Oludeniz is the archetypal picture postcard beach backed by dramatic pine clad hills. Literally translated as ‘dead sea’, the stunning lagoon is a protected area, ensuring that its natural beauty is preserved. There is a small entrance charge to use the lagoon beach and only non-motorised watersports are allowed. The main resort beach is a long stretch of coarse sand and shingle beach known as Belcegiz. Most of the houses, built in the traditional local Mugla style, are set back from the beachfront. There is a strip alongside the seafront promenade with a number of relaxing bars and restaurants, serving local and international cuisine. Shops stay open well into the night. It is a perfect family resort, great for a laid back beach holiday, with plenty of facilities but not too much development. Boats depart from the bay for trips around the surrounding coast. Paragliding is a big draw with the descent from the Babadag mountains to land on Belcegiz beach, rating as one of the best in the world.
Towering above Oludeniz is Babadag, a 1969-metre high mountain that grows straight out of the sea above the resort. This is one of the premier locations in the world for paragliding, and all day long flotillas of paragliders can be seen in the sky. Trips for the 35-minute paraglide from the summit of Babadag to the beach landing can be booked from a number of companies in the resort.
Recently Paragliding in Ölüdeniz has become almost as famous as the resort itself due to the annual Ölüdeniz Air Games Festival which is held every October