Ölüdeniz is one of Turkey’s most beautiful resorts. With it’s long, curved beach, crisp clear turquoise water (it’s not called the Turquoise Coast for nothing), mountainous scenery and famous blue lagoon it isn’t surprising  that holidaymakers of all types flock here in large numbers.

Some come for a lazy beach holiday, some are more adventurous and want to take advantage of the many hiking trails in the area, including  the Lycian Way which starts in Ölüdeniz. Paragliders travel from all over the world for the experience of taking off from Babadağ and can be seen soaring over the beach from early morning until dusk.

There are bars and restaurants to suit all types and budgets, shops selling an eclectic mix of goods and in the summer the resort is a hive of activity.

But what happens when the holidaymakers go home?

Following our theme of ‘winter life’, Fethiye Times went to have a look at what is happening in Ölüdeniz and what changes are taking place.

Here is what we found

Empty streets

Hardly a soul to be seen
Hardly a soul to be seen
The main street is deserted
The main street is deserted

Deserted beaches

Holidaymakers are gone, sun beds are all put away and the beach is revealed in all it's natural glory
Holidaymakers are gone, sun beds are all put away and the beach is revealed in all it’s natural glory
Sundes all stacked away for the winter
Sunbeds all stacked away for the winter
A handful of locals enjoying the winter sunshine
A handful of locals enjoying a winter walk on the beach

We’re closed for the winter

Oyster Residence
Oyster Residence
Curtains drawn on Hand Craft Street
Curtains drawn on Hand Craft Street
No Maraş dondurma for us today
No Maraş dondurma for us today

We’re open!

There are a few cafes and bars that remain open throughout the winter serving drinks and a reduced menu, usually sandwiches and snacks

Cloud 9
Cloud 9 serves snacks and drinks
Kumsal Pide
Kumsal Pide is open for those who enjoy more traditional food

Paragliders still soar above

Paragliders coming in to land
Paragliders coming in to land
Safely down
Safely down

There are some things that will be different the future

Help Bar will be under new management in the 2017 season

Help Bar has changed hands so will be opening up as something different for the 2017 season
Help Bar

But the biggest change of all…

Buzz Bar has gone!

Buzz Bar in September 2106
Buzz Bar in September 2106

The old Buzz Bar has been completely demolished and will reopen as Ecclesia (date tbc)

This is how it looks now
This is how it looks now

If you want to know more you’ll have to keep coming back for updates!

That brings us to the end of our wander around Ölüdeniz…but just look at the fabulous sight that we left behind us!

Storm clouds gathering...
Storm clouds gathering…

 

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