Ölüdeniz, only 8.5 km (5.3 miles) south of Fethiye over the mountains (map), has some of Mediterranean Turkey's most, famous, popular and beautiful beaches.
Hundreds of hotels, flats/apartments and villas accommodate the international sun-seekers who flock here in the warm months.
Belcekız Beach at Ölüdeniz (ur-LEW-deh-neez, "dead" or calm, sea), is big enough to handle the crowds of swimmers and sunbathers, but not always the number of cars and buses that cram the access road.
Paragliders leap from nearby mountaintops, soaring and floating above the beach and the sea, finally landing right on the beach. Tandem paragliding, where an unexperienced person flies with and under the control of a pilot, is very popular.