Ölüdeniz From The Lycian Way: A Photo

Friday is here again. The weeks pass by so quickly and it doesn’t seem seven days since we were announcing our new-look Facebook page by way of a screenshot containing a photo of Fethiye. But that was last week – and this week we have a first for 2012…

Ölüdeniz From The Lycian Way

A view of Ölüdeniz from the Lycian Way

Throughout 2012, we’re (hopefully) going to be showing a different photo of the Fethiye region each Friday. The photo may not be from this year – we have a rather large back catalogue from previous years – but it will have been taken in the month we’re in. Searches through the archives have revealed that since 2008 when I got my camera, I haven’t taken a single photo of Ölüdeniz in January or February. We’ll rectify that in 2013 – but for today, here’s a photo many of you may recognise.

Not only is it our first photo of Ölüdeniz for 2012, it’s also our favourite photo of Ölüdeniz. This is the stupendous view of the Turkish, Mediterranean coastline, Belcekiz Beach and the Ölüdeniz lagoon from the shoulder of Babadağ.

In 2009, we decided it was about time we tackled the first stretch of Kate Clow’s famous 509 kilometre trek between Fethiye and Finike; the Lycian Way. The official start point was at the road entrance to the Montana Pine Resort Hotel and, despite reading about fantastic views such as this, we’d also read about some tough stretches along the way – so, as we passed the start, I was apprehensive as well as excited.

But the feelings that arise from coming face to face with views like this soon take over aching calves and tiredness. That day, we walked from Ovacık, along the Lycian Way to Faralya and then back to Ölüdeniz, via the mountain road. Never so pleased have we been to see the tables and chairs set up outside Kumsal Pide on our return, indicating that it was open!

We’ll have more posts about the Lycian Way coming up in the future – but for now, if this view has tempted you, it’s not an easy walk, so please don’t set off without doing the necessary research.

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  1. Very little to say to a view like that, except a slack-jawed WOW!

  2. @ Robin: Pretty decent view to be rewarded with after a tough bit of trekking isn’t it?! 🙂

  3. That’s so beautiful! Relaly kind of surreal how intense the blue is. Postcard-worthy for sure!

  4. Oh boy, this really blew my mind away!
    Is that why you chose Turkey?!

  5. @ Sabrina: Really beautiful isn’t it? 🙂 Everyone loves Ölü Deniz for the scenery.

    @ London Caller: Well, the southwest Turkish scenery certainly helped along the way, as well as the atmosphere of the place. 🙂

  6. wow that is an amazing view!!!!! When I drove through Turkey it was a freakish winter storm which had gone through- so I missed out on some of these fantastic views- as most things were covered with snow.

  7. Definitely a lovely sight!!

  8. @ Anjuli: Beautiful view of Ölüdeniz isn’t it. You can get some beautiful views in the snow, too – once the skies have cleared that is. 🙂

    @ Belinda: It is isn’t it?! 🙂

  9. Can’t wait to be back later this year 🙂 Love reading your posts, reminds me so much of everything I miss.

  10. @ Tania: Hope your countdown isn’t too long then and thanks for reading, too. 🙂

  11. Oh, brings back so many memories! DO they still have camels on the beach?

  12. Is it possible to take this photo from a hill around Oludeniz or is it only accessible from the Lycian road? I am not too much into walking up and down in the mountains but would love to take a photo from that angle since down on the beach the view is not the best for a lagoon shot.
    I used your photo again for my PC screen, bravo you have a good eye for photography.

  13. great shot of a great coastline.

  14. @ Suzanne: It;s only possible from the Lycian Way but there are some amazing views from the road, too. you could always go paragliding or take a microlight trip. 🙂

    @ Alan: Thank you. I think the scenery and the weather on the day helped a little with that one. 🙂

  15. Kaya Koyu Walker says

    Suzanne, The Lycian Way starts at the Montana Pine Resort in Ovacik and you can easily walk to the viewpoint where the picture was taken.

  16. @ Kaya Koyu Walker: I was out of puff by the time we reached there! 🙂

  17. @ Cally: Sorry, only just seen your comment. No camels on the beach now – too many paragliders and sunbathers! 🙂 They’ve got camels in Kayaköy though. One had a little baby last year. Really cute.

  18. I still remember the day I sailed into the lagoon at Oludeniz for the first time. Mid June 1981. It was just like sailing into Paradise. Then some heavy footed Jendarms came aboard to see what we were up to and rather spoilt the image

  19. Kaya Koyu Walker says

    If the Turkish Stars are appearing at the Oludeniz Air Games again this year, this is definitely the spot to head for to watch them. Much of their display is at low-level and at the viewpoint you’re above them for a large part of the time.

  20. @ Back yo Bodrum: Ha ha, yes it would spoil the image wouldn’t it? We always think the jandarma who are posted there are so lucky. I bet they’re really pleased when they get a posting to Ölüdeniz.:)

    @ Kaya Koyu Walker: Don’t know if it was just a one-off last time they appeared. They weren’t there last year. Would love to see them again. We were on the beach and it was dramatic enough. The side of Babadağ was packed. Good to see. 🙂

  21. João Branco says


    Can you tell me where exactly did you take this photo ? Or in which section of the Lycian Way.
    I will be in the area in a few weeks and would lake to go to a view point like this.

    Thank you

    • Hi, it’s actually quite close to the beginning of the stretch. You set off from Ovacık at the main start point. Just stay on the path and this scene will slowly come into view. Amazing isn’t it. 🙂 Enjoy.

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