Fethiye

A 10 hour drive or short flight from Istanbul, the beautiful holiday town of Fethiye is the place to visit for a sun drenched break from the other rugged sceneries or more traditionally cultured areas of Turkey.

Since we were in Fethiye mid April and still in off season, our tour was upgraded at the Alesta Yacht Hotel which was right across the way from a fantastic ocean views like this one.

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The hotel had a rooftop bar and the weather was lovely the entire time we were there.

Pair this with the fact the best kebab I had the entire time I was in the country came from a little place in old town I was definitely loving my stay!

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Old Town is worth a wander through day or night, you’ll find everything from traditional Turkish wears for sale to more upmarket boutiques catering for the large amount of tourists which visit each year (the majority being British).

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Many Turkish sailing cruises (usually lasting about a week or so) depart from Fethiye but my group was only able to fit in a day trip out on the sea at the nearby area of Ölüdeniz, famous for its stunning turquoise waters.

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Seriously, I haven’t touched these photos – it really looks like this!

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As you can see some adventurous people were paragliding in the background, which is a popular activity to do in this area.

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On the way to our boat trip we stopped in at the Ancient Rock Tombes embedded straight into the cliffside – it was a pretty cool site to see.

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Despite my injured ankle which I had recently acquired in Cappadocia thanks to a fateful quad bike ride, the steps and cobblestones here weren’t pleasant but it was worth navigating to get some lovely views out to Fethiye.

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Our tour guide pointed out this truck while here, having a chuckle at he told us that it says ‘chicken’ (but not really since the real word for chicken in Turkish is nowhere close to this!).

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About 50km from town there lies Saklikent Canyon, where we explored a little of the beautiful scenery and had lunch at this awesome restaurant which is right next to a river.

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The food was quite standard but the hammocks, cushions and assortment of birds wandering about made for some good entertainment.

Most of the group took the opportunity to go rafting (I opted out thanks to that darn ankle, I was so gutted) and ending the activity with a mud fight.

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Instead, I chilled out in the sun and was treated to a flock of sheep over the other side of the river making its way past!

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If I ever return to Turkey I will certainly be back to Fethiye and hope to spend some time sailing off of the amazing coastline located here.

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