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Taking it to the extreme: Paragliding over Ölüdeniz

KATE WILSON
Last updated 09:30 30/01/2013
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TOP OF THE WORLD: Kate Wilson paragliding over southern Turkey

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When living in the UK I used to go to Ölüdeniz in southern Turkey at least once a year during the summer. It's a magic spot with crystal clear water, warm temperatures and restaurants right on the beachfront.  In the evenings beanbags are set up on the beach and you can lie under the stars with your drink. 

Paragliding is a big industry there. The main jump is from close to the summit of Mt Babadağ, 1960m above sea level.  The flight down takes about 40 to 50 minutes and is magic the whole way down. The warm air currents lift you much higher than the original take off point, so you end up looking down on the mountain too. 

Landing can be a bit hairy as there is a small strip of grass between the shops and the beach which is the landing point. The occasional person ends up on the sand instead, and only once did I see someone end up in the sea!


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