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Oludeniz Beach – Ölüdeniz, Turkey

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None of the Blue Lagoon movies were filmed in Oludeniz Beach, but they should have been! The water is the most gorgeous shade of turquoise imaginable. In fact, in searching filming locations for Hollywood movies, there doesn’t seem to be any major films that used Olundeniz Beach or neighboring towns Fethiye, Hisaranu or Ovacik, as well as the Babadag mountains and surrounding bays and coves in ANY movie.

Well, it is Hollywood’s loss, as this is one of the most picturesque areas of the universe. Parts of the movie “African Queen” with Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn were filmed in nearby Dalyan Delta, back when real locations meant something.

Oludeniz BeachThe exact definition of Olu Deniz is Dead Sea or Calm Sea, and because of its sheltered location nestled beside the Babdag Mountains that rise 6, 400 feet above sea level, the water is always calm even during storms affecting the Aegean Sea. Oludeniz beach is near the village of Fethiye, on the province Mugia located on the Southwest coast of Turkey’s Aegean Sea.

This is a photographer and Para glider’s paradise. The mountains serve as launching points for tandem Para gliders that sail over this panoramic, beautiful beach and land on nearby Belcegiz Beach. It is also one of the most photographed locations on the Mediterranean in the world, looking like a picture perfect postcard at all times.

Oludeniz Beach is a nature preserve with no building being allowed, so tourists stay in one of the nearby towns or villages. Fethiye is a nice village with live music, Turkish bars as well as a bazaar for shoppers. Scuba diving excursions and a 12 island boat tour start from there. Walkers and hikers will also love the footpaths winding all among the secluded bays and coves. Once, the site of an ancient city, there are still the remains of Lycian rock tombs, sarcophagi and a small Roman theatre nearby.

Oludeniz Beach from paragliderHeat in summer tops 100 degrees often in Fethiye, so the cooler town of Hisaronu higher in the mountains and less humid, is also popular. It is a lively village, with more bars and restaurants. A newer resort area of Ovacik, offers tourists a little more peaceful base camp. Everything in the area is within a 15 minute walk from each other.