Oludeniz Beach Holidays
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.