Things go from 0 to 60 on Olu Deniz holidays – one minute you're sunbathing by the lagoon, the next you're charging down a mountain runway.

Turkish heavyweight

As far as resorts go, Olu Deniz is the big shot of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast – or Dalaman Area. This place looks sharp and knows it. And who can blame the town, when it’s got a top-drawer lagoon, a Blue Flag beach and a mammoth mountain in the bank.

Double the sands

This place brings home the bacon when it comes to beaches. There are two tanning spots to choose from. You’ve got the pretty shingle beach in town, where you can watch paragliders drift through the sky. But the famous Blue Lagoon is the most prized patch. This place looks like it’s been airbrushed, with whipped cream-white sands, bright turquoise waters and a pine forest backyard.

Paraglide and party

Sunbathers aren’t Olu Deniz’s only fan base. It hits the right note with adrenaline-junkies, too. They’ve sniffed out the Babadag Mountain, which provides the perfect launch pad for paragliding. What’s more, the resort’s a bit of a night owl. The main street is jammed with shops, karaoke bars and restaurants, which plate up everything from Thai to Turkish cuisine.

At a Glance

  • Top up your tan on Belcegiz Beach
  • Tuck into fresh seafood metres from the sand
  • Jump on a boat to the Butterfly Valley for some seclusion