Information about the area

Fethiye... Oludeniz & beyond

The team at Oludeniz Beach Weddings are not only highly experienced at planning weddings, they are also very knowledgeable about this beautiful and historic area that has Fethiye at its heart.

This region is popular with holidaymakers of every age and disposition. The spectacular Mediterranean coastline is famous for its beaches, ideal for relaxing and sunbathing; while its pine forests, highland pastures and mountains are perfect for exploring on foot or by car. If this isn't enough, the region has the most wonderful climate and for most of the year we wake to blue skies and warm sunshine! There is something for everyone, from quality all-inclusive resorts with private beaches to untouched bays with crystal clear waters.

The dining and nightlife is varied too, with everything from fine-dining to delicious döner and quiet bars to buzzing night clubs. The area not only has a wealth of modern facilities, shops and restaurants but also a myriad of classical heritage sites that have, over time, become transformed into picturesque ruins. Over the last decade we have learnt that many couples choose to get married here because they are looking for a destination where they can totally relax. If this is the case, sunbathing around a swimming pool or by the tranquil waters at the much photographed Belcekız Beach and Blue Lagoon may be just what you’re looking for. But maybe you would prefer to walk in the mountains, visit historic sites, paraglide, and visit some lively bars or restaurants in the evening. It is with pride that we can say, ‘Here everything is possible!’

Places to stay or visit

Fethiye is a lively regional centre where historic sites, modern Turkish life and tourism happily coexist. The sheltered bay in which the town of Fethiye lies is surrounded by a backdrop of mountains and forests. There are restaurants looking over the picturesque coastline and many more along the waterfront, where you can people watch as the traditional wooden gulets, motor launches, yachts and fishing boats go about their business. In the centre of the old town are the narrow lanes of Paspatur, bustling with restaurants and nightlife. Fethiye is also the starting point of the Lycian Way, a 500 km track through the rugged mountains of the Tekke Peninsula to Antalya. Fethiye is 15 minutes away from Hisaronu by dolmuş (local minibus) and during the summer they run every 10 minutes.

Hisaronu and Ovacik are village resorts in the high, breezy valley that links Fethiye to Oludeniz. Always cooler than at sea level, even when the weather is at its hottest, Hisaronu has a buzzing nightlife during the summer season, while Ovacik has a quieter, more residential atmosphere. Both are surrounded by countryside and are only five minutes from Oludeniz. We think they offer the best of all worlds. 

Kayaköy is just a 10 minute drive from the buzz of Hisaronu but couldn’t be more different. In the early summer, Kayaköy is a lush green valley, full of wild flowers. It was here that Anatolian Christians once lived in a town they called Livissi. These folk were part of the 1923 exchange with Greece and since then it has been deserted: the ruins include two churches, chapels, 500 houses, hospital, schools and a library. The village is a short bus ride from Hisaronu and is a fascinating and evocative place to explore. 

Calis is 20 minutes from Hisaronu and is a long beach with spectacular views over the scattered islands that make the Gulf of Fethiye so attractive. There is a comprehensive range of restaurants, cafes and bars stretching along the esplanade for more than a kilometre. Sit in any one of these to watch the awe inspiring sunsets. 

Gocek is about 40 minutes away and is a favourite with yachties. Strolling along the wide, tree lined promenade provides a chance to see some very prestigious yachts. There is no beach in Gocek but there are four exclusive marinas and some great places to eat and shop. 

Kalkan is about one hour south of Fethiye by car. The drive there is a great opportunity to see the beautiful diversity of the region. The high mountain peaks, always shimmering in the distance, are often covered in snow well into the summer. The picturesque town of Kalkan is huddled around a small, steep, horseshoe shaped cove, so nearly all the buildings overlook the sheltered bay and marina. The winding maze of narrow, cobbled streets are picture postcard pretty; brimming with old houses, craft shops, quality boutiques and a wide range of terrace restaurants. 

Our beaches

There are many beaches in the Mediterranean but Oludeniz rivals any for beauty and character. The warm blue waters and soaring coastal mountains give this resort a unique atmosphere. The main beach and the iconic Blue Lagoon are great for relaxing too, and you can always enjoy the water sports. There are many bars and restaurants in Oludeniz and a lively nightlife.

We love Kidrak, also known as Paradise Beach and so do our guests. In fact it is one of our most sought after wedding venues. Located only 2 km away from Ölüdeniz it can be reached easily on foot or by minibus. More secluded and quieter than Ölüdeniz, there is a cafe and shaded picnic tables plus sun loungers and umbrellas for hire.

Gemiler Beach is another beautiful cove with great views of St. Nicholas Island and the mountains beyond. It is possible to take a boat across to see the ruins and there are several basic restaurants. It’s a perfect day out if you want to swim, snorkel, eat and doze. There are sun loungers and umbrellas for hire.

Patara has a beach that The Sunday Times says is one of the best in the world. Stretching 18 km and in some parts 300 metres wide, it is the longest beach in the Mediterranean. Its sandy shores are backed by dunes that over the centuries tumbled over the ancient ruins until recent archaeological works cleared much of the sand from this important heritage site. There are sun loungers & umbrellas for hire. Patara can be reached by minibus during the summer

Turtle Beach, also known as Iztuzu Beach, is a conservation area and one of the most important breeding places in Europe for the protected 'Caretta Caretta' or Loggerhead Sea Turtle. It's several kilometres long and very unspoilt. Backed by pine forests and wetland marshes, the soft sand leads into shallow waters, making it very safe for swimming. There is a road linking it to the town of Dalyan but it can also be reached by taking the 20 min public boat ride through the reed beds from the town.