Oludeniz, on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, is generally considered to be the most beautiful place in the whole of Turkey,
It’s often rated up there among the most beautiful in the world.
The Blue Lagoon
It’s the Blue Lagoon that many visitors remember.
You would expect to find the breathtaking blue of this protected natural lagoon somewhere in the Caribbean, not here in Turkey;
It is places like this that give turkey’s coastline one of its nicknames – the Turquoise Coast.
The beach on the Blue Lagoon side is pebbled, but this is a family favourite with ample shallow and calm waters.
Access to the beach and the ‘park’ is restricted, and there is a minimal daily usage fee, but considering there are good facilities and the beach has an official Blue Flag rating, this is a small price to pay.
The other beach directly faces the Mediterranean Sea, so there are waves to contend with if you want to go swimming.
This vast beach always has plenty of room for everyone.
The Butterfly Valley,
Ten miles from Oludeniz is a bay and a beautiful beach.
Usually, you can see numerous butterflies there.
It is only reachable by boat, so take a Boat tour from Oludeniz or make this one of your stops on a Blue Cruise.
Hiking in the mountains
surrounding this beautiful location is a popular activity too, and great if you want to spend a few hours away from your yacht hire.
The scenery is stunning, and you can even link up with the ancient Lycian Way that starts just north of Oludeniz in Ovacik.
This ancient trail traverses over 300 miles (500 km) in total.
Saklikent Canyon (or Gorge)
is a popular day trip.
This impressive canyon is one of the deepest in the world, and from about April through the summer, you can hike along a section of it.
The excellent shaded parts of the canyon are a welcoming relief from the high temperatures.
Good place for paragliding
As well as the Blue Lagoon, Oludeniz is also known for paragliding.
Many para-gliders making their way gracefully down from the mountains that surround the Blue Lagoon.
The wind currents and the spectacular views are among the reasons this is an excellent place to try this sport, and several companies offer glides for both skilled and first-time gliders.