If you’re looking for the ideal destination for a 2017 holiday in Turkey, Hisaronu deserves a place right at the top of your list. Over the past decade, the formerly sleepy farm village of Hisaronu has been revitalised into a tourist-friendly resort that comes alive from April to November each year. Thanks to protection orders in Olu Deniz, a bay nearby, Hisaronu has become a popular choice for tourists looking for a resort with all the amenities one could wish for. Hisaronu is renowned as being the most vibrant resort in Fethiye, with a gorgeous flat terrain sat atop a hill, as well as a lovely breeze from the mountains that keeps you feeling comfortable and refreshed even in the summer months.
In spite of its rapid evolution into a popular tourist resort, Hisaronu has a decidedly Turkish ambience and has kept most of its authentic charm and culture. The prices here are reasonable and there are plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants, so it’s great for holidaymakers who are travelling on more of a shoestring budget. What Hisaronu lacks in size, it more than makes up for in ambience. The resort is generally quiet and relaxed, but has plenty of activities on offer including the Luna Amusement Park, drag show at Talk of the Town and plenty of local events including dancing and live music.
Top hotels in Hisaronu
Pine Valley Hotel
Nicholas Park Hotel
Pink Palace Hotel
Ocean Blue High Class Hotel
At a glance
- Language: Turkish
- Time Zone: GMT +3
- Average flight time: 4h 0m
When to go
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The main thing to note about Hisaronu if you’re considering it for your next Turkey holiday is that, like the Big Apple, it’s a place that never sleeps. Hisaronu comes to life in the nights, with the action ramping up at 10pm with live music, karaoke and plenty of pub quiz nights. There are some exciting all-night clubs here including Bar Rumba, making this a haven for party-lovers everywhere. The other top attractions in the area include going exploring on the shores of Olu Deniz, searching the Turkish bazaars for gifts and souvenirs, while working on your haggling skills of course, and taking treks in the surrounding mountains. It costs just a couple of lira to get entry to the Blue Lagoon, a little piece of heaven in Turkey with pine-lined sands around a glittering blue pool.
Wine and Dine
Being a coastal location and popular tourist resort, Hisaronu has a huge selection of food and drink. One of the resort’s most popular dishes is its seafood, giving you the perfect opportunity to sample some incredible fish and shellfish-based dishes as fresh as they can be. The most popular cuisine in Hisaronu includes traditional mezze and other Turkish classics, but you can always get your hands on international cuisine in Hisaronu with global brands including Pizza Hut and KFC as well as plenty of independent Chinese, Indian, Mexican and Italian restaurants. In most parts of Hisaronu, you can find 24-hour dining establishments and takeaway places to grab a quick bite to eat. Dining really is on your terms.
There are plenty of family-friendly things to do and attractions in Hisaronu. At Suara and Bobs, you’ll find warm sands and shallow, clear waters that are ideal for letting your kids paddle about safely. The sand here is soft and clean, great for letting the children build sandcastles while you lounge in the sun. You won’t have to worry about large waves here, and there’s almost constant bright sunshine to keep you warm. Another great family activity is to head to the little cove at Kidrak, or take a boat trip to the other nearby islands. A boat trip is a great way to come face to face with the local wildlife, including the famous loggerhead turtles, making for some unforgettable experiences with nature.
Action and Adventure
With its location overlooking some of the most beautiful stretches of the Turquoise Coast, you’ll never be bored when it comes to keeping active on holiday in Turkey. No active holiday in Hisaronu would be complete without trying your hand at some water-sports. There are plenty of things to do in Fethiye, with a wide selection of activities based on the water including parascending, windsurfing and water-skiing. Thanks to the warm and clear waters of the Aegean and the fact that there are plenty of reefs, marine life and sea wrecks to explore, diving is a popular pastime for active holidaymakers. You could also try heading to the mountain of Babadag, the perfect destination for paragliding thanks to the strong thermal currents. For an unforgettably exhilarating experience, fly tandem with an experienced professional instructor to get unrivalled views of Turkey.
Life's a Beach
There is no sea coast in Hisaronu, making the closest beach Olu Deniz. However, Hisaronu is very well-connected to many of the best beaches in the area. Calis Beach is considered one of the most eco-friendly beaches in Fethiye, with a long expanse of sand and pebbles and warm clear waters. If you’re looking for a beach with good air quality, Calis is a safe bet, as it’s situated in a position safely away from the dust and dirt of the city. One of the easiest beaches to reach is Belcekiz Beach in Olu Deniz, arguably the most beautiful and popular tourist beaches in all of Turkey. Thanks to Belcekiz’s location, the waters here are consistently calm and warm, so you can swim here around the year. If you’re looking to treat yourself to the best beaches on your holiday in Turkey, Oludeniz is the ideal place with a number of Blue Flag beaches including Kumburnu Beach, Lykia World Olu Deniz and the Hotel Meri.
Hisaronu is undoubtedly the nightlife centre of Fethiye, famous for its throbbing club music and bright lights that shine late into the early hours. If you’re looking for the right destination for a clubbing holiday in Turkey in 2017, Hisaronu definitely warrants a lot of your attention. The tourist resort really comes alive at night, with many of the nightlife venues not even opening until 10pm or later. Brits will feel right at home here in Hisaronu, as most of the nightlife is targeted for British tastes. Some of the most popular clubs in Hisaronu include Club Revolution, the Lazy Turtle Cocktail Bar, the Harmony Bar, Summer Jam and the Oh Yes Cocktail Garden Bar. If you’re going to need topping up for your long night out, the Attika Cocktail and Food Bar offers both a clubbing experience and food and refreshments.
Hisaronu is a great destination for holidays in Turkey as a couple, whether you’re looking for a relaxing holiday with just the two of you or are looking to spice things up with plenty of clubbing and partying. Holidays here are, of course, ideal for those who love to party. Couples who love a vibrant nightlife scene will love the busy dancefloors and themed nights at the clubs in Hisaronu, which all have a real nightclub atmosphere with volumes cranked up high and plenty of affordable drinks. Another romantic thing to do with your loved one in Hisaronu is to enjoy the stunning historical ruins that surround the Hisaronu area, including Xanthos and Letoon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Lycian City of Tlos, and some famous Lycian rock tombs that were carved into a hillside above the town. The wide selection of water-sports in the area sets the scene for some exhilarating days out as a couple, perfect for injecting some excitement into your relationship. These include jet-skiing, scuba-diving and always hilarious banana boat rides. Couples who love nature and wildlife will thoroughly enjoy the diving on offer, allowing you to get up close and personal with the beautiful fish and other aquatic life in the area.
This area of Turkey is steeped in rich heritage and archaeology, making this an ideal place to visit if you’re a fan of history. Not long ago, Hisaronu was an unknown hamlet on the road between Fethiye and Olu Deniz. Over the past decade however, Hisaronu has undergone a radical transformation into a highly successful tourist population. There are plenty of cultural and historical attractions in and around Hisaronu, one of the most poignant being the ghost town of Kayakoy. This attraction stands as a testament to the modern history of Turkey, with hundreds of abandoned buildings and homes that were deserted since an agreement between Greece and Turkey in 1923. For another cultural day trip, take a dolmus ride to Hisaronu to Fethiye, an ancient market town with several historical attractions that are well worth a visit. The most famous of these is probably the Lycian rock tombs, which were chiselled into the hills above the town itself thousands of years ago. This region of Turkey is famous for its heritage and, luckily, the ruins of several ancient cities are all close by to Hisaronu and can be easily reached by bus. These include the remains of Tlos, the oldest known city in the Lycian region, while Xanthos and Letoon are further afield and have been combined and recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.