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Lagoons and Lakes Around Turkey’s Turquoise Coast

Olu Deniz
Olu Deniz (photo: William Neuheisel)

The area of southwest Turkey known as the Turquoise Coast, and sometimes even the Turkish Riviera, is best known for its wonderfully soft, sandy beaches lapped by water that’s so brilliantly blue, it’s almost luminous.

However, the Aegean and Mediterranean seas' open waters aren’t the only places in which to dip your toes on the Turquoise Coast, as there are also many stunning lakes and lagoons waiting to be discovered.

One of the most well-known is the secluded Blue Lagoon of Olu Deniz, which also goes by ‘Sea of the Dead.’

This is because of a legend associated with the Blue Lagoon in which a father and son were caught in a storm here, and just before their boat hit the rocks, the area transformed into the tranquil, pine-lined bay that you’ll find here today.

The Blue Lagoon has to be one of the most relaxing places to visit in all of Turkey and is now a nature reserve, so don’t miss your chance to visit this breathtakingly beautiful beach.

Great Spotted Cuckoo
Great Spotted Cuckoo (photo: Ian White)

A Watery Paradise

Much further inland on the Turquoise Coast is the serene Köyceiz Lake, around which is the traditional Turkish town of the same name where you won’t find any of the tourist trappings of the larger resorts.

The broad lake is almost impossibly placid, surrounded by forest-covered mountains.

There are many cafes and restaurants around the lakeshore with terraces overlooking the water so you can sip a Turkish tea (or something stronger!) as the sun goes down.

On the other hand, Tuzla Lake is a little less peaceful. It’s a nature reserve on the Bodrum Peninsula that offers sanctuary to various bird species throughout the year.

Tuzla Lake's nourishing wetlands lure thousands of greater flamingos to congregate here, as well as accommodating the region’s largest population of white storks.

Pelicans, Osprey, Great Spotted Cuckoo, and Red-footed Falcon are also among the birds you can spot here, so if you’re a keen bird-watcher or just a lover of all nature, you’ll fall in love with Tuzla Lake.

What’s more, the lake is set against a mountainous backdrop.

The rich history of the area is evident in the ancient remains that rise from the water, making Tuzla Lake a unique place to visit anywhere on the Turquoise Coast.

Book your holiday to Turkey with Jet2holidays for a great deal and the opportunity to explore the lagoons and lakes of the Turquoise Coast.


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Wednesday 6th of March 2013

We love Turkey! It has some stunning waters and beaches. One of our favourite areas is around Kabak and Butterfly Valley, gorgeous!


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