Google 'Ölüdeniz' and you can see from the amazing aerial views how beautiful and breathtaking the beach is. Located in South West Turkey, it boasts a long strip of beach with plenty of room for sunbathing, relaxing and maybe even a little dip in the turquoise water.
Along the seafront there are an abundance of cafes and bars to retreat to for some shade, in addition to being only two minutes away from Ölüdeniz high street where there are more places to dine and shops for souvenirs. The beach has a large choice of sun beds to lounge on with plenty of beach umbrellas to keep you in the shade if the midday sun is too hot for you. As of summer 2014, one sun bed and one umbrella costs 11 Turkish Lira (just under £4) for the whole day. When the time comes for you to cool off, I suggest a dip in the cool calm water of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas that rolls up the beach adding to the tranquil vibe. Another thing that makes this a great location is the lack of those pesky sunglasses and imitation watch salesmen approaching you, leaving you able to sit back and close your eyes while your problems drift away with the current.
Beware of the skies! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it is a paraglider. One complaint would be the flying danger of people paragliding over the main beach. Although they very, very rarely land amongst the sunbathers (instead landing on the strip just past the beach, and often landing hard!) it can be off putting. If you are the adventurous type then feel free to visit one of the many companies providing the service which takes you to the top of the surrounding mountains for you to jump off of, just please, please be safe.
Speaking of the mountains, take a moment to appreciate the not too distant land with the panoramic mountain range that is out of this world. It really is a gorgeous sight to behold and will make you feel like you have found heaven. Ölüdeniz beach is split into two; one half being open and free to all while the other, the Blue Lagoon National Park, is protected. There is a price for entry to the Blue Lagoon, but do not let that put you off as along with many things in Turkey, it is very cheap and a safe, fun place for you, your partner or your family to go. The sea is calm and cornered into sections to separate fellow sunbathers out. Parts of the bay are dedicated to the water sport fans and unlike the other side of Ölüdeniz beach, eating areas are tucked away making the beach seem more natural and picturesque.
Turkey has become a very popular holiday destination for Britons over the past few years and it’s relaxed, sunny and stunning location is why. Generating a variety of holiday goers, never have I seen such a vast mix of people in one resort: young couples, older couples, groups of ladies on holiday, men on stag dos, young families and even a wedding party! It really appeals to all types of people with a wide selection of restaurants and bars on the sea front or just a road away for an evening of enjoyment. You get waiters dancing around diners to keep the atmosphere alive and live music of all types as the soundtrack to your evening.
The only thing missing from Ölüdeniz beach is a true depth of Turkish culture as the town’s array of restaurants and bars are filled with Italian, Mexican, English and Chinese style food that can often get in the way of you trying to get a taste of the local cuisine. That being said, one look on Trip Advisor will show you how popular Ölüdeniz is with its mix of pebble and sand beach acting as a perfect paradise. An addition to any top ten list of beaches, it is a must see so pack your bikini and enjoy chilling in the heat. And when night falls and the sun goes down, relish in the neon lights and lively entertainment Ölüdeniz has to offer.