DESTINATION FOR MANY TURKEY HOLIDAYS - Oludeniz is popular with all age groups
Home to one of the most famous beaches in the world - with clear, still waters the lagoon is perfect for families - there is however , more to Oludeniz. There innumerous cafes & restaurants to enjoy - many on the beach front - offering everything from seafood to kebabs & “fast food”. One could eat out twice a day for a fortnight & not cover all that is on offer
Bars with a wide assortment of beverages ,cocktails & entertainment are plentiful but there are also quieter watering holes to enjoy too.
There is a diversity of shops selling souvenirs, jewellery, Turkish delight , clothes etc that stay open late into the night & are perfect for browsing after a good meal or to escape the heat of the day
There is a wide choice of hotels here from small family run places to large all inclusive hotels - something for all budgets & preferences. Because of their popularity with both foreign & local holidaymakers, the hotels in Oludeniz tend to get filled up very quickly so early booking is strongly advised
OLUDENIZ BEACH - Holidays for all the family to enjoy
Oludeniz Lagoon Beach is probably the most recognisable place in Turkey having graced the covers of umpteen holiday brochures. It has National Park status so an entry fee is payable to get access on the spur side. This side of the beach is actually pebbles but those who prefer sand can go to one of the several beach sites on the other side where there is no entry fee but a short walk is required to reach them.
Both areas of the lagoon have places to buy food,drinks & icecream etc. Sunbeds & umbrellas are available to hire & there are pedaloes & canoes for rent too. The lagoon is not tidal so it is surface is calm & its shallows extend quite far out - ideal for younger family members to splash around in whilst their parents watch closeby.
The main beach is coarse sand / shingle mix & the waves can be quite strong but the waters are safe as a cordon prevents boats etc coming close to where the swimmers are. The public beach is quite long so even during high season there is always lots of space to sunbathe
During the day paragliders float down from Babadag mountain that overlooks the beach & land on the promenade . At night the resort bustles as holidaymakers from other areas come to sample its great atmosphere.
In short , Oludeniz is a beach resort which everyone can enjoy & is the primary reason it is the number one choice for Turkey Holidays
How Oludeniz Got Its Name
We all know that Oludeniz has one of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean making it the ideal place for a Holiday in Turkey but where did it all begin.
Oludeniz literally translates as ‘Dead Sea’ taking its name from Turkish legend dating back to Medieval times, ships bound for Greece would pass by Oludneiz and collect fresh water. So legend has it a handsome son of an old captain fell in love with a girl called Belcekiz whilst on land though he could not stop to long Belcekiz watched his ship sale back out and awaited her loves return - and return he did and everytime he came to land they would meet.
One day a terrible storm began whilst the son and father were at sea, the son told his father of a small sheltered cove that was aways as still as a pool where they would be safe. The father however felt this was a play for the son to return to his love and that he did not care for their safety or that of the ship, as the waves began to grown fierce the boat travelled nearer to the rocks just as they were about to crash the father caught his son with an oar pushing him overboard to his death - shortly after this and avoiding all rocks the father found himself in a still cove - his son was right but it was too late.
When Belcekiz discovered her loves body washed up on the rocks she herself could not live with her broken heart and took her own life on those rocks, the rocks and public beach of Oludeniz have ever since been known as Belcekiz.
Birth of Holidays in Oludeniz - Backpacking to Luxury
Oludeniz has come a far way from a port of call for fresh water back in medieval times for many a year it remained a place of clam for adventures and sailors to moor up and enjoy a dip in the crystal clear waters. In the 1970’s the rough and ready bungalow-tree houses were developed for the avid back packer where a relaxing and calm nature of Oludeniz appealed to the ever growing hippy community.
Accommodation in Oludeniz may have moved with the times having a large range from an luxury all inclusive hotels to a family run bed and breakfast hotels, Oludeniz still holds some of its mystery and legend making it an ideal Turkey holiday destination. Oludeniz Weddings are an ever growing trend over the years with the draw of its natural beauty and romantic history.