Fethiye in Winter – Ölüdeniz

Why go somewhere on a winter’s day when everything’s closed and there’s nobody around? Precisely for that reason. You may have guessed by now that we absolutely love the winter months in Fethiye. We’ve been to take photographs in Göcek and Gemiler Bay and today, it’s the turn of Ölüdeniz.

Belcekiz Beach - Ölüdeniz

Belcekiz Beach – Ölüdeniz

The friends who came out for New Year really wanted to see Ölüdeniz in winter seeing as they spend two weeks every July on a sunbed down here. It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday so what better day to choose for a winter visit?

A couple of places open, Turkish families ambling along the kordon (and some swimming!), the odd paraglider coming in to land and the stunning, clear stretch of sand and shingle that is Belcekiz Beach.

The boulders you can see are what were thrown up by the sea during the recent Fethiye storm and, by May, these will have been replaced by hundreds of beds, parasols and sunbathers.

Kumsal Pide - Ölüdeniz

Kumsal Pide – Ölüdeniz

Whatever the time of year, you can always rely on Kumsal Pide Restaurant being open. It was actually starting to get a bit nippy once the sun had started to go down so we didn’t sit at these tables (I just thought they made a good photo). We piled inside and ordered three medium pides and bowls of chips between five of us. Just perfect!

Click here for tempting, make-yourself-hungry photo of a Kumsal pide.

Sunset in Ölüdeniz

Sunset in Ölüdeniz

Feeling more than full from our mini pide feast, we walked back slowly along the promenade and enjoyed a particularly striking Ölüdeniz sunset.

The dolmuş goes over to Ölüdeniz from Fethiye throughout the winter months but it’s a reduced service. Always check with the driver when the last one is, otherwise you’ll find yourself with an expensive taxi ride.

Of course, if you’re feeling energetic, you can always trek from Kayaköy to Ölüdeniz. On a crisp, clear, winter day, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views and you’ll see this area of Turkey in its full glory.

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  1. Looks beautiful. The sun sets over the water in winter, rather than over the hill – added bonus!

  2. @ Tony: Yes, the sunset isn’t quite as dramatic in summer is it? I loved watching it when we were there, last week.

  3. I totally agree, it is truly the best time of year to be there. The whole area takes on a different feeling compared to that of high season.

    You may have done this already buy when you are next back in the area, I also recommend you guys taking the mountain road towards Uzunyurt. The scenery is something else.

    Thanks for the lovely post & fantastic pics.

  4. Cold and everything shuts down? Sounds like here! I love how you take me to a Turkey I haven’t really seen before.

  5. @ Anonymous: Thanks for your comment. We love to see the uninterrupted scenery. We have been to the Uzunyurt area a few times. We’re going to do a post on it when we next do the first part of the Lycian Way so you’ll have to keep an eye out for that one. 🙂

    @ Belinda: And there’s still more to come! 🙂

  6. I love those sunset shots, especially the one of the tables. I just want to be there…

  7. @ Corinne: Yeah, I have to admit, I like the one with the chairs and tables.

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