Whether you are an art and history buff, an archaeology nut or a nature lover, enjoy browsing through markets or going diving, the different regions of Turkey offer endless possibilities all year round. Each area has its own personality, history, landscape and even cuisine, and with so much on offer to visitors it is not surprising that one trip to Turkey is never enough.
Surrounded by four different seas, Turkey is a beach paradise with over 8000 km of sunny strips of sand. It also has an abundance of plant and wildlife species that can be enjoyed while camping or trekking in the many national parks which are dotted around the country.
Home to more than 20 different fascinating civilisations, Turkey has a 10,000 year-old heritage, much of which is still being uncovered. Its rich history is very much part of the present, with temples, ancient theatres, churches, mosques, tombs,
statues of gods,palaces and fortresses,and of course the many detailed and fascination museums which bring the past to life.
And of course in cities like Istanbul, there is a modern, lively ambience of contemporary society living alongside tradition, where art and music can be enjoyed whether it belongs to today or yesterday.
The Black Sea Region ;Coasts curling besides mountains covered with very green forests, valleys and plains. Fields of tea, hazelnut, tobacco and corn, highway parallel to narrow coastline, coves, villages and beaches…
Central Anatolian Region ;Being in the center of Turkey, Central Anatolian Region embodies assorted beauties. Having been witness to the transitions of important civilizations, today the region is the political center of Turkey…
East and Southeast Anatolia ;With its high mountain ranges, valleys, plains and lakes, streams and riverbeds integrated with colors of purple, brown, grey, yellow and red ,and adorned with the unique architectural samples of Turkish culture, East and Southeast Anatolian Region bring to the sight pleasurable panoramic views…
Marmara ; Hills of various sizes, fields of sunflowers and vineyards as far as the eye can see. And Trakya constituting the European side of Turkey. The region separated from Anatolia by Bosporus, The Sea of Marmara and the Dardanelles. A traveler from Europe on his/her arrival to Edirne first encounters the masterpiece of Mimar Sinan, Selimiye Mosque. This province boasts to have the most authentic works of Ottoman architecture…
Fethiye is 135 kms southwest of Marmaris and has an outstanding and busy marina.The ancient name of the city is Telmessos and you will see a fortress on the hill overlooking the city which was built by Knights of Rhodes. Fethiye is known for its rock tombs carved into the faces of the cliffs by the Lycians. These are elaborately carved and an especially remarkable; one is the tomb of Amnytas dating from the 4th century BC built in Doric architectural style. It is worth well visiting. Other historical places in the city are the Sarcopaghi and the Fethiye Tower.
The Beach and the Sovalye Island are real the destinations for those who like to enjoy the most beautiful sea. Belcegiz Bay is also good for such a visit and provides natural mountain scenery. The guest houses (pansiyon) here, will give you all the comfort you expect. The bay forms the dreamlike Belcegiz – Ölüdeniz (Blue Lagoon) known as “a paradise that God granted to Earth”, a very fine place with 3 kms of natural beach and crystal blue waters in enchanting surroundings.
For camping, Belcegiz Beach is ideal, and for picnicking try the Kidiril Park, for sightseeing the Gemiler Islands with their Byzantine ruins among the pine trees are recommenced. At Koturumsu, a heaven like beauty awaits you, where you may reach only by boat. There are waterfalls flowing across valleys where thousands of butterflies, exhibiting tremendous shades of colors, fly amongst the pine forest bordering of the lovely beach. Some of the other natural attractions are Katranci Bay, Gunluk (Kusuk Kargi) Bay, Oyuktepe, Göcek with its harbor and marina. Lately, parachuting from Baba mountain became one of the most popular sports and it gives magnificent views for people flying over this great beach lagoon. Around Fethiye, there are important ancient cities of the Lycians. To the southeast of Fethiye lies Xanthos at Kinik village, an important capital of Lycians. Its setting is naturally adorned while Letoon, by Kumluova village and close to Xanthos, is also interesting.
Hisarönü & Ovacık
The beautiful tourist holiday resort of Hisaronu which is situated on the west Mediterranean coast of Turkey. May I say firstly that this Hisaronu is in the province of Mugla and is near Fethiye and Ölüdeniz. I mention this because there are a few more Hisaronu’s around Turkey. Within these pages you will find information about Hotel, villa and Apartment accommodation, Restaurants and bars, shopping, transport, places to visit and things to do etc. You will also find information regarding buying property in Hisaronu and surrounding areas. You can find this in the Property section marked on the menu. The information provided will be of help to people who are thinking of holidaying in Turkey for the first time, and also for those who are frequent visitors.
The ideal opportunity for you to meet a lot of people who have been going to Hisaronu for a number of years.
As you drive from Fethiye up the mountain to the charming village of Hisaronu, not only do you take in the beautiful scenery but on a hot summers day you can notice a welcoming difference in temperature as you climb.
The first area you pass through is Ovacik which is mainly hotels and apartments and one or two shops, then you come into Hisaronu village itself. The resort is popular with British visitors and the shops, restaurants and bars cater extensively for the needs of all age groups.
There is plenty of accommodation in the village, from pensions to five star hotels, most of which have their own swimming pool, ideal for those who want a lazy relaxing holiday.
For those who want a more active holiday there is Ölüdeniz, which has the most photographed beach in Turkey and is only a ten minute journey by the regular Dolmus service down the mountain, where you will be able to find a variety of water sports i.e.- water ski-ing, Para sailing, scuba diving, snorkelling,pedaloes etc.
For the braver of you there is paragliding from the top of Babadag mountain and landing on the beach. If you prefer a more relaxing day on the water there are a selection of boat trips available from both Ölüdeniz and Fethiye. Ölüdeniz beach sweeps round in a vast crescent of coarse sand and shingle to the Lagoon, which is a National Park area now and a small charge (50p) is levied for entry.
The cooler temperature in Hisaronu welcomes you back from a hard day at the beach and offers a well earned rest before your evening’s entertainment. Hisaronu is a recently established resort and although it has grown in the last few years it still retains a friendly vibrant atmosphere. It is an ideal place for walkers as there are plenty of winding paths through the forests with wonderful views, and of course a visit to Kayakoy (the ghost village), where the Greeks once lived.
Calis (in Turkish “Çalış” & pronounced “Chalish”, is a quiet yet busy holiday resort, with a seemingly endless beach. Bars and restaurants line the beach area, which is block paved along the seafront. The resort is very flat, so is ideal for people with mobility restrictions. Calis has its own water park too. Parts of the beach are also popular with the local turtle population, who come in to lay their eggs in the sand.
Calis also boasts two very natural attractions – a cooling breeze, perfect for when the local temperatures soar in the summer months, and you can see what the other one is – Calis is famous for some of the most beautiful sunsets in the World. In SW Mediterranean Turkey, in region of Fethiye. Fethiye town 2 miles; Ölüdeniz 9 miles. 38 miles E of Dalaman airport by winding, often scenic road. On flat coastal land, with a long, fairly narrow, arcing beach; faces town of Fethiye to the S across the bay. Green Mountains rise in the distance.
A rather less character full resort than some, with hotels in a straggling row along the seafront, a mainly pedestrianised boulevard with limited traffic access. Back from the seafront lies a patchwork of stony unpaved tracks and paved and concrete roads with further hotels, apartments and holiday homes interspersed with agricultural plots and sites awaiting development. On the outskirts lies an area of tall grassland and greenery. Overall, the resort has a low-key, laid-back atmosphere.
For those seeking a beach location and a compact, easily accessible resort. Best for families and quiet-loving couples.
Some nightlife, but plentiful transport to nearby Fethiye town, which has a greater selection. Popular with British and German holidaymakers. A long, narrow arc of dark sand and shingle lined with sun loungers and shades extends round a broad bay with sheltered waters. Backed by an appealing, mainly pedestrianised boulevard with a grassy verge and small trees; lit for evening strolls. Safe to swim; some water sports offered. Turtles lay eggs in the sand at certain times of the year. A small selection of shops with jewelers, clothes, shoes, beachwear and water-sports equipment. Many small, well-stocked minimarkets. Souvenirs and local handicrafts; plentiful spices, teas and Turkish delight. Fethiye town has abundant shops and a large covered market (Tuesdays).
Entertainments Daytime: some water sports, including surfing. Horse riding. Turkish baths and massage. Aqua park with slides and fitness centre. Good selection of tours to nearby islands; fishing; shark fishing. More low-key, with a good selection of bars, cafes and cocktail bars, many on the beachfront boulevard and with bay views. A couple of discos.
Larger hotels offer seasonal evening entertainments with live music and often belly-dancing. More active nightlife can be had in nearby Fethiye town.
Sample choice of restaurants, cafes and snack bars serving local and Turkish fare, seafood or Italian dishes. Pizza. English breakfasts for the homesick. Restaurants line the beachfront boulevard, offering airy dining with fine views of bay. Nearby Fethiye town offers more variety.
Frequent dolmus (minibus) to Fethiye town, as well as a taxi-boat service along the river to Fethiye town (half-hourly during summer season). Car, bicycle and moped hire all available. Plentiful taxis from a couple of ranks and around resort.
Boat trips to nearby islands; fishing trips (including shark fishing); Dalyan turtle beach; Pamukkale (Cotton Castle); Saklikent Tlos Gorge; various truck safaris in mountains; Fethiye Market (Tuesdays); Marmaris; Ölüdeniz
If you are an early riser, you will probably find one of your neighbors taking an early morning jog, because the sun at Ölüdeniz is a late riser. Glancing up to see when the first beams will appear over the mountain, you may see a myriad of parachutes which have caught the southerly breeze, floating and curving down to a soft landing on Ölüdeniz beach. Some of the parachutes are in the tandem, the passenger taking a once in a lifetime Arial photo, proving once again that the world is round.
Now its breakfast time, the local tour buses are drawing up to collect their clients who have rushed through a Turkish breakfast, to take them round the local sight. But not everyone enjoys lives for breakfast! and you may find a restaurant which does a full English breakfast, to which you could add a daily Express, be it yesterday’s from the local shop. Beach time means a sun bed and umbrella, a ride on the ringo or banana, or just paddling in a canoe looking into the turquoise deep. You could prefer the laziness of your hotel pool, reading and bronzing until you are persuaded to explore some of the surrounding area. And what better than to go on Safari, discovering amphitheatres, estuaries and canyons, and grilling your own lunch? If you prefer a more comfortable way of traveling, how about an air-conditioned coach with an experienced guide.
Warm days are followed by balmy evenings and a good meal. Ölüdeniz restaurants cater to all tastes, service comes with a smile and probably a Turkish joke! Try the ‘meze’ and maybe enjoy a glass of Rakı or excellent Turkish wine with it. If you feel like a change, call a taxi or catch one the public minibuses and discover Fethiye by night. Excellent restaurants, music bar, and of course late night shopping. Being one of the popular places of the district in respect of tourism, Calis Beach is 5 km from the district centre, opposite of the Sovalye Island. Along the 4 km long beach, thee are hotels, boarding-houses, camp sites and restaurants.
The Beach is well known as one of the incubation areas of sea turtles, Caretta Carettas. It is also one of the favorite places to view the sunset and play water sports.
How to get there : Take a dolmus from Fethiye.
Butterfly Valley At a distance of 5-7 km from Ölüdeniz, this interesting canyon is surrounded by approximately 350 meter high mountains.
It takes its name from the butterflies called as ‘Jarsey Tiger’ and seen between June and September.
Transportation to the bay, being an Earth Eden with its waterfall flows both in summer and winter, large beach, clear water, brightly shining pebbles and oleanders decorating the environs, is provided by boats from Ölüdeniz. Possibilities like a camping area with tent sites, restaurant, bar, shower cabinets, changing cubicles, etc. are offered in the valley which is the meeting place of world wanderers.
How to get there : Butterfly Valley boats leaves Ölüdeniz 4 times a day. Ask for a timetable at Ölüdeniz Tourism Development Corporation.