Information & Facts
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; taking a
day trip to the Greek island of Rhodes; and an excursion to the
'ghost town' of Kayakoy. Watersports are popular, including scuba
diving and waterskiing.
Turkish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in the main tourist areas.
The official currency is the New Turkish Lira (TRY), which was
introduced on 1 January 2005, whereby six zeros were dropped from
the TL and the sub-unit New Kurush was created. Currency can be
exchanged at banks, exchange booths, post offices, airports and
ferry ports; banks have the worst rates and highest commissions,
but will exchange lesser known foreign currencies. Banks open
mainly Monday to Friday, but some are open daily in tourist areas.
ATMs are widely available in major cities and tourist areas, but
Turkish ATM keypads usually do not have letters of the alphabet on
their keys. Most bank branches have ATMs which accept Cirrus and
Plus. Major credit cards are widely accepted; the most popular are
Visa or MasterCard, but American Express is accepted in many of the
more expensive places. Travellers cheques can be exchanged at some
banks and currency exchange offices, but are not as welcome as cash
or credit cards. US dollars or Euros are preferred. Some pensions
and hotels in the most popular destinations accept US dollars as
During the summer months the beaches can be a little crowded so
it's best to secure a spot early.
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.
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 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.