Guided Walking at Olu Deniz, Turkey
Lycian Coast Highlights
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Hills & moorland
Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
- Abundant natural beauty and archaeological treasures
- The turquoise lagoon of Ölü Deniz
- Ancient ruined cities, Lycian tombs and Corinthian temples
- A superb 4-star hotel with a range of pools and facilities
- The Lycian Way, one of the world’s top ten walks
- A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
- All transport to and from the walks
- The services of experienced HF Holidays' leaders
- "With flight" holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
- 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
- Half Board - continental breakfast and evening meal
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The 4-star Montana Pine Resort is set in its own grounds amongst pine trees high on the hillside close to Hisarönü and Ovacik, overlooking Ölü Deniz. There are good views down to the coast and of the surrounding mountains.
There are 154 en-suite bedrooms, located in low-rise buildings, spread around the grounds of the hotel amongst the pine trees. Those on the lower level are designated as Valley rooms, whilst the higher level are Mountain rooms. Most of the rooms have a balcony or terrace. All are good-sized and offer a very similar standard of accommodation.
All bedrooms have a hairdryer, telephone, air conditioning, minibar, safe deposit box, satellite television and tea & coffee making facilities.
Montana Pine Resort has a wide range of facilities. There are three outdoor swimming pools, each with a terrace area, a bar & café by the main pool, and a stage area with entertainment throughout the season, a fitness complex with a gym, whirlpool, sauna with massages and health treatments available. There is a free daily bus service to the beach and free wireless internet in the lobby and reception area.
Our holidays at Montana Pine Resort are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.
Meals are served in the main Pinewood restaurant at the centre of the resort complex. This light and airy building has excellent views across the valley and opens out onto the terrace where meals can be served in fine weather.
There is an extensive selection of hot and cold options for breakfast from a self-select buffet.
Montana Pine Resort provides an extensive buffet which changes every evening and features a number of traditional Turkish dishes, as well as more international food. For starters there is always soup and a large salad bar. There are a number of hot dishes, including meat, fish and vegetarian options, which are freshly cooked by the chefs in the restaurant, along with a good selection of hot and cold deserts.
The hotel will provide packed lunches which should be ordered the night before. Alternatively ingredients for your lunch can be bought from local supermarkets, or the small shop at the hotel. It may be possible to eat at a café on the walks; your leaders will advise you of all the options.
Each evening your walking leaders will tell you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. The hotel puts on its own entertainment which is frequently enjoyed by our guests. Alternatively you may wish to enjoy a drink or a chat after dinner in one of the hotel bars or take a taxi down to the beach front in Ölü Deniz and enjoy a drink there.
- Our experienced leaders offer the choice of two different walks each day
- Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
- We provide flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next or just explore independently or relax around the resort
- Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable
Easier Walks: 5 to 7 miles (8-11km), generally on good paths. Up to 800 feet (240m) of ascent in a day.
Harder Walks: 7 to 10 miles (11-16km) occasionally rougher underfoot. Up to 2,000 feet (600m) of ascent in a day.
Day 1: Arrival day
For those arriving on the Dalaman flights, the onward journey to reach the Montana Pine Resort perched on the hillside above Ölü Deniz takes just over an hour by coach. On the first evening your leaders will explain more about the walks and there will be time to meet with your fellow guests.
Day 2: Babadağ summit and the high meadows
Minibuses will take both groups up the narrow and exhilarating mountain road leading to the summit of Babadağ to enjoy a high mountain day. The walks explore high mountain trails and meadows with magnificent views inland towards the higher Taurus Mountains.
Easier Walk: Our walk starts from Akbel Yalya between Babadağ and Mendos following a pleasant path around the high meadows onto the slopes of Mendos with spectacular views along the way. After lunch we will be taken by coach to the lower summit of Babadağ where we can watch the paragliders taking off as we enjoy a well-earned refreshments. 5 miles (8km) with 800ft (240m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: We will start our day from the paraglider launch pad cafe with the chance to see some paragliders in action. We then follow the Babadağ summit ridge to the summit itself for spectacular panoramas. Our route continues along a series of high mountain trails descending to a high col on the Karaağac road and our minibus home. 7 miles (11km) with 800ft (240m) of ascent and 2,900ft (870m) of descent.
Day 3: Lycian Way from Akbel to Patara
An early start takes us to Akbel, a village on the outskirts of Kalkan, a popular and attractive tourist resort. Also known as Deprem Evlevi (earthquake homes), Akbel was built for people who lost their homes in an earthquake and mud slides half a century ago. Today’s walks follow part of the Lycian Way along the route of an ancient water supply route for the ancient city of Patara.
Easier Walk: Today we start just below the aqueduct at Delikkemar, one of the engineering triumphs of the Roman era. From here we follow the line of the enclosed aqueduct through flower filled fields, olive groves and forests to reach the three-arched city gate of Patara, built in 100AD. Here we will have time to explore the ruined theatre, baths, temple and granary, or even enjoy a swim on one of the loveliest beaches in Turkey, famous as a breeding area of Loggerhead Turtles. 6 miles (9.5km) with 500ft (150m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Our route starts at Akbel heading out of the village. We also follow the route of the enclosed aquaduct as it contours around the countryside before picking up the route of the easier walk to Patara. 9 miles (14.5km) with 600ft (180m) of ascent and 1,200ft (360m) of descent.
Day 4: Kabak Beach and canyon
The steep hillsides beyond Faralya provide superb views along the coast with the olive groves and beehives offering insights into traditional ways of life in the region. High above a delightfully secluded beach and on the edge of the impressive canyon, Kabak offers the opportunity to sample traditional Turkish pancakes at ’Mama’s Pansiyon’ before enjoying a swim on the beach below or continuing along the Lycian Way to Faralya.
Easier Walk: Starting at Faralya we head eastwards on the Lycian Way to a high point offering superb views. From here we descend to Mama’s Pansiyon for lunch before descending further to Kabak Beach where there we will have time for a swim before returning to our hotel via 4x4. 4 miles (6.5km) with 600ft (180m) of ascent and 1,500ft (450m) of descent.
Harder Walk: We will start our day from Kabak walking to the Kabak Canyon with stunning views of the coast. We then descend to Kabak Beach with the chance of a swim before making a steep ascent by 4x4 to Mama’s Pansiyon for a late lunch. After enjoying traditional Turkish pancakes we continue along a scenic route over the headland to Faralya and coach. 7 miles (11km) with 1,600ft (480m) of ascent and 2,000ft (600m) of descent.
Day 5: Free day
On the free day relax by the lagoon at Ölü Deniz, or beside the hotel pool, or sail across Fethiye's Bay of Twelve islands with an alfresco lunch.
Day 6: The ruined village of Kayaköy and the Blue Lagoon
Today’s walks start from the edge of Ovacik and follow forest trails up to reach the ridge above Fethiye with fine views across the city and bay to the Taurus Mountains.
Easier Walk: Today we will follow a lovely forest trail from Ovacik to a ridge above Fethiye with fabulous views over the bay. We then continue to Kayakoy, via an ancient paved road, where we can enjoy a short tour of the deserted village before our journey back to the hotel. 6 miles (9.5km) with 600ft (180m) of ascent and 1,200ft (360m) of descent.
Harder Walk: The harder walk begins in Hisaronu and follows tracks around the Ovacik Plateau to reach a forest trail which takes us up above Fethiye for great views. Our trail continues past Fethiye and across Fethiye Bay before descending to Kaya for lunch. We too have a chance to explore Kayakoy village before continuing towards Olu Deniz with stunning views over the Blue Lagoon. 10 miles (16km) with 1,400ft (420m) of ascent and 2,300ft (690m) of descent.
Day 7: Coastal walk from Faralya to Ovacik
Today provides the opportunity for magnificent views of the Aegean coastline including the Blue Lagoon and the beaches of Olu Deniz.
Easier Walk: Starting just beyond the village of Krime, with its old stone houses and walled gardens, our route takes us beneath the spectacular cliffs of Babadag˘ğto reach a col offering stunning views of the Blue Lagoon. From here we descend a track winding our way down the hillside towards our hotel with fantastic views along the way. 5 miles (8km) with 400ft (120m) of ascent and 1,600ft (480m) of descent.
Harder Walk: Our route begins in the clifftop village of Faralya, taking us past a recently restored mill house and water wheel before joining an ancient cobbled path which will wind us up to the village of Krime. From Krime we follow the route of the easier group. 8 miles (13km) with 1,800ft (540m) of ascent.
Day 8: Departure day
Please note that the itinerary outlined is provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and your leaders will talk to you about the next day’s walks every evening.
An introduction to the area
Turkey lies between Europe, Asia and the Middle East and is midway between the equator and the North Pole. A country of great variety, it covers an area of 315,000 square miles of which three per cent, called Thrace, forms part of the European continent, whilst the larger section, Anatolia, forms part of Asia. Istanbul is situated at the meeting point of Europe and Asia.
Ölü Deniz is a modern bespoke resort which draws tourists to its beach and turquoise lagoon. Off season it is relatively quiet and relaxed.
The nearest main centre is Fethiye, a genuine Turkish town with winding streets leading to bazaars, shops and many eating places. Although it lost many of its old buildings in the 1957 earthquake, you can still see the excavated remains of a Roman theatre built in the early Roman period and renovated in 200AD to hold 5,000 people. There is a bustling local market on Tuesday, full of regional products.
Dalyan - A private excursion to Dalyan including lunch and the services of an English speaking guide. Activities include mud baths, a boat trip to look for turtles, kingfishers and other wildlife, a visit to the ancient city at Kaunos and Turtle Beach with time for a swim. The return to Dalyan by boat provides magnificent views of the Lycian Coast
Blue Lagoon - Enjoy a day by the blue lagoon of Ölü Deniz or relax by one of the hotel’s swimming pools
Rock tombs high in the cliffs
Fethiye - A day exploring Fethiye (which could include experiencing a traditional Turkish bath Haman) and then lunch in the fish market, where you can choose your own fish and have it cooked in one of the restaurants
Boat trip - A ‘Twelve Islands cruise’ around Fethiye Bay by traditional gulet, which includes an alfresco lunch and plenty of opportunities to swim in secluded bays
Shops & facilities:
There are several grocery stores in Ölü Deniz which can be reached by taking one of the taxis which wait outside the hotel gates. Arrangements for buying lunch will be made during the week. There is also an ATM in Ölü Deniz and many facilities in Hirönasü and Fethiye.
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Gatwick and Manchester flights to Dalaman airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 1 hour 20 minutes to the Montana Pine Resort.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
Visas are required for UK, Australian, Canadian & USA passport holders. It is no longer possible to get a visa on arrival. You will need to get an e-visa online before you travel: www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
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Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Double room for sole occupancy: £19 per night
- All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person