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Introducing Oludeniz and Fethiye
Commonly known as ‘the Turquoise Coast’, the region is blessed with crystal clear waters perfect for swimming, snorkelling and diving, as well as pine-clad valleys and mountains for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking.
The resorts of Oludeniz and Fethiye are conveniently placed to offer all you need for a memorable honeymoon or romantic getaway in Turkey.
Top beaches in Oludeniz and Fethiye
The region surrounding Oludeniz and Fethiye offers a choice of golden-sand beaches scattered along Turkey’s Gulf of Göcek, including the following…
Pick your own spot to sunbathe and swim on Turkey's most famous beach – a 1.8km-long, 50m-wide crescent of course golden sand and small pebbles set in a picture-perfect location.
Surrounded by soaring mountains and protected by a pine-clad promontory, Oludeniz beach (also known as Belcekiz Beach) shelves gently into calm turquoise water with perfect swimming conditions for small children.
At the western end of the beach is the much-photographed tranquil blue water of Oludeniz Lagoon, surrounded by pine woods.
Go swimming and snorkelling in the calm waters or try paragliding from the top of nearby Babadag Mountain (1950m) to land on Belcekiz Beach below.
Oludeniz is one of the world’s most popular sites for paragliding: a local paragliding centre provides tandem glides and solo courses for beginners.
Beach facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire, beach volleyball, toilets and a choice of beachside kiosk restaurants and bars.
Although the area is collectively known as Oludeniz, this long beach is officially known as Belcekiz Beach.
Turkey’s top beach destination offers a range of accommodation to suit all budgets, including the beachfront Club Belcekiz Beach and nearby LykiaWorld, a 5-star beachfront theme park that is ideal for families, located just 2.4km south of Belcekiz Beach.
Oludeniz is located 8.5km south of Fethiye on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, around 50km from Dalaman Airport. A dolmus (shared taxi) services Belcekiz Beach frequently from Fethiye.
(Fethiye) – Unwind on the course golden sands of this 4km-long beach that shelves into the clear blue waters of Fethiye Bay.
Facilities close to town include parasols and sun loungers for hire, with a choice of bars and restaurants scattered along the beachfront.
At the picturesque northern end of the beach, known as Koca Calis, high winds and shallow waters offer perfect conditions for windsurfing and a local windsurfing school offers lessons and equipment hire.
Renowned for its magical sunsets, Calis is easy to reach by water taxi from Fethiye Marina and is lined with a choice of bars, restaurants and hotels.
Calis Beach is located around 5km north of Fethiye town centre and 15km north of Oludeniz.
Butterfly Valley Beach
Sunbathe on the golden sands of this small and pristine 300m-long beach that fringes a long picturesque inlet framed by soaring bush-clad cliffs.
Go swimming and snorkelling from the beach or hike into the pristine Butterfly Valley, famous for its walking trails through a preserved ecosystem consisting of various flora and fauna such as the rare tiger butterfly, which turns the valley a bright red during the months of April and May.
The Lycian Way hiking trail passes through the valley on its way to Antalya.
Apart from cheap backpacker lodgings and a snack bar, there are no facilities on this secluded beach, which lies only a short distance south of Oludeniz and a half-hour drive from Fethiye.
Water taxis leave from Oludeniz Lagoon and Belcegiz Beach several times a day.
Pick your own spot to sunbathe and swim on one of Turkey’s best beaches – an 11km-long and 50m-wide pale golden-sand beach that lies beneath hilly bush-covered sand dunes.
Facilities at the small beachside café include parasols and sun loungers for hire, toilets, changing huts, cold drinks and food.
Patara Beach is also a nesting ground for the caretta caretta turtle, which is why the beach is off-limits after dark and umbrellas must be place within 20m of the sea.
A short walk behind the beach stand the remains of the ancient Roman and Byzantine port city of Patara – the 4th century BC birthplace of St Nicholas, canonised for his charitable good works and thereafter known in modern times as Santa Claus (or Father Christmas).
The sand-swept ruins include a Roman theatre, a triple-arched triumphal gate, a basilica and Lycian tombs. Come for a day or stay longer at the pleasant Hotel Lumiere in Patara town.
Patara Beach is just 15km east of Kalkan – a 20-minute drive by dolmus, and around 80km from Oludeniz and Fethiye.
Unwind on this small crescent of sand and shingle that sits at the end of a dramatic gorge facing a deep, turquoise cove framed by soaring cliffs.
Facilities include parasols and sun loungers for hire. Beach vendors sell cold drinks and snacks. Go swimming in the warm crystalline water and explore the phosphorescent caves nearby.
This attractive beach is accessed by descending 400 steps from the nearby highway – a 10-minute dolmus ride from the port of Kalkan, where you can find a choice of bars and restaurants.
Kaputas Beach is 83km south of Fethiye and 9km west of Patara.
What to do and see in Oludeniz and Fethiye
Sunbathe on the sand spit at the idyllic pine-fringed Oludeniz Lagoon, windsurf at Koca Calis Beach, explore underwater caves and sunken ruins in the crystalline blue waters of the Gulf of Fethiye or paraglide from the summit of Babadag Mountain to Belcekiz Beach.
Inland, hike into the unspoiled Butterfly Valley, wade through the often thigh-high waters of the Saklikent Gorge, canoe down the Xanthos River, white-water raft the Grade 4 and 5 rapids of the Dalaman River and horseback ride through sand dunes dotted with Roman ruins at Patara – perfect for adventurous honeymoon couples.
Sign up for a day trip or week-long cruise around the scenic Gulf of Fethiye, with stops to visit Butterfly Valley and Patara Beach and time for swimming above sunken Byzantine ruins in Hamam Bay and off Gemiler Island.
Scramble over ancient Greek and Roman ruins at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Xanthos-Letoön (photo) and visit the sand-swept ruins of Patara, where St Nicholas (aka Father Christmas) was born in the 4th century AD.
Explore the deserted village of Kaya Koy and in Fethiye, visit the hilltop Crusader castle, ponder the Roman amphitheatre and examine several stunning Lycian rock tombs dating back to the 4th century BC.
For retail therapy, browse a range of jewellery, carpet, kilim and leather shops in Paspatur, Fethiye’s historic Ottoman centre. Sip Turkish coffee at a sidewalk café or pamper yourself with a Turkish bath and massage at a traditional hamam.
After dark, explore the seafront bars at Oludeniz and Belcekiz Beach or hit the dance floor at discos in Hisaronu or Fethiye.
Where to stay
Turkey’s top beach destination offers a range of accommodation to suit all honeymoon budgets, including the beachfront Club Belcekiz Beach at Oludeniz and the palatial Ece Saray overlooking the marina at Fethiye.
Hillside Beach Club
Location: Kalemya Koyu, Fethiye
Prices: from AUD610 per room (all-inclusive)
Description: This all-inclusive (including drinks) luxury resort faces a private beach in an isolated cove near Fethiye and Oludeniz Beach. Modern guestrooms offer balconies or terraces of varying sizes with sea views. Amenities include LCD televisions with satellite channels, complimentary wireless Internet access, air conditioning and minibars.
Facilities incl.: 6 restaurants, 4 bars, indoor and outdoor pools, concierge, health club, full-service spa, Turkish bath and sauna, 5 tennis courts, 24-hour room service, free Internet cafe and numerous all-includive activities.
Ece Saray Marina & Resort
Location: 1 Karagözler Mevkii, Fethiye
Prices: from AUD274 per room
Description: This luxury resort sits within a landscaped garden overlooking the western end of Fethiye's marina. Spacious guestrooms, trimmed with rosewood and embellished with the finest Vakko textiles, offer Parisian-style wrought-iron balconies above scenic views. Bathrooms, designed in Italian marble, come with amenities such as designer soaps and plush bathrobes. Facilities incl.: 2 restaurants, 3 bars, outdoor pool, concierge, 24-hour room service, spa, Turkish bath and sauna, 5 tennis courts, 24-hour room service and free Internet cafe.
Club Belcekiz Beach
Location: Oludeniz Beach
Prices: from AUD117 per room
Description: This beachfront resorts sits at the very end of Ölüdeniz Beach. Modern guestrooms come with updated bathrooms and balconies or patios. Facilities incl.: 4 restaurants, 3 bars, outdoor pool, fitness centre, concierge, 24-hour room service, Turkish bath and sauna, various water sports and tennis courts.
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Accommodation is also available in the bustling hillside villages of Ovacik and Hisaronu, just 4km inland from Belcekiz Beach.
Best time to honeymoon in Oludeniz or Fethiye
The best time to visit Oludeniz and Fethiye is between the months of May and October when the average temperature is 25°C (77°F).
The climate along the Turkish coast is mild year round, however temperatures often exceed 30°C (86°F) during the months of July and August.
For more climate info: Oludeniz and Fethiye Weather Guide…
Getting to Oludeniz
Oludeniz is located on the Gulf of Göcek, on the southwest coast of Turkey, around 15km south of Fethiye and 55km west of Dalaman.
By air, Fethiye (via Dalman Airport) receives daily flights from major European cities as well as from the Turkish cities of Ankara and Istanbul.
Information on how to get to Fethitye and Oludeniz…
Latest update Oludeniz or Fethiye honeymoon destination:
4 August, 2017
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