Head down to Ovacik’s central road and you’ll find a selection of restaurants offering everything from traditional Turkish food to Thai, Indian, Mediterranean, plus bakeries and coffee shops. For a taste of Turkey, Teras restaurant and wine bar serves casseroles and baked pide, as well as a bunch of back-home tastes such as steak and pasta.
But if you’re craving a curry, Sandinos does Indian and Thai food the Turkish way, with really fresh ingredients. They also have a few Mexican and English meals on the menu, so it’s a great place to go for a group meal as there is something to please a range of tastes. And if you’re looking for more choice and the option of seafront dining all you have to do is follow the road down towards Olu Deniz.
If you’re heading off on cheap holidays to Turkey in search of a few evening antics, rest assured there are a variety of bars in Ovacik that put on good-quality evening entertainment, this can range from bingo nights to live music performances. On the main road in Ovacik you’ll find places offering a laid-back atmosphere, like Mirage where you can stop for a coffee, or Angels for a cocktail or two.
Most places in Ovacik double up as bars and restaurants but if you want something a little more livelier for a big night out, the neighbouring resort of Hisaronu is full of late-night action. It’s home to some busy venues that host great entertainment, like belly-dancers and fire-eaters.
Take a dip in the Blue Lagoon
Ovacik may not have its own beach, but the nearest one – at Olu Deniz – is only a 15-minute bus ride away. Lined with bars and restaurants, you certainly won’t be disappointed. And sitting right beside it is the famous Blue Lagoon, a sandy, secluded spot surrounded by clear blue water, not to mention a photo-worthy swimming experience.
Fun for all the family
For fun in the sun, you can choose from a variety of family activities like go-karting and Olu Deniz’s two waterparks – Water World and The Grand Ucel. The area’s many golden beaches offer a variety of options. Choose a secluded quiet spot, perfect for soaking up the sun, or head to the busier beaches and try out their activities and watersports for some family fun.
Ovacik has a few shopping opportunities, but you’ll find a wider selection of stores in neighbouring Hisaronu, where you can haggle for a bargain. There are further chances to shop in Olu Deniz, and Fethiye’s markets are always worth a visit for local produce, spices, sweets and replica designer goods.
To take in some sights, hop aboard the ferry trip to Cleopatra’s Bath and you can enjoy a dip where the legend used to. Or a 30-minute drive takes you to Dalyan, where you can unwind with an invigorating scrub in the famous mud baths, before relaxing with a delicious mezze platter at one of the traditional Turkish restaurants in town.
From Olu Deniz you can take a trip to the scenic Dalyan River, or a visit to some of the captivating historical sites around Fethiye. Tlos’ hilltop ruins provide stunning views of the charming towns and coastline below, but don’t forget to visit the deserted city of Pinara and its ancient amphitheatre. Or, you can always take a trip to see Letoon, a former religious sanctuary, which has a UNESCO World Heritage Site status.