Monday, 7 July 2014

Lifestyle // Holiday in Fethiye, Turkey

Hello friends! You may have noticed it's been a bit quiet here at emsypickle.co.uk and on my social media accounts and that's because I've been off having fun in the sun in Fethiye on the Turquoise Coast of Turkey! My boyfriend and I had a great week and managed to get a pretty good last minute deal too, so had more money to spend on sightseeing, cocktails and of course kebabs!

Fethiye-Turkey


I've never been to Turkey before and had no idea what to expect and was absolutely delighted with the little port town of Fethiye where we stayed. It's relatively near big tourist towns Oludeniz and Hisaronu but is where "the locals live" so was nice and peaceful (and not an all you can eat Chinese buffet in sight!) There were loads of lovely restaurants and bars but without the hoards of other British holiday makers and trashy atmosphere which generally go with it!

We loved exploring the area and our favourite places included:

BUTTERFLY VALLEY - which was absolutely stunning. Set in a quiet bay you reach by boat, we walked through the pine trees where thousands of butterflies live (though we didn't actually see that many haha!) and climbed up rocks to reach a waterfall which gave us some lovely views. You can also stay here in tents on the beach (which must be boiling!!) and reminded us of a cool hippie-esque commune, with free yoga and hand painted signs and make shift shacks everywhere. Very cool! 

Butterfly-Valley-Fethiye-Turkey

Butterfly-Valley-Fethiye-Turkey

Butterfly-Valley-Fethiye-Turkey

Butterfly-Valley-Fethiye-Turkey

Butterfly-Valley-Fethiye-Turkey


BOAT TRIP TO THE 12 ISLANDS - no holiday is complete without a boat trip! There were loads to choose from at Fethiye marina but we went with the Hemanth which promised to be nice and relaxing, not one of the party boats. It was so lovely to set sail and we pretty much had the entire sunbathing deck to ourselves where we lay in the sun and enjoyed looking out at the ocean and pretty islands. We had bbq'd fish for lunch and stopped 4 times during the day to swim in the sea which was really warm.


12-islands-boat-trip-Fethiye-Turkey


12-islands-boat-trip-Fethiye-Turkey

12-islands-boat-trip-Fethiye-Turkey


GHOST TOWN OF KAYAKOY - we got a dolmus minibus down to the deserted town of Kayakoy which was once a settlement of Greeks, who were forced to move back to Greece at the end of the Greco-Turkish War. The town has since been ravaged by earthquake and is mostly ruins which was really interesting to have a good wander about.

Kayakoy-Turkey

Kayakoy-Turkey


THE BLUE LAGOON & OLUDENIZ BEACH - we were a bit disappointed with the Blue Lagoon as it was just so busy and touristy. It was very pretty but you almost couldn't enjoy it as there were just so many people covering every inch of the beach there. We had a little paddle and headed back to the main beach of Oludeniz where we watched all the para gliders sail across the sky and land on the beach.

Blue-Lagoon-Oludeniz-Turkey

Blue-Lagoon-Oludeniz-Turkey

Blue-Lagoon-Oludeniz-Turkey


OLD TOWN OF FETHIYE - we spent most of our evenings down at the Old Town. There were lots of lovely little bars and restaurants as well as shops selling all sorts of local pottery and lanterns. It was really nice meandering down all the covered lanes, especially in some places where brightly coloured umbrellas were strung up to make a shelter - so pretty!

Old-Town-Fethiye-Turkey

Old-Town-Fethiye-Turkey

Old-Town-Fethiye-Turkey


I'd love to come back to Fethiye it was so gorgeous with stunning flowers and palm trees everywhere (not to mention the bright blue sky!) We timed it really well - just before the busy season so that we pretty much had the hotel (and hotel pool!) all to ourselves and while it was still blisteringly hot (37 degrees most days!) it hadn't quite got to the 40's which we were told would be coming in the next couple of weeks. 


Thanks for having us Turkey, we'll hopefully be back again soon!


Have you got any summer holidays planned?

And what did I miss while I was away?!




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13 comments:

  1. Wow this place sounds amazing! If there's one thing that annoys me on holiday it's being surrounded by British tourists and British style restaurants and pubs. I don't understand why people want that on holiday?!

    I've never been to Turkey before, will definitely add this little gem to my list!

    Chloe x
    newgirlintoon.co.uk

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    1. Aw Chloe it was so amazing! Definitely add it to your Travel List. I totally agree, I like to fully immerse myself in the local culture - I can eat pie and chips at home!!! xx

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  2. I love Turkey, and like you I stay in a place which isn't crowded with British tourists and doesn't it make such a difference? So peaceful!

    Butterfly Valley and the Ghost town look amazing - I would love to try them at some point! I also go on boat trips in Turkey and the views are just stunning!!

    It looks like you had an amazing time away! Loved your pictures!!! The umbrellas looked fab.

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog - Travel, Lifestyle and Fashion xxx

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    1. Ooh where do you go in Turkey Hannah? I'd love to go back and explore more, it was so so beautiful! Butterfly Valley was amazing and really reminded me of island hopping in Fiji. I'd love to go and stay there one time :) xx

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  3. It looks so lovely! I would a vacation like that :)

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    1. Thanks Ella I'll be sure to check it out! xx

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  4. I love this area of Turkey, so beautiful! We stayed in a villa complex in Kaya Koy a few years ago and it was gorgeous x

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    1. Oh wow I bet it was lovely staying in Kaya Koy! I'd love to go back and spend more time there :) xx

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  5. Looks like you had a blimmin' good time!

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  6. That last photo!! Transport me!!

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