Tranquility Is…Winter Sun In Ölüdeniz

When do beaches truly come into their own? In winter, when they’re empty, that’s when. You know we’re not beach people, but we do enjoy a hike to lonely stretches of the bays around Fethiye where we can appreciate the beauty of the southwest Turkey coastline. Towards the end of summer, we walked to Kuleli Koyu and even more recently, last week in fact, we set off to walk from Kayaköy to Ölüdeniz with friends.

Actually, ‘we’ is the wrong term. The intention was there for me and another friend, but my poor old walking boots are so old, they just thought, “Enough’s enough,” and, as we walked towards Kayaköy, both soles fell off. Amazing! Our other friend decided her footwear was also unsuitable for the terrain – or maybe she just liked the idea of being taken to Ölüdeniz by dolmuş rather than by feet – and so the rest of the group set off and we took the slightly easier option of public transport.

Belcekiz Beach, Ölüdeniz, Turkey

Belcekiz Beach under the winter sun

And this was the sight that greeted us when we arrived to await our trekking party. We don’t visit Ölüdeniz too often in summer but winter has a special, remote feel about it. All is quiet and peaceful; perfect for enjoying an Efes Pilsen in the winter sunshine, which, of course is exactly what we did.

In years gone by, Kumsal Pide was the only place that was open in winter, but in more recent times Sea Horse Restaurant has opened, too. The difference this year is that Sea Horse is serving food. A good move because there was a smattering of people down there, last week, enjoying Ölüdeniz for the beautiful place that it is…and ordering meals.

And, if enjoying a quiet lazy day in the winter sun isn’t enough for you, if conditions are good, you can still go paragliding in winter. You won’t have to look far – the guy will be around, asking anyone who ventures to Ölüdeniz if they’d like to go. Entrepreneurial spirit is year-round in Turkey.

Ölüdeniz in winter – Getting there from Fethiye, 2012-2013

  • The dolmuş from Fethiye to Ölüdeniz and back is every 20 minutes
  • After 6 pm the dolmuş is every hour and the last one back from Ölüdeniz is 11 o’clock
  • The fare between Fethiye and Ölüdeniz is 5 TL
  • We should point out that these are the official times and, as it’s winter, these times are likely to be haphazard. While we were there, the dolmuş wasn’t leaving until there were enough customers aboard. 

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  1. It’s funny, but I was just writing a line or two about Oludeniz for the second e-book when this post popped up – great minds think alike!

  2. @ Jack Scott: Curious now as to what you’re going to write about Ölü Deniz. It’s most definitely got its lovers and haters. 🙂

  3. . . brings new meaning to such as: ‘down on your uppers’ or ‘life and sole of the party’ – still that’s what you get when you buy cheap – built in redundancy!

  4. @ Alan: Taking exception to your assumption that my walking boots were cheap. They were actually expensive ones. However, they were over 10 years old, had walked many, many miles – in the UK and Turkey – and obviously didn’t enjoy sitting in the wardrobe unattended. 😉

  5. Such a magical place in the winter. We share the love for a lonely stretch of beach. I remember going there last December. It was deserted. We had a great time wandering around with the whole place virtually to ourselves. We could still get a meal and an Efes. The one thing I wish we had done was that walk from Kayaköy. It would have made our hike complete. But the folks we were with opted for a dolmus ride home instead. Love Turkey.

  6. A Turkish beach in winter – sounds wonderful about now 🙂

  7. Our son died 5 years ago aged 19 and he travelled to 22 countries in that time but wanted to travel to many more. Turkey was not among them. We visited Oludeniz last week and found it so peaceful, tranquil and beautiful that we scattered some of our son’s Ashes there in the sea…he would have loved it.

  8. @ Mark: Sure you’ll find a bit of space in your life one day to do the walk from Kayaköy to Ölüdeniz. So beautiful.

    @ Sophie: If you’re spending the winter in Norway, we’re not surprised you’re finding the beaches of Turkey an attractive thought. 🙂

  9. Thank you so much for your comment. Amazing that your son got to travel to 22 countries during his 19 years. You must be very proud – and Ölüdeniz is a beautiful place to share with him. Hope you get to visit again soon. x

  10. Very tranquil indeed! But our late September visit to Ölüdeniz was fairly quiet as well. And still warm enough for a dip in the waters. 🙂

  11. Ahh, Oludeniz at this time of the year is my kind of thing : ) Quite, peaceful and great temperatures, your photo is beautiful Julia, I am there in spirit!:) Ozlem

  12. @ Joy: Well Ölüdeniz wasn’t displaying swimming weather but one of the girls we were with still went for a swim! 🙂

    @ Ozlem’s Turkish Table: Much prefer beaches in winter to summer. 🙂

  13. I was lucky enough to sail into Ölüdeniz in the summer when the beaches were empty. I will never forget the sight and the stillness.

  14. @ BacktoBodrum: Yeah, even when it’s packed in the height of summer, you can still catch the special quiet moments in Ölüdeniz.

  15. We scattered our son’s Ashes there on his 25th birthday…he died aged 19 and travelled to 22 countries in his 19 years but not to Turkey. We do the travelling for him now – he would have loved Oludeniz and so did we. We live in Turkey now – it is a lovely place to be.

  16. @ Anne Baxter: A lovely idea that you do the travelling for him now. So glad you’re enjoying your life in Turkey.

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