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Nestled in a serene, Blue Flag protected bay, the resorts of Olu Deniz are true gems of the Mediterranean. Perfect for families seeking some great value sun away from the 18-30 crowd; Olu Deniz offers a beautiful alternative to the well-established beach resorts of Greece and Spain.

Whether you’re paragliding from the mighty mountain that overlooks the bay or exploring the fascinating local historical sites, Olu Deniz has the power to drag even the sternest of couch-potatoes away from their sun lounger.

With an ever growing tourist industry and an abundance of 3-5* hotels, is sure there is an Olu Deniz getaway to cater for every budget.

On visiting Olu Deniz, it’s hard not to fall in love with the crystal clear waters and white sandy beach that form the focal point of the resort. The main beach is Blue Flag certified which means it is guaranteed to be clean, safe and well-staffed. Unsurprisingly, the beach is frequently rated as one of the world’s best by both travel experts and tourist surveys.


Another iconic sight are the tens of para-gliders that circle high above the bay before swooping down to land on the boulevard. Taking off from the imposing Babadag Mountain that towers over the surrounding landscape, para-gliding is sure to satisfy adrenaline junkies and sight-seers alike.


Icelolly’s top tip is to explore the area surrounding Olu Deniz as much as possible. Whether it’s by hire car or boat trip, there are dozens of heavenly, isolated beaches, waiting to be claimed by those in search of true peace and quiet.


There’s also some fascinating historical sites dotted around the region. One particularly eerie and mysterious place to visit is the ‘ghost town’ of Karakoy, a spectacular abandoned town which is now a UNESCO world heritage site.

In the past few years, Olu Deniz has developed a great reputation for eating out. Visitors taking a stroll along the elegant boulevard are now spoilt for choice with a fine mixture of both international and traditional Turkish cuisine.


The bars and restaurants along the boulevard cover most budgets, though for very high-end dining you may have to travel further afield to the town of Fethiye.


Again, it is also a great idea to explore when it comes to food and drink. Head off in a hire car to find charming café’s and bars overlooking idyllic coves and bays.


It’s good to bear in mind that the beachfront bars can get a little lively as the long evenings turn into night. Families are best off eating a bit earlier or strolling back to the hotel to enjoy a relaxing late evening meal.

Location of Olu Deniz

Key Facts

  • Language: Turkish
  • Currency: Turkish Lira
  • Time Difference from UK: 2
  • Flight time: 3.5 hours
  • When to go: May-Sept