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.
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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