Preparing for a holiday can be incredibly stressful, but isn’t it a relief when you finally touch down at your destination and you can actually relax? If you’re looking for ideas for the ultimate laidback break, you can’t go far wrong with a beach holiday in Turkey, especially if you head to Olu Deniz.
This little resort on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast is pretty ideal for any travelling party, whether you’re jetting off with your other half or taking the whole family with you. Check out our guide to see what you can get up to here (if, indeed, you have the inclination to do much more than lie on the sun-soaked beach!).
Lie on the sun-soaked beach
Okay, we should probably tackle this particular activity first, seeing as we’ve already mentioned it! The main beach at Olu Deniz, Belcegiz Beach, comprises a mixture of shingle and coarse sand and is backed by a charming promenade packed with small shops and places to eat. You’ll be struck by just how blue the waters are here – it’s not called the Turquoise Coast for nothing!
You can also take your beach towel to other parts of the region. Kumburnu – or Blue Lagoon – Beach is amazingly pretty and, inevitably, attracts crowds of sun-seekers at the weekends. But it’s well worth braving the hustle and bustle to claim a patch of sand for yourself, or perhaps delaying your visit until after the weekend. If you do feel like going for a walk, the Blue Lagoon National Park is located just down the road from here.
If you don’t mind making a bit of effort to get to the seaside, Camel Beach should also be on your list of places to visit. It’s only accessible by boat, but it is wonderfully quiet, so definitely consider escaping here if you want to get away from the crowds on the main beaches of Olu Deniz.
Nearby Fethiye offers lots of potential expeditions for divers keen to revel in the peace and quiet of the world under the sea. You’ll be able to spot plenty of creatures and plants thanks to the fact the sea here has no tides. The diving schools in the area provide tours for both novice and experienced divers, so don’t be afraid to jump in!
If you have an interest in all things history-related, you can join an archaeological diving tour and see artefacts such as amphora that date back to the reign of Alexander the Great.
Set sail for the unknown
Okay, it’s not quite the unknown, but you can see more of the Olu Deniz region and beyond by taking to the sea on a sailing tour. There are few things more relaxing than reclining in a boat and letting the captain take you to some of the most picturesque places in the area, such as the Blue Cave, St Nicholas Island and the various islands between Fethiye and Gocek.
Add a bit of excitement to your trip by opting for a moonlit sailing expedition; you’ll see Olu Deniz in quite literally a whole new light, and there’s something about watching the sun set over the sea from your boat that you’ll never forget.
Enjoy a drink (or two)
You probably won’t need to wind down much in the evening if you’ve already spent all day doing pretty much nothing, but it’s still nice to end the night with a couple of drinks in a relaxing setting.
One of the most popular places for socialising in Olu Deniz is the Buzz Beach Bar, where you can treat yourself to an ice cream cocktail or a frozen margarita. Help Bar next door is the perfect venue for some casual dining, while Cloud 9 is a bar with a paragliding theme – the sport is a popular one in Olu Deniz, and you can watch the paragliding action from the last day as you relax with a drink.