British Tourists
The vast majority of people staying were British and there were also quite a few Russians there. Many of the British were repeat customers who knew many of the staff. The rooms cleaned every day to a high standard. The downside was the lack of space to relax that was not either around the pool or in Reception. A quiet bar area would have been a godsend.
That said we are not ones for hanging around hotels all week, Although we didn’t travel as much as we usually do. a few trips to Fethite , Kayakoy Hisaronu and Calis were about as much as we did this year the 17 days flew by and it was nice just to hang around Oludeniz in the bars beach bars and restaurants.
We did bump into someone at the airport who said they were at the Karbel and had had a great holiday. We mentioned we were there for 10 days. They seemed surprised as they had not seen us there. We did say we didn’t spend much time around the pool we got the typical answer back “why would you go outside?you have to pay if you go outside! we didn’t leave the hotel all week!”
The Karbel Summary
The Karbel suited a lot of people there, not for us though. We still had a great time and will be back in Turkey for the air games in October. Glad we tried a new hotel however we will probably be going to a smaller B&B with a more intimate atmosphere.
That said the Karbel has filled a gap in the market it was very reasonable and very good value for money. Most people there were families of 4 or more so places like this make Package holidays to Oludeniz more affordable for a family. Quite a few of the people at the hotel said it was their first time in Turkey and they were going to book again for next year. So well done the Karbel for that. Oludeniz Holidays 2018 looks good hope 2019 is even better.
Pasa Kebap : Oludeniz Holidays 2018
Oludeniz Holidays 2018 : One place we have been recommended to go to a few times is Pasa Kebap in Fethiye. We have walked past a few times but last week we popped in one lunchtime. It didn’t disappoint. We both had lovely meals and will be going back for sure. Like most places around Fethiye meals are inexpensive and only alcoholic drinks push up the price if you have them with a meal. For the last few years we have gone to all inclusive hotels for the simple reason you can have a drink without having to keep an eye on your spending. Although we often split this with a few nights in a B&B. It’s nice to go out and about.
Well we have just back from a great week away. Oludeniz December 2017. Three days in Oludeniz. One in Calis and ending with the last three in Fethiye.
Set off from a cold wet day in Manchester and landed in Antalya around 6 pm local time. It was quite warm about 18 degrees I was expecting it to be much cooler. The transfer to Oludeniz took around 3 hours. Stopping for a break mid way as we made our way over the mountains. When we did stop at the halfway point between Antalya and Oludeniz It was freezing cold and was snowing quite heavily.
As we were not sure what the weather was going to be like. We booked accommodation which was more luxurious than we usually have in Turkey. The Oyster Residences behind the Sey Bar were perfect with a view out to sea. And if the weather was bad we would still have the comfort of a nice room to stay in. There was only one other couple there when we stayed. Who were there for the paragliding and also to see Oludeniz in winter.
Arriving – Oludeniz December 2017 Holiday
Arriving at Oludeniz at around 10pm on the December the 23rd it did look as we had expected, most places were shut. We were met at our apartment and shown our room. Dropped our bags off and went out to see if anywhere was open. There was a cafe next door and some men were watching the TV inside. We asked if there was somewhere open where we could get a nightcap. We were welcomed in and had a couple of drinks inside. Hector one of the men inside told us not many were staying in the resort. Around 10 at the Akdeniz Beach Hotel and probably only 20 or so people in all.
Only three bars were open on the sea front the Sey Bar, Cloud 9 and The Kumsal Pide. But were only open from around 10am to 8pm. If you wanted to stay out later a short dolmus (bus) or taxi up the hill to Hisaronu was the answer. There were more places open up there and stayed open until late. Catering for the many who have moved over to live in the area.
Weather – Oludeniz December 2017 Holiday
The weather was great clear blue sky’s most of the time and in the sun the temperature was in the low 20s. I had t shirts and shorts on for a couple of days. My better half even had a swim in the sea on boxing day. We were the only ones on the beach at the mouth of the lagoon. I would liken the climate it to a nice sunny spring day in May back in the UK. When the sun went in the temperature dropped quite quickly and you needed a thick jumper or coat on if outside.
On Christmas day the Kumsal Pide was very busy. At midday Around 40 ex pats came down form Ovacik and had food and drinks there apparently its an annual event. A great atmosphere and even a Turkish Santa was in attendance. Sat in the sun we wondered if the weather was a one off and if we had just been lucky this year. Then we overheard one of the ex pats say it was his 8th Christmas day at the Kumsal Pide and every year it had been perfect weather.
Other things that are different are the suns position. It sets right at the middle of the bay at Oludeniz making the sunsets quite dramatic. It is also the only time you can actually see the Greek island Rhodes in the distance out to sea. The water seems much clearer, and the beach has no boats along the seafront. only a few people walking and fishing along the shore.
Laid Back – Oludeniz December 2017 Holiday
Oludeniz December was so relaxing and laid back we had a great 3 days the paragliders were there as usual, Boat trips were on but only with small boats carrying 2 or 3 people. We had a walk over to Kidrick beach and back. Went on a boat trip one day. But spent much of the time enjoying having the resort to ourselves. Just walking around the countryside and along the seafront. There were other people staying there but not many. Most of the people during the day were just visiting for a few hours by the beach or were there to paraglide.
Walking through the resort I can see why people say it is a ghost town. Most places are shut. Some of the hotels and bars have workmen in them getting things ready for the next holiday season. The main strip could have been used for the set of a post apocalyptic zombie movie it was that empty. This didn’t bother us at all we quite liked the tranquility. We will be back in May and see it quite different. Hisaronu was much the same most places shut and looked even more like an abandoned holiday resort. However the bars that were open were busier and had local ex pats gathering in them.
When our 3 days were over we really did not want to go. Wishing we had booked the week in Oludeniz. But we wanted to see Calis and had never actually stayed in Fethiye so after a last walk along the beach we hopped on the Dolmus to Fethiye and on to Calis.
Calis Beach on Boxing Day – Oludeniz December 2017 Holiday
We got to Calis mid afternoon on Boxing day the weather was still great the sun was warm and we were surprised how busy Calis was in comparison to Oludeniz, the bars along the front were all busy and it looked more like a holiday resort. We dragged our bags up to the Nil bar where we had booked a room. Outside was Tarik who we knew from the Destina in Ovacik where we have stayed a few times. He now worked at the Nil Bar, small world. Dropped our bags off and went outside to have a drink and watch the sun go down. and it was quite spectacular Calis is known for good sunsets.
The bars along the front were less busy during the night but there were still quite a few open with people inside. The Nil Bar itself was very busy. The next day after breakfast we had a walk along the front at Calis and then set off on the dolmus for our last 3 nights in Fethiye the weather was still great although there were now some clouds in the sky.
Fethiye – Oludeniz December 2017 Holiday
After a short walk from the Dolmus we arrived at our hotel in Fethiye. The Hotel Unique looked stunning the decor was great as was our room with a view over the harbour and a hot-tub on the balcony. we went for a walk around the old town and along the harbour. By the time we got back we decided to have a meal in the hotel as the clouds had come over by now and it had just started to rain.
The next day it was still dull with light showers but soon brightened up and by lunchtime it was blue sky and sun again. I went out in the morning walking up to the castle and rocktombs with a coat and a sweatshirt on and came back carrying them both in my backpack.
The next day was our last full day and the weather had broken. It was not cold but was dull and rainy we went around the museum in Fethiye and then decided to get the dolmus back up to Hisaronu and have an afternoon having a few drinks and a meal in the bars up there. By the time we got back to Fethiye that evening the heavens opened and the thunderstorm began. Still we had a good day again. We usually go in May and October and often get a day of rain while on holiday.
Back To Blighty – Oludeniz December 2017 Holiday
We got up the next day the 30th it was still raining. Our transfer would be here soon to take us back to the UK. I was hoping the rain would stop for all the people there getting ready for the New Year. Looking on the internet when we got back it did brighten up thankfully. The next day the sun was again lighting up that beautiful turquoise coastline. Back home It was cold and grey as per usual living in the North West of England.
Oludeniz December. Would I go again for Christmas? Its an easy answer YES. try and stop me I will definitely be spending another Christmas day there! It was one of the best Christmas breaks we have ever had. We did originally book for Side near Antalya but changed our minds last minute. And are so glad we did. Having come back after a great week with lots of walking and sightseeing. If we had gone to Side in the all inclusive (all abusive) hotel we would have probably stayed around the hotel all week. Drank like fish and fed ourselves like foie gras geese. I’m sure we would have enjoyed that also though 🙂
Just a few pictures off my phone on this page more to be added when I sift through the hundreds on my camera. Back home now and counting the weeks until we return in May.
Well 2017 will be an Oludeniz Christmas. If we can we try and get away at Christmas. We have the minimum holidays from work, so its nice to get some winter sun if we can. But it can be so expensive so we do it every 2 to 3 years if possible. This year we were considering Malaga in Spain. The flights were really cheap but the hotels were coming up quite expensive and so we also had a look at Turkey. The temperatures were comparable. The flights to Turkey cost quite a bit more, but when you compare the cost of hotels and eating out in Turkey, all in all there was not much between the two.
Turkey For Christmas
So we booked flights to Antalya and a hotel in Side. We have been to Side once before and had a nice holiday, it has a great amphitheater in the center of the town. The hotel that we booked was very large and was an all inclusive with heated pools. and themed restaurants etc. All very luxurious. So I’m ready now for our Christmas break. However part of us still wanted to see our favorite part of Turkey, Oludeniz. But Oludeniz is closed at Christmas. We did ponder with the idea of Calis or Fethiye and going over to Olu for one day.
But we had booked Side and if the weather is bad we have a large hotel full of amenities. A gym, a la carte restaurants, cocktail bars. Truth told, the gym would have given way to the cocktail bar if push came to shove and the weather turned bad.
Change to Plans Oludeniz Christmas
So less than a month to go and ready for my break Side here we come! Then my better half tells me shes cancelled the hotel in Side, and has booked a transfer from Antalya to Oludeniz. We are now staying 3 days in Oludeniz and 4 days in Fethiye. Suddenly I’m looking forward to the break even more. Waking up Christmas day with the beach at Oludeniz almost deserted sounds pretty good. Doing the beautiful scenic walk from the lagoon to Kaya. Walking along the harbor in Fethiye, and seeing the area out of season. It will cost a little more now, as the hotel in Side was a real bargain. But I cant wait for an Oludeniz Christmas.
Festive Fethiye Christmas
We usually travel around when we visit Turkey. And although we have been to Fethiye numerous times for day visits, we have never stayed there. So this time we have booked a few days. Partly due to the person we booked the transfer from. His comments were “Oludeniz Christmas! are you sure you want to stay there? The graveyard has more life”. He did also advise us to try Fethiye as it will be much busier. I’m really not too bothered about Oludeniz being almost all closed. We usually try and find the quietest bars when we stay anyway. I Don’t think that will be a problem this time.
I looked online for anything about Oludeniz or Ovacik at Christmas but came up with very little, so I decided to write this. I’ll post a follow up and some picks as soon as I get back.
If you have been on one of the boat trips from Oludeniz you most probably have visited St Nicholas Island. Stopped there for half an hour. And maybe walked around the church ruins there.
First of all who was St Nicholas?
St Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra. Now called Demre in Southern Turkey. His story has given him other well-known names around the world such as St Nick, Kris Kringle, Santa Claus and Farther Christmas. While the image of Santa we have today has more to do with re-branding. by the coca cola company in 1931. Rather than that of the bishop from Turkey.
St Nicholas very Brief History
Going back almost 1740 years to around 280AD, Southern Turkey then had a large Greek Christian community along the coast. A boy called Nicholas was born to wealthy parents in a town called Patara. Unfortunately, his parents died in an epidemic leaving the orphan Nicholas with his family’s fortune. Adopted by his uncle who was the Bishop of Patara. The story then goes that Nicholas started giving away some of his wealth. Doing this in secret giving money to those that needed it more than he did. He climbed on to roofs of houses and then dropped coins down chimney’s.
He was discovered doing this and the word spread of what he had done. Nicholas continued to do more and more for the community using his wealth and position to help those that needed it. He was well respected and loved by the people. The church later pronounced him the Bishop of Myra whilst he was still a young man. “A lot more can be seen of his history here”.
Oludeniz – St Nicholas – Protector of children and sailors
What is the Oludeniz Link? well it lies behind the Buzz bar near the beach at Oludeniz. I first visited Oludeniz in the 1990s this area was a field then with a campsite and carpark on it. over the years excavation started on the ruins of a church. St. Demetrius Church, Symbola now called Oludeniz.
St Demetrius Church Oludeniz
The church at Oludeniz was the largest and most significant of 6 churches in the locality and records state that the church was visited a number of times by Nicholas the Bishop of Myra. A large part of the church was destroyed by Pirates from Africa however recent excavations have unearthed some very rare mosaics. Now in the grounds of a boutique hotel the church is protected under a canopy and still being excavated during the winter months.
St Nicholas Island Oludeniz.
Many modern historians now believe that St. Nicholas Island. now called Gemlier Island may have been the place where original tomb of St Nicholas was. The Island was known as St Nicholas Island in Medieval times. There were several churches on the Island and over 50 Christian tombs. Furthermore It is believed that st Nicholas was entombed there from 326ad when he died. until the 650s when the island was threatened by an Arab fleet. The island was then deserted, and St Nicholas’s remains were taken to Myra 25 miles to the east.
I’m not really one for lying on a sunbed looking over the lagoon. If it’s is a beach day when we are on holiday I often take a little detour. A walk from the lagoon in Oludeniz to Kayakoy and back. Ive done this walk many times now and it is one of the most scenic walks I have ever done. The walk starts just past the Sun City Beach Club. Situated at the far end of the lagoon and leads up into the hills. The start is quite steep through the pine trees and gives great views of the lagoon and Oludeniz.
Kayakoy to Oludeniz Pine Forests and Sea Views
Taking you through open areas and through more pine forests. And then looking down over cold water bay. Where you can often see the boat trips stopping. The path then meanders zig zagging upwards then after a little while again in and out of wooded areas. Ending up on the hill above Kayakoy. A short decent and you are in the ghost town Itself.
Dolmus From Kaya to Oludeniz or Walk Back
You could get the dolmus back to Hisaronu and change for Oludeniz. Or stop in a bar or restaurant in Kayakoy if you wish. I often the same walk to return and by the time I get back to the lagoon a cool effes in one of the beach bars is just the thing after doing the walk there and back.
Watch out for the Path Markers
It can be quite easy to miss the path in parts so I would advise doing the walk with someone first if unsure. Below are some pics I have taken on the walk. And here is a good guide showing the same walk. But the opposite way starting in Kayakoy and ending in Oludeniz. And has some helpful tips on following the painted path markers. “Kayakoy to Oludeniz Walk.” The walk itself is 6k (3.73 miles) one way. So to do there and back it would be 12k or (7.46 miles). Tip : If you see a marker that looks like an arrow it is not pointing you in a direction. it is indicating the path bends here. We got this wrong the first time and have met quite a few people who have done the same on the walk.
Kaya to Oludeniz Walk Spring or Summer
One think you may not see is the flowers that are out in the spring. I first did the walk in early April and there were wild flowers that were some knee high especially in the one open flat part you walk across. Returning the year after in late May the flowers had died off by then , the views were still great it was just missing the abundance of wild flowers. As you can see by the two pictures of a tortoise I came across in the flat part on both Oludeniz to Kayakoy walks. You can see the difference from early April to late May.
If visiting Dalyan Turkey and you like old American cars. You don’t want to miss this place “The American Auto Show”. It’s a scrapyard / auto shop. Where there are hundreds of cars from the 1930s to 1970s in various states of disrepair.
We came across it a few years ago and decided to have a look around. Not knowing if it was open to the public or not we went anyway. On arrival were welcomed inside and given a full guided tour. The cars are near Dalyan in Ortaca, and are on some open land just on the left as you head out of town on the road that heads off towards Marmaris. I have put a post up about it “here” . However I have just come across more photos I took so have put them on this page.
Seeing people working on the cars, welding and cutting panels in the open air. And bringing some of these old classic cars back to their former glory was an added bonus.
Dalyan, you can keep the mud Baths! I much preferred visiting this.
I understand its not everyone’s cup of tea, to go looking at old cars some rotting into the ground on holiday. But I know a few piston heads that would really like to visit this. I haven’t seen the place mentioned anywhere, just lucky I spotted it from the bus. The hotel we were staying at knew about it, but seem surprised anyone wanted to visit.
Dalyan is famous for its mud baths. Where you can cover yourself in mud with crowds of tourists. Shower off and then soak in a sulphur pool where you come out stinking of rotten eggs. I don’t get it ? Much preferred wandering around here. I must have taken more than a hundred pictures here’s just a few.
Oludeniz Beach Holidays : Only going back to the 1980s, there was no much in Oludeniz apart from one of the most idyllic lagoons in the world, sat beside picturesque pine-clad mountains rising straight up from the sea. With a few backpackers campsites dotted around. Then the developers moved in and during the early the 1990s and the campsites were intermingled with new hotels restaurants and bars. Oludeniz as a holiday destination was then born. Luckily and just in time, national park status protected much of the lagoon and strict building regulations meant the hotels were quite small and none were high rise.
Oludeniz back then consisted of mainly smaller hotels and apartment blocks, dotted along the valley rising up from the seafront. Oludeniz as shown in many travel brochures and even if you look on google earth actually shows 3 areas, Oludeniz itself down the valley near the sea. Ovacik, which is slightly bigger and noisier and has many residential areas. And Hisaronu, which is where all the larger hotels. restaurants and night clubs are. Hisaronu and Ovacik are both up on hill from Oludeniz, and are situated on a plateau about 4km (2.5 miles) from the beach.
Oludeniz Beach Holidays : The Blue Lagoon and Belcekiz Beach
Most of the lagoon is lined by shallow sloping sand and pebble beaches leading in to very still water. The sand is a little gritty and there are quite a few pebbles so beach footwear is advised. But apart from than that, it is a perfect beach for small children with still water and a gentle slope. On the innermost side of the lagoon you will find private beach clubs. where you pay to enter and can use their facilities. The part of the lagoon that leads to the seafront of the is the natural park and you pay a small fee to enter. Here you can find some forested areas where you can lounge under the shade of the pine trees, that hang over the beach in places.
Moving away from the lagoon and round to the seafront you find the beach drops away steeply into the sea. And there is no natural shade. You will also see boats moored along the beach between the outcrop leading to the lagoon and the beach in front of Oludeniz which is called Belcekiz Beach. No fee to go on here but you may need to hire a sun lounger and umbrella. This is where you will find the most hardened sun worshippers often disturbed by the odd paraglider who lands amongst them. Carry on out of Oludeniz along the coast road and you will come across the quieter Kidrak Beach only couple of kilometers away to the east again you have to pay a small fee to use this beach also but it is quiet.
Beyond the Beach : Oludeniz Beach Holidays
Oludeniz itself is quite lively with lots of bars and restaurants, boat trips. Tours and excursions and the paragliding. Yet still retains a laid back feel. The surrounding area also has much to offer and you don’t have to go far to find it. Just up the hill there is Hisaronu with much more nightlife. Further on from Hisaronu is Kaya Köy is a deserted village. Abandoned by the Greeks who had to leave out of Turkey in 1924. Good to visit during the day to see the ruins and there is a great walk that takes you to the lagoon in Oludeniz. Kayakoy is also good for a quiet night out and has some great restaurants and has a really laid back atmosphere at night.
Oludeniz Beach Holidays : Most of the boat trips leaving form Oludeniz visit various bays nearby and are well worth doing. Or get the boat to Butterfly Valley for the day. A hidden valley with a delightful beach and walks up through the valley to a waterfall. Alternatively go to the local market town of Fethiye for retail therapy or a Turkish bath. Fethiye again is great for a night out, the old town near the harbor is idyllic. There are also some dive sites off Babadag, the mountain towering almost 2000 mtrs above Oludeniz. One of the world’s greatest paragliding spots from here you can take a tandem flight, landing on the beach. And for walkers the Lycian Way trekking route starts at the Montana Pine resort at top of the hill just above Oludeniz.
Further on from butterfly valley you come to Kabak once only a stopover for walkers of the Lycian way. But now along with small camps for backpackers you will find boutique hotels. Well worth spending a night there if you want to be out of the way in a beautifull valley.
Family Holidays : Oludeniz Beach Holidays
Oludeniz is also great for family holiday. Most of the hotels in the area are very child-friendly, Many of the larger resorts have kids clubs. And its not all extreme sports like Paragliding. There are also gentler water sports such as banana boats on offer on the lagoon and boat trips with snorkeling. The hills behind the resort are filled with wonderful walks and hikes as mentioned above, and the scenery is fantastic wild flowers and birds, lizards and tortoises. Its not uncommon to see goat herds and even wild horses. There are places to hire mountain bikes. Ride horses, go canoeing or white-water rafting or take a jeep safari. and there are numerous Historical sites not far from your doorstep.
Exploring further afield
Oludeniz sits in the middle of a ring of magnificent ancient ruined cities. The finest is undoubtedly Xanthos (67km/42 miles), capital of the Lycian Federation. Whose population committed mass suicide three times rather than admit defeat. Nearby the Letoön is a charming temple complex now largely taken over by frogs. Combine a trip to the smaller sites of Tlos and Pinara with an afternoon in the shady depths of the canyon at Saklikent. 45km/30 miles away where an icy river tumbles through the steep rock walls. Of one of the longest gorges in the world.
Or visit the dune-swept Patara, where the half-buried city leads onto a magnificent 18km (12 mile) white sand beach. It was here that St Nicholas (aka Father Christmas) was born in the fourth century AD. Finally, back near the airport near Dalaman. There you find the town of Dalyan. Here you can take a boat through the reed beds to ancient Kaunos. Or upstream towards Lake Koycegiz. To the mud baths where you can wallow in the mud bath and thermal sulphur pools. Near Dalyan there is also Itzuzu beach. 3 miles long and it is a pristine sandy beach with a turtle hospital at the far end.