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Hisaronu

Hisaronu Holidays

Perched atop a hill overlooking the sea, Hisaronu is an idyllic tourist destination in the west side of Turkey's Mediterranean coast. While fairly sleepy and laid-back during the day, Hisaronu's nightlife packs a surprising punch once the sun goes down.

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Something for all ages

Hisaronu was originally built on in 1990 for the purpose of providing additional holiday accommodation for the nearby beach town Olu Deniz, where space was at a premium. However, the magnificent sweeping vistas afforded by its hilltop location, along with a sense of tranquility from its surrounding greenery, turned the place into a hotspot with visitors seeking cheap holidays to Turkey.

Whether you're looking for rest and relaxation, some retail therapy, a few thrills and spills, a dose of culture or a night painting the town red, Hisaronu is a good choice. Here are a handful of the more prominent attractions that make this hilltop getaway an unforgettable destination.

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Sky-high thrills

If you've brought the family along – or even if you haven't – LunaPark in the centre of Hisaronu is great fun for adventurers of all ages. This amusement park offers all the delights of the fair, right on your doorstep, with dodgems, go-kart racing, pirate ships and all other manner of high-octane thrills.

If you like your adrenaline rushes a little more intense, there are plenty of opportunities to view the resort and its beautiful surroundings from the sky. Choose from tandem paragliding or microlighting for amazing bird's eye views of the area.

Test out the elastic on your waistband

Hisaronu has a staggering amount of excellent restaurants for such a small town. Indeed, its diminutive size means you get the best of both worlds. You can walk just about everywhere in town and take your pick from a plethora of eateries on offer - and you'll be spoiled for choice in terms of cuisine.

The local chefs pride themselves on the quality of food they serve up, so whether you order Turkish delicacies or choose to dine out at one of the more internationally-minded establishments, you're in for a mouth-watering meal.

Enjoy a night on the tiles

The easy-going vibe which pervades the town during daylight hours might lead you to believe that Hisaronu turns in for an early night every day of the week, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, LunaPark enjoys its busiest hours after dusk, while the cluster of bars and clubs on the main strip keep the tunes pumping and the alcohol flowing well into the early hours of the morning.

One of Hisaronu's trademark evenings involves the local 'Talk of the Town' drag show. Prepare to be wined and dined by some of Turkey's finest drag queens in an unforgettable evening of impish and uproarious entertainment.

Take a trip to Olu Deniz

Olu Deniz is the reason why Hisaronu was built in the first place, so it really is a must-see during your stay. The beautiful bay regularly makes the grade for various 'best beach' lists, not just in Turkey but worldwide. And living up to its nickname Blue Lagoon – the water is startlingly clear and the sand a perfect golden hue. During your Dalaman holiday it's worth seeing what all the fuss is about.

Luckily, dolmus bus services run between the two towns frequently during high season and only cost a few lire. Just five minutes in distance, it's quick and easy to explore this stunning stretch of sand and the water it skirts.

Step back in time at Kayakoy ghost town

Instead of heading south to the beach, you can head even further west and check out the eerie ghost town of Kayakoy, just 10 minutes' drive away. This small municipality was home to around 2,000 Greeks until the outbreak of the Greco-Turkish War in the 1920s, which forced them to flee, abandoning the buildings to the ravages of time.

Today, the crumbling ruins of the town stand as a testament to the historic event. The site was named a World Friendship and Peace Village by UNESCO in 2009. It offers a fascinating insight into the country's tumultuous past, with the Turkish government pledging to renovate the landmark in 2014.