Seeing Oludeniz from Every Angle on a Turkey Sailing Holiday
The phrase ‘pretty as a picture’ certainly applies to Oludeniz, a small village on the Turquoise Coast which is one of the most photographed spots in the whole of the Mediterranean.
Found close to Fethiye at the conjunction point of the Mediterranean and Aegean seas, the village is blessed with waters in every shade of blue and a beach that is consistently rated as one of the top five in the world. It is the blue lagoon found here, and after which Oludeniz is named, that is today the central focus for any Turkey sailing visit to the region.
The lagoon is a national nature reserve, meaning that any development on and around it is strictly controlled and, as a result, Oludeniz remains wonderfully unspoilt by tourism. Instead of bars and clubs, it is nature that takes centre stage and there are numerous activities to make enjoying this even better.
In particular, Oludeniz is famous for its paragliding. Its unbeatable and unique panoramic views make it one of the best places in the world to paraglide. The 1960 metre high Babadag Mountain acts as the perfect jump-off point for a flight that is set against the backdrop of pine-covered peaks and takes in such spectacular sights as Butterfly Valley and, of course, the Blue Lagoon.
Those who prefer to keep their feet on the ground can instead wander part or all of the way along the Lycian Way, a long-distance hiking trail that begins in Oludeniz and winds over 500 kilometres before finishing in the ancient city of Olympos. Alternatively, there is a range of water sports and sailing trips on and around Oludeniz’s calm waters that are perfectly suited to even the most amateur swimmer or sailor.