Turkey is one of the destinations where you can do it all on a budget. The weather is nice all year around, winter is mild on the south; food is great but it tastes even better with life music 😉 The closest airport to Ölüdeniz is Dalaman but if you are looking for an international airport, pick Istanbul and rent a car because you are looking at 808 kilometers, which takes about 9 hours and 15 minutes (without stops). For your information Ankara is about 7 and 1/ 2 hours away. I drove to Ölüdeniz via Troja, Izmir and Denizli spending a night on each location but it was more scenic that way.
Ölüdeniz means Dead Sea due to its calm waters even during storms; the official translation is Blue Lagoon, is a small village and beach resort in the Fethiye district of Muğla Province, on the Turquoise Coast of southwestern Turkey, at the conjunction point of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. It is located 14 km (9 mi) to the south of Fethiye, near Mount Babadağ.
Ölüdeniz remains one of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean. It has a secluded sandy bay at the mouth of Ölüdeniz, on a blue lagoon.The beach itself is a pebble beach. The lagoon is a national nature reserve and construction is strictly prohibited. The seawater of Ölüdeniz is famous for its shades of turquoise and aquamarine, while its beach is an official Blue Flag beach, frequently rated among the top 5 beaches in the world by travelers and tourism journals alike.
Other known beach areas are Kusadasi and Bodrum.
Ölüdeniz is also famous for its paragliding opportunities. It is regarded as one of the best places in the world to paraglide due to its unique panoramic views, and Mount Babadağ’s exceptional height. Breathtaking panorama and stable weather conditions make launch site at Babadag Mountain the best in Europe.
I can’t describe with words how magnificent Ölüdeniz is so let me just post a video I found on Facebook by The World but I also took photographs last November.
Sources: The World, Wikipedia
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