Fethiye is a region filled with variety. You can shop till you drop, walk in nature, explore ancient sites, ramble over ruins, climb mountains – even jump off mountains and then bask in a blue lagoon if you fancy.
One of the most alluring aspects of spending time in Fethiye is that you really can be as lazy or as crazy as you want. It’s a region offering a little something for everyone. There’s the thriving tourist resorts of Oludeniz, Hisaronu, Ovacik and Calis, but also the quieter villages like Uzumlu and Faralya where you can escape the crowds and discover a far more relaxed and authentic Turkey.
Angel Homes represent a wide variety of properties around Fethiye, not only our own design and build, but also many other developer and resale apartments and villas. Our team are often asked where is best to buy a holiday home around Fethiye, but there’s no simple answer as a lot depends on what you are looking for, your budget and the location. Here’s our little overview of the areas we suggest are ideal for holiday homes around Fethiye…
LOCATIONS FOR HOLIDAY HOMES AROUND FETHIYE.
One of the main lures of the Fethiye region is the famous blue lagoon in Oludeniz, a 25-minute drive or bus ride from Fethiye town. It’s easy to see the pull factor of this spot, with its pale beach and sandbank surrounded by breathtaking bands of turquoise sea and hiding an inner lagoon. The bay and resort of Oludeniz are beautifully framed by forest and mountains, including Babadag, now one of the worlds most popular haunts for paragliders who take off from its lofty summit and take passengers on a trip of a lifetime to land on the beachfront throughout the day.
Oludeniz is a small, charming, cosmopolitan resort with a good range of hotels, bars and restaurants. It’s one of Turkey’s most popular tourist destinations, luring no end of international guests from April to November each year. But don’t get too excited at the prospect of owning a home here as the area is protected, meaning no residential buildings are allowed in the bay. This leaves the nearby resorts of Hisaronu and Ovacik, a short bus ride up the hill, as the closest locations to Oludeniz beach where you can buy a holiday home.
Hisaronu is perhaps Fethiye’s most lively and popular resort, and it’s the closest area to Oludeniz where a residential building is allowed. Hisaronu sits in a hilltop location, less than a 10-minute bus ride from Oludeniz and 20 minutes from Fethiye town. It suits those that like to spend time in a popular resort. The centre is packed with restaurants, bars, shops and boutiques, so it’s ideal for those that want to party. From May to October, the streets are busy with British and European holidaymakers enjoying the sun and fun, so it’s great for those keen to earn premium rental returns. Hisaronu, although quiet offseason, also has an established ex-pat community that meets regularly, so ideally suited to those looking to retire or spend extended time in the area. VIEW PROPERTY IN HISARONU
Ovacik is one of the Fethiye regions most well-loved suburbs and again just a short bus ride up the hill from the beach. It’s tucked into the foothills of the Babadag and Mendos mountains, so the views over the pine-clad valley are spectacular and it boasts a refreshing cool breeze during the hot summer months.
Think of Ovacik as Hisaronu’s more sleepy residential neighbour. It’s popular with those wishing to live or spend holidays within easy reach (5 minutes) of the big lights and action of Hisaronu, yet want to relax and unwind during the day. The area is developing fast, and you can find a good number of shops, bars and restaurants along its main road, so you won’t struggle for supplies or a meal out within a reasonable distance. Prices of villas and apartments are rising fast in the area, it also has an established ex-pat community and strong rental demand. VIEW OVACIK PROPERTY
Fethiye is a thriving harbour town and the central hub of the region. It’s an undeniably stunning location – tucked in a glorious bay that’s jewelled with islands, so it should come as no surprise that it’s been fought over for centuries and has a long and fascinating past.
A trip to Fethiye won’t disappoint as it serves up a mix of the old-world charm lying next to the modern-day convenience. Carved in the cliffside above the bay are Lycian rock tombs, and there’s a crumbling fort with a giant Turkish flag overlooking the town centre. Take an amble around to see the remains of an amphitheatre, or explore the narrow streets and alleys of Paspatur old town and browse the array of interesting little boutiques, cafes and souvenir stores.
Aside from the history, Fethiye also has modern appeal with a fabulous array of brand name stores, fancy hotels, spas, bars and restaurants. There’s a new town square where exhibitions and events are held and a glorious seafront promenade stretching to Calis that’s great for an evening stroll or to stop off for a bite to eat and watch the sunset.
For property investors and those looking to buy a holiday home around Fethiye, the town centre is a good option if you want to live amongst the locals, as are the central suburbs of Akarca, Tasyaka and Deliktas. VIEW PROPERTY IN FETHIYE.
Calis, often referred to as “Calis Beach”, is a 10-minute bus ride or 30-minute water taxi trip across the bay from Fethiye, and just a 35-minute transfer from Dalaman Airport. It’s one of the most established tourist resorts in the region and famed for its 4km long stretch of beach and amazing Turkish sunsets.
Unlike Ovacik and Hisaronu, Calis is relatively flat, meaning it’s great for those with mobility issues or that want to ditch the car and taxi in favour of a pushbike. Life in Calis tends to revolve around the beach, with numerous shops, hotels, bars and restaurants running along the front. The area boasts many amenities, including hospitals and schools, so it’s a popular choice for ex-pats and those looking to spend extended time in the area. There’s a wide range of residential properties on offer in Calis suiting most tastes and budgets, plus it’s a great option for those looking for buy to lets or holiday homes around Fethiye. VIEW PROPERTY IN CALIS
Uzumlu is the ideal location if you’re looking to steer clear of the mainstream tourist crowds and enjoy a more significant property for your money. It’s almost alpine in feel and tucked in a deep valley surrounded by mountains that become beautifully snowcapped each winter. The area is famed for its local wine and morel mushrooms. Each Spring, the village holds the Uzumlu Mushroom Festival to celebrate the local crop. This is a lovely celebration lasting three days where the little cobbled streets come alive with music, dance, craft stalls, local food and, of course, mushrooms – do pay a visit if you get a chance.
Unlike many of the popular resorts around Fethiye, Uzumlu retains an authentic charm. Forget big brand name stores and 2 am nightclubs, in Uzumlu, life slows down to a leisurely pace. It’s a pretty village 25-minutes drive inland from Fethiye and around a 40-minute transfer from Dalaman Airport. It has a friendly local community and a growing number of ex-pat residents who regularly gather and enjoy meals in a handful of restaurants and a friendly local wine house. All the essentials are available from the mini-markets and weekly fresh produce market, plus there’s a post office, chemist, school and police station.
Uzumlu is a location that suits those looking for a rural retreat yet still want to be within an easy drive or bus ride to all the resorts around Fethiye. There’s a good range of properties on offer in Uzumlu, CLICK TO VIEW OUR CURRENT UZUMLU OPTIONS.
Faralya suits those that relish a little peace and tranquillity, appreciate stunning sea views, yet still want to be within reach of the lights and action of Fethiye’s most popular resorts. It’s a lovely location where the sea and mountain breeze gently cools the air, and the wildflowers and nature surround you.
Until recently, Faralya was simply a hamlet tucked into the foothills of Babadag mountain with a handful of village houses and a few basic hotels. The area is officially called Uzunyurt, meaning “long valley”, but most know it as Faralya and the only foreigners that travelled through tended to be hikers walking the famous Lycian Way.
The last decade has seen a flurry of development in this pretty mountainside location. The area offers the ideal escape for those looking to get away from the tourist crowds, yet it’s only 15 km south of Oludeniz and reached within a 30-minute drive along the coastal road. Today, boutique hotels nestle into the pine-clad cliffsides and fancy villas hide amongst the trees, all serving up fabulous vistas over the Med. This is an area that is still developing and one of the few locations around Fethiye to offer properties with clear sea views. Over time, the prices of property in Faralya are likely to rise considerably as frontline plots get snapped up by investors. The area, therefore, offers a fabulous investment opportunity for those that purchase now before others follow suit. VIEW PROPERTY IN FARALYA.
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