Mekik Apartments is a quiet, well presented complex of 12 owner-occupied homes, set in mature gardens with shade trees, for relaxing family holidays with plenty of restaurants and excursions nearby.
This spacious ground floor holiday home features a fully equipped family kitchen, with dining area and lounge. The quality furnishings are as new. Air-conditioning and heating is included in the tariff. All three bedrooms are cool and shady for a more comfortable nights rest. There are two shower rooms with abundant hot water. The large private balcony is perfect for relaxation, sunbathing and outdoor dining.
Its convenient location between the three holiday centres of Olu Deniz beach, Hisaronu resort and Fethiye harbour town, offers a wide range of activities, tours, shops and restaurants to suit all tastes. A ten minute bus ride takes you down to the famous blue lagoon and beaches of Olu Deniz.
Nestled high on the Ovacik plateau, surrounded by steep pine and cedar forested hillsides, the complex enjoys impressive mountain views and a fresher micro-climate than the sweltering coastal resorts. Ideal for walking holidays in the spring and autumn, Ovacik is the start point for the Lycian Way; rated by the Sunday Times as one of the 10 best walks in the world.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 shower rooms|
|Nearest beach||Olu Deniz 5 km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||150 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dalaman (DLM) 58 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Sofa Beds (1), Bunk Beds (1), Single Beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Turkey's south-west coastline, known in ancient times as Lycia, is a holiday destination of breathtaking beauty, with pine-covered slopes rising steeply straight out of the Mediterranean. This region offers some of the best beaches in the world, picturesque harbours, deserted coves and an unrivalled archaeological heritage.
Fethiye harbour, within easy reach by dolmus, enjoys one of the most scenic locations of any port town in the world. The beautiful waterfront is completely accessible by the newly completed continuous promenade linking Fethiye to Calis beach.
This region appeals to sun-worshipers, families, mature couples, walkers, photographers, nature lovers and history enthusiasts, sailors and divers, not to mention paraglider pilots. You can be as active and sporty, or as pampered and lazy as you wish!
It is reliably warm sunny beach weather from mid-May through until mid-October.
Many roads in the region follow the scenic coastline. You are rarely more than 10 minutes drive from the sea. The most accessible bathing beaches are at Belcekiz (frequently served by dolmus minibus) and at Olu Deniz (the 'must see' photogenic Blue Lagoon, featured in all good holiday brochures).
For a change of scenery, enjoy the journey to Calis Beach by water taxi across Fethiye harbour and along canals through wetlands. Catch water taxis from Fethiye harbour by the day trip boat moorings (behind Carrefour supermarket) in Paspatur District.
Ovacik's friendly local restaurants and shops are conveniently located just 150 metres away on the main road.
A greater choice of international cuisine (Thai, Indian, Italian, Chinese and Turkish restaurants) is available in nearby Hisaronu resort centre about a mile away (3 minutes by bus) or a 20 minute stroll through quiet village back-lanes.
Visitors seeking a lively nightlife will find Hisaronu's numerous bars open until the early hours and nightclubs where you can dance until dawn.
For a more sedate evening of promenading and al frescoe dining, Fethiye's attractive waterfront, illuminated by night and offering sublime views of the bay, takes some beating. The best fish restaurants can be found behind the gulet moorings, near the fish quay. Away from the harbour, restaurants catering to a local Turkish clientele, are particularly good value. You can buy fresh fish from the Fethiye fish market and have it cooked for you at a restaurant next door.
The water-slides at Ovacik Aquapark are within 5 minute walking distance of the apartment.
Horse riding is available from Hisaronu outskirts, a 15 minute walk through Ovacik village.
Big kids of all ages can blast up the dirt forest trails of Kaya valley on a rented quad bike.
A variety of watersports, boat tours and fishing trips are bookable through local agents. The Butterfly Valley and 12 Islands boat trips are relaxing, include lunch and plenty of opportunities for swimming. White water rafting adventures are available on the Dalyan river as a day excursion - most exciting in springtime with highest water flows.
The winding coast roads offer truly spectacular scenery, perhaps best enjoyed by scooter if you are confident on 2 wheels (hire in Hisaronu from £8 per day). The best include the route from Lykia World to Kabak village, Kaya village to Gemiller Beach and my personal favourite, the circuit around the forested headland just outside Fethiye (start and finish through the boatyard beyond Karagozler, Fethiye), with numerous small secluded beaches for picnics and swimming.
For the adventurous, qualified tandem paraglider pilots offer scenic 30 minute flights from Baba Dag mountain (1967 metres) over the Turquoise Coast and blue lagoon before landing on Olu Deniz promenade. Microlight flights are also available from local airstrip within walking distance. Airsports are very popular, with an annual Olu Deniz Air Festival held at the end of October, showcasing extreme stunt flying and competitions.
Scuba diving is a pleasure with excellent visibility and warm sea temperatures. Local dive sites include reefs, tunnels, caves, drop-offs and archaeological sites dating to 300BC.
Several dive schools can be found in the Fethiye Bay area - visit www.dive-centres.net
For more quiet enjoyment explore nearby Kaya valley, an unspoilt slice of authentic rural Turkey, with orchards, small farms and extensive ruins of Kayakoy ghost town. From the hilltop above Kaya village there is a recommended picturesque coastal walk (6km) downhill to the Blue Lagoon at Oludeniz.
Alternatively, from Kaya village it is well worth continuing onward to Gemiller beach by car or hourly dolmus bus service for amazing views of St Nicholas Island and secluded small beaches among pine trees.
The Hisaronu area offers some stunning coastal mountain scenery, whether you choose to do some serious hill-walking or simply admire the land and seascapes from afar. There are several enjoyable hiking trails within easy reach of the apartment and others accessible by public transport.
Fethiye's archaeological heritage includes ancient Lycian rock tombs in the cliffs above the old district of Paspatur, several Roman sarcophagus and a crusader fort built to protect pilgrims en route to the Holy Land.
Aspiring Indiana Jones/Lara Crofts will want to discover the overgrown Roman town of Cadyanda, concealed by forest, on a hilltop overlooking Fethiye. Here Roman baths, a stadium, theatre, fortifications, cisterns and underground stores remain. Access is possible by 2WD hire car, with an element of brave off-road driving across mud-slides adding to the adventure!
Jeep safaris are the highlight of the holiday for many visitors who like to sight-see with the wind in your hair, dust and flies in your teeth! I recommend the modern air conditioned coach trips myself! Lycian tombs undergoing archaeological excavation and impressive Roman structures, topped by a 14th Century Ottoman fort may be visited at Tlos by jeep safari or coach tours, which typically include the Saklikent river gorge to explore and the beautiful watergardens and trout farm at Yakapark for lunch.
For an authentic Turkish experience visit Fethiye's vast Tuesday street market to buy fresh provisions and haggle for leather goods, silver jewelery and souvenirs; try a Turkish bath, belly dancing or a traditional meal of lamb stew baked in a clay jar.