Blessed with the stunning Blue Lagoon, a wealth of Turkish baths and a fantastic landscape to discover, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained on a holiday in Olu Deniz. The beach resort village is nestled on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast at the meeting points of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. The beautiful village is the perfect destination to top up your tan, tuck into fantastic Turkish cuisine, or to enjoy watching a spectacular sunset as you sip on a fruity cocktail.
A holiday in Olu Deniz offers kilometre after kilometre of sandy beaches to explore, but if you’re after some adventure, you can escape to the rugged mountains for a chance to hike, bike or find an undiscovered world. The Blue Flag beaches of Olu Deniz are often considered the best in the world, and a day lounging on their sands will make you a believer of that claim.
Olu Deniz holidays are for anyone that want to experience a true taste of Turkish beach living. If you want to escape to paradise, make Olu Deniz your destination in 2017.
Olu Deniz has been designed with tourism in mind – nowhere else can you find such a dazzling array of beaches, bars and restaurants. With plenty of opportunity for exploring close by, you can travel further inland and discover more Turkish treasures.
There’s no more famous beach in Turkey than Olu Deniz’s enchanting Blue Lagoon. Snapping selfies on the gorgeous beach is a must. After taking in the Blue Lagoon, venture to Mount Baba, as it’s the perfect spot to paraglide from, if you are looking for some extreme fun.
The entire southwest coast of Turkey is home to amazing ancient ruin sites. If you’re looking for a day trip, Letoon is located 70 kilometres away from Olu Deniz, and is home to a UNESCO-protected site. The ruins were a religious centre built for Leto, a Greek goddess. A visit to the site is the perfect educational experience to take the family to explore.
Turkey has a wealth of vibrant markets and brilliant bazaars to visit, so head into town and make time to visit one. Stalls will be packed with colourful spices, handcrafted goods and beautiful Turkish pottery.
Wine and Dine
Fresh vegetables, creamy yoghurt and spicy meats – that’s Turkish cuisine in a nutshell, but each region puts its own twist on the favourites of the nation. Local restaurants offer traditionally prepared mezze dishes to whet the appetites of diners. Olives and hummus are great ways to start any meal. When it’s time for the main course, the selection of local and regional dishes is immense. A pide, often called a Turkish pizza, is a flatbread baked with minced lamb, cheese and spinach toppings. Eat like a real local and try the dolma, vine leaves stuffed with meat and seasonings. If you aren’t sure about diving into the local foods, start safe with a kebab wrapped in Turkish bread.
For dessert, lokum is one of the most famous items to try. Known as Turkish delight outside of the country, lokum is enjoyed by both visitors and locals in Olu Deniz. Finally, sample some of the local wines or raki to finish off dinner, or to get a night out started.
The Turquoise Coast of Turkey is full of memorable places to see and things to do for families on a holiday in Olu Deniz. If your family prefers activites of the extreme nature, there’s nothing more memorable than soaring through the air as you paraglide off Mount Baba. Throw on your hiking boots and scale to the top of the mountain, before flying through the air to the ground below. Families will spend 40 minutes soaring over the trees and valleys beneath them.
Families can explore the region’s great history and many Lycian sites that dot the area. The historic landmarks date back to 200 BC. The Tomb of Amyntas is the most famous – the site is cut into a rock cliff and the walk up to the tomb is awe-inspiring.
Butterfly Valley is one of the coolest natural areas you can visit on a holiday to Olu Deniz. Situated between two cliffs, the valley is the home of the Jersey Tiger Butterfly. To get to the valley, families must trek the rugged landscape to reach it, and once they do, families are treated to the glorious sight of the butterflies below.
Action and Adventure
Be sure to pack your hiking boots as southwestern Turkey has plenty of paths, hills and forests to explore. The entire region is gorgeous and untapped, and it isn’t difficult to get lost in its beauty as you discover a new part of the world. Of course, paragliding off Mount Baba is one of the many great extreme activities, but visitors looking for a bit of water sports action will find it in spades. Jet ski, kayak and windsurf through the Blue Lagoon, which is protected from sea waves. Visitors looking for some wet and wild fun can venture to Water World Aqua Park, where there are plenty of slippery slides to cascade down. If that’s not enough, you can hire a motorbike to ride through the winding roads of the region during your holiday in Olu Deniz.
Life's a Beach
The main draw of Olu Deniz is its world-class beach that features powdery sand and sparkling blue waters. Nearly two kilometres long, the waters are sheltered from the sea, giving swimmers the chance to enjoy calm, relaxing waters. The beach is backed by fragrant pine trees, giving visitors a lush green contrast to the golden sands underfoot.
Families will love its Blue Flag beach status, as they can kick back and relax safe in the knowledge that the kids can freely splash around in the sea. It also makes for a great swimming spot, which is perfect when you are spending a long, lazy, sun-soaked day on the beach.
If you want to get away from the sands, there’s plenty to keep you satisfied. You’ll never tire of strolling around the bustling promenade with its endless shops and bars. It’s a great place to watch the paragliders sail through the air from the dizzying heights of Mount Baba.
Olu Deniz has a number of beachfront bars and restaurants that provide the perfect atmosphere to kick-start any night out. Whether you want to dine, drink or dance, there are great venues to begin the night. Many of the restaurants turn into more lively nightspots around 10.30pm, and some offer parties, theme nights and endless DJ sets to customers.
The bars and restaurants of Olu Deniz will open early, giving you the chance to eat and drink as you watch the waters lap onto the shore. By the time the sun has gone down, the music and atmosphere becomes more vibrant and the party lasts until the early hours.
Buzz Bar is one of the liveliest spots for dinner and drinks. This venue is devoid of pulsating music, and provides a relaxed setting for travellers looking for great wine and conversations. If you want louder music and non-stop dancing, try Crusoes on your holiday in Olu Deniz. The venue has regular theme such as foam parties and fancy dress nights.
Olu Deniz is a beautiful, relaxing resort, and couples can spend their days lounging on the warm sounds of the resort’s beach. The Blue Lagoon is a romantic setting perfect for couples to splash and play in. For groups that want to discover the coves and coastline, they can take a kayak out to sea and paddle their way through the waves. If you fancy a day trip away from the resort, Patara Beach is just an hour from Olu Deniz. The beach is the longest strip of sandy shoreline in Turkey and the area is dotted with Lycian ruins. Once back in Olu Deniz, couples can stroll the promenade and take in the cool evening breeze. Find a restaurant or beach bar after a long day in the sun, and sip fruity cocktails that will cool you down. After tucking into a deliciously authentic Turkish dinner, head to a quiet spot for a drink, or turn up the music and enjoy a night at one of the hot clubs.
Olu Deniz is full of culture and history. The coast is dotted with ancient Lycian ruins that visitors stumble upon when trekking through the lush forests.
Olu Deniz is also home to a number of great festivals and events throughout the year. The Olu Deniz Festival is the premier event in the village, and the three-day festival brings together folk and rock music acts that play all day long. There’s also a fireworks show at the end of the festival.
The month of June is when the village celebrates Art and Culture Week. Visitors can explore the exhibits and displays that are set up around Olu Deniz during the four-day showing. Finally, Olu Deniz Air Games takes place in October, and the festival brings together skydivers, base jumpers and more extreme adrenaline junkies.
A holiday in Olu Deniz is the perfect escape in 2017. Why not make it your holiday hotspot this year?