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Olu Deniz Holidays 

Olu Deniz is a lovely coastal resort sat on the dreamy Turkish Riviera. Among the most photographed spots in the Med, Olu Deniz really is the perfect beach destination. The name in English translates to 'Dead Sea', a reference to the lazy, calm waters of the Olu Deniz bay. But it's not just the tranquility which lures in the visitors. The sea's colours are amazing, with the water being known as the Blue Lagoon. From the Blue Flag beach to the picturesque pine hill backdrop, Olu Deniz holidays offer breaks in one of the best small villages in Turkey.

Temperature °C

Olu Deniz enjoys as warm a climate as anywhere in the Mediterranean. Expect average highs upwards of 20°C from April to November, with summers normally exceeding 30°C. Temperatures are cooler, but still pretty mild in winter.


Dalaman Airport – Dalaman Airport's around 60km from Olu Deniz, making it about an hour's drive.

Book a cheap holiday to Olu Deniz with Airtours to experience some of the finest beaches and most impressive scenery in all of the Med. 

Featured holidays in Olu Deniz

smartline Flamingo

7 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Hotel highlights
  • Large outdoor swimming pool
  • Poolside cocktail bar
  • Spa centre with sauna and Turkish bath

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What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Hotel Marcan Beach

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Café bar and pool snack bar
  • 50m from sandy Belcekiz beach
  • Outdoor pool and kids' pool

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Based on 441 reviews

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What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Nicholas Park Hotel

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Hillside location with wonderful views
  • Free shuttle to private beach
  • Three outdoor pools

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Based on 727 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Olu Deniz keeps things simple, offering up the irresistible combination of stunning natural beauty and a vibrant and welcoming local culture. The range of things to keep you busy in this small village is impressive. From relaxing with a cold drink at your All Inclusive hotel to hunting down deals in the local market, there's never going to be a dull moment. 

Turkey's coast may be lined with pristine beaches, but there aren’t many as gorgeous as the Blue Flag beach at Olu Deniz. The blue lagoon offers consistently calm waters, making it an ideal spot for all the family to enjoy a relaxing swim. The beaches surrounding Olu Deniz are often ranked among the best in the world, so it could be worth taking a bus or taxi ride to check out a few during your holidays.

The jewel blue sea may look like something special from your sun lounger on the sandy bay, but just wait until you see what's below the surface. There are loads of dive schools around the resort, offering trips for everyone from first timers to seasoned pros.

The charm of Olu Deniz lies in its natural beauty, and what better way to take it all in than from up high. The nearby Babadağ mountain provides an ace starting point for paragliding out over the bay. The gentle journey down to the beach lasts up to an hour, offering spectacular views all the way down.


Olu Deniz is best for

Adventurers – The combination of a breathtaking natural landscape and a nearby mountain summit at Babadağ, makes Olu Deniz a prime location for paragliding and other adventure sports. 

Wildlife lovers – The stunningly clear 'blue lagoon' is home to some cool creatures, which are best seen up close and personal. Grab yourself a cheap beginner's diving package and explore below the surface for yourself.

Laid back idlers – The beaches in and around Olu Deniz are up there with the best in the world. While your fellow travellers are bothering themselves with exhausting pursuits, why not kick back on the sand with a good book and a cocktail?

Fast facts

Language: Turkish is the official language in Olu Deniz, but most locals will be happy to speak in English. 

Currency: Turkish Lira. Some hotels and tourist shops accept Euros, though.

Local Time: 2 hours ahead of the UK.

Fly To: Dalaman Airport. The short 1 hour transfer is easily done by coach, bus or hire car.

Flight Time From UK: Flights from London are just over 4 hours.

Tourist Information: More info on Olu Deniz can be found at

Visa and Health: There are no major concerns for health or visas travelling to Turkey. For up to date info, visit advice/Turkey.

Weather and climate

Temperature: If you choose to visit Olu Deniz you’re practically guaranteed warm, and sometimes humid, weather. Temperatures regularly rise above 20°C between April and November. Summer highs reach 40°C, while winter temperatures sit in the teens, or just below. 

Best time to visit Olu Deniz: The consistent climate in Olu Deniz means it's a great place to visit throughout the year. When to go depends on just how hot you like it. Either side of summer tends to be the most popular time.

Getting Around

By Taxi: Taxis aren't the cheapest mode of transport in Olu Deniz, but they're the most convenient. Just make sure to agree on a price with you driver before setting off. Alternatively, ask to use a meter. By bus: Frequent bus services run from Olu Deniz to the nearby town of Fethiye. The dolmus buses are particularly cheap. 

By hire car: The good roads around Olu Deniz make for easy driving and there's plenty of chance to hire a car at the airport. The self-contained nature of the resort means that few tourists think it's necessary.


For fitness fanatics: The famous Lycian Way Ultra Marathon is a fierce test of endurance that attracts big crowds each year. Those who feel bold enough can try the sweaty and mountainous route at their peril. 

For adrenaline junkies: The annual Air Games Festival sees all manner of wind related sports descend on Olu Deniz. With so many enthusiasts in the air at once, it makes for a special sight.

For culture vultures: Food plays a central role in Turkish culture, and much of what you eat on your holidays will be grown locally. The annual tomato festival in nearby Fethiye celebrates the local crops.

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