The Local Area
Visit charming Oludeniz to see the stunningly beautiful Blue Lagoon which has been voted ‘One of the best beaches in the world’ with crystal clear turquoise waters and also the long 3km sand-and-pebble Belcekiz Beach where you can see the paragliders land. Sit at one of the bars and restaurants along the front, shop in the pedestrian streets or take to the water for one of the many water sports on offer.
Boat trips to Gemiler Island and Butterfly Valley start from the Belcekiz Beach.
Hisaronu & Ovacik
These are adjoining villages high in the hills above Oludeniz, surrounded by pine forests and beautiful countryside. Hisaronu has a friendly vibrant atmosphere with plenty of restaurants, shops, bars and evening entertainment to suit all tastes. Visit the weekly market where you can barter for a variety of souvenirs and gifts. Ovacik is a little further up the hill, quieter and more rural with great views of the surrounding pine forests and mountains.
The air here is cooler and fresher than at sea level, providing a welcome cooling breeze during the long hot summer.
Kayakoy village is a short 10 minute drive from Hisaronu, where Anatolian Christians once lived. Originally called Livissi, its population was part of the 1923 exchange with Greece. Since then the Ghost Town has been deserted: the fascinating ruins, which are great to explore, include two Greek Orthodox churches, 500 houses, hospital, schools and a library.
Kayaköy is believed to be the inspiration behind "Eskibahçe", the imaginary village chosen by Louis de Bernières as the setting of his 2004 novel ‘Birds Without Wings’
Fethiye, the nearest major town and port is 15 minutes away by taxi or dolmus. Situated in a sheltered bay with a backdrop of mountains and forests, Fethiye is a bustling port and market town. Watch out for the tomb of King Amyntas and the antique theater, remains of the Lycian civilization.
Visit the weekly markets, shop in the narrow lanes of Paspatur (Old Town), stroll along the marina enjoying its authentic charm, relax at a cafe along the waterfront and watch the traditional wooden gulets, motor launches, yachts and fishing boats or enjoy vibrant restaurant and nightlife.
Calis is the nearest beach to Fethiye and famous for its sunset.
Kalkan, 90 minutes drive south of Fethiye, is a picturesque old fishing town set on an hillside overlooking a sheltered harbour with stunning views across the bay and mountains. A maze of narrow, cobbled streets lined with old white-washed houses, craft shops, boutiques & terrace restaurants descend down to the harbour.
15 minutes drive from Kalkan is Patara Beach, a 17 km long sandy beach.
The ancient ruined Lycian hilltop citadel Tlos is near the resort town of Kalkan. Tlos is believed to be one of the most important religious Lycian cities.
Kas, located about 30 minutes drive south of Kalkan, is a small and charming coastal resort where many sailing boats anchor in its small marina and offers easy access to secluded beaches.