Ölü Deniz


Situated behind Yogan Burnu, Ölü Deniz is a hidden paradise which possesses intriguing beauty. The shadow of the pine trees on the opposite side look as though they being washed in the sea. Vessels have been banned from entering the world-famous Ölü Deniz since 1983. though, it is possible to drop anchor in the inner part of Yogan Burnu, One needs to look out for the rocks in front of this promontory. This tranquil beauty was also discovered by people who lived hundreds of years ago. Christians making their pilgrimage during the 12th century visited Ölü Deniz en route to their destination. In taking shelter here during stormy weather, they prayed and waited for the force of the gale to diminish. In the Medieval Ages. 11 churches for the pilgrim candidates were erected in an area called Sybola. In addition to the churches found on the islands of Karacaören and Gemiler, there is one in the back and another one in the middle part of Ölü Deniz. The church in the middle section is nestled amongst some bushes on the right side of the road leading to Ölü Deniz. The church in the back of Ölü Deniz is situated in the touristic facilities there. Excavation work carried out at one of these church sites indicates that ancient civilizations knew about Ölü Deniz.

Covered in pine trees and surrounded by mountains, Ölü Deniz derives its name from its tranquility. The Men Motel is located within Ölü Deniz. Other than a restaurant, the motel has not constructed any other facilities on the shore whereas its rooms have been positioned in the hill slope and all of the luscious features of the Ölü Deniz have been laid in front of its patrons like a birthday cake. There is also a legend behind the name of Ölü Deniz.’ Once upon a time, a seafaring father and his son were caught up in a storm while tied up at anchor here. The son claimed that if they managed to get over to where the steep rocks were, they would be able to take shelter in the bay. The father assumed that his son had a girlfriend in these parts and it was because of her that he wanted to go in that direction. This is why he asserted that there was nothing on the shore but steep rocks. They began to argue and then they started getting physical with each other. In the meanwhile, the gale worsened and their boat was blown towards the rocks. Fearful of running aground onto the rocks, the father struck his obstinate son fiercely with an oar. The son fell into the sea and the father took over the helm and just at that moment, a dead calmness opened up between the mountains right in front of him. It was the calm, peaceful bay that his son was talking about. Not believing his weary old eyes, he peers once more into the bay and realizes that his son was night. He takes shelter in this calm bay situated right behind the rocks as though storms never existed in the first place. Thus, the father was saved but his son perished in the storm. Nobody really knows if Ölü Deniz derives its name from the surrounding tranquility or else from this tragic legend. The sandbar situated at the mouth of Ölü Deniz vicinity of the sandbar channel which has formed underwater as there is a strong undertow. For this reason try to avoid swimming in this area. If you are able to drop anchor between the small peninsula and this sandbank, then you can lash a line around one of the trees on shore as well.

This entire area has taken on the name Ölü Deniz. At first, excursion motorboats departing from here would cruise along the natural beauty of the shores situated to the E. These shores are appealing for their sand and shimmering clean water. In this area known as the Gulf of Belcegiz, Lykia World Holiday Village is nestled in the natural surroundings. Sailing past this point, one can visit Mavi Magara, its interior covered in piercing blue water. Because sunlight doesn’t reach the inside of the cave, the algae found here takes on a turquoise hue. This is where the cave gets its name. Swimming in this sparkling clean water is a delightful experience. When we move a little ahead from here the water turns a deeper shade of blue. Just behind here, we encounter a deep valley called Kelebek Vadisi (Butterfly Valley) where the rocks extend down to the sea like a wall. You would really like to be in these parts during the early summer months when the ‘Tiger’ species of butterfly makes its colorful appearance. We can return to the Karacaören Adalari after seeing the waterfall which is also in the valley. After Karacaören Adalari, we can drift past Gemiler Adasi and then into a cove called Soguk Su. Because freshwater flows into this small bay, the water here is always frigid. This cove is quite convenient for yachts. From here one can also cruise on over to Bestas Beach where our daily excursion can come to a pleasant conclusion.

In addition, Kayaköy, which was evacuated by its Greek citizens after Turkey declared its independence in 1923 and which is located near Ölü Deniz, is an interesting settlement with its stone dwellings.