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Ölüdeniz is a town near Fethiye in Turkey, famous for its 'Blue Lagoon'. The village and the beach by the lagoon was locally known as Belcekız or Belceğiz before the area became a magnet for mass tourism, although today many people in the area have no idea about what Belcekız is. The town and the lagoon are both known as Ölüdeniz, which literally means "dead sea" and used to refer only to the lagoon.


Inland to the north, 2 km to Ölüdeniz, are the former villages of Ovacık and Hisarönü, with occasional family-run guesthouses only a decade ago, but are today concrete sprawls of hotels and bars, agglomerated almost without a gap with the town of Ölüdeniz. Both serve as "bedroom communities" that offer accommodation that is close to but cheaper than Ölüdeniz proper.


- Wikivoyage

Image by Mesut Kaya

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