Located on the outskirts of Ovacik, Daisy Garden Villa has breathtaking mountain views and is just 1.8 miles away from Oludeniz Beach. Ovacik has a selection of smaller shops, bars and restaurants and is a quiet, relaxed place to stay. Just a short work from the villa is Hisaronu, which is much livelier with a large selection of shops, bars, places to eat, nightlife and just a short bus ride away is Fethiye.
The vast majority of people speak excellent English in the area, and are always happy to help so there is no need to worry about any language barriers.
Turkey is consistently warm and sunny throughout the year making it ideal for summer family holidays and winter sun seekers alike. Temperatures in Turkey range from 21ºC in spring to a very hot 40ºC at in the middle of summer, with around 8 to 12 hours of sunshine daily from April to October. The villa benefits from the cool mountain breeze and air conditioning making it a perfect constant temperature even on the hottest summer days.
What’s in the area?
This area of South West Turkey has so much to offer and it is very easy to get around using the local buses (Dolmus) which are very cheap and frequent, local taxis or for those who prefer to explore at their own place, there is car hire availabe from trusted companies including Avis, Budget and Europcar.
Unwind at the beach…
Close by Olu Deniz is on the Turquoise Coast and is famous for it’s beaches and beautiful coastline with crystal clear waters, ideal for relaxing swims. Patara beach is recommended for you to visit too with its stunning landscape and is well known for great swimming. It is also a national park and home to many exotic birds and is the breeding ground of the endangered Loggerhead turtle.
Do a little shopping…
Shopping in Turkey is perhaps most famous for its weekly markets which offer amazing value with ‘designer’ labels at bargain prices such as handbags, clothes, shoes, watches, jewellery sunglasses etc. There is also a good selection of traditional covered Turkish Bazaars and for those looking for something a bit special, there is a selection of chic boutiques including well known brands.
At the local jewellers there is a large selection of styles, stones and types of gold items for sale. Pieces are sold on weight and quality of stones with the prices open to being haggled making it around 50% cheaper than the UK.
For those who like adventure…
If you’re looking for adventure or to try something different, there is no shortage of things to try! For example you could try White Water Rafting on the Dalaman River, a Jeep Safari which includes a visit to the Roman ruins at Tlos, the Sakikent Gorge and a mud bath!
It’s highly recommended that you try Scuba Diving at Fethiye to appreciate the natural beauty and wildlife of the Turkish coast. Or to get the best view, why not try Tandem Paragliding from the top of the 6000 foot mountain above Hisaronu, landing at the beach of Oludeniz? Other activities include wind surfing, banana boat rides, jet ski, water ski, speed boat hire, canoeing, sea fishing, boat trips, sailing, quad biking, horse riding, gorge walking, golf, tennis, etc.
Explore the history…
Turkey has a very rich and diverse history with many historical and interesting sites for you to visit and explore. A lot of the villages and towns date back over 5000 years with many monuments and ruins scattered throughout the countryside. It’s even suggested that in Turkey there are more Roman ruins than there are in Italy and more Greek ruins than in the whole of Greece – although as the villa was only constructed recently, we wouldn’t like to testify to this bold claim! You might also be interested to know Noah’s Ark came to rest on Mount Ararat and Anthony is said to have wooed Cleopatra in Turkey.
Turkey boasts one of the 7 wonders of the World, the Temple of Artemis and a trip to Ephesus to view it is well worth the journey as it is one of the largest archaeological sites in the world. The other noteable place to visit is Pamukkale, the Cotton Castle which is a naturally occurring series of crisp white rocks, cliffs and pools caused by calcium salts from the thermal springs.
Eat and drink….
Often overlooked in the West, Turkish cuisine is some of the finest in the World. There is a diverse range of dishes from very traditional fresh sea food to modern, World influenced foods served in a huge range of eateries from quaint market stalls and traditional Turkish cafes to 5 star restaurants and everything in between!
Traditionally Turkey produces a lot of its own food, and a visit to the food markets is ‘must-do’ experience to appreciate the sights, smells and tastes of freshly produced produce.
Much of the traditional Turkish dishes have two strong influences, Central Asia and the Mediterranean regions although unlike most countries it has no definitive ‘signature dish’. Turkey is probably best known for ‘meze’, which is not dissimilar to Spanish tapas, “meze” is a selection of dishes that are brought in small portions at the start of the meal. This is usually accompanied with Turkish wine or possibly with “raki”, the anise-flavoured national drink of Turkey.
Around the villa there is a large choice of bars and restaurants which serve all types of food styles and dishes, it is strongly recommended that you try the local freshly caught seafood which is amongst the best in the World.
Last but not least, the famous Turkish Delight – the holiday gift of choice when visiting Turkey, originally made from dates, honey, roses and jasmine held together by Arabic gum and supposed to sweeten the breath after a strong Turkish coffee.