Mediterranean Sea, Ölüdeniz, Turkey
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The village and beach resort of Ölüdeniz on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast are named after the Blue Lagoon that’s separated from the ocean by a long sandbar. Much of the area is protected inside a national park, and Ölüdeniz beach proudly holds the Blue Flag certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education, which recognises high environmental and quality standards.
When you’re finished with the beach, travel to the hills. Ölüdeniz is one of the best paragliding spots in the world, and from the impressive Mount Babadağ – five kilometres from the seaside – you can enjoy spectacular views of the lagoon, the beach, the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, and the scenic hills and valleys. Then, take a trip to the marvelous Butterfly Valley – it’s easy, just take a taxi boat or drive the coastal road. Hopefully you’ll see a variety of butterflies as you hike through the natural canyon. Whether you go by air, land or sea, there are so many ways to celebrate nature and diversity in this gorgeous part of the world.