Ölüdeniz is a popular Mediterranean tourist city along Turkey's Lycian coast. Many visitors enjoy hiking along the landscape's rugged mountains, viewing ancient ruins, and enjoying the vibrant waterfront nightlife scene.
Here you can relax and float in this Dead Sea lagoon, protected within the Ölüdeniz National Park.
This valley hosts thousands of monarch butterflies every year during their migration route in late spring. There are also many hikes and waterfalls here for visitors.
The ancient ghost town ruins of Kayaköy are beautifully preserved for tourists and many local artists who flock to its quiet countryside location in the summer months.
In the summer months, this gorge is a popular destination due to its ample shade, cooler temperatures, and hiking opportunities.
Take a river boat tour from Ölüdeniz, passing through sea turtle-filled waters, to the Lycian rock tombs built into the side of a towering cliff.
The best time to visit Ölüdeniz is from May to June, or from October to November when there are less tourists, the weather temperature is moderate, and the prices for daily tours into the surrounding towns are cheaper.
Dalaman International Airport (DLM) is the most common way travelers enter the city, located 1.5 hours to the north. Visitors can then rent their own personal car or travel by bus to reach Ölüdeniz.
Drive the iconic Lycian coastline from Antalya on the D400, making the journey in just four hours.
Bus companies like METRO Turizm, Pamukkale, or Kamil Koc offer regular lines from other big Turkish cities including Izmir, Antalya, and Istanbul. A one-way ticket from Istanbul costs around ₺100.
The Flora Palm Resort in the English-tourist district of Hisarönü offers several outdoor pools and close access to Ölüdeniz Beach. The Telmossos Hotel is an all inclusive resort-style accommodation that also serves liquor.
Hisarönü - here you will find the highest concentration of hotels, bars, and restaurant options. Due to the high volume of British tourists, this area is also very English-language friendly.
Fethiye - a slightly bigger city to the North, this area has every type of landscape from marshlands to white sand beaches, bustling urban centers to quiet mountain-top verandas.
Kabak - this area removed from the main tourist thoroughfare is a popular hippie-like camping center attracting a younger crowd of visitors.
The most common way to travel is by local minibus. These buses will take you between the many spread out rural towns for ₺2.50 a ride, which can be paid in cash to the driver upon entering the bus.
There are many taxis within this region. Tariffs start at ₺4, and can cost around ₺15-20 for a ride between the towns of Hisarönü and Ölüdeniz city center.
Rent a car, quad, or motorbike from the districts of Hisarönü or Fethiye for between ₺80-150 a day.
There are many outdoor shopping stalls selling beach wear clothing, tourist trinkets, and local food along the waterfront in Ölüdeniz and the main street in Hisarönü. The biggest indoor air-conditioned shopping mall is Erasta in nearby Fethiye.
AZDA and Bim supermarkets are the two largest food shopping stores. A dozen eggs costs ₺6.
The best place to eat is Buzz Beach Bar on the waterfront, serving freshly caught fish, Turkish cold plates, and mixed drinks at affordable prices. A typical meal with drinks costs ₺50.