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Olu Deniz Holidays

Olu Deniz is situated in the Dalaman area of Turkey and it truly is a delightful resort in which to spend your holiday. There is a famous beauty spot here which is the Blue Lagoon and photographs of the lagoon feature in most travel agents' brochures as well as on many of the scenic postcards illustrating this outstanding area of Turkey.

The nearest airport to Olu Deniz is Dalaman International Airport which is approximately an hour and a half from the resort, during which time you will travel through some mountainous pine clad areas which are quite breathtaking. The actual flying time from the UK to Dalaman is between four and five hours depending on your departure airport.

Most major airlines fly to this very popular part of the world including Turkish Airlines, Thomas Cook and Easyjet. A UK passport valid for at least three months is required for entry into Turkey. There are lots of taxis and coaches for hire at the airport so transfer to your destination will not be a problem if you are not taking a package holiday.

The accommodation available in Olu Deniz is varied. There are luxurious hotels, pensions and, of course, villas and apartments for those who prefer self catering holidays. Olu Deniz is therefore ideal for groups and individuals of all sizes and at all budget levels. There is a good range of restaurants catering for every cuisine as well as beach side bars, many of which have roof terraces surrounded with grape vines and the atmosphere on the roof is very pleasant during the evening as the music gets lively and the Raki is flowing.

Olu Deniz is not really a clubber's paradise but nearby Hisaronu is the place to visit for quite hectic nightlife. As well as taxis, an easy way to travel relatively short distances is the dolmus. A dolmus is a mini bus and although there are official dolmus stops, if you raise your arm and there is room on the bus for you the driver will stop to pick you up along the route. Obviously, dolmus fares are much cheaper than taxis and they can be quite crowded but a dolmus ride is an experience and is a great way to get about locally.

The beach at Olu Deniz stretches around the entire bay area and is well stocked with umbrellas and sunbeds and there are a variety of watersports on offer for the more athletic holidaymaker. The Blue Lagoon is open to holidaymakers and a dip in the clear blue water is most refreshing and this really is a place not to miss. The lagoon is also very safe for children to swim in. As it is surrounded by mountains, the resort of Olu Deniz offers the adventurous amongst you the opportunity to paraglide. Paragliding is carried out tandem style and all the pilots are licenced and very experienced.

The drive to the top of the mountain can be quite spectacular as you travel with your pilots in a mini bus along narrow winding roads constantly climbing higher and higher. Once at the top, you are soon dressed in a suitable outfit and fitted into your harness and when it is your turn to go, you run off the mountain top and once airborne slip into a sitting position in the harness. The views are absolutely stunning and the journey down about half an hour but you will find this a really amazing experience.

There are boat trips from Olu Deniz to other beaches in the area and one pleasant trip is to Gemiler Island which was dedicated to St Nicholas. The Kayakoy Village is an interesting place to visit with its empty houses and the nearby village of Dalyan is the location of several Lycian Tombs set into the mountainside. The town of Fethiye is a dolmus ride away and here you will find a harbour surrounded by restaurants and bars as well as some excellent shops and a bustling weekly market.

Shopping in Turkey is paradise for the shopaholic and Fethiye is brimming with shops. There are numerous souvenir shops, boutiques displaying designer wear and many jewellery outlets offering very attractively designed gold items which are very good value. To shop in Turkey, one must haggle with the shopkeeper or market stall holder. This practise can be very entertaining and is expected by the traders and many a bargain will be gained.

Olu Deniz is one of the many jewels in Turkey's crown and is a resort you will want to return to time and time again.

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