One of the most photographed areas of Turkey, Olüdeniz has a sheltered lagoon with a mile long crescent of white shingle beach leading to it, and deep blue waters, all within a lush green national park.
With a holiday villa in Olüdeniz you will be well catered for – there are plentiful restaurants, shops and roof-top cocktail bars – but as a protected area there are no high-rise buildings, and the nightlife is less energetic than in some other resorts.
Olüdeniz is the starting point of the 500km Lycian Way walk, and the rocky mountain villages and old mule tracks in the area make for perfect hiking terrain. However the scenery of Olüdeniz is even better when seen from above; considered to be one of the best places in the world to paraglide, a tandem jump off the top off the striking Mount Babadag allows adrenalin junkies jaw-dropping views. If heights aren’t your thing, spend your days paddling and swimming in the Blue Lagoon’s waters, hire a canoe or pedalo to spot flying fish and turtles, or visit nearby Butterfly Valley, with its waterfalls and rich variety of flora and fauna.