ÖLÜDENİZ: PARADISE ON EARTH When you’re tired of looking at all this, it’s time for a dip in the sea. And ‘sea’ here means the Ölüdeniz, Turkey’s ‘dead’ sea, where every shade of blue intermingles with every shade of green. And when the dazzling white of the sands on its shore and bottom is added in, swimmers don’t know if they’re swimming in the water or in the sky. The Ölüdeniz is actually a natural lagoon whose waters are therefore always placid, hence the name ‘dead’ sea. Saklıkent Canyon on the banks of the Karaçay some fifty kilometers from Fethiye is another of the area’s best known spots. A natural wonder lies concealed here in a magnificent, 13 kilometer-long valley.
Apart from these, there are not only ten paragliding centers here but also several rapidly growing underwater sports facilities, as well as a diving center serving enthusiasts from around the world. It’s possible to observe the remains of the Roman, Greek, Byzantine and Ottoman civilizations in the waters of Fethiye, which are so crystal clear you can see to a depth of hundreds of meters. On our return from Fethiye, we wave to Pegasus, winging through the air to Saklıkent, and to the kings waving back from the tombs on the slope.