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Ovacik is a vibrant village to be found in Southern Turkey. The scenery here is superb with glorious sandy beaches overlooked by pine clad mountains and although the village maintains its charm and illustrates Turkish culture, it is a place which has everything to ensure your holiday is most enjoyable.
The nearest airport to Ovacik is Dalaman International Airport which is approximately an hour's drive from the village. Most airlines operate flights from the UK To Dalaman Airport in Turkey including Turkish Airways and Thomas Cook and flying time from the UK varies between four and five hours depending on which departure airport you fly from. The Turkish authorities require a UK passport valid for at least three months for each person wishing to enter Turkey.
This particular area of Turkey is very popular with holidaymakers. Transfer from the airport to your accommodation is not a problem as there are many taxis and coaches available to complete your journey. Accommodation in Ovacik is varied and ranges from hotels to pensions and of course self catering visitors are welcomed as there are apartments and villas to rent.
The weather in Ovacik is one of its main attractions as the summer sunshine seems to go on and on and you will find many British people have actually moved here to live because of the climate. There are several watersports available in particular snorkelling and scuba diving are very popular in this area.
The beach at Olu Deniz coupled with the famous Blue Lagoon beauty spot are just a dolmus ride away as is the superb Patara Beach. Patara Beach is approximately 18 kilometres long and is part of a national park as this area is used by the Loggerhead Turtles to lay their eggs.
The mountainous nature of this area is ideal for the exciting sport of paragliding. Do not worry if you have never attempted paragliding as you will fly in tandem with a licensed and experienced pilot for a journey you will never forget. Horseriding is also very popular throughout this area and for the walkers amongst you, hiking here is a delight.
There are a wide variety of bars and restaurants in Ovacik and there is a large marina which is lined with bars offering their hospitality to their visitors. Turkish fare is traditionally served here along with English, Chinese and other varied menus. The nightlife in Ovacik is lively with music and dancing in most places and there are a number of clubs and discos. The nearby towns of both Hisaronu and Fethiye are both buzzing and offer the partygoers a variety of places to wine, dine and dance the night away.
Getting around the Ovacik area is no problem as there are local coach services as well as the famous Turkish dolmus minibuses and you will find several places of interest to visit including the ruins of the Amphitheatre in Fethiye, the Lycian Tombs carved into the mountainside are incredible as is a visit to the ghost town of Kayakoy. Kayakoy was a thriving Greek community several years ago but following the war, the Greek people left the village and it now stands eerily empty.
Shopping in Turkey is not to be missed and is quite an entertaining experience as in Turkey you haggle with shopkeepers and market stall holders alike until you have arrived at a price which is fair to everyone. Ovacik has a variety of small shops selling souvenirs and leather goods but the shopaholic should hop on a dolmus and head for either Hisaronu or Fethiye.
Here you will find an abundance of boutiques with their designer wear on offer and some of the best jewellery outlets you will ever see. Gold is extremely good value in Turkey and you will be amazed at the intricate and attractive designs available here as well as how helpful the jewellers are.
Apart from making you welcome with the offer of a seat in usually air conditioned shops, they are also happy to serve apple tea or Turkish coffee to their prospective customers and in lots of the jewellers they will even clean and repair your own jewellery, quite often free of charge. The town of Fethiye also hosts a weekly market and the aromas from the spices available here are glorious.
Ovacik is a charming Turkish village whose locals extend a very warm welcome to their visitors and you will have a delightful holiday in this pretty sun drenched area which is another of Turkey's treasures.