This Mediterranean beach is one of the gems unearthed by experts. It now appears in numerous rankings.

The sun is already shining in the Mediterranean and the heat has made its appearance far from France and a rather chilly start to spring. Further south, a still little-known destination in the Mediterranean ensures guaranteed sunshine and dream waters for the lucky tourists who discover it before summer. Nestled at the crossroads of the waters of the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean, this place tempts photographers with its bright blue waters and white sandy beaches framed by pine forests.

It is also regularly ranked among the most beautiful beaches in the world. With temperatures already climbing to 25 degrees before May even begins, this spot becomes an ideal getaway for those looking to get ahead of summer. At the height of summer, the mercury rises briskly above 30 degrees. All the more reason to take advantage of it in May!

The bay, known as the “Blue Lagoon,” is famous for its crystal clear waters that invite swimming and snorkeling. This heavenly place offers a complete change of scenery with its green hills which isolate vacationers in a cocoon of nature while offering a breathtaking view of the turquoise expanses. The area is also popular for water sports, with beaches such as Belcekız Beach and Kidrak Beach where the fine white sand is perfect for kayaking and paddleboarding.

This place is Ölüdeniz, on the Turkish Riviera, in the heart of a nature reserve with its lagoon surrounded by pine trees and separated from the sea by a fine line of white sand. Ölüdeniz is also a destination of choice for paragliding enthusiasts, thanks to its proximity to Babadağ Mountain from where adventurers can soar to admire spectacular aerial views of the coast and lagoon. The area is surrounded by mountains, pine forests and green valleys, ideal for hikes or boat trips to secret coves and beaches.

Beyond its natural wonders, Ölüdeniz is rich in historical sites. The ancient city of Fethiye, with its Lycian tombs carved into the cliffs, bears witness to a past dating back to the fourth century. Not far from there, the site of Letoon, classified as a UNESCO world heritage site, allows you to discover the ruins of temples dedicated to Leto, Artemis and Apollo, as well as a nymphaeum and an agora.

Access to Ölüdeniz is made easy by its proximity to Dalaman Airport, approximately 60 kilometers away. Visitors can easily reach this destination in just over an hour’s drive after a flight from Istanbul. While visiting Ölüdeniz, you can also explore other local tourist attractions such as Kaya Village, a ghost town, and Göcek, a village nestled between mountains and pine forests. A few kilometers to the south, the Butterfly Valley offers an exceptional setting for hikes, home to hundreds of species of butterflies in a nature reserve that can only be reached by sea.