Holidays in Ovacik
Ovacik is a peaceful village situated in a valley inland from Turkey’s glittering Aegean Coast. The perfect base for exploring the region, Ovacik is within easy reach of the coast’s finest golden beaches, ancient Lycian remains and charming old towns like Fethiye. The village’s mountainside location is known as a hiker’s paradise, with plenty of activities for kids and a fun water park close by.
The cooler months of April and May.
Dalaman Airport (DLM).
Book your Thomas Cook holiday to Ovacik for world-class beaches like Blue Lagoon, and the captivating ancient ruins at Fethiye.
Jump on a dolmus and head down the coast to see Oludeniz’s famous beaches. Sip drinks in a cafe overlooking the main beach’s golden sand, or keep going a little further to experience the tropical beauty of the Blue Lagoon. Ovacik lies among mountainous landscapes that attract hikers from all over, and it also hosts one of the biggest paragliding events around, the Oludeniz International Air Games. If you’re interested in history, the 10 minute dolmus journey to Fethiye is a must. The town’s old quarter has a traditional feel and its ancient remains are just waiting to be explored.
Ovacik is situated in a valley above sea level, gazing out over some of the best beaches on the Turquoise Coast. Grab a dolmus and within 10 minutes you’re in Oludeniz, the best place in Ovacik for beach lovers. The resort is home to a long, golden beach complete with sun loungers, umbrellas and a lively promenade lined with beach cafes. The pretty marina provides all kinds of boat tours and water sports, including jet skiing and trips out to the famous Blue Lagoon. The emblem of Turkey’s Aegean beaches, Blue Lagoon is a preserved piece of the coast adored for its crystal clear shore and powder-soft sand.
Perfectly located for day trippers, Ovacik is a 10 minute dolmus ride from Fethiye, with its beautiful old quarter made up of narrow, maze-like streets, a bustling bazaar and lots of little Turkish cafes and places to eat. Sightseers will have a field day in Fethiye, as the town dates back to 400 BC and features some incredible remains including the ancient Tomb of Amyntas. Ovacik is a peaceful and traditional village, but there are still plenty of places to eat and drink in the evenings. If you’re interested in authentic Turkish cuisine, the place to go in Ovacik is Fethiye’s old town where you’ll find a feast of local delicacies.
Located in an area of rugged natural beauty close to the Babadag Mountains, Ovacik is a playground for holidaymakers keen on outdoor pursuits. There are many scenic hiking trails with panoramic views across the Turquoise Coast, as well as cycling and horse riding paths. Real thrill seekers are in one of the best places in Europe for paragliding. If you’re away with kids, one of the biggest family attractions in Ovacik is Fethiye Aquapark. The park has a huge variety of exciting water slides, a water playground for the little ones and plenty of swimming pools. The park’s favourite attraction is the dolphinarium, which features dolphin and sea lion shows.
Families: Enjoy bucket and spade days on the beach or at Fethiye Aquapark, popular for its thrilling water slides and dolphinarium.
Day trippers: Ovacik is in the heart of the region’s best attractions, including Roman remains at Fethiye and the walking trails of Oludeniz.
Beach lovers: Ovacik overlooks some the region’s best beaches, and is a 10 minute drive from the golden sands of Oludeniz.
Language: The language spoken in Ovacik is Turkish
Currency: The currency used in Ovacik is the Turkish Lira
Local time: Ovacik is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Dalaman Airport (DLM).
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Ovacik. Apply for your Turkish visa online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
Temperature: Summer average of 27°C.
Best time to visit: The cooler months of April and May.
Turkey’s southwest coast has a warm Mediterranean climate, and Ovacik enjoys hot weather in the mid 20s (°C) often from April to October. The hottest months are July to September, which regularly peak in the low 30s.
By dolmus: Dolmuses are the local mini buses, which operate throughout Turkey’s resorts, providing cheap and easy shuttles to the beach and nearby attractions. The dolmuses are a good option for visiting nearby resorts like Oludeniz.
By car: If you’re interested in exploring the region, a hire car is your best bet. There are a number of hire car companies at Dalaman Airport.
By taxi: The taxis in the region are yellow and fitted with a meter, although they charge higher rates at night. Taxis can be flagged down or booked in advance from your hotel or for an airport transfer.
Air games: Oludeniz is one of Europe’s top paragliding destinations, with thrill seekers from all over coming to fly over the Babadag Mountains. In October, the town hosts the International Air Games, which feature pros from the world of base jumping, skydiving and paragliding, all landing on Oludeniz’s beautiful beach.
World music festival: Nearby Fethiye hosts its World Music Festival every May. The event features music concerts and performances by artists from all over the world, celebrating a variety of cultures and traditions. The concerts are open to the public and are free of charge.