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Olu Deniz coast

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If you're looking for something a little different, holidays in Olu Deniz will deliver. With its soothing turquoise waters and alluring national park lagoon, fans of natural beauty will be enchanted by the pine-scented coastline and its backdrop of the forest-covered Babadag Mountains.

Why go?

Olu Deniz is often classed as one of the jewels in the crown of the Turkish Riviera and a firm favourite with British holidaymakers...

It has a picture postcard setting and many come to enjoy this quiet and secluded beauty spot on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.

The pristine sands are an expansive playground where the whole family can relax and have fun all day long, with the nearby restaurants and shops offering refreshment in the heat of the day.

And active types can indulge in any kind of water sport that takes their fancy; the warm Mediterranean waters welcome snorkelers, divers, canoeists and wind surfers alike. Paragliding from the cliffs is also popular, as is horse-riding in the mountains beyond.

Accommodation in Olu Deniz is also wonderfully varied, offering everything from all-inclusive hotels a stone's throw from the beach to private villas hidden away in the mountain forests.

Similarly, gourmet restaurants sit side by side with tempting, laidback café bars - allowing you to sample all the different types of Turkish cuisine in this eclectic resort.

However, while you won't need to stray too far from Olu Deniz to fulfil all your holiday needs, hiring a car would be wise as the nearest airport - Dalaman (DLM) - is a good 45-minute drive away.

When to go?

The holiday season starts around Easter and lasts until early November, with flights from all over the UK...

Summers are hot and dry with daytime temperatures touching 30°C, while spring and autumn are cooler and can be a little humid at times. Winter months will just about break double figures during the day, but the mercury can drop to zero overnight. The peak months for Olu Deniz holidays are May to October as a result.

What's on?

If you fancy some great events to spice up your Turkish holiday, why not consider some of our great ideas?...

The Air Games Festival; October: Watch some of Europe's best paragliders launch themselves off the cliffs and fill the skies above you in a riot of colour. There are few displays like this in the world, and the best tip locals will offer is to grab a drink and marvel at the skills of these airborne daredevils from the safety of your sun lounger.

Seker Bayrami (Festival of Sugar); February: To mark the end of fasting over Ramadan, three days dedicated to indulging in sugar ensue. Everything and anything that can be made with sugar is produced, sold and consumed in great quantities - fuelling much dancing and celebration.

Cala'ay Carnival; May: This two-day party starts with a huge parade around the streets and concludes with an open-air concert. The build-up starts seven days beforehand with smaller concerts and plenty of stalls selling traditional Turkish street food.

What to do?

When not lazing by the beach soaking up the sun, you can pass the time exploring. Here are some great ideas...

Grown-up families: Pamper yourself by taking a boat to Dalyan, where you can smear yourself from head to toe in the sulphur mud baths. Prince Charles has visited and apparently gave his royal thumbs up to the mud's healing properties.

Relaxing: The tranquil beaches of Olu Deniz are some of the best in Turkey. But if you want even more serenity, grab a boat to the secluded Butterfly Beach and immerse yourself in solitude in the exquisite surroundings.

Active types: Mediterranean waters are generally regarded as safe, and the warm seas around Olu Deniz are considered some of the safest. This makes them the perfect place to learn a water sport. So take advantage of the schools waiting to tutor you in the art of windsurfing, diving or canoeing.