Beachgoers flock to two separate areas here: a long, wide strip of open beach facing the Mediterranean, known as Belcekız; and the more sheltered shoreline of the Blue Lagoon, which is inside the boundaries of a protected natural park (entrance fee) and has a dramatic backdrop of mountain scenery behind it – Babadağ, one of Turkey’s top destinations for paragliding.
Since Ölüdeniz is extremely popular, be prepared for large crowds on the beaches, particularly on weekends in the height of summer – this isn’t a place for those seeking peace and quiet – and for the inevitable slew of generic restaurants and tacky souvenir shops along the waterfront.
As if the lagoon weren’t entrancing enough, there are also daylong boat trips that leave from here for scenic coves and beaches nearby, as well as to points of interest including Butterfly Valley. In addition, Ölüdeniz is the starting point for the Lycian Way, a 510-km (315-mile) hiking trail that runs from Fethiye to Antalya along the coast.
The natural park is open from 8am to 8pm and admission is 4.5 TL.
Tours & Tickets
Explore the wonders of Fethiye and around on this 8-hour, small-group trip from Kalkan or Patara. Visit Fethiye's bustling local market, wander the eerie ... Read more
Location: Kalkan Belediyesi, Turkey
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
Fly like a bird above the spectacular Blue Lagoon at Ölüdeniz on this epic tandem paragliding experience from Fethiye. Feel the excitement build on ... Read more
Location: Fethiye, Mugla
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)