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Review of Oludeniz

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Ferry From Rhodes to Fethiye
Ranked #4 of 78 things to do in Fethiye
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

really this is one of the top beaches in turkey? Im suprised Im sure there must be better. Its over run with tourists and everything aimed at them - restaurants, bars, souvenier stores etc. The beach is nothing amazing. Yes the white stones are nice (wear your flip fops to the water). The water was actually dirty the day we were there and the current had a good pull that you didnt go out too far as it was quiet hard getting back in. Sunbeds for 15TL or you can lie on the sand either side. Great photo opporutnities of the paragliding that lands at the beach. You can take a minibus from Fethiye town to Oludeniz for 10TL pp.

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Brilliant quite place to go its a small resort but buses at bottom of street up to ferthiye,hisorroni ,calas.....
Blue lagoon lovely ,boat trips great ferthiye market the BEST ..do not go to hisorroni market awful ......people great speak good English ...most people English in this area of holidays

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Reviewed 22 June 2014

If this is your first trip to Turkey let me put you mind at rest as regards safety and give you an opinion on some things to do whilst you are staying in Ovacik/Oludeniz, though of course, they are only my personal views.

Firstly. I found that the vast majority of people who were staying at many of the hotels were either English or Turkish and both are very friendly, so although even if travelling alone, you will never be short of someone to talk to, unless of course you prefer to keep yourself to yourself, in which case you will not be unduly hassled. Indeed, even among the market-places and stalls, although you will be given the hard sell, the majority of vendors will simply accept a 'no thank-you' as long as it is offered with a smile. I would recommend the markets. One is in nearby Hisaronu (Mon), the other in Fetiye (Tues) and both can be easily reached by Dolmus' that stop in all the major places, run regularly, and shouldn't cost more than a pound each way. You will find plenty of rip-off designer labels and many are up to the standard of the originals, but it takes a discerning eye, and a slightly bigger budget to find the real quality items from the mountain of dross.

There are two main beaches in the local area that should be checked out. First, the famous Blue Lagoon. When we arrived we were slightly perturbed to find that rather than it being an isolated hideaway, it is mainly a commercial venture with private beach clubs occupying much of the coastline. However, it is still well worth a visit. The receptionist at your hotel should phone one of the private clubs for you and arrange a free shuttle. We first went to Sun City, which serves excellent food, is at the far point of the lagoon with excellent views. However, there is very little sand here, mainly lawns bedecked with sun-loungers and the opportunity to rent out pedalo's in order to explore the turquoise waters. The music is basically a mix of chill-out house and you can spend the day watching the waters and the beautiful people, cocktail in hand. It cost a fiver to get in. Drinks are extra, and at about £4 a pint of lager, is more expensive than elsewhere in the region, but is to be expected in such a tranquil and desirable location. A similar experience can be found at 'Billy's Beach'. Don't let the name put you off, it is also worth a visit.

If you want a more traditional beach then Oludeniz itself is the place to go. The beach is a mixture of sand and stone, is big, deceptively hot compared to Ovacik where I was staying just a short trip up steep hills (Most days it hit 40C) and the water is inviting. Behind you is the magnificent coastline, in front of you a peaceful horizon. Oludeniz is popular especially with the British and there is plenty to do. This is where the majority of the trips start, (though you will often be able to be picked up from your hotel free of charge), and those I would recommend are the boat trips, the Jeep Safari's and of course the paragliding, which from the beach you will see is very popular. Prices vary, but never more than a pound from supplier to supplier. (My review of my paragliding trip can be found on the page for 'Fly Gravity'.)

Bars and Restaurants of course depend entirely on personal preference, but you will have no problem finding somewhere that suits. Personally we enjoyed spending time at the 'Calypso' in Hisoronu, where there was reggae and soca music, live musicians and a good vibe. However there are plenty of decently priced eateries around, and just by eye you can see which ones will appeal. Again, you will be asked inside to eat often, do not be afraid to politely decline... Simply move on to find the right place. One thing I would recommend is to take a stroll about a half hour ahead of sunset across the promenade by the beach and select one of the several 'upstairs' bars that line the coast, the views are gorgeous and the music light. Most of these places also have excellent menus, and for around a tenner a head you will have the best food in the area with the best possible surroundings. As I mentioned in my review, I was none too impressed with the standard of the food at the Golden Life Hotel Resort and Spa (where I stayed), but I have heard good things about the attached 'A La Turka' restaurant from those who have eaten there, whilst I enjoyed a couple of decent feeds at the 'Mirage' which is a couple of hundred feet down the road as you approach Hisoronu. After a proper night out, the clichéd Kebab can be found just a few yards from the hotel entrance until very early in the morning and for a couple of quid, really helps to soak up the alcoholic excess.

The crime rate is practically zero, the locals are friendly and the weather is delicious as the views. Oludeniz is worth a visit, Ovacik is a handy base from which to explore the surrounding areas of Fetiye and Hisoronu.

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Reviewed 22 June 2014

This is one of the main tourist centers.Everything is available, lots of shops places to walk,beach,activities,barsand rrestaurantsline the streets.Food and drink maybe alittle more expensive here but if you haggle a little they will make you a deal to lower the beer price if you are eatingVery cheap supermarket is azda. The tall man at gravity tours was very good and skydiving was safe and well organised.

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Reviewed 20 June 2014

nice popular sandy beach & we got a free transfer there & back from our apartments in hisaronu. refreshments food ice cream available aswell as sunbeds, parasols & pedalos available for hire.
beach seemed clean & you can see fish in the water when you wade in. those who are quiet enough might also see the turtles when venturing out on the pedalos

Thank adam k
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