Come Alive at the Sea of the Dead
Ölüdeniz, a beautiful inland bay that stretches behind a cape, is now closed to yachts. The reason this heavenly place is called Ölü deniz ("Sea of the Dead") is attributed to the following legend;
A father and son were once caught in a storm off the bay and were in grave danger of sinking. The son argued that if they aimed for the rocks ashore there was a cove where they could take shelter. The father on the other hand, was certain that their ship would be driven onto the rocks and break up, and that there were no coves or shelter nearby. In fear of running aground on the rocks, the father knocked his son (who was at the helm) into the sea with an oar and took over the helm himself. Just as the ship was about to strike the rocks on the cape, she turned into this calm, smooth-watered bay.
This is the reason they say the bay is called the Sea of the Dead; to see it, with its pine clad sandy beach stretched out like a tongue, the name "Para¬dise Bay" would be far more apt. Today this area supplies the idyllic scene most often featured in Turkish tourism promotion posters.
The Blue Lagoon of Ölüdeniz has calm, crystal clear waters making it ideal for a variety of water sports not to mention a very safe place for children to swim. Part of the lagoon is now a protected area (and a national park). Ölüdeniz holidays are not just for beach-lovers however, as the countryside is also stunning — a rambler’s paradise. Local travel agen¬cies will willingly organize jeep safaris into the high mountain pastures and villages in the mountains all around for about $50 for the day, with lunch.
Holidays at Ölüdeniz will certainly appeal to thrill-seekers, who are sure to find one of the great¬est possible adrenalin rushes - Ölüdeniz is one of Turkey's premier locations for paragliding. You can experience the feeling of being on top of the world: taking off from high in the Babadag Moun¬tains at a height of 6,500 feet, then gliding down over the sea to the beach of Ölüdeniz, Turkey’s most famous view. Another option for daredevils is white-water rafting from high in the hills on the Dalaman River.
HOW TO GET THERE
The airport nearest to Ölüdeniz is at Dalaman, 54 km (45 minutes drive). Dalaman is known for its international airport, which serves as a gateway for tourists who visit Turkey every year, heading mainly to seaside resorts to the West and East of Dalaman, such as Marmaris, Fethiye, Köyceğiz, and Ölüdeniz. There are several flights daily between Dalaman Airport and Istanbul, which you can reach directly from Lviv. Turkish Airlines’ representative office in Lviv is located at 4 Mickiewicza Sqr. and is open daily except Saturday.
For further details please call + 38032 297-08-49.