Great beach breaks: lagoon life in Oludeniz

Blue lagoon Oludeniz Belcekiz Beach Turkey

In the Turkish jewel of Oludeniz, pine-covered hills, the sparkling Aegean and a picture-postcard beach combine to create one of the country’s most iconic and photographed images.

Oludeniz translates as ‘dead sea’; the translucent waters of the Blue Lagoon that lies right on its doorstep stay unruffled by storms. But the weather is generally glorious, the Turkish people are friendly and the food, with its fresh meze dishes, is delicious.

You could spend your time lazing on Belcekiz beach, with the occasional dip in the aquamarine waters, and limit your activity to watching daredevil swooping down from Babadag Mountain. The area is great for diving, too, and whatever your level of experience, you can head out with the Dive Oludeniz centre, which operates right from the beach.

There are also day trips on offer, costing from £13. These leave from the promenade, which is packed with restaurants and cafés serving Turkish and international cuisine. Explore the wonders of the coast and its islands by boat, or book a river cruise to Dalyan to see ancient tombs carved into the rocks. Dalyan is also home to the turtle sanctuary, and journey’s end is the sandy Iztuzu beach where the turtles lay their eggs. paragliders

Our suggestions

● Shop for food and leather goods at the market in Fethiye every Tuesday.
● Book a jeep tour to the Saklıkent Gorge with Evergreen, for just £20.
● Get a rubdown in the hammam in Fethiye Old Town.
● Buy fresh fish in Fethiye’s Fish Market and get a local restaurant to cook it to perfection.

Book it

● Monarch Airlines flies to Dalaman from London Gatwick for £185 return. Visit www.monarch.co.uk.
● Stay at The Monta Verde Hotel and Villas in the Ovacik Village, a short bus ride to Oludeniz, on the main route to Fethiye. Double rooms cost around £30 per night in May. Visit www.montaverde.com for more details.
● Visit www.goturkey.com for information.

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