Set amid beautiful countryside and boasting amazing scenic views, the lively resort of Ovacik is nestled on a plateau at the foot of Mount Babadag. Enjoying superb views of the surrounding pine clad mountains, Ovacik is a great destination for a villa holiday. Just a short drive from the fabulous Olu Deniz beach, the village provides a perfect holiday spot for lazing on the beach, as well as the possibility of a more active break.
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The Turkish cuisine offers a great range of vegetarian, fish and meat dishes, with a variety of spices and ingredients that make it very popular and appeals to all tastes. The Turkish kebab is a favourite, simply grilled meat on skewers with a pitta bread as a simple accompaniment, or the Turkish equivalent of the pizza is the “pide”. Like the usual pizza base, you will find not just the predictable tomato and cheese, but also fragrant lamb, spinach, chargrilled courgettes, prawns and walnuts as a range of toppings. Borek are tiny filo pies filled with ham or cheese, all washed with “raki” the traditional firewater, or the fresh Turkish wines.
Overcik and Hisaronu comes to life in the evenings, this tourist village really comes into its own. Hisaronu has the most popular nightlife in the Fethiye area and though the nightlife here caters to many tastes. Start your night in Hisaronu in one of the many restaurants with British food served in many places, though you can still enjoy many restaurants that serve traditional Turkish and other cuisines too. If loud music and a busy dance floor is not your thing there are many bars and pubs in Hisaronu offering a slightly different experience. There are quieter establishments, but from 10pm onwards you’re almost guaranteed some kind of party atmosphere, wherever you go!
Saklikent Gorge is approximately 50 minutes’ drive from both Fethiye and Kalkan and is the second longest canyon in Europe. It is 18km long and 300 meters high, with a 20 meter high footbridge, leading you into the canyon, where masses of ice-cold spring water gushes down the rocks forming a raging river which you are able to cross with the help of a rope leading you into the Gorge where you can walk around and explore.
One of the exceptional coastal beauties in Turkey is Butterfly Valley, a small valley which opens to the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean sea is a well preserved natural site where there is no land development and construction. The perfect choice for a day visit to enjoy the natural beauty of the valley, the beach and the small waterfall at the depth of the valley. The valley is part of the Faralya coast where steep cliffs touch the amazingly beautiful colours of the sea. Hence watching the Butterfly Valley from above you could experience breathtaking views.
Try a mud bath in Dalyan, located on Dalyans river estuary to refresh your skin with the sulphuric mud baths which is believed that it makes you feel younger and a dip in the sulphur springs to clean yourself of will revive and invigorate you.
Uzumlu nestling in a wide valley sheltered by the foothills of the Taurus mountains of Lycia, the village of Uzumlu is just 20 minutes from Fethiye and yet a world away from the noise and bustle of the resorts. Go back in time and wander the cobbled streets, this traditional Turkish village is still untouched by tourism although you will find a great selection of shops and restaurants, a perfect escape from the heat as Uzumlu has a cooler temperature in summer months.
Gemiler Island also known as the Island of St Nicholas is located between Olu Deniz and Fethiye. The Island is only small approximately 1000m long by 400m wide but that small area is littered with the remains of an historic monastic retreat containing among other things the original resting place of St Nicholas. The Island offers the perfect opportunity to take a break from sunbathing and spend an hour exploring the medieval remains, that for centuries attracted pilgrims from all over Christendom. On the island are the remains of four churches, related religious buildings, Byzantine dwellings, harbour, cistern, stone tombs, graveyard and ceremonial passageway. The views from the top of the Island across the Mediterranean and back inland are also quite stunning and well worth the walk.
Iztuzu Beach & Loggerhead turtle sanctuary - An excellent swimming beach, ?ztuzu (or Turtle) Beach is one of the Mediterranean nesting sites of the loggerhead turtle, pecial rules to protect it are enforced. Although the beach is open to the public during the day, night-time visits – 8pm to 8am – are prohibited from May to September. A line of wooden stakes on the beach indicates the nest sites, and visitors are asked to keep behind them to avoid disturbing the nests. This 4.5km-long strip of sand is 13km south of Dalyan's centre and accessible via road and the Dalyan River.
Located outside Fethiye, the ancient city of Xanthos once functioned as a capital of the Lycian League. The city witnessed several wars and was destroyed to be built again eventually. Also the center of episcopacy during Byzantine era, Xanthos is enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage. An important city of the Lycian, Persian, Roman civilizations and Byzantium, Xanthos strongly bears Hellenistic and Roman influence. Deserted due to the Arab raids, the ancient city today survives among the pine forest, ready to reveal its history to its curious visitors.
Visit the Hellenistic Theatre near Kas and the breathtaking views of the surrounding area. The Kas antique theatre is a Hellenistic structure made up of natural rocks and built during the 1st century BC, it has 26 tiers that can accommodate 4,000 spectators.
Babadag Mountain, Blue Lagoon
Water Park, Jeep Safari, Camel Trek
Go-karting, Fishing, Horse riding
Wind surfing, Parasailing, Scuba diving