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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
The village and the beach by the lagoon was locally known as '''Belcekız''' or '''Belceğiz''' before the area became a magnet for mass tourism, although today many people in the area have no idea about what Belcekız is and the town as well as the lagoon are both known as Ölüdeniz.
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The village and the beach by the lagoon was locally known as '''Belcekız''' or '''Belceğiz''' before the area became a magnet for mass tourism, although today many people in the area have no idea about what Belcekız is and the town as well as the lagoon are both known as Ölüdeniz, which literally means "dead sea" and originally referred only to the lagoon itself.
  
 
Inland to the north, 2 km to Ölüdeniz, are the former villages of '''Ovacık''' and '''Hisarönü''', with occasional family-run guesthouses only a decade ago, but are today concrete sprawls of hotels and bars, agglomerated almost without a gap with the town of Ölüdeniz. Both serve as "bedroom communities" that offer accommodation that is close to but cheaper than Ölüdeniz proper.
 
Inland to the north, 2 km to Ölüdeniz, are the former villages of '''Ovacık''' and '''Hisarönü''', with occasional family-run guesthouses only a decade ago, but are today concrete sprawls of hotels and bars, agglomerated almost without a gap with the town of Ölüdeniz. Both serve as "bedroom communities" that offer accommodation that is close to but cheaper than Ölüdeniz proper.
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==See==
 
==See==
  
* <see name="Blue Lagoon" alt="Ölüdeniz" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Access to the beach is shut by the evening, around 6PM" price="">Known in Turkish literally as "dead sea" because of the stillness of the water, the lagoon is a nature preserve.</see>
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* <see name="Blue Lagoon" alt="Ölüdeniz" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="Access to the beach is shut by the evening, around 6PM" price="5 TL" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Known in Turkish literally as "dead sea" because of the stillness of the water, the lagoon is a nature preserve. To enter the park there is a fee of 5 TL per person. You will also likely have to hire a beach chair which are an additional 6 TL each (5 TL for an umbrella).</see>
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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[[Image:Flying Over the Paradise Turkey.jpg.jpg|thumb|Paraglider over the tip of the lagoon's sandbar]]
  
 
* <do name="Paragliding" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A number of companies in Ölüdeniz offer paragliding opportunities from the summit of nearby Mt. Babadağ, about 1,900 mt from the sea elevation. A "trip" from the top to the beach takes around an hour and offers stunning views of the Blue Lagoon and the valleys and mountains covered with pine forests around. Training and tandem flights are also possible for those unexperienced at paragliding.</do>
 
* <do name="Paragliding" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A number of companies in Ölüdeniz offer paragliding opportunities from the summit of nearby Mt. Babadağ, about 1,900 mt from the sea elevation. A "trip" from the top to the beach takes around an hour and offers stunning views of the Blue Lagoon and the valleys and mountains covered with pine forests around. Training and tandem flights are also possible for those unexperienced at paragliding.</do>
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===Budget===
 
===Budget===
* <sleep name="Sultan Motel" alt="" address="Kırıncağıl Mahallesi, Ovacık-Ölüdeniz" directions="about 250 mt from Ovacık-Ölüdeniz highway towards the start of Lycian Way, follow the signs for Lycian Way or much bigger 'Montana Resort Hotel'" phone="+90 252 616-61-39" email="info@sultanmotel.com" fax="+90 252 616-62-61" url="http://www.sultanmotel.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Double rooms (low/high season): 25 TL/30 TL bed and breakfast per person, 35 TL/40 TL half board per person. 0-6 years of age free, 7-12 years of age 50% discount">A hotel at the official trailhead of [[Lycian Way]], a very convenient base to get rest after/before your long hike. Rooms with en-suite bathrooms, air-con, and balconies.</sleep>
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<sleep name="Montenegro Motel" alt="" address="Faralya Village" directions="hills of Butterfly Valley" phone="+90 252 642 11 77" email="info@montenegromotel.com" url="www.onurmotelfaralya.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="Double room about TL55 per person per night, which includes breakfast and home-cooked dinner."> Run by a Turkish family Montenegro Motel is a great place to stay, with a view of Babadag and Butterfly Valley. The rooms are bungalows made of natural materials and built in traditional style: exterior is covered with stone work and the interior is covered with natural wood work.Montenegro Motel is only 7 km far from Ölüdeniz following the Faralya road.></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Sultan Motel" alt="" address="Kırıncağıl Mahallesi, Ovacık-Ölüdeniz" directions="about 250 mt from Ovacık-Ölüdeniz highway towards the start of Lycian Way, follow the signs for Lycian Way or much bigger 'Montana Resort Hotel'" phone="+90 252 616-61-39" email="info@sultanmotel.com" fax="+90 252 616-62-61" url="http://www.sultanmotel.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Double rooms (low/high season): 25 TL/30 TL bed and breakfast per person, 35 TL/40 TL half board per person. 0-6 years of age free, 7-12 years of age 50% discount">A hotel at the official trailhead of [[Lycian Way]], a very convenient base to get rest after/before your long hike. Rooms with en-suite bathrooms, air-con, and balconies, all with the view of large pool.</sleep>
  
 
===Mid-range===
 
===Mid-range===
* <sleep name="Aygul Hotel" alt="" address="Ölüdeniz" directions="" phone="+90 252 617 00 86" url="http://www.aygulhotel.com/english.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="info@aygulhotel.com" fax="+90 252 617 06 10">Family owned, small hotel. Rooms with air-con, TV, and balcony. There are also a swimming pool with children section, playground, and safety boxes. Staff is friendly and fluent in English and French. The hotel is on the top of a small hill, therefore it has clean and cool air flow. View of the Oludeniz from the Hotel is breathtaking. 600 m. away to the beach.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Aygul Hotel" alt="" address="" directions="600 m. from the beach" phone="+90 252 617 00 86" url="http://www.aygulhotel.com/english.html" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="info@aygulhotel.com" fax="+90 252 617 06 10">Family owned, small hotel. Rooms with air-con, TV, and balcony. There are also a swimming pool with children section, playground, and safety boxes. Staff is friendly and fluent in English and French. The hotel is on the top of a small hill, so it has clean and cool air flow. View of the Oludeniz from the hotel is breathtaking.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Orka Village" alt="" address="" directions="4 km from the Oludeniz beach and a short walk to the centre of Hisaronu" phone="0117 230 3677 in the UK" url="http://orkavillagerentals.co.uk" checkin="After 4pm" checkout="12:00 pm" price="2 BR ground floor self-catering apartment from £250 per week" lat="" long="" email="orkavillagerentals@gmail.com" fax="">Orka Village is set in a private complex with breathtaking views of the Babadag mountains. The site is beautifully landscaped and features a 650sq metre swimming pool and a separate children’s pool. There is also a bar/snack bar on site. The complex also features a reception, secure parking and 24h security.</sleep>
  
 
===Splurge===
 
===Splurge===
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
* [[Faralya|Butterfly Valley (Faralya)]] is a canyon to the south, on the sea-shore, with some rare butterflies and waterfalls. Boats and minibuses head there from Ölüdeniz.
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* [[Faralya|Butterfly Valley (Faralya)]] is a remote canyon to the south, on the sea-shore, with some rare butterflies and waterfalls. Boats and minibuses head there from Ölüdeniz. A little further south, at the end of the road is the village of [[Kabak]], which has a canyon similar to Butterfly Valley, although a little easier to access.
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* For a bit of history and a deserted ghost town experience in your trip, take the road to west from Hisarönü and head to [[Kayaköy]], where hundreds of partially ruined houses cover the side of a hill.
 
* Ovacık to the north of Ölüdeniz marks the official beginning of [[Lycian Way]], a 500+ km hiking trail leading to [[Antalya]] in the east.
 
* Ovacık to the north of Ölüdeniz marks the official beginning of [[Lycian Way]], a 500+ km hiking trail leading to [[Antalya]] in the east.
  
 
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Revision as of 22:05, 6 December 2012

Blue Lagoon in the centre with the surrounding coves and mountains. In the lower right of the photo is the town of Ölüdeniz.

Ölüdeniz is a town near Fethiye in Turkey, famous for its 'Blue Lagoon'.

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Understand

The village and the beach by the lagoon was locally known as Belcekız or Belceğiz before the area became a magnet for mass tourism, although today many people in the area have no idea about what Belcekız is and the town as well as the lagoon are both known as Ölüdeniz, which literally means "dead sea" and originally referred only to the lagoon itself.

Inland to the north, 2 km to Ölüdeniz, are the former villages of Ovacık and Hisarönü, with occasional family-run guesthouses only a decade ago, but are today concrete sprawls of hotels and bars, agglomerated almost without a gap with the town of Ölüdeniz. Both serve as "bedroom communities" that offer accommodation that is close to but cheaper than Ölüdeniz proper.

Get in

Ölüdeniz is connected to Fethiye with a wide road that is well-paved and is in a very good condition.

There is also a very frequent minibus (dolmuş) service between Fethiye and Ölüdeniz.

Get around

See

  • Blue Lagoon (Ölüdeniz). Access to the beach is shut by the evening, around 6PM. Known in Turkish literally as "dead sea" because of the stillness of the water, the lagoon is a nature preserve. To enter the park there is a fee of 5 TL per person. You will also likely have to hire a beach chair which are an additional 6 TL each (5 TL for an umbrella). 5 TL.

Do

Paraglider over the tip of the lagoon's sandbar
  • Paragliding. A number of companies in Ölüdeniz offer paragliding opportunities from the summit of nearby Mt. Babadağ, about 1,900 mt from the sea elevation. A "trip" from the top to the beach takes around an hour and offers stunning views of the Blue Lagoon and the valleys and mountains covered with pine forests around. Training and tandem flights are also possible for those unexperienced at paragliding.

Buy

  • Dia, (on the Hisarönü roundabout). Store of national supermarket chain Dia. Fresh fruits and vegetables, snacks, soft and alchoholic beverages. Credit cards are accepted.

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Budget

Montenegro Motel, Faralya Village (hills of Butterfly Valley), +90 252 642 11 77 (), [1]. Run by a Turkish family Montenegro Motel is a great place to stay, with a view of Babadag and Butterfly Valley. The rooms are bungalows made of natural materials and built in traditional style: exterior is covered with stone work and the interior is covered with natural wood work.Montenegro Motel is only 7 km far from Ölüdeniz following the Faralya road.> Double room about TL55 per person per night, which includes breakfast and home-cooked dinner..

  • Sultan Motel, Kırıncağıl Mahallesi, Ovacık-Ölüdeniz (about 250 mt from Ovacık-Ölüdeniz highway towards the start of Lycian Way, follow the signs for Lycian Way or much bigger 'Montana Resort Hotel'), +90 252 616-61-39 (, fax: +90 252 616-62-61), [2]. A hotel at the official trailhead of Lycian Way, a very convenient base to get rest after/before your long hike. Rooms with en-suite bathrooms, air-con, and balconies, all with the view of large pool. Double rooms (low/high season): 25 TL/30 TL bed and breakfast per person, 35 TL/40 TL half board per person. 0-6 years of age free, 7-12 years of age 50% discount.

Mid-range

  • Aygul Hotel, (600 m. from the beach), +90 252 617 00 86 (, fax: +90 252 617 06 10), [3]. Family owned, small hotel. Rooms with air-con, TV, and balcony. There are also a swimming pool with children section, playground, and safety boxes. Staff is friendly and fluent in English and French. The hotel is on the top of a small hill, so it has clean and cool air flow. View of the Oludeniz from the hotel is breathtaking.
  • Orka Village, (4 km from the Oludeniz beach and a short walk to the centre of Hisaronu), 0117 230 3677 in the UK (), [4]. checkin: After 4pm; checkout: 12:00 pm. Orka Village is set in a private complex with breathtaking views of the Babadag mountains. The site is beautifully landscaped and features a 650sq metre swimming pool and a separate children’s pool. There is also a bar/snack bar on site. The complex also features a reception, secure parking and 24h security. 2 BR ground floor self-catering apartment from £250 per week.

Splurge

Get out

  • Butterfly Valley (Faralya) is a remote canyon to the south, on the sea-shore, with some rare butterflies and waterfalls. Boats and minibuses head there from Ölüdeniz. A little further south, at the end of the road is the village of Kabak, which has a canyon similar to Butterfly Valley, although a little easier to access.
  • For a bit of history and a deserted ghost town experience in your trip, take the road to west from Hisarönü and head to Kayaköy, where hundreds of partially ruined houses cover the side of a hill.
  • Ovacık to the north of Ölüdeniz marks the official beginning of Lycian Way, a 500+ km hiking trail leading to Antalya in the east.
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