Perfect for beach lovers, nature lovers and anyone who wants to get away from it all, Ovacik has something for everyone. A peaceful, scenic village that's close to the area's popular attractions, yet maintains a charm all its own, ideal for anyone who wants to experience an authentic taste of Turkish life.
Providing a somewhat peaceful ambience in contrast to the tourist-heavy theme found at the nearby resort of Olu Deniz – you’ll embrace the beach, beautiful hiking trails and traditional ideologies in this charming village of Turkey. There are many things to do in Ovacik and in the surrounding areas, with much of the destination feeling like an ‘escape’ from the hustle bustle of home life and the big cities around the country. Whether you want to exercise your inner beach bum, scale some foreign landscapes or tuck into some tasty local cuisine, there are endless Ovacik attractions that will keep you happy throughout your stay.
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Whether you're looking for a romantic break, a family holiday or a getaway with friends, you'll find something to suit every taste here. Explore beautiful mountains and pine forests, catch a bus to the stunning resort of Olu Deniz or just sit back and enjoy the relaxed pace of life. You can base yourself in a charming village away from the busier resorts while still being within easy reach of the famous beach at Olu Deniz. Here you can swim in the crystal clear, blue lagoon and enjoy one of Turkey's most beautiful beaches, as well as take advantage of all the shopping, eating and drinking opportunities of this busy resort town. Shoppers will find essentials available in the village and a wider choice of crafts and souvenirs in Hisaronu just a ten-minute walk away.
All around Ovacik and down towards the coastline you’ll encounter a vast array of cuisines represented in a plethora of fine restaurants. There are some stunning joints in which to duck into, offering tasty grub and equally impressive views and surroundings.
Various cuisines are covered in these parts, but you can’t leave without tucking into some of the top Turkish dishes on offer to visitors. Indulge in a host of mezes, salads and kebabs at the likes of Aubergines, Candlelight Restaurant and Angora Restaurant. Once you’ve had your fill of local delights, you should pay a visit to Shiraz or Yengec Restaurant for some fine dining in artistic and classy surroundings.
Ovacik and the surrounding area is a fantastic family holiday destination, and there are countless Ovacik attractions to keep both the adults and the kids occupied. The Blue Lagoon should be one stop on every family’s itinerary. The beach area and water are perfect for kids, especially the calm water which is perfect for swimming.
Beyond the beach, you’ll find many other worthwhile attractions to interest people of all ages. There are two beautiful valleys which are great for afternoon strolls, as well as being inundated with various types of butterfly. Butterfly Valley near Faralya is one of the areas, and is rather aptly-named.
If all else fails, nearby is an expansive and exciting water park – a great place to spend a day. Fethiye Water Park is adorned with slides and pools, and kids will revel in the hours of slipping and sliding, while parents will welcome a little bit of alone time.
There are many things to do in Ovacik for adventurous types – you’ll find action in various different settings in this diverse region. Exploring the local area is a great way of building a complete picture of your holiday destination, and there’s no better way of doing it than by camel. You can embark on a camel trek around the local villages with an experienced guide, allowing you to learn more about local traditions and settlements. Ovacik is also the start of the famous Lycian Way, one of the finest trails in Europe. While it may be a bit time-consuming trying to complete all 500 km of the trek during your holiday, getting a kilometre or two in will give you a decent experience to savour.
Down by the water around Olu Deniz you’ll find a lot of wet action for you to indulge in. At Olu Deniz Beach and the Blue Lagoon there are many water sports in which you can indulge. Paragliding, snorkelling and boating are popular activities awaiting your participation.
Relaxing around Ovacik and the beautiful coastline will be essentially effortless. The combination of beaches and beautiful countryside creates something of a haven of tranquillity and splendour. You can’t end your Ovacik holidays without paying a visit to the pristine waters of the Blue Lagoon. Relaxing on the warm sand and dipping into the bath-like waters will go a long way to recharging your batteries. The relaxing dips increase further with a visit to Coldwater Springs. The sheltered bay is only accessible by boat but is worth the trip, boasting calm and clear turquoise water.
In the evenings, a choice of local restaurants serve up delicious local cuisine and a scattering of bars will play live music and serve delicious drinks until the early hours. However, for a busier scene, head to nearby Hisaronu where things are a little livelier and there is a more varied array of entertainment.
Ovacik is a fantastic location for couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle and spend some real quality time together. The towns quaint town makes for a romantic setting, as do the intimate cafes, restaurants and bars. The beach is just a short bus ride away for walks hand in hand across the sand, while hiking into the mountains will reward active couples with stunning views. For a good old pamper session to get your ready for your return home, various hotels in and around Ovacik can offer various spa treatments. Some of the very best can be found in the form of traditional Turkish baths, including cool showers, hot saunas and relaxing massage.
There some great things to do in Ovacik if you’re interested in local culture and history. The deserted ghost town of Kayakoy is an eerily-intriguing place to visit, with its hundreds or abandoned and ruined houses adorn the hillside. A large earthquake is the main factor behind the town’s demise, and today, taking a wander around the quiet streets or entering the empty church is a memorable experience.
For a vibrant and local experience, catching a dolmus out to nearby Fethiye will allow you to visit the liveliest and most eye-catching market in the region. The market takes place every Tuesday and sells local produce, arts and crafts and fresh seafood. And even out into the sea from where the fresh fish came, there is history and culture to be discovered. St. Nicholas Island is a common stop on boat trips from Olu Deniz and is home to some stunning Byzantine ruins as well as offering unprecedented sunset views.