While Olu Deniz is not the most popular resort in Turkey, it is perhaps the most idyllic, and for those searching for relaxing package holiday deals, few places offer better value. This beautiful resort has to be one of Turkey’s best-kept secrets. Set in a beautiful lagoon with stunning mountain and forest scenery, Olu Deniz is the perfect place for relaxing and walking, but there is enough nightlife and shopping opportunities to keep you occupied too.
Package holidays in Olu Deniz are great value and provide excellent accommodation. Many offer all-inclusive package holiday deals. However, if you want to venture out for something to eat or drink, you’ll find an array of good value restaurants, cafes, and snack bars, including both European and traditional Turkish cuisine. There are plenty of bars and nightclubs in Olu Deniz, however for those wanting a little more fun and excitement, nearby Hisaronu has a better selection of clubs, live music venues and bars, many of which offer Turkish nights with traditional belly dancing.
Most holidays in Olu Deniz centre on the beach, which is known locally as Belcekiz and is perhaps the best in all of Turkey. The whole area has been designated a national park, so it is stunningly beautiful. You’ll find plenty of sun loungers and parasols, and even during the height of summer season, it rarely gets as crowded as other destinations in Turkey do. While the deep blue water of the lagoon looks pretty idyllic, there is a strong current so swimmers have to be wary, but for those wanting a bit of adventure the usual watersports are on offer, including scuba diving, parasailing and jet skiing. Holidays in Olu Deniz also provide plenty of shopping opportunities. You’ll find many shops on the main street, where you can haggle for the usual jewellery, leather and clothing, as well as pick up some local handicrafts.