Oludeniz is one of Turkey's most popular resorts, with a favourable position on the exotic Mugla Province. Oludeniz literally translates as 'Blue Lagoon' - a reference to the beautifully still waters surrounding Oludeniz Beach.
Data obtained from Rhodes Airport weather station, 70 km to west
Oludeniz beach is one of the most photographed and recognisable in the entire world. The shoreline has a character that many tourists would perhaps associate with beaches well outside the confines of Europe. Some beaches of this scale can be vast and barren, whereas the Blue Lagoon is beautifully ornate with rolling pine clad hills forming an exotic backdrop. Natural geological curiosities such as coves and peninsulas add real character, and also shelter from the wind.
Obviously water sports are always popular due to the calm waters of the Aegean and the Mediterranean. Paragliding is well-advertised and the area is an ideal location due to the Babadag Mountain, which sits just behind the beach.
The Taurus mountain range lies just behind Oludeniz beach and provides some of the most dramatic walking routes in Europe with stunning gorges and endless mountain scenery. Hikers will inevitably have heard of the famous Lycian Way which can be found in this area of Turkey.
With average daily maximum temperatures of 28 - 30 °C throughout the summer, these treks can be punishing on a hot day, making them most popular just out of peak season. In the warmest summer months, sports such as mountain biking and canoeing are common, trading superbly off the natural scenery. The Dalaman River offers white water rafting and places like Turtle Beach and the Dalyan Mud Baths are always popular for day trippers when the sun gets too hot.
The high temperatures in the summer months make the calm sea a wonderful asset for a quick plunge and a general cool down. Other popular nearby beaches include Kidrak Beach and Butterfly Beach.
The ancient ruins of Ephesus are close by and many adventurous tourists may opt to take the boat to Rhodes. Ancient Greek culture still has a bearing on a lot of the architecture of South West Turkey.
Last updated: 14 March 2014