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Nice Stay

  It was our first visit to Turkey and so we were very happy to have found Lettings in Fethiye. The process from start to finish was very easy and Professional and the staff very friendly. The villa was perfect for our family, in a quiet location but close to all amenities. We hope to come back very soon.

30-11-2015

Professional Company

We have been renting holiday properties in Turkey for many years, but Lettings in Fethiye is definitely the most Professional company we have dealt with. The staff couldn’t do enough for us and their service was exceptional. The apartment we rented was on a complex where everything was immaculately clean including the shared pool areas. We have already booked again…

30-11-2015

Quick Thanks

Just wanted to write a quick thank you to the team for our lovely holiday last month in Çaliş. The Sunset Beach Club is a great location and we are planning to rent a villa next time and bring the family.

30-11-2015

It Was A Bit Hot

We are back home now unfortunately, but already planning the next Turkey adventure. The kids found it a bit hot in August so we would like to book for October next year. When you have a chance please let us know prices etc ………

30-11-2015

FETHIYE EVI

The beginning of March saw the opening of the new Fethiye Evi shop at the Erasta Shopping Mall. Now this is a shop with a difference. All the items for sale in the store are locally sourced and produced and all of the proceeds are being used to help support the local community. The idea was started a few years ago…

16-03-2016

DALYAN TURTLE SANCTUARY

Iztuzu Beach in Dalyan along with Zakynthos, one of the Greek Islands, and some beaches in Libya, is famous for being one of the nesting sites of the endangered Loggerhead (Caretta Caretta) Turtles.  The Dalyan Delta has the ideal conditions for the Loggerhead Turtles which include a long delta spit, fine dry sand, sun, shallow water to mate and to…

17-03-2016

RACE FOR LIFE RUN IT! WALK IT! BEAT IT!

Sunday 12th April 2015 saw the first ever Race for Life in aid of Cancer in Turkey and was held along the kordon in Fethiye, Mugla. Race For Life is originally a fund raising event created by Cancer Research UK. All the money raised from the event in Fethiye was used to  support the cause for Cancer Research, Cancer Treatment…

18-03-2016

FETHIYE BEACHES

For beach lovers Fethiye area has a plethora of beaches, the most famous beach being the Blue Lagoon at Oludeniz. Over the coming weeks we will look at some of the beaches around Fethiye. Oludeniz Blue Lagoon and Belcekiz Beach The Blue Lagoon is frequently voted one of the top 5 beaches in the world by both tourists and travel…

21-03-2016

TURKISH BREAKFAST

Looking for something different to do, then why not go out for Turkish Breakfast? Over the last few years during the winter season, at the weekends, many restaurants offer an open buffet style breakfast. This is a great way to relax and catch up with friends, making the most of the warm sunny days. Many of the restaurants along Fethiye…

22-03-2016

FETHIYE MARINA AND BOAT YARD

In the Karagozler area of Fethiye you will find the Marina and Boat Yard. Whatever time of year you come here this area will be a hive of activity. Fethiye marina is larger than you think and there are thousands of boats, yachts and ships moored here. You will find everything from holiday gulets, luxury yachts, catamaran and ferry to…

23-03-2016

WEEKLY MARKETS

One of the most popular things to do while in Fethiye is visiting the large open air Tuesday Market. Come rain or shine, winter or summer the market will be on. Most stalls start setting up Monday evening so they are ready for business early Tuesday morning and will start packing up as it starts to get dark. The market…

24-03-2016

FISH MARKET

A visit to the fish market in Fethiye is an enjoyable experience. The fish market is located close to the centre of Fethiye in an area that is more traditional than some of the touristy areas.  Archways between the shops lead to a large courtyard with the many independent fish mongers in the middle and the numerous small restaurants round…

25-03-2016

FETHIYE OLD TOWN

There is something for everyone in the Paspatur, Old Town, area of Fethiye. From the old buildings and traditional cobbled streets to the refurbished boutique hotels. Although open all day the Paspatur comes alive at night time with locals and tourists alike wandering round the streets window shopping, buying souvenirs or stopping for a meal or drink in one of…

11-04-2016

FETHIYE BEACHES 2

Butterfly Valley (Kelebekler Vadisi) Butterfly Valley can only be accessed via they sea either on one of the daily boat trips from Oludeniz or by the water taxi service that also runs from Oludeniz beach 3 or 4 times a day. There is a rocky path that leads down from the road but this is only to be attempted by…

12-04-2016

GETTING AROUND FETHIYE

Fethiye has a great transport system round the town and local villages. Near the centre of town is the Dolmus (bus) station, located near the white mosque. This is not to be confused with the ‘otogar’ main bus station to towns and cities further afield, located out of the town centre near the Erasta shopping centre. The majority of the…

13-04-2016

SAKLIKENT GORGE

Most visitors to Fethiye area will take a trip to Saklikent Gorge (Canyon) at some point as it is one of the top attractions in the area. It is a great day out. A visit to the gorge can be part of an organised excursion or you can go under your own steam by local dolmus or hire a car.…

14-04-2016

KAYAKOY

Fethiye area is a must go place for history lovers. Kayakoy is located approx 8km from Fethiye. Following the departure of the Greeks in the ‘population exchange’ in 1923 the name of the village changed from Levissi to Kayakoy. It was a quite a large town with approx 6000 Greeks living in the hundreds of homes built there. Following the…

15-04-2016

VILLAGE MARKET

Visitors to Fethiye area will already know of the famous Tuesday market, on a Friday in the same area there is a weekly local produce market. Many of the stall holders come from the local villages to Fethiye to sell their wares grown in their gardens. As well as the locally grown organic fruit and vegetables you can buy home…

18-04-2016

FACTS ABOUT TURKEY 1

Some facts you may not know about Turkey: Turkey has been called the Republic of Turkey since 1923 Only 3% of Turkey is in Europe, 97% is in Asia 8 countries share a border with Turkey including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Bulgaria, Greece, and Georgia Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey but is not the capital. Ankara is…

19-04-2016

TURKISH BATH

Many visitors to Turkey will experience a Turkish Bath or Hamam before they leave. If you want your sun tan to last longer then it is ideal to have a turkish bath at the start of your holiday or halfway through the holiday to stop the skin peeling. There are many Turkish Baths in the area and will offer a…

22-04-2016

FETHIYE BEACHES 3

Calis Beach Calis Beach is the closest beach, approx 5 km away from Fethiye. The beach is approx 4 km in length of sand, shingle and stones. It can be rocky getting into the sea and the sea can be quite rough so beach shoes area good idea. There are parasols and sun loungers to rent for a small fee.…

22-04-2016

BOAT TRIPS

Boat trips are popular and relaxing days out for many visitors to Fethiye. Many companies offer boat trips either from Fethiye harbour, the beach at Oludeniz or from the water taxi area in Calis. There will be something to suit all tastes from the size of the boat, route taken, private boat trip, food and if you want music to…

22-04-2016

TLOS ANCIENT CITY

Turkey is full of history and there are many ancient cities to be enjoyed. Tlos is an ancient ruined Lycian hilltop city in southern Turkey, approx 4 km northwest of Saklikent Gorge. Tlos is thought to be one of the most important religious Lycian cites and occupation on the site began more than 4,000 years ago. Tlos is one of the oldest…

25-04-2016

CHARITY SHOPS

Over the last 10 years a number of charity organisations have popped up in the Fethiye area and all are raising much needed money for local good causes. The main ones are FIG – Fethiye International Group 3C’s – Calis Children’s Charity AA – Animal Aid Embrace Mavi Kus Not only do these organisations have shops in which they sell…

26-04-2016

PARAGLIDING

One of the most exciting things to do when you are in Fethiye area is tandem Paragliding from Babadag Mountain and landing on the beach promenade in Oludeniz. Oludeniz is one of the best places in the world to paraglide and has one of the highest commercial take of points at 6550 ft (1960 m). There are a number of…

29-04-2016

PATARA

There are 2 sides to Patara – the 18 km long sandy beach and the ancient ruins. Patara is on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey between Fethiye and Kaş. Patara is the birthplace of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) who lived in the nearby town of Myra (Demre). Nestled behind the sand dunes are the ancient ruins of Patara. Patara was…

29-04-2016

ERASTA SHOPPING CENTRE

In June 2014 the first shopping centre (mall) opened in the Tasyaka area of Fethiye. It is located near the main otıgar where the fruit and vegetable wholesalers used to be. The shopping centre is a 20,000 m2 area that contains clothing and shoe shops, toiletries and cosmetic shops, electrical shops, a supermarket, a food court coffee shop and ice…

29-04-2016

TOUR OF TURKEY

The 52nd Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey started in Istanbul on Sunday 24th April 2016 and finished in Selçuk on 1st May.  The route took the cyclists through various parts of Turkey and came to  Fethiye on Saturday 30th April. The route along with the daily winners is as follows: Istanbul – Istanbul                  129 km                       Przemyslaw Niemiec Cappadocia – Cappadocia    …

02-05-2016

YORUK MUSEUM

Over the last few years the Yoruk Museum of Nomadic Culture in Kargı has become a popular place to visit for both locals and tourists alike. The village of Kargı is mainly a farming village but as the income became insufficient the Yalçın family built some buildings on their land to act as a guest house guests and restaurant. The…

03-05-2016

FACTS ABOUT TURKEY 2

More interesting facts you may not know about Turkey: Troy, where the legendary trojan wars took place and soldiers secretly entered the city inside a wooden horse, is in Western Turkey 2 of the Seven Wonders of the World are in Turkey - Temple of Artemis at Ephesus and Mausoleum at Halicarnassus In ancient Anatolia the first signs of writing…

04-05-2016

LYCIAN WAY

The Lycian Way, or ‘Likya Yolu’ in Turkish, is a long distance footpath along the coast between Oludeniz, near Fethiye and Geyikbayırı, near Antalya. The trail is marked by a red and white striped markers and is over 500 km in length so it cannot be completed in one day. The Lycian Way was opened as a way marked route…

05-05-2016

GIZLIKENT WATERFALL

Located approx 2 miles from Saklikent Gorge is the waterfall at Gizlikent. This is a relatively new attraction and is becoming increasingly popular with both locals and tourists alike. A visit to the waterfall can be part of an organised excursion or you can go under your own steam by local dolmus or hire a car. Gizlikent Waterfall is approx…

06-05-2016

DAY TRIP TO MEIS

If you are looking for something different to do then why not take a day trip to the Greek island of Meis, otherwise known as Kastellorizo. Meis is a small Greek Island off the coast of Kaş, as it is only 2 miles away it looks so close that you could almost swim across rather than take the ferry. During…

09-05-2016

TURKEYS WORLD HERITAGE SITES

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. The sites are categorised into cultural sites, natural sites and mixed sites and sites which are in danger. All the sites have a cultural or physical significance. There are almost 1000 heritage sites in the world and 15 are in Turkey. These sites are: Archaeological Site of Troy Bursa and…

10-05-2016

TURKISH SAYINGS

1. Hoş geldiniz ”Your arrival is lovely” This is a greeting to visitors on arrival a welcome to make them feel at home. The visitor then replies Hoş Bulduk meaning thank you for the welcome. 2. Bir yastıkta kocasınlar “May they grow old with one pillow” This is said to newlyweds who traditionally share a single, long pillow in a…

11-05-2016

THINGS TO DO WHEN ITS RAINING

Here are some ideas of things to do when its raining or overcast in Fethiye Have a Turkish bath Visit the cinema – there is a cinema in Erasta shopping centre and in the town centre of Fethiye near Çitlembik department store Go bowling – there are ten pin bowling alleys in Erasta shopping centre, Kumsal Pide in Oludeniz and…

12-05-2016

TURKISH RIVIERA

Turkish Riviera, also known as the Turquoise Coast, is an area that includes the provinces of Mugla and Antalya plus southern Izmir, western Mersin and Aydin to a lesser extent. This area is a popular local and international tourist destination due to the climate, warm sea, mountain scenery, more than a thousand kilometers of shoreline with excellent beaches and abundant…

13-05-2016

DIVING IN FETHIYE

Diving in Fethiye area is a popular sport during the summer and there are many well qualified companies offering daily diving trips. It does not matter if you are a complete beginner who has not dived before or if you want to become a qualified diver there are a number of courses on offer. You can go on a one…

16-05-2016

TURKEYS WORLD HERITAGE SITES 2

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. The sites are categorised into cultural sites, natural sites and mixed sites and sites which are in danger. All the sites have a cultural or physical significance. Details of more sites are below: Historic Areas of Istanbul Istanbul served as the capital of the Eastern Roman and Ottoman Empires. The…

17-05-2016

SIDYMA

Sidyma is an ancient city located off the Fethiye to Kalkan road, approx 17 km from the village of Eşen. Although the village is on the Lycian Way trail it does not have too many visitors. Very few excavations have been made of the site and therefore it’s correct history is not known. However, as the name of the city…

18-05-2016

TURKISH SAYINGS 2

1. Şeytan tüyü “The devil’s feather” This is a compliment, not an insult and is used to describe someone who has a mysterious and devilish charm. 2. Taş attı da kolu mu yoruldu? “Did he throw a stone so his arm got tired?” This is said to someone who gained from doing nothing. 3. Elini sallasa ellisi “If he waves…

19-05-2016

KITE SURFING

If you are adventurous and want to try something different why not give Kitesurfing or Kiteboarding a try? Fethiye Surf Centre is one of the top Kiteboarding and Wind Surfing schools in Turkey, with over 20 years of experience. The school is a family run business with it’s main base in Calis, Fethiye but you can also learn kiteboarding in…

20-05-2016

TURKEYS WORLD HERITAGE SITES 3

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. The sites are categorised into cultural sites, natural sites and mixed sites and sites which are in danger. All the sites have a cultural or physical significance. Details of more sites are below: Xanthos - Letoon Xanthos and Letoon are both ancient Lycian cities. They are located in the Antalya…

23-05-2016

CADIANDA

Fethiye is surrounded by ancient cities and just outside the nearby village of Uzumlu is the ancient city of Cadianda (Kadyanda). The ruins date back to the Lycian and Roman times. Cadianda was the last city to join the Lycian Union. The city is approx 400 m above sea level and has stunning panoramic views. There is a small entrance…

24-05-2016

GETTING AROUND FETHIYE 2

Previously we have written about the local dolmus in Fethiye. As an alternative to the local dolmus service there is also the Belediye run buses. These buses are bigger than the minibus style dolmuses and run the followng routes Fethiye – Caliş - Fethiye, coastal route Fethiye – Caliş - Fethiye Fethiye – Çatalarlik - Fethiye Fethiye – Karagedik -…

25-05-2016

HOW DID ÖLÜDENİZ GET IT'S NAME

Ölüdeniz literally translated means ‘dead sea’, however it is often call the ‘Blue Lagoon’. The water in the lagoon area remains calm even during storms. Öiüdeniz takes it’s name from a Turkish legend. In medieval times many Syrian and Egyptian ships used to pass by Ölüdeniz, to collect fresh water while heading for Greece. According to the legend, while on…

26-05-2016

ALO 157

Alo 157 is a dedicated helpline set up by the Government to help foreigners in Turkey. The line was originally set up in May 2005 as the Emergency Communication Line to help victims of human trafficking. The helpline service network was expanded in August 2015 and the line is now called Foreigners Communication Centre (YİMER). The services aim is to…

27-05-2016

DISTANCES FROM FETHIYE

Fethiye is a excellent base for those wishing to travel further afield round Turkey. In our blog ‘Getting around Fethiye 2’ we mentioned the Otogar (main bus station). From here it is possible to travel to the major towns and cities in Turkey. Here is an idea of the direct distances (flying distance),  road distances and approx travelling times by…

30-05-2016

RAMADAN

Ramadan or Ramazan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. The month lasts 30 days according to visiual sightings of the crescent moon. During this month Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset. Fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims except in certain circumstances, e.g. illness, pregnancy, elderly or they are travelling. The fasting is not only giving…

31-05-2016

ENGELSIZ CAFE

Last year in Fethiye a cafe with a difference opened. The cafe is based in the grounds of the Special Needs Learning Centre in the centre of Fethiye near the Turk Telekom Office and is owned by Salih Çetinel of Kings Garden Restaurant by the rock tombs in Fethiye. The centre caters for young adults between the ages of 16…

01-06-2016

SPECIAL DAYS IN TURKEY

1 January – New Years Day First day of the year in the gregorian calendar. This is probably the most celebrated public holiday. 23 April – National Sovereignty and Childrens Day This is an important day in Turkey’s history when the Grand National Assembly was formed in Ankara during the War of Idependence. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk declared the day a…

02-06-2016

ATATURK

Mustafa Kemal Ataürk is very important in Turkey’s history as he was the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey. He was born on 19th May 1881 in Salonika, an Ottoman City, (now Thessaloniki in Greece) and died 10th November 1938 in Istanbul. Mustafa’s father, Ali Riza, died when he was young and he and his sister were…

03-06-2016

TURKISH COFFEE

Turkish coffee is one of the most popular traditional drinks in Turkey. Turkish coffee is generally served with a glass of water and some Turkish Delight. Turkish coffee is usually made from 100% arabica beans that are roasted and then ground to a very fine powder. During the Ottoman Empire that coffee made its way into Europe and many coffee…

06-06-2016

FETHIYE 12 ISLANDS

12 Islands boat trip is one of the most popular tours when in Fethiye, however you do not stop at every island. Here is more information on the islands in the Gulf of Fethiye. Sovalye (Knight) Island Sovalye Island (pronounced ‘Chevalier) is the only island in Fethiye Bay that is still inhabitied. Although the island is located in Fethiye’s inner…

07-06-2016

FOREIGN TRAVEL AGENCIES VISIT TURKEY

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism in cooperation with YDA Dalaman Airport have started ‘Info-Tour’. To intruduce the beauties of Turkey to different countries. The first group of Travel Agency staff arrived recently in Muğla area to visit Marmaris, Dalyan, Fethiye and Oludeniz. They also went on a 12 islands boat trip. The aim is to show that Turkey is…

08-06-2016

LITTLE KNOWN FACTS ABOUT ATATÜRK

Atatürk is the only leader in the World attributed as the ‘head teacher’. He wrote a geometry book. In this book he personally named 48 geometrical terms, in Turkish such as triangle, angle and rectangular. In the year 1938, a poem is published in a Tehran newspaper, written after Atatürks death: ‘If God wishes to help and befriend a country,…

09-06-2016

TURKISH DELIGHT

Turkish Delight or lokum / rahat lokum dates back to the Ottoman Empire and is a sweet based on a gel of starch and sugar. It was traditionally flavoured with rosewater, mastic, bergamot orange or lemon, however now there are many different flavours available. Some types also consist of chopped dates, pistachios, hazelnuts or walnuts bound by the gel. The…

10-06-2016

FETHIYE ROCK TOMBS

Many visitors to Fethiye will notice the rock tombs carved into the hillside above the town. The rock tombs were created during the Lycian times, it was believed that the dead were taken to the afterlife by magic winged creatures. For this reason the tombs are built on cliffs and mountainsides. The higher up the rock tomb the more important…

13-06-2016

AKUT

AKUT is Turkey’s No 1 search and rescue organisation. It is a voluntary, non-governmental organisation set up approx 20 years ago following a rescue in the Bolkar Mountains, of two mountaineers, that ended in disappointment. This resulted in a group of mountaineers thinking about how search and rescue activities could be conducted in an effective and efficient way. AKUT’s values…

14-06-2016

KAŞ - KALKAN

Kaş and Kalkan are two villages, now popular tourist resorts, further down the coast from Fethiye. They are between Fethiye and Antalya on the coastal route. Although Kaş and Kalkan are part of Antalya province they are closer to Dalaman airport than they are to Antalya airport. Kaş The history of Kaş dates back to the Lycian era where the…

15-06-2016

WHAT TO SEE IN LYCIA

We have already written some blogs on the Lycian area including the Lycian Way, Tlos, Patara and Kayakoy. Here is a summary of some other historical places of interest you may wish to visit on your travels: Myra / Demre Myra now named Demre was an ancient Greek town in the Lycian area. Demre is known as the burial place…

16-06-2016

BODRUM

Bodrum is popular tourist destination in Turkey. It is a port city on the southern coast of the Bodrum Peninsula. In ancient times the city was called Halicarnassus of Caria. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum of Mausolus, can be found in Bodrum. Overlooking the marina and harbour is Bodrum Castle built in the 15th…

17-06-2016

DALYAN

Dalyan is located between Fethiye and Marmaris. In 1987 developers wanted to build a luxury hotel on nearby Iztuzu Beach but the development was stopped by conservationists, including June Haimoff and David Belamy. Iztuzu Beach, has fresh water on one side and the sea on the other, is the breeding ground for endangered Caretta Caretta (loggerhead) turtles. The beach and…

20-06-2016

KIBYRA

Kibyra (Cibyra) is an archaeological site located between Fethiye and Burdur near the town of Gölhisar. Kibyra was originally founded as Kabala and was the point where Caria, Lydia, Phrygia and Psidia met. It was a major junction for east-west and north-south trade routes. Kibyra later became part of the Kingdom of Pergamum and formed a federation along with neighbouring…

21-06-2016

MARMARIS

Marmaris is a tourist resort and port town on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Its main income is from tourism. As with other Turkish Mediterranean towns the summers are hot and humid and the winters are wet and mild. It is not clear when Marmaris was founded but in the 6th century BC the town was called Physkos and was…

22-06-2016

BUNGEE JUMPING

Bungee Jumping comes to Fethiye area! The bungee jumping experience has been set up over the Karaçay River giving unique views of Saklikent Gorge while you are floating through the air. The platform is 50 m high; once you are on the platform you are tied up to a safety belt and then ready to jump. You jump looking into…

23-06-2016

DAY TRIP TO RHODES

If you wish to explore further afield why not visit the nearby Greek Island of Rhodes. Trips are available during the summer months from Fethiye harbour to Rhodes Mandraki harbour either as a day trip, one way or open return. The boat departs Fethiye at 9 am and leaves Rhodes at 16.30 pm to return to Fethiye. The journey takes…

24-06-2016

OLUDENIZ WATERWORLD

A new aqua park in Ovacik opened a few years ago. At 19000 sq m it is the biggest water park in the Mugla area. Previously there were 2 small water parks, one in Ovacik connected with a hotel but open to the public and another in Calis. The water park is located in the lower valley of Ovacik and…

27-06-2016

FETHIYE DAY TRIPS – EXCURSIONS

There is so much to see and do in Fethiye and it is an ideal base for seeing the surrounding area. Here are some ideas of some things to see and do if you like water: Fethiye Boat Trip An ideal trip if you want to spend a day relaxing and unwinding. The boats cruise through the islands and bays…

28-06-2016

GOCEK

In ancient times Göcek was named ‘Kalimche’ and is located between Fethiye and Dalaman.  According to the legends Icarus landed in the sea in Göcek area after his flight trying to escape from the tower where he was imprisoned. During the Ottoman period Göcek was used as a harbour for ships loading chrome ore mined from the nearby mountains. Göcek…

30-06-2016

112 ADVANCED DRIVING

112 Emergency services paramedics in Fethiye, Marmaris, Dalaman and Ortaca have taken an advanced driving course and test. The course was given to the motorcycle paramedics by Alpaslan Yilmaz, the advanced driving teacher at Marmaris Police Department. The course lasted one week included theory and practical driving techniques. Driving in narrow and built up areas and how to get a…

01-07-2016

DENTAL HEALTH TOURISM

Over the last few years Turkey is becoming very popular for dental health tourism. More people are choosing to go abroad for dental treatments rather than have treatment in their own countries. General and cosmetic dentistry costs can be up to 60% cheaper in Turkey than in UK and more people are choosing to combine a holiday in Turkey with…

04-07-2016

FETHIYE DAY TRIPS – EXCURSIONS 2

There is so much to see and do in Fethiye and it is an ideal base for seeing the surrounding area. Here are some ideas of some things to see and do: Saklikent, Tlos and Yakapark An enjoyable day at exploring the ancient city of Tlos, lunch at the popular Yakapark and a chance to walk up Saklikent Gorge, the…

06-07-2016

FETHIYE COAST GUARD RESCUES LOGGERHEAD TURTLE

Fethiye Coast Guards have recently rescued a protected loggerhead sea turtle that had been badly damaged. The turtle had been hit by a speedboat propeller and was severely injured. The rescue operation was carried out by Fethiye coast guard and staff from Ece Marina and took 45 minutes. The rescued turtle was taken to the Sea Turtle Research, Rescue and…

07-07-2016

TOPARLAR WATERFALL

If you are in the Koycegiz area and are looking for somewhere to cool off from the summer heat, take a trip to Toparlar Waterfall. Toparlar Waterfall is located approx 7 km from Koycegiz and a 15 minute walk from the road, it is signposted but the signs are small. The waterfalls are popular with the locals, canyoning tour groups…

08-07-2016

FETHIYE MUSEUM

Fethiye museum is located on a side street near the schools in the centre of Fethiye and is not too far from the dolmus station. The items on show in the museum are mainly local finds from Telmessos (the ancient name for Fethiye) and the nearby ancient cities of Tlos and Kaunos. The artefacts date back from the Lycian, Roman,…

11-07-2016

HOW DID FETHIYE GET ITS NAME

Fethiye was originally called Telmessos but the name was later changed to Fethiye. Fethiye has also historically been known as Meğri and Macri. The name Telmessos comes from a Lycian legend. The god Apollo fell in love with the youngest daughter of the King of Phoenix, her name was Agenor. Agenor was a shy and timid Princess and to gain…

12-07-2016

OLIVE OIL

Olive oil forms the basis of the Mediterranean diet, which is considered to be one of the healthiest. Olives have grown in the Anatolian region of Turkey for around 6000 years and Turkey is the 4th largest producer of olive oil in the world. Archaeological evidence shows that oil was extracted from olives going back to 6000 BC. Olive oil…

13-07-2016

FARALYA AND KABAK

Located approx 15 km South of Oludeniz is Faralya and a further 8 km is Kabak. Faralya and Kabak have insufficient population to be called villages and are considered neighbourhoods of an area called Uzunyurt (meaning long country). If you do not have a car you can get to both Faralya and Kabak by dolmus. Approx once an hour the…

14-07-2016

FETHIYE DAY TRIPS – EXCURSIONS 3

There is so much to see and do in Fethiye and it is an ideal base for seeing the surrounding area. Here are some ideas of some things to see and do exploring further afield: Marmaris and Icmeler Visit the popular tourist town of Marmaris and its close neighbour the beach resort of Icmeler. Marmaris has one of the biggest…

15-07-2016

TURKISH TEA

Life in Turkey would not be the same without Turkish tea or çay. Tea became popular in Turkey in the 20th century, before this the majority of people drank coffee. However, tea did pass through Turkey going back to the 1500s on the Silk Road trade route. Following World War I coffee became expensive and sometime unavailable and tea was…

18-07-2016

LYCIAN PEOPLE

The area of Lycia was between the bays of Fethiye and Antalya and inland to the Burdur province. It is a mountainous region that cut off the Lycians from neighbouring Caria and Pamphylia. There is not a clear picture of the history of the Lycian people and according to Herodotus the Lycians originally came from Crete. After Minos successfully defeated…

19-07-2016

TURKISH CUISINE

Traditional Turkish food is a mix of central Asian, Balkan and Middle Eastern cuisines with its heritage from Ottoman cuisine. It is generally not too spicy and contains a lot of vegetables. Here are some traditional and popular dishes: Soup (çorba) – popular with most Turkish people, soups can even be eaten for breakfast Bazlama – a type of village…

20-07-2016

DALAMAN AIRPORT

Dalaman Airport is the gateway to some of Turkey’s most popular tourist destinations, including Fethiye, Ölüdeniz and Marmaris. Dalaman Airport along with Milas – Bodrum Airport and Antalya Airport are the three airports serving the south-west of Turkey. The airport is 3 miles (5.5 km) south of Dalaman town. Dalaman airport opened in 1981 as an aerodrome and was promoted…

21-07-2016

THE TRAVEL FOUNDATION

The Travel Foundation is an independent charity working with the travel industry towards a sustainable future. The Travel Foundation is a UK registered charity and was founded in 2003. Projects are being are being carried out in Brazil, Cape Verde, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Global River Cruising, Crete and Rhodes in Greece, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand,…

25-07-2016

BABADAG MOUNTAIN

Babadağ Mountain, meaning Father Mountain, is famous in the Fethiye area as it is where the paragliders take off from for their flights down to Oludeniz. It is part of the Taurus mountain range and in ancient times the mountain was called Mount Cragus (Cragos or Kragus) and was a principal mountain of Lycia. Babadağ is the product of millions…

28-07-2016

HONEY

Fethiye area is not really famous for any special food except its honey production. In the mountains round Fethiye you will see numerous boxes in lines. These are bee boxes for the production of honey. Honey is the sweet food made by bees primarily from the foraging of nectar from flowers. Honey is mainly made by honey bees (Aphis) but…

01-08-2016

ALTERNATIVE USES FOR OLIVE OIL

In our previous blog we have explained how olive oil is made and some of its health benefits. Olive oil is used in cooking and to make salad sauces, here are some alternative uses for olive oil: Hair conditioner Clear up acne Substitute for shaving foam Clean greasy hands Remove paint from hair and skin Make your own furniture polish…

03-08-2016

ANTALYA

Antalya is the main tourist resort on the Mediterranean coast. Antalya was first settled around 200 BC by the Attalid dynasty of Pergamon and has been continuously settled since this time. It was then called Attalea or Attalia and was the naval base for King Attalus’ II fleet. The Romans soon took over followed by the Byzantine Empire, the Seljuks…

08-08-2016

TURKISH DRINKS

As per our previous blogs the Turks are big tea drinkers and also enjoy Turkish coffee. So what else do they drink? Here are some other drinks Turkish people enjoy: Ayran A drink made of yogurt, water and salt. This is an acquired taste for foreigners but very good in summer to help beat dehydration. Many markets sell readymade ayran…

10-08-2016

YAYLA

You will very often hear Turkish people, especially the older generations, talking about Yayla. Yayla is not a specific place but the name given to the cooler high plateaus where herdsmen or city dwellers would migrate to during the hot summer months. Yayla originates from yaylak the term used by nomadic herdsmen to refer to the mountain slopes where the…

15-08-2016

TURKISH EVIL EYE

Any visitors to Turkey will have seen the numerous Turkish evil eye or nazar boncuğu, in Turkish, for sale. These can often be seen on items of jewellery, hanging in homes, cars and businesses. Buncuk means bead so nazar boncuğu translates to evil eye bead. They are a talisman to protect against the evil eye. The evil eye is usually…

17-08-2016

BABADAĞ CABLE CAR PROJECT

Over the last 10 years there has been much talk of a cable car to take people to the top of Babadağ Mountain. The talks have never come to anything but that may all be about to change. Management of the Fethiye Chamber of Commerce and Industry have been trying to make this dream project come true. A development plan…

24-08-2016

TURKEYS WORLD HERITAGE SITES 4

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. The sites are categorised into cultural sites, natural sites and mixed sites and sites which are in danger. All the sites have a cultural or physical significance. In 2016 the following was added to Turkey’s list of World Heritage Sites: Archaeological Site of Ani The Archaeological Site of Ani is…

31-08-2016

FETHIYE KORDON

Fethiye kordon or promenade runs along the harbour side and follows the coast towards Caliş. It is not yet possible to walk the whole way from Fethiye to Caliş along the edge of the sea.  It is a nice walk on the flat and to do the full length will take approx 1 – 1.5 hours one way. If you…

05-09-2016

KURBAN BAYRAMI

Kurban Bayramı is also known as Eid al-Adha, Festival of the Sacrifice and Bakr-Eid. This is the second of the two holidays that are celebrated by Muslims throughout the world. The festival honours the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God. God intervened, through his angel Gabriel, and a sheep was sacrificed…

07-09-2016

TURKISH HOSPITALITY

Turkish people are generally very hospitable and enjoy having guests to their houses. Turkish people are also very friendly and enjoy whiling away the hours finding out about their guests and teaching them Turkish ways and customs. It is the belief that visitors should be treated as guests sent from god and you will be offered the best seats and…

14-09-2016

FETHIYE WEATHER

British people always like to talk about the weather, so what is the weather like in Fethiye? Typically the weather is temperate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. On the whole there are more sunny days than rainy days. The hottest weather is in July and August with temperatures reaching the mid to high 40s daytime and the…

19-09-2016

TURKISH PRESIDENTS

Since Turkey became a Republic in 1923 there have been 12 Presidents. The first and one of the most famous was Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and the most recent is Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The presidents are as follows: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk                     29.10.23 – 10.11.38 Ismet Inonü                                        11.11.38 – 22.05.50 Celal Bayar                                        22.05.50 – 27.05.60 Cemal Gürsel                                     10.10.61 – 28.03.66 Cevdet Sunay                                    …

22-09-2016

ENDANGERED ANIMALS

Turkey has a varied and abundant wildlife but there are also some endangered and vulnerable animals and birds. These include: Mediterranean monk seal – this is critically endangered with only around 500 around the world Northern bald ibis – critically endangered, found in Turkey and Morocco Asia Minor spiny mouse – critically endangered Toros Frog(Rana holtzi) – critically endangered and…

26-09-2016

TURKISH SHAVE

The majority of Turkish men will visit the barbers for a traditional shave and many visitors to Turkey are also enjoying the experience whilst on holiday. So what does a Turkish shave involve? First of all the face is wrapped in a hot towel to help open the pores. The face is then lathered with shaving cream using a long…

28-09-2016

TURKISH STARS

The Turkish Stars are the aerobatic demonstration team of the Turkish Air Force. The team formed on 7th November 1992 and took the name Turkish Stars (Türk Yıldızları in Turkish) on 11th January 1993 and are therefore a relatively new team but are considered one of the top teams in the world. The team fly with 8 Canadair NF-5 supersonic…

03-10-2016

FETHIYESPOR

For football lovers, Fethiye have their own football team called Fethiye Spor Kulübü which is shortened to Fethiyespor. The club was founded in 1933. The team colours are dark blue and white. The stadium Fethiye Şehir Stadyumu (Fethiye City Stadium) is located near the centre of town and next to the famous Tuesday market area. The stadium has 3 stands…

06-10-2016

SILK ROAD

Silk Road or Silk Route was an ancient trade route linking the east to the west and spans two continents. The route connected Xian in China to The Mediterranean Sea and was used to transport silk, porcelain, paper, spices and jewels between continents as well as a means for cultural exchange. The caravans used by the merchants could follow various…

10-10-2016

WHIRLING DERVISHES

The Mevlevi Order is better known as the Whirling Dervishes. They believe that closeness to God is achieved from the ecstatic trance like state obtained from whirling round. The Mevlevi Order is a Sufi Order that was founded in Konya by the followers of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi-Rumi who was a 13th century Persian poet, Islamic jurist and theologian. They…

12-10-2016

ICE CREAM

Traditional Turkish ice cream is thought to have originated from the city of Maraş and is called Maraş dondurma (ice cream). The main ingredients are milk, sugar, salep and mastic. It is the salep and mastic that gives it its thick, elastic texture that is resistant to melting; ideal for those hot summer days. In the Kahramanmaraş area more salep…

24-10-2016

SABIHA GOKÇEN

Sabiha Gokçen was the first female fighter pilot in Turkey and according to some sources, the world. The Guinness Book of World Records recognises her as the first female combat pilot. Sabiha was born on 21st March 1913 and died 22nd March 2001, she was 23 when she became a combat pilot. The second international airport at Istanbul was named…

26-10-2016

CARPETS AND KILIMS

Carpet weaving is a traditional art dating back to pre-Islamic times.  Although they are called Turkish carpets the term relates to carpets woven in the geographical area of the Ottoman Empire. The designs and symbols on the rugs have been influenced over the years by different cultural traditions. Turkish carpets are usually made from either wool or cotton and tied…

31-10-2016

PEKMEZ

Pekmez is syrup made from boiling the juice of fruit to make a molasses like syrup. The fruits most commonly used are grapes but it can also be made from mulberries, figs, plums, apples, pears, pomegranates and carob. Sugar beet can also be used to make pekmez. When making pekmez, traditionally, no sugar or additives are added and it is…

02-11-2016

FETHIYE WINTER ACTIVITIES

Just because the summer season is over and the majority of tourists have returned home does not mean that there is nothing to do. There is still so much to see and do. Many of the tourist attractions remain open all year and are ideal to visit without the crowds while the weather is still good. Beaches are practically deserted…

07-11-2016

TURKEYS NATIONAL PARKS

There are 40 national parks in Turkey and is one of the 5 protected areas in the country. Approx 1% of Turkey’s total area is national park. National parks protect places of natural beauty and are home to many endemic species. They are large areas of public land that are set aside for native plants and animals and the places…

09-11-2016

TURKEYS NATIONAL PARKS 2

There are 40 national parks in Turkey and is one of the 5 protected areas in the country. Approx 1% of Turkey’s total area is national park. Out of the 40 national parks 13 are wetlands. Here are some brief details of the national parks: Lake Kovada National Park Lake Kovada is located in Isparta Province and has been a…

14-11-2016

BLUE FLAG BEACHES

The aim of the Blue Flag program is:  “We educate to protect. To protect not just our environment but the people who live in it, the communities who depend on it, the businesses who profit from it and the ecosystems which rely on it!”” Blue Flag is a trade mark owned by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). It is…

16-11-2016

TURKEYS NATIONAL PARKS 3

There are 40 national parks in Turkey and is one of the 5 protected areas in the country. Approx 1% of Turkey’s total area is national park. National parks protect places of natural beauty and are home to many endemic species. They are large areas of public land that are set aside for native plants and animals and the places…

21-11-2016

QUIZ ABOUT TURKEY

TURKEY QUIZ   How good is your knowledge on Turkey? 1. When was the Republic of Turkey founded? 1905 1923 1919 1876 2. Who is the founding father of modern Turkey? Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Yasser Arafat Saladin Sultan Mehmet IV 3. What is Turkey’s capital? Istanbul Salonica Izmir Ankara 4. What did Istanbul used to be called? Thessaly Smyrna Byzantium…

23-11-2016

TURKEYS NATIONAL PARKS 4

There are 40 national parks in Turkey and is one of the 5 protected areas in the country. Approx 1% of Turkey’s total area is national park. National parks protect places of natural beauty and are home to many endemic species. They are large areas of public land that are set aside for native plants and animals and the places…

28-11-2016

HERBS AND SPICES

Herbs and spices are widely available in Turkey and are important in Turkish cuisine. There are very often stalls at the weekly markets, supermarket or special shops that sell a large variety of spices. The Silk Road trade route brought exotic goods and spices to the west. The most popular spices and herbs used are: Oregano / Thyme – Kekik…

30-11-2016

BIRD WATCHING

Turkey is an excellent place for bird watching as it lies beneath several important avian migration paths. Many of the birds migrating between Europe and Africa fly via Turkey; some of these birds will stay and breed in Turkey. The best months for bird watching tend to be April, May, June, September, October and November. Turkey is a large country…

05-12-2016

TURKISH MEZE

Mezes are a selection of appetisers served before a meal or with drinks. Mezes are found in the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire. The word meze means taste, flavour, snack, relish. Common Turkish mezes are: Beyaz peynir – white cheese Kavun – sliced ripe honeydew melon Acılı ezme – hop pepper paste sometimes with walnuts Haydari – minty yoghurt…

07-12-2016

MINIATÜRK

If you are visiting Istanbul take a trip to Miniatürk. Miniatürk is a collection of models of architectural, historical buildings from all over Turkey. The buildings to be included were selected from among thousands for representing its era, reputation and feasibility of making the model. They show the rich heritage of many civilisations that have left traces in Turkey from…

12-12-2016

TURKISH YOGURT

Practically every household in Turkey will have some yogurt in their fridge. It is the perfect accompaniment to any meal. Many Turkish women will make their own yogurt; it is healthier and very easy to do. First place the milk in a saucepan and bring the milk to the boil, keep boiling for approx 15 minutes. Once boiled leaved the…

19-12-2016

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR QUIZ

London's Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is traditionally given by which country? Name the original eight reindeer from the 'Twas the night Before Christmas' poem? What colour are the berries of the mistletoe plant? What are the names of the three wise men said to have brought gifts to the baby Jesus? What date is St Stephen's Day? What is New…

21-12-2016

ROCK SALT

Rock salt is the result of the evaporation of unpolluted seas by the sun around 250 million years ago and has absorbed the suns energy. Rock salt is also known at halite, it is made of 40% sodium and 60% chloride and can be found all over the world. Rock salt has many uses. Rock salt mineral is generally white…

28-12-2016

STUDENTS BECOME POLICE OFFICERS FOR A DAY

3rd December was the International Day of people with a Disability and in conjunction with ‘A Dream Lottery’ project 10 students from private schools in Fethiye became police officers for the day. The disabled students who wanted to become police officers were welcomed by the Traffic Registration and Supervision Bureau. Superintendent Nuri Çınaklı spoke to the students and gave them…

29-12-2016

NEW YEARS DAY SPLASH

Over the last few years it has become a tradition for expats and Turks to gather on Calis beach on New year’s Day to watch the brave souls who will take a dip in the sea to raise money for the local charities. This event is called the Calis New Years Day Splash. This year was no different and 3…

02-01-2017

NASREDDIN HOCA

Nasreddin Hoca (or Hodja) was born in 1208 in a small village called Hortu, near Sivrihisar, in Central Anatolia. He later moved to Akşehir to study and served as a Kadi, Muslim Judge, until his death. Nasreddin Hoca is remembered for his funny stories and anecdotes and is considered a philosopher and wise man. His stories have been told all…

09-01-2017

KARAGÖZ AND HACIVAT

Karagöz (meaning black eye) is the name of the traditional Turkish shadow puppet theatre. Turkish shadow play was popularised during the Ottoman period and spread throughout the states of the Ottoman Empire. According to legend Karagöz and Hacıvat (sometimes referred to as Hacıvad) were working as constructions workers, in 1396, on a mosque in Bursa and they used to perform…

11-01-2017

FACTS ABOUT TURKEY 3

More interesting facts about Turkey Turkey has over 82000 mosques Turkey has the third highest number of Facebook users in the world Turkey is one of the most popular tourist destinations Turkey has at least 150 archaeological digs a year More journalists are imprisoned in Turkey than in any other country Turkey has been producing wine for over 6000 years…

23-01-2017

MIMAR SINAN

Mimar or Architect Sinan was chief Architect of the palace during the Ottoman period. He held this position for around 50 years and was responsible for over 300 major structures and other smaller structures. Although the date of his birth is not known it is believed that he was born during the 1490s and died in 1588. Mimar Sinan received…

25-01-2017

NARGILE

The hookah or nargile as it is known in Turkey is an instrument for vapourising and smoking flavoured tobacco. The vapour or smoke is passed through a water basin before inhaling. The nargile can be single or multi-stemmed. Other names for the nargile are hubble-bubble, sheesha or water pipe. During the Ottoman period, around the 17th century, the nargile was…

30-01-2017

SULTAN MEHMED THE CONQUEROR

Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror was the seventh Ottoman Sultan. He was born in Edirne on 30 March 1432; his father was Sultan Murad II and his mother Hüma Valide Hatun. He was just 12 years old when he first reigned from 1444 to 1446 following his father’s abdication. His father returned to power when he saw he saw his son’s…

01-02-2017

SULEYMAN THE MAGNIFICENT

Suleymen the Magnificent was the only son of Selim I and was born in Trabzon in November 1494. He became the 10th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire at the age of 26 in 1520. He is also known as ‘Kanuni’ Sultan Suleyman (lawgiver), Suleyman I and Muhteşem Suleyman. Suleyman the Magnificent was the longest reigning Sultan from 1520 until his…

07-02-2017

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

International Women’s Day was originally called International Working Women’s Day and is celebrated each year on 8th March. It is to commemorate the struggle for women’s rights. It is now a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. International Women's Day (IWD) was first observed in New York in 1909 and was organised by the…

08-03-2017