Ölüdeniz

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

Blue Lagoon in the centre with the surrounding coves and mountains. In the lower right of the photo is the town of 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. The town and the lagoon are both known as Ölüdeniz, which literally means “dead sea” and used to refer only to the lagoon.

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.

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

Most buses will drop you off at the bus station in Fethiye, from there you can take a very frequent minibus (dolmuş).

Dolmuş busses running from Fethiye to Ölüdeniz connect Ovacık with both cities.

the festival Ölüdeniz
  • Blue Lagoon (Ölüdeniz). Access to the beach is shut by the evening, around 18:00. 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 7 TL per person. You will also likely have to hire a beach chair which are an additional 15 TL each (15 TL for an umbrella). 7 TL. (updated May 2018)

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