Oludeniz, situated on Turkey's south-west coast, with it's pristine white beaches and amazingly blue waters is one of the finest beaches in the world. Known as "the Turquoise Coast", it's the ideal holiday destination. Be it diving, rafting, paragliding or simply walking and sunbathing lazily on the beach, Oludeniz has it all! Oludeniz, being situated in the heart of Lycia, is the ideal centre for visiting many of Lycia's antique cities such as Xanthos, Letoon, Pinara, Tlos, Sydma, Myra and many others. There are arranged excursions available locally to all of these. The many natural wonders in the area attract as much interest as the historical sites. Butterfly Valley, is just 5 km from Oludeniz. Kayakoy, an old deserted Greek village known as 'The Ghost Town' is only 10 km from the beach, the Saklikent Gorge at 50 km distance and the 33 km long Patara sands and Akdag summer pastures are among the many sites of natural beauty within easy day travelling distance
Oludeniz & Surrounding areas
Once a minor fishing village and market town, Fethiye has become a thriving tourist center in recent years due to the growing popularity of nearby Oludeniz and easy access to some fascinating sites. Fethiye was once a Lycian City and traces of the ancient settlement can be found around the town, which include the magnificent rock tombs on the face of the cliff. Fethiye retains a decidedly Turkish feel. Exploring the warren of shop-lined streets in the old quarter is a fascinating experience. Restaurants are in abundance, and the authentic feel of Turkish life permeates the whole area , giving a real insight into town life in Turkey. On market day the roads are full of vehicles of all types from old American trucks, to horse and carts spilling over with a manner of produce destined to create the vibrant colors and smells of the market. The area boasts a good nightlife at the height of the season and now even through the winter months, with many bars and discos. There is an excellent choice of restaurants from traditional Turkish lokantas to large, stylish restaurants offering a wide range of international cuisine.
5 km north of Fethiye and accessible via water taxi or mini bus, Calis is a 2km stretch of course sand and pebbles. Facing Fethiy e Bay and it's small islands to the west, Calis Beach enjoys a beautiful view and stunning sunset, one of the best in the area. The area is flat and enjoy cool breezes, so is great in the summer months when the heat of the area is at it's warmest. This also means that it is perfect for water sports, there are a range of sports available, windsurfing and kite surfing being among the most popular. Calis has an array of bars, cafes and restaurants along the pedestrians promenade, the atmosphere is very informal, relaxed and friendly, making it popular with people who return year after year, some even deciding to make Calis their permanent residence. Nearby Fethiye town is a short journey away, with many shops and historical places for those who like to mix a bit of sun-worshipping with sampling some of the local culture and traditions.
Kayakoy lays on the way to Gemiler from Hisaronu, in a isolated valley and now this village is famous with it's restaurants and old houses. Greek people used to live in peace under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. There used to be about 3000 buildings, 5 doctors, 3 pharmacies, 1 school, 2 big churches, more than 10 small monasteries. The settling of this village (the Greek settlement) date the 15th century. The small church downtown, dates 1888. The other church (the bigger one up the hill) said to be built before the small one. In January 30 1923, there was a population exchange agreement between Turkish - Greek governments. According to this agreement, the Greek people living in Turkey would be sent to Greece and the Turkish people in Greece would be sent to Turkey. The Greek people here, by this agreement, went back to Greece; but the Turkish people living in Greece didn't want to come back to Turkey, because the Greek government did not want to pay the indemnity for any of the goods, lands, or the houses they owned in Greece. So that, the houses which were reserved for the Turkish residence, waited for a long time with allowing no one in.
7km of dirt road beyond the ghost town of Kaya Koy you are able to sample a slightly exclusive slice of beach. The beach is surrounded by pine and olive trees and face St Nicholas Island which can be reached by boat. St Nicholas Island has been confirmed as being once the residence of St Nicholas, better known as Santa Claus. Also on the island are the Byzantine ruins of a monastery whish can be explored. This small beach provides a secluded place to relax, sunbathe and swim away from the crowds.
Ovacik is a delightful village located 4km from Oludeniz. It is in easy walking distance of Hisaronu and on the local dolmus route to Fethiye. Cool breezes and beautiful mountain views enchant those staying there. Located at the foot of Babadag mountain, there is always a refreshing offshore breeze even in the hottest months. This resort has plenty of cheap accommodation from budget hotels to affordable apartments. There are a growing number of bars and restaurants along the main road leading to Hisaronu. Ovacik is great for people who want to be close enough to the nightlife to enjoy it, but prefer to retire to more quiet surroundings to sleep.
Hisaronu is situated between Oludeniz and Ovacik and is 450 metres above sea level so it benefits from fresh mountain air making it slightly cooler than Oludeniz. This is by far the most lively resort in the area. There are many shops, restaurants and bars staying open well into the early hours of the morning, so there is something for everyone. The area is commercial compared to some of the other resorts in Turkey, however very tourist friendly and judging by the amount of people who return year after year it is certainly a success story.
Saklikent Gorge is the longest and deepest gorge in Turkey, 18km long and so deep that the sunlight never penetrates the water, therefore, the fast and at times furious waters are deliciously freezing. If you wish to get wet and have some fun, you can try and walk up some of the canyon (only about 4km is walkable). Don't forget to wear some shoes as the bottom of the gorge is pebbly and you will need to have a firm footing to battle the rapidly flowing waters. See how far you can get! If your feeling lazy on the way back you can always let the current carry you. If you prefer to relax and don't like the sound of the freezing water temperatures, or may be just fancy a quick paddle, this place is still for you. Around the gorge is traditional Turkish style cafes, where you can sit back and relax on the cushions, sip a nice cold drink and enjoy some local food, gozleme is a traditional style pancake made by the local villagers. Enjoy watching the fun but stay firmly on dry land.