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Oludeniz Holiday Resorts
Oludeniz is home to one of the most photographed beaches in the world and the famous Blue Lagoon, however, there is more to the resort than just this. There are innumerous cafes and restaurants, many of which boast spectacular beachfront locations and offer everything from seafood to kebabs and “fast food”. One could eat out twice a day for a fortnight and not cover all that is on offer. There are a plethora of bars that serve a wide assortment of beverages and cocktails. Whilst entertainment is plentiful there are also quieter watering holes to enjoy. There is a diverse range of shops that sell souvenirs, jewellery, Turkish delight, clothes and much more. Shops stay open late into the night and are perfect for browsing in after a good meal or to escape the heat of the day.
Oludeniz has come a long way from being a simple port of call for fresh water as it once was. For many years it remained a place for adventurers and sailors to moor up and enjoy a dip in the crystal clear waters. In the 1970s rough and ready bungalow-tree houses were developed for the avid back packer, the relaxing and calm nature of Oludeniz was a big drawing point for the growing hippy community.
If you fall in love with the area as so many people do every year, you can even choose to get married in the resort, weddings in Oludeniz have been an ever growing trend over recent years, but then it is an exquisite place to get married.
Things to Do in Oludeniz
Spend the day at the Blue Lagoon. The lagoon is probably one of the most recognisable places in Turkey having graced the covers of umpteen holiday brochures over the years. 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 private beach sites on the other side.
Both areas of the lagoon have places to buy food, drinks and ice cream. Sun beds and umbrellas are available to hire and there are also pedaloes and canoes for rent too. The lagoon is not tidal so its waters are calm and gentle. The water's shallows extend quite far out, which means it is ideal for younger family members to splash around in.
Or choose to relax on the main beach, known as Belcekiz, a beautiful and long stretch of beach, which means that even during high season there is always plenty of space to sunbathe. The beach is sand and shingle mix and the waters are crystal clear. The waves can be quite high depending on the weather but the waters are safe as a cordon prevents boats coming close to where the swimmers are.
When you are relaxing during the day gaze up at the sky and watch as paragliders soar in the sky and slowly float down from Babadag mountain finally landing on the beachfront promenade.
Spend a lazy afternoon watching the world go by seated at one of the many beachfront bars or restaurants.
Catch the local bus to the nearby towns of Fethiye and Hisaronu. Walk around Fethiye's harbour, journey to the old town and wander around all of the charming shops or visit on a Tuesday and go to the large weekly market. If you fancy a change from Oludeniz then take a trip to Hisaronu, a lively and vibrant resort which has a vast array of shops, bars and restaurants.
There is a large choice of activities, excursions and day trips on offer in this area, so there is sure to be something to keep every member of your party entertained whilst on holiday.
Top Selling HotelsAccommodation in Oludeniz has changed drastically from the tree houses of the seventies. The resort now has a large range of accommodation options, which range from luxury all inclusive establishments to family run bed and breakfast hotels. There is something for all budgets and preferences. Unfortunately there are no self catering hotels in the resort, but there are plenty of other options to choose from.
Oludeniz is a picturesque beach resort which everyone can enjoy, whether you prefer the quiet life relaxing by the pool or beach or enjoy adventures exploring the local area, a break to Oludeniz has all of the right elements for a perfect holiday to Turkey.
Due to the resort's popularity with both foreign and local holidaymakers, the hotels in Oludeniz tend to get filled up very quickly so early booking is strongly advised, especially for the height of season.
If you are looking for an all inclusive break to Oludeniz then the three star Akdeniz Beach Hotel is a fantastic choice offering true Turkish hospitality and a wonderful setting. The four star Manas Park Oludeniz is another popular hotel, offering a scenic location with beautiful views.
Many hotels offer guests the option of staying on a bed and breakfast or half board basis. The Blue Star Hotel and the Imparator Hotel are two such establishments. Both of which are family run hotels located not far from the beach. The Tonoz Beach Hotel is a very popular bed and breakfast hotel, offering comfortable accommodation at an affordable price.
These are just a few of the top selling hotels in Oludeniz, if you would like more options then please don't hesitate to contact a member of our dedicated team. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are on hand to assist you and to help you book your perfect holiday.
Best Places to Eat
There are a vast range of places to eat in the resort, that include bars, restaurants and cafes, all of which serve a variety of cuisines and suit a range of styles and budgets. Whether you are looking to dine on delectable fresh fish, an authentic Turkish dish, a traditional British meal or even longing for an Indian or Chinese, you are sure to find a restaurant to suit your needs.
Buzz Restaurant and Bar is a very popular choice with holidaymakers, serving delicious dishes with a relaxing and laid back ambiance. Help is another favourite with visitors, with a cool vibe and friendly staff. The HangOut terrace restaurant has a fabulous location and serves dishes from around the world. Harrys Restaurant and Bar has many repeat visitors and serves a range of dishes. Jade Terrace offers a spectacular panorama out over the beach and has a lovely atmosphere.
Oludeniz may be a laid back beach resort but it still has an active nightlife. Along the main street and promenade the resort bustles, with a large assortment of bars and a couple of clubs, which stay open until late. Many of the bars have shows on an evening such as fire dancing, acrobatics, karaoke and quizzes to help keep guests entertained. Even the shops don't close until late in the evening so you can do some late night shopping.
If you would like somewhere busier on an evening to party the night away then head to the neighbouring town of Hisaronu. The town has a vast range of bars and nightclubs that are open until the early hours of the morning.
Getting around the resort isn't too difficult as most hotels are within walking distance to the beach and main street of Oludeniz. It's possible to walk to the Blue Lagoon, although if you would prefer to go to the sandy side with private beaches that are owned by bars and restaurants then the majority of these offer a free shuttle service, so you don't have to walk. If you speak to your hotel receptionist they will be able to arrange for the bus to pick you up from your hotel. If you would like to get out and about on your holiday, to explore the nearby towns, then the local bus service (known as a dolmus) runs frequently and only costs a few lira.
Best Day Trips
There are a variety of trips and excursions on offer; it just depends on what you are looking for.
Boat trips are always very popular with holidaymakers. Not only is it a wonderful relaxing day out you also get to witness the breathtaking beauty of Turkey's turquoise coast. Spend the day sunbathing on deck and taking cooling dips in the sea, as there are plenty of stops during the day in quiets bays and coves. You can also enjoy a freshly prepared lunch onboard. If you are lucky you may get to see dolphins, turtles and flying fish. A boat trip is a perfect opportunity for the whole family to relax and unwind.
A trip to Saklikent is also a really fun day out. The longest and steepest gorge in Turkey, its walls are so steep and narrow that in some places sunlight does not penetrate the water, leaving it icy cold even in the height of summer. You have to wade across the river to begin your walk up the gorge, but once there you can continue for up to 4km, it really is a beautiful place to explore. If you're not too tired after your walk, outside of the gorge it's possible to go tubing down the river.
Please also refer to the Best Day Trips for Hisaronu, Ovacik and Calis Beach as these trips are also available when visiting Oludeniz.
Any advice and recommendations given on this website are as a general and informal guide only.
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