The beach of Ölü Deniz one of the spots most favoured by the tourists
agencies. Located at a distance of 15kms from the centre of
Fethiye , it is surrounded in
the east by Kıdrak and the Valley of Butterflies and in the west by Gemiler
and coves at the mouth of the valleys descending from the Babadag Mountain. The
sand and pebbles of the vast coastline of the Belcegiz beach, carried in
direction by waves and wind, created a barrier between the
open Mediterranean Sea and the calm lagoon. For
this the region is called Olüdeniz, meaning dead sea. The lagoon reaches a depth of approximately 40 meters towards
the north and, where it is shallow, down to 5 to 1 meters.
In the southern
part at the entrance of the lagoon from the sea, the lagoon is
quite narrow and shallow, with a width of about 50 meters and a depth of 8-9 meters.
Climbing up the high, green slopes around
Ölüdeniz, one can see the
crystal-clear waters especially
of the Kumburnu beach, displaying transformation from turquoise to green and
various shades of blue. Due to its extraordinary natural beauty, the pearl-white
sandy beach and the crystal-clear sea water, Ölüdeniz and the neighbouring little coves like Ovacik, Belcegiz and Kidrak, are renowned all
over the world as a tourism centre.
At present Ovacık, Hisaronu and Ölüdeniz
have a total bed capacity of 20,000 in all standards, ranging from first-class
hotels to small boarding houses and campgrounds. The temperature of the sea does
not get below 19 C, even in winter and the average day/night temperature 12 C,
which makes this region ideal for winter tourism.
Ölüdeniz is a stunning bay, with a laid-back atmosphere, one of the most
beautiful beaches in Turkey. It's lagoon, now a protected area, has
understandably inspirited a million postcards.
Ölüdeniz main beach is
bordered by an attractive promenade lined with small shops, cafes and
restaurants, making it ideal for a classic beach holiday.
However the surrounding
area has much more to offer for an adventurous visitor. Paragliding from the heights
of Babadag Mountain , trekking along the Lycian Way, a boat trip to the
Butterfly Valley or visiting some of the sites such as Xanthos, Tlos and Letoon are
among the many possibilities.