Paragliding enthusiasts are probably already choosing the place of the sky madness. If they are considering resorts without crowds and noise, they should take into account Ölüdeniz, a town located on the Turkish Riviera.
In Turkey, there’re resorts, where during the day you can relax on the beach, while at night dance and party in one of dozens of pubs. Ölüdeniz is not this kind of place. Despite of the growing popularity, the town still manages to keep a relatively intimate climate. It’s relative, because the main attraction of the resort, which is the lagoon, is separated from the mainland by a sandy belt, which has turned into a big parking lot over time. On the other hand, the local buildings, including hotels, are low and are just blending into the surrounding greenery. Besides, there’s no highway, so it’s safe.
The magic of Ölüdeniz
Ölüdeniz is located on the Mediterranean Sea, in the picturesque bay surrounded by mountains from three sides (the highest of them is the Babadag, with the height of 1,969). It’s located about 14 km from Fethiye. This popular Turkish resort will meet the needs of tourists, who are looking for a relaxation among beautiful scenery and don’t want to spend their vacation in a city full of noisy crowds from around the world. According to some visitors, it’s the most intimate seaside town in Turkey. It has no characteristic (and for some annoying) touts that can be met in larger centers of the Turkish Riviera.
The main advantage of Ölüdeniz is the aforementioned lagoon, situated at the end of a wide beach. It’s a part of the nature reserve, and the belt itself is among the most often photographed beaches on the Mediterranean Sea. What's more, in the rankings conducted by readers of popular magazines and travel portals, it’s always very high (considering its beauty). The waters of the bay are famous for their shade of turquoise and aquamarine, and their purity is confirmed by the Blue Flag.
Extreme sports in a peaceful manner
Ölüdeniz is famous not only for its beautiful lagoon and water that is warmer than in other regions. Babadag Mountain is one of the favorite places among paragliding enthusiasts. The sky, above which paragliders float, is such a typical landscape that sunbathers no longer pay any attention to it. The vast majority (if not all) of the local travel agencies, offer visitors the opportunity to jump on the glider with an instructor, and the airstrip is located on the town beach. The flight takes about 25-30 minutes, and you start, depending on weather conditions, from one of the three available heights: 1700, 1800, or 1960 meters.
After you conquer the space above the bay, you can sit in one of the many small restaurants and eat a delicious meal. Due to the fact that a large percentage of tourists are British, the infrastructure has adapted to the client, and in menus you can easily find burgers or fish and chips. The prices are also very European. Those, who during holidays want to get acquaint not only with the sights of the area, but also with the local cuisine, has to look more closely. In restaurants that are located a little farther from the main pedestrian area, you can order a delicious manti (Turkish ravioli), served with flavored olive oil and yogurt, as well as gözleme, made of pancake-like dough served with ayran (Turkish yoghurt drink).
Where to stay?
After a busy day you can relax at the campsite Sugar Beach Club, located about 5 km south of the city. Overnight stay for an adult costs 15 TL (about 5,5 EUR), the same price is for the position of the motorhome.
Ölüdeniz is a small town – you can walk around it in half an hour. If you want more attractions, you can take a cruise around the local islands, go on a trip to Pamukkale or Ephesus, and also visit Saklikent canyon. Turkish Riviera is waiting for you throughout the year.