Hisaronu Travel Guide
Hagia Sophia at night © Moyan Brenn
The charming hill town of Hisaronu, a short distance inland from Turkey's Mediterranean coast, has boomed into a popular holiday resort. Bristling with hotels, bars, restaurants, shops and tour operators, it is ideally situated for those intent on exploring the region and enjoying an active holiday.
Hisaronu is centrally located on the 'Turquoise Coast', within a short dolmus (local taxi) ride from the busy centre of Fethiye, the beautiful seaside resort of Oludeniz with its blue lagoon and crescent beach, and numerous sites of interest. The town of Hisaronu itself is a bit of a hodge-podge of buildings, but the surrounding area offers a ruggedly beautiful landscape covered in pine forest, ideal for holidaymakers keen on walking, and a coast filled with secluded bays and coves accessed through winding forest paths.
Being set at high altitude the town also has the advantage of being cooler and less humid than the coast, a pleasant refuge to retreat to after a day in the summer sun.
The main street of Hisaronu is well supplied with a variety of stores selling everything holidaymakers look for in Turkey, from fake designer-wear, to carpets and leather goods. Haggling is expected and part of the shopping experience. There is a beachfront mini-market that offers a number of bargains.
Hisaronu has a veritable smorgasbord of restaurants to cater for the tastes of international tourists, from traditional English, to sizzling pizzas and spicy Mexican. Most are along the main street, including favourites like the Shine Indian Restaurant and the Dragonara Chinese restaurant. For traditional Turkish delights the Olive Tree is hard to beat, while Malibu offers a mixture of English and Turkish cuisine. Don't overlook the street vendors and their delicious kebabs.
The nightlife of Hisaronu is legendary on the 'Turquoise Coast', its clubs and pubs rocking until the early hours during the summer season. Holidaymakers will find everything from Turkish theme nights to British soccer, 60s discos or full-on nightclubs. Most clubs are centred around the main street of town.
There is no need to spend all day lying on the beautiful Oludeniz beach, or beside the hotel pool (unless this is the option you prefer). Hisaronu is packed with opportunities to get out and about. Most popular activities are paragliding from Babadag Mountain to land on the beach, canoeing down the Xanthos river to Patara, pitching paintballs in the pine forests, visiting the bazaar in nearby Fethiye, taking a glass-bottom boat trip or a day trip to the Greek island of Rhodes, or an excursion to the ghost town of Kayakoy. Watersports like scuba diving and waterskiing are popular.
During the summer months the beaches can be a little crowded so it's best to secure a spot early.