Ölüdeniz To Kabak In Photos

Whenever we have friends over to visit, we always like to try to take them somewhere in the area that they’ve never seen before – somewhere that sends them home with vivid memories of their time in Turkey. The friends who are here at the moment have been to Fethiye many times before, and so, for this visit, we were racking our brains. This one had to be good…

And then it came to us. The ultimate in dramatic, Southwest Turkey beauty; that which inspires awe amongst all – and even makes you feel a bit dizzy if you look down too quickly. We’d hired a car for a couple of days so we decided it was high time we introduced our friends to Kabak.

Gület, Ölüdeniz, Turkey

A gület heading towards the lagoon at Ölüdeniz

The road from Ölüdeniz to Kabak is clearly visible to sunbathers on Belcekiz Beach in Ölüdeniz, those enjoying a relaxing day at Gemiler Bay and to sailors going about their business along this stretch of amazing coastline. It’s a scar that begins amongst the hotels of Belcekiz before stretching off into the distance and climbing the foothills of Babadağ.

Blue Seas At Ölüdeniz, Turkey

Inviting waters around the coast of Ölüdeniz

Within minutes, the driver and passengers are rewarded with enough height to force the driver to pull over to the side of the road, admire, oooh and ahhh, take lots of photos and come to realise just why it is that Ölüdeniz became so famous. This is not a stretch of road to be rushed. No. Take your time and allow yourself to be blown away by natural beauty.

Climbing Towards Faralya

Climbing through the mountain scenery

The road to Kabak isn’t for everyone. It’s steep, winding and narrow with sheer drops, but, in our opinion, those who brave the journey get to see Southwest Turkey and the Turquoise Coast at its fantastic best. No one said you had make it to Kabak in record time. 1st and 2nd gear, easy does it…and as soon as you spy an opportunity, get out of the car to take yet more photos.

Approaching Butterfly Valley

Spectacular coastal views near Butterfly Valley

You don’t realise how much you’ve climbed until you see the vast Mediterranean directly below you. Yachts have become the only specks of white that interrupt the blanket of vivid blue…

Butterfly Valley, Faralya

A sneak peek of Butterfly Valley

…and the cliffs plunge vertically into the sea, occasionally allowing the formation of bays and beaches. You’ll know when you reach this section of road. Colossal boulders by the side of the road remind us how small and insignificant we are as we potter about in our little car. Stop the car here and, without getting too close to the edge of course, take a peek downwards. We’re standing above Butterfly Valley and are almost in Faralya.

But we’ve not come to Faralya today. We need to drive through the village, passing the fork in the road that leads to the village of Kirme before becoming the Lycian Way footpath back to Ovacık. Drive by the agricultural terraces, boutique hotels and camping bungalows of Faralya and continue to follow the road. We’ve got a further 7 kilometres to go…

Olive Garden, Kabak

Entrance to the Olive Garden Camp and Restaurant

We’re in Lycian Way territory now and Kabak is a popular first overnight stop along the route. Eventually, 100 metres or so before the road ends completely, we see a sign that tells us we’ve reached our destination. We’ve been to Kabak in the past (a good few years ago) but the Olive Garden is a first for us as well as for our friends. We’ve got high hopes as it’s been recommended by so many people.

I don’t much fancy inching the car down the steep, rubble track so we park on the road and follow the arrows on foot. Five minutes later, we’re on the terraces of the the Olive Garden Restaurant, mouths agape…but those photos are for the next post!

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Comments

  1. I felt utterly transported reading this. Wonderful shots. I never made it along there, wish I had, it’s clearly STUNNING! Can’t wait to see the next instalment.

  2. . . a reminder of what we’re missing by avoiding ‘touristic’ parts of the country. Really enjoyable post!

  3. Amazing coincidence. We travelled this road for the first time yesterday but I didn’t have the camera so thank you for the great shots.
    Jane

  4. I’m not sure That I would like to met any passing traffic on your road but the views are certainly worth the risk! Incredible views and what a perfect day!

  5. @ Cally: Thanks. This is just the build-up. Don’t think I’ve ever taken so many photos in one day. 😉 Kabak and the surrounding sea and mountains are just beautiful.

  6. @ Alan: Why, thank you very much. So beautiful around Kabak but we really hope businesses don’t spoil the area. The one where we went seems to be working hard to preserve all that is beautiful about Kabak. 🙂

    @ Jane: It’s a funny old world isn’t it – and what a shame you didn’t have your camera for this this beautiful stretch of road between Ölüdeniz and Kabak. 🙂

  7. @ Jenny: You don’t meet too many cars coming in the opposite direction but a bit of careful driving keeps you prepared. 😉 The views over Ölüdeniz and Butterfly Valley are amazing but it got even better once we got to Kabak and the Olive Garden.

  8. deepasforever says

    This looks absolutely fantastic. I have it on my list now!

  9. steven oliver says

    the olive garden is such a cool place,if like me when your on holidays you like tourist places (sky sports,lots of choice etc) but also like to dip your toes into the real turkey then you can easily get the bus from olu deniz. a couple of nights here cost us just over £100.00 but did include breakfast and your evening meal, and the view is epic. Fatih the owner grows veg and salad in his own garden, the food was great. i was in two minds when i saw this post as it is a little secret gem, but this place fights to keep the valley from turning into another olu deniz,check em out on trip advisor or google “olive garden kabak” this is the real deal.

  10. @ deepasforever: It’s certainly worth your effort. Kabak and Olive Garden are beautiful.

    @ steven oliver: Thanks a lot for your comment. Gonna do a post on the Olive Garden tomorrow and about Kabak in general. It’s already more developed than when we were last there. Hopefully they’ll keep it as it is now… 🙂

  11. Hey,your walking in my footsteps this time!!! We did this same journey two weeks ago and took the same photos!! It is a stunning road and well worth the effort for the Olive Garden at the end of it. Look forward to your blog abut it.

  12. @ MBS01: Ha ha, whenever we look at other people’s Turkey photos, we recognise some of our own in there – people are attracted by the same views, aren’t they? 🙂 We absolutely loved the Olive Garden – and I took LOADS of photos there, too. Bet you did too, didn’t you? You’ll probably have some of the same ones as us! 😉

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