Turkish treasure from up above
In 2016, in my endeavor driving around the Turkish Riviera I got to live one of my most special bucket-list dreams. Paragliding over the Blue Lagoon, called Ölüdeniz. This spectacular destination is one of turkish's most beautiful treasures. The lagoon is national natural reserve and no human interference is allowed.
Ölüdeniz, it’s a magical place. From the most impressive mountains to breathtaking valleys, it’s nature on its finest. What else do we need for a perfect jump? Clear sky, bright sunlight and a stunning view. And they were all there. The day of adventure my hands were shaking, a felt butterflies in my stomach. At the top of the mountain we hopped on a car driving up the mountain for nearly one hour. The instructor was guiding me through the tour but I was way too distracted by the view to pay attention on his words. The driving took us two kilometers up the mountains. That is about 10.000 feet height, and I was about to jump off it.
When we reached the top I wanted to scream. I was so astonished and filled with joy, I literally almost jump off that mountain by myself (ok, maybe not so literally). Actually is not even a jump. Paragliding is very relaxing, like levitating through the air. You are floating like a bird and you will see views you couldn't have imagined. It’s nothing compared to a airplane view or a helicopter ride. It is one of a kind. The adrenaline rush is highly rewarding. The cherry at the top of the cake came afterwards, when we landed. My instructor presented me with some awesome shots he took of us high up in the air.
This paragliding trip is one the best memories I have, during the road trip through the South of Turkey. Ölüdeniz is a gem. And you have to visit it one day. Either alone, with a partner or with friends, you've got to jump off that mountain and live that experience. So, fly to Antalya. Rent a car and drive to Ölüdeniz (through Kemer, Olympos and Kas). Make sure you make a reservation for the paragliding, since it’s the most popular thing to do in that beautiful Blue Lagoon at the Turkish Riviera. Enjoy!
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