St.Nicholas island was the last stop on our boat trip.The best way to catch breath taking views ans sunsets is to climb through the old Byzantine ruins.The ruins are everywhere on the island and costs 8 TL to see them.There are plenty of old churches and tombs here as well as city walls and dark buriel chambers,wear a good pair of walking though as the terrain can be tricky in parts.
Coldwater Springs is a natural bay with Turquoise coloured water and sheltered caves and rocks amid a beautiful mountained backdrop.Just twenty minutes north of Olu Deniz,accessable only by boat its the perfect place to swim.Can get a little crowded with the daily boat tours but still worth seeing.
Butterfly Valley is an area thirty minutes south of Olu Deniz on the coast known for its natural beauty and home to the Tiger Butterfly(which i didnt see).Some Lycian ruins here date from the 4th century and terraced gardens were prevalent under the diffrerent civilisations that lived in the area.In the late sixties the large fruit trees were cut down as part of a process to modernize farming,but the isolation of the area meant that the new system was never properly attended to.Eventually the area was redesigned as a tourist attraction.The valley is really only accessible by boat iver that or a very mountainous walk that would be very unsafe and niave.We visited here as part of our boat trip from olu Deniz and spent about an hour walking the dirt trek to reach a waterfall at the top of the valley,the waterfall isnt up to much but the walk is pleasent and the scenery is beautiful,charge for entering this nature reseve is 4 TL per adult.
There is a large campsit here with tents for hire and hammocks which seem very popular and one or two small bars,the place does resemble a hippy comune with lots of young travellers chilling in the sun and one two getting high,a very chilled out place and well worth a visit.
The trip sails from the beach at Olu Deniz at nine in the morning and lasts a good seven hours or so.The journey involves trips to Butterfly Valley,thirty minutes down the coast,coldwater springs and St.Nicholas island with its ruins.A good hour at each of these destinations is spent.(ive written reviews on each place).The trip costs 5 TL each and this includes a lunch of chicken and rice with salad or a fish dish also served with rice and salad.Drinks are not included and can be purchased from the on board waiter who is more than happy to take your order and bring it to you.They can be a bit annoying though after a few hours with pestering you to have another drink before you have finished the one you have got,so keep an eye on what you order as payment is added up at the end of the trip and it could become quite expensive.My partner and me had 3 drinks each and one ice cream and it came to 25 TL so be warned.Other than that the trip is very enjoyable and the views are spectacular so take your camera.numerous boat trips can be found all over Ovacik and Olu Deniz resorts.
This beach is the nearest to the resorts of Ovacik and Hiseronu and reachable by the local Dolmus bus system,or you can walk but i dont recommend it as its a very steep climb on the way back.The beach itself is very nice,its always clean and the sand is golden and the sea is blue.You can hire sunbeds and parasols for 6 TL each for all day if you wish,there are plenty of bars and restaurants just minutes behing you on the main rd to the beach.Its here were you can walk down to the Blue Lagoon nature park,take a paraglyding lesson or a boat trip,plenty to do.There are showers on the beach with wooden changing huts as well,both are free to use.
The Blu Lagoon of Olu Deniz has calm Crystal waters which makes it ideal for a variety of water sports and a very safe place for both adults and children to swim.The Lagoon is part of a nature park which is protected by the goverment and contains some interesting plant life and lots of trees with shaded siting areas well built paths and the odd bar and ice cream kiosk.The park is easily reached from the centre of Olu Deniz by following the main road.There is a large car park just outside the park.
The park entry fee is 4 TL and the park is open disk till dawn seven days a week.
The Camel Trek took place in the village of Kayo Koy,we were picked up from our resort and shown our camels along with three other couples.The trek lasts about 40 minutes and leads you through the village and the local countryside,all the camels are joined by ropes with a leader at the front so its quite a slow and calm ride.A photographer is at hand keeping up with the camels and snapping away as you enjoy the ride,he will ask you if you want the photos at the end of the trek,they are about ten British pounds for over a hundred so well worth the money.After the trek the camels were taken for there food and we enjoyed a drink in a local tavern.
Price was roughly twelve British pounds each for the trek.
Our Turkish bath took place at the nearby Seabreeze hotel in Ovacik.We were picked up from our resort and taken to the Seabreeze and started our session with a cool shower followed by a sauna for about fifteen minutes.Then we were taken into the bath area told to lay down while we had our relaxing wash down and body foam massage.After this it was off to the jacuzzi with a glass of apple tea.All this for five pounds,wonderful.
Is a deserted village some 4 to 5 miles west of Ovacik/Hiseronu.The earliest recorded name of a city in what is now the Kaya valley was Karmilassos,a Lycian city probably of minor importance within the federation.Most remaining signs of that city are seen today in the north of the valley but there are several tombs still surviving amongst the houses of what is nowcalled Kaya.
Between the lycian and the current Turkish names,the town was called Levissi and became an important town on the Turkish coast.The original Levissi had been the island we now call St.Nicholas or Gemiler island.It is thought that the Greek speaking christian population fled the island around 700AD as the coast fell into the hands of pirates and raiders.They fled to the hidden and easily defended valley just a mile or two inland and there they settled in comparative safety.There are few remains from that early settlement left,the ruins you see today date back to just a few hundred years ago.
At its peak the town had about two thousand houses,two large churches,three or four smaller churches and perhaps thirty chapels.There were half a dozen shops,a printing press producing a local newspaper and two schools.The buildings and the roads improved over the years as did the water supply.Most houses collected rain water from the roof to be stored in cisterns holding about four to eight tons of water.The public supply came from Hiseronu,first in covered channels,then in clay pipes,and latterly in steel pipes.That watyer fed several tanks and at least four public fountains,two of which are still in use today.
Levissi continued to prosper until the end of the First World War when,for reasons to complicated to be properly covered,civil war broke out between the Greek and Turkish populations of Western Anatolia.There was no recorded fighting in this region but many of the young menof Kayawent to the front and many never returned.
The founder of the modern secular Turkey was Kemal Ataturk and he it was who led the Turks to victory and drove back the Greeks.
The British brokered a peace treaty in sept.1922 and as a solution to remaining tensions the treaty of Lausanne in 1923 agreed an exchange of populations based on religion.Some 1,200,000Greek speaking Christians were sent to to Greece whilst 400,000Turkish speaking muslims were displaced from the Macedonia region of Greece to be resettled in Turkey.In the months following the treaty many of the Greeks left voluntarily,some to Greece proper and some even as far as Australia.The town has been deserted since.