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!
I’ve never been to Turkey before and had no idea what to expect and was absolutely delighted with the little port town of Fethiyewhere 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!
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.
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.
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.
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!