Ölüdeniz

Swimming in the calm turquoise waters of Ölüdeniz Lagoon and lying on the sun warmed beach of white sand are joys difficult to put into words. Turkey’s southwestern town of Fethiye is also a short boat trip away from Butterfly Valley (Kelebekler Vadisi), and the beautiful bays of Kabak and Gemile. But the lagoon is a highlight in this region of spectacular natural beauty. In recent years holiday makers here have noticed more and more paragliders floating across the blue sky. Behind the lagoon rises Mount Babadağ with an altitude of 1980 metres. Its natural thermals and winds, plus one of the loveliest panoramic views in the world over the lagoon and surrounding coast have made the mountain Turkey’s most popular paragliding centre. Four wheel drive vehicles climb to the jump-off point in 45 minutes. Every tear more and more people come here to fly in tandem with one of Turkey’s top paraglider pilots, whose expertise is a major safety factor for the less experienced. As a result not a single accident has occurred here. Many European paraglider pilots also come here to enjoy flying for several hours at a height of 2500-3000 metres over untouched natural scenery.

Ideal conditions for this increasingly popular sport make it possible to fly as far as Patara with its vast sand beach and ancient ruins. The round trip takes approximately three hours, and offers a unique bird’s eye view of splendid scenery.

Ölüdeniz Lagoon is just a 1.5 hour drive from Dalaman Airport, and while the lagoon itself is a conservation area, there is plenty of good accommodation to suit all pockets nearby.