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There are very few places on earth that offers so much diversity as oludeniz...

Olu deniz sits in the middle of a ring of magnificent ancient ruined cities of which the finest is undoubtedly Xanthos (67km/42 miles), capital of the Lycian Federation, whose population committed mass suicide three times rather than admit defeat.

Nearby the Letoön is a charming temple complex. Combine a trip to the smaller sites of Tlos and Pinara with an afternoon in the shady depths of the canyon at Saklikent (45km/30 miles) where an icy river tumbles through the steep rock walls. Or visit the dune-swept Patara, where the half-buried city leads onto a magnificent 18km (12 mile) white sand beach. It was here that St Nicholas (aka Father Christmas) was born in the 4th century AD.

Finally, back near the airport at Dalaman, take a boat through the reed beds to ancient Kaunos or upstream through Koycegiz Lake to the mud baths where you can wallow to the delight of your inner child and your skin.