This stretch of the Turkish Coastline is known as the Turkish Riviera or Turquoise Coast, and stretches from Fethiye in the west, right through to the Syrian coastline in the east. Without doubt one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline anywhere in the Mediterranean.
The area from Fethiye to Kemer is known as Lycia and has Turkey’s most dramatic coastline with mountains falling away into crystal clear waters. Summer temperatures average 32-42 degrees with a winter average of 15 degrees. The villages of Hisaronu (translated as "in front of the fortress") and Ovacik are located on a plateau 1,000ft above sea level under Mount Babadag. All around there are magnificent views of pineclad mountains with a cooling breeze coming in from the sea during the hot summer months.
The apartment is based between Ovacik and Hisaronu, in the Oludeniz region of Turkey. Its convenient location makes it an ideal base for enjoying all the diverse aspects of this surrounding area. Hisaronu is set above the famous Oludeniz beach. Lively and bright, the resort is packed, with gift shops, music bars and restaurants catering for every taste (Italian, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, British and of course Turkish cuisine). Hisaronu really comes alive after dark as visitors and locals head out for a drink in the bars or to enjoy a meal.
Fethiye (7kms from the apartment) is a bustling traditional Turkish town, with plenty of atmosphere and ambience. In Fethiye you can stroll the beautiful harbour, take boat trips, shop till you drop, eat in a huge selection of restaurants, drink in the many bars and dance the night away. There is also a large market each Tuesday in Fethiye that sells everything from leather goods and clothes to spices and food - all at bargain prices. A smaller market is also found in Hisaronu on a Monday.
Oludeniz boasts probably the most fascinating and beautiful beach in this part of Turkey. For a very small charge you can spend the day at the Blue Lagoon (which is a designated natural park of outstanding beauty). The lagoon has fantastic calm, crystal clear waters, with a range of activities including pedaloes, kayaks, canoeing, volleyball and paddle boarding.
The resort of Oludeniz also offers a wide range of beach front bars, restaurants, cafeterias and shops, all with a relaxed and laid back atmosphere. It really is paragliding heaven with many companies offering you the chance to 'fly tandem' and jump 6000 foot off the Babadag mountain, landing on the beach front in Oludeniz. If this is your thing - the views of Oludeniz and the surrounding area as you descend are breathtaking. If you are happy with your feet firmly on the ground, you can easily spend all day watching the paragliders land all round you.
Oludeniz is easily available both day and night from Ovacik or Hisaronu by Dolmus (local minibus) and costs about 60p. Taxis are also widely available for approximately £4 - £5.