One of our earlier visits to Turkey took us to a breathtakingly beautiful village of Olu Deniz..... This means 'dead sea', it is a warm lagoon in the gulf of Belcekiz. It is backed by pine covered mountains that literally tumble into the turquoise sea.
This was once the haunt of Pirates.
Olu Deniz is said to be the finest beach in Turkey. I shall never forget my first view of it, from the mountainside road that we were hiking down, I was just blown away, one of the the most stunning views in Turkey.
We stayed in a mountainside hotel called The Montana Pine , it was set in a pine forest. It was a joy to wake each morning to the sound of songbirds twittering away to each other, and the fragrant aroma of the pine trees.
Our room in the Montana Pine with the Taurus Mountains in the background. The rooms were in individual chalet type lodges and beautifully furnished in an Alpine style.
Lunch at the hotel was always of a high standard which we enjoyed if we were having a lazy day around the pool.
|Pide Turkish style Pizza.|
Just a short water taxi ride down the coast from Olu Denz is a most spectacular place called Butterfly Valley in a tiny village called Faralya.
It is a world Heritage Conservation Foundation and home to at least 80 species of butterfly, including the tiger butterfly.
This is a closely monitored conservation area, visitors are most welcome as long as they respect the 'do's and dont's'.
Particularly, being reasonably quiet so not to disturb the butterflies and the peace.
There are some rustic chalets and huts to spend a night or two in, designed to fit in with the woodland.
Rustic accommodation on the river.
Rather Spartan accommodation but very popular with hikers and backpackers.
It can be accessed from
'The Lycian Way' which is a well known 500km walk along the coastline. Olu Deniz is considered to be the best starting place.
It finishes in Antalya, where the Taurus Mountains end abruptly, forming a spectacular backdrop for the city. It is a lovely town and is often described as The
Antalya Old Town
Another day, another opportune moment, to tell you more about another one of our journey's through Turkey!
My sincere thanks to the outstandingly ingenious Denise for creating ABCW and also to the oracular Roger for his outstanding efforts in keeping us all in order!
That's it folks I'm all OUT OF O's, so I'm OFF!