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boulders you can see are what were thrown up by the sea during the recent Fethiye storm and, by May, these will have been replaced by hundreds of beds, parasols and sunbathers.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