If you’re looking for peace, quiet and a warm slice of that famous Turkish hospitality, book your holidays to Ovacik, Turkey. Although there are plenty of resorts in the area, such as Hisaronu, that are famous for their noisy nightlife, Ovacik, Turkey offers downtime that’s much more laid-back and relaxed. You’ll find some of the best beaches on the Turquoise Coast along this stretch, boasting sun-bleached sands and warm, azure waters, creating the perfect conditions for couples and families who want to enjoy some tranquil time together.
If you want a dip into the region’s rich past, you’ll find ancient Lycian ruins along the coastline, which is also dotted with charming and characterful towns such as Fethiye. If you enjoy getting to grips with the great outdoors you’ll find plenty of stunning scenery along the various hiking trails. If you’re here with the family then there are plenty of activities for kids, with a fun waterpark close by.
Things to do
If you want to get some sunbathing under your belt, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches. Head straight to Ölüdeniz beach to relax on a horseshoe-shaped sandy beach, or venture a little inland to experience the tropical beauty of the Blue Lagoon. Fitness fans and those with a thirst for the great outdoors can walk a variety of hiking trails, taking you through the foothills of the Babadag Mountain and its pine forests. The Babadag Mountain also serves as the launch-pad for the Ölüdeniz International Air Games, which are well worth attending. Alternatively, take a trip to Fethiye and explore its buzzing Old Quarter.
As Ovacik is located with stunning views at the top of a hillside valley, the resort doesn’t have a beach of its own, but is surrounded by some of Turkey’s most popular beaches including Ölü Deniz’s famous Blue Lagoon, which is only a 10 minute bus ride away. The towering mountains that sit along the coast shelter the calm, clear waters, making for the ideal spot to enjoy swimming in the cool sea and joining in on the wide range of water sports available to you. The pebbly shore is the perfect relaxation spot for sunny afternoons looking over the sparkling waters.
History and culture
Ovacik is a quiet Turkish village in the Fethiye district. It sits on a small plateau near the bottom of Mount Babadağ, which is highly popular among avid paragliders. The resort has only recently seen development in the last ten years to keep up with the growth of tourism in the surrounding areas. Today Ovacik is a popular destination because of its traditional charm and beautiful surroundings. Wildlife is a big part of the community and it’s common to see goats and chickens roaming freely around the streets.
The modest nightlife in Ovacik is ideal if you’re after a romantic meal or relaxing with a few cocktails under the stars. There are a handful of bars that play music and stay open until the early hours, so dancing the night away is still encouraged, should you wish to. If you prefer a night in, the All Inclusive hotels provide nightly entertainment that’s perfect for families and couples alike.