Ölüdeniz, only 8.5 km (5.3
miles) south of Fethiye over
the mountains (map), has some of Mediterranean
Turkey's most beautiful beaches, also
its most famous and popular. (More
Hundreds of hotels and villas accommodate the international sun-seekers who flock here in the warm months. More...
Belcekız Beach at Ölüdeniz (ur-LEW-deh-neez, "dead" or
calm, sea), is big enough to handle
the crowds of swimmers and sunbathers,
but not always the number of cars and
buses that cram the access road.
from nearby mountaintops, soaring and
floating above the beach and the sea,
finally landing right on the beach. Tandem
paragliding, where two people
fly together in the same harness, is
The fertile alluvial plain behind
the beach is now filled with small hotels,
pensions and restaurants,
and any further expansion has been
relegated to the nearby hilltop towns
of Ovacık and Hisarönü.
in the sun.
The beach takes its eerie name from
the secluded lagoon at the beach's
western end by the Hotel Meri.
Protected by hills and entered by a
narrow channel, the lagoon is calm
during even the worst storms.
Way, a 500-km (311-mile)
rustic footpath, starts in Fethiye and
wanders through the hills, descending
to Ölüdeniz before
ascending again above Kıdrak and Faralya,
passing the head of Butterfly
wandering southeastward toward Patara and,
To get away from it all, consider
Boutique Hotel in Faralya,
past Ölüdeniz along the coast.
If you plan only a short stay at Ölüdeniz beach
before moving on, you might want to stay
in Fethiye, where prices
tend to be lower, and take one of the frequent
minibuses to Ölüdeniz
for the day. All intercity buses operate
out of Fethiye's otogar (bus
For distances from Ölüdeniz
to other places, see the distances
on the Fethiye
page, and add 8.5 km (5.3 miles).
—by Tom Brosnahan