Oludeniz – situated in the heart of 3000 years old Lycian Nappe and many natural wonders- has become a very important venue for tourists from all over the world, thus being protected from wide-scale development, since the opening of an international airport (1984) at Dalaman, 55 km away. The whole area has been designated as a national park due to the outstanding beauty and endemic species.
Oludeniz is the archetypal picture-postcard beach backed by dramatic pine-clad hills. Oludeniz beach has 2 parts. 1 part is a long sandy beach called Belcekiz. There is a strip alongside the seafront promenade with a number of relaxing bars and restaurants, serving local and international cuisine. Shops stay open well into the night. It is a perfect family resort, great for a laid-back beach holiday, with plenty of facilities but not too much development. Other part is the dead sea part as we call it. Dead Sea (means Oludeniz) is under protection as a national reserve. Even in the windy days and storms the sea here stays calm as a pool and rated among the top 5 best beaches of the world. There is a small entrance charge to use the lagoon beach and only non-motorised watersports are allowed.
Oludeniz is a small village in Fethiye. It is 13 km away from Fethiye town center, 4 km from Hisaronu and 18 km from famous Calis Beach. Oludeniz also known as Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular holiday destinations of Turkey and Europe. Its unique sea and fantastic view makes the village popular and one of the most photographed beach of the world. Oludeniz is a beach resort, full of hotel and hostels and great restaurants and bars on the beach side. Valley is right at the edge of Babadag mountain which is again extremely popular in the world by paragliders. It’s one of the best paragliding spot of the world with its fantastic view and weather conditions.
There are many activities in the valley. The most famous and important one is tandem flight, paragliding. Babadag mountain is 2 km high and thousands of paragliders visit the valley for a stunning flight experience. Also speed boats, boat trips, hiking tour and many other sea and nature sports are available at the valley.
To reach Oludeniz you can take the minibus called “Dolmus” from Fethiye centre which runs in every 5-10 minutes to Hisaronu and Oludeniz. The trip will take 20-25 minutes. If you are coming from Hisaronu or Ovacik, same Dolmus will collect you on the way and after 7-10 minutes of drive you will be in the valley.
The weather in Oludeniz is hot. It goes up to 40 C degrees in summers but average is 35-37 C degrees. Winters are cool but not cold, average in January is 13-14 C degrees. From may you can enjoy the sea water until november.
Oludeniz (or ‘dead sea’ or ‘calm sea’) takes its name from Turkish legend. In Medieval times, many Greek-bound Syrian and Egyptian ships used to pass by Oludeniz and take on board fresh water. According to legend, one of the handsome sons of an old captain and a gorgeous girl called Belcekiz fell in love as the son was on land to get drink water. However, the boy had to get the drinking water and return to his father’s ship. Though the ship sailed away, Belcekiz watched for her lover to return. Each time the boy came to get water they saw each other and made love.
One day, a storm blew up. The son told his father that he knew of a cove to shelter that was as still as a pool. The old father thought the son’s suggestion came from his desire to see his lover and that he didn’t care whether the ship sank or not. As the waves grew higher and the ship was about to crash onto the rocks, the father hit his son with an oar and he fell into the sea. After a while, the father found himself in an extremely still cove. He understood that his son was right but it was too late. His son’s dead body was found on the rocks. Belcekiz, seeing that her lover was dead, committed suicide by jumping onto the rocks.
From that day on the place she jumped from was named as Belcekiz and the place the boy died were named as Oludeniz (Dead Sea). Maybe the colours of the water that keep changing are fires of mourning, one for the boy and one for the girl.