Drink Raki like this and enjoy............
When you share glass of aniseed and grapejuice liquer - Raki - with a Turk you should fill one glass with water and other glass Raki and top up with water to top. If you want to add ice, never add to Raki alone, mix with water first! The ideal Raki glass is nice and thin, I swear the Raki tastes nicer from thin and long glass. You should take time to enjoy the experience enjoying a social intercourse. Its wise to take one sip of Raki and then one sip from your water glass afterwards, this will help you from getting drunk too quickly as is a very strong drink. They say in Turkey its a good way to get to know a person, to take nargile pipe or to drink raki with them. Its customary for Bar or meyhane serving you to provide a plate of meze (snacks) to enjoy with your raki, it can make you hungry when you drink raki. Local custom is to wish your partner health or 'cheers' as we say, several times throughout the evening. You should lightly bang the raki glass on table and then clink together with your friend's glass, and say 'Serefe' - pronounced sher-e-fay. When you clink the glasses together, to show respect to your friend - try to keep them meeting in their centre, or below his level of glass if he's your elder to denote your respect for him! The most important thing is you should look at him straight in the eye when you say 'Serefe' , this is most sincere and shows you mean what you say. If he's lacking in raki, you should refill his glass before yours! Sometimes in a restaurant a waiter will do this for you. Sometimes I vary the toast to my drinking partner by uttering 'Yarasin' instead of Serefe. This means to your life, I believe as I am only speaking little Turkish now.
Oh how I enjoy this national drink, for over 5 years, and it partners fresh fish well! It is such a nice way to drink. Oh, if I am stating anything wrong, please do write and explain to me as I always learning new facts here in Turkey! Serefe - Enjoy your Raki too.
You can use buses while coming inside Turkey.There are many bus companies hat comes frequently to Fethiye.If you want high class use 'Varan'' and ''Ulusoy'.
But mostly used bus companies are 'Kamil Koc' and 'Metro' .
It means Hiddenplace/Hiddencity.
If the weather is to hot even for swimming you can go to saklýkent which has an icy stream at the beginning and created by flow of snow water for long time. The length of canyon is app. 18km, it takes one day if you want a detailed visit and you need good sportive shoes for climbing or jumping on slippery stones. Alternatively you can join a jeep safari which incudes Saklýkent visit, but in this case you have to finish explore it within 30-45 min.
Fethiye ... something for everyone
"Fethiye ... things not to miss"
Fethiye is steeped in history with ancient Lycian and Roman sites. The Lycian civilisation carved rock tombs into the Fethiye's cliffs and in the centre of town you can see the Roman Amphitheatre and nearby the ghost town of Kaya which was once home to the Greeks now lays empty and is well worth a visit.
The lovely Marina and water front area of Fethiye is a hive of activity with sleek yachts, traditional Turkish Gulets and pleasure craft that mingle in Fethiye and around the 12 Islands of the bay in the crystal blue waters of the Meiterranean.
Tuesday see's the bustling weekly street market where the area's fresh produce can be seen in all its colourful glory. Of-course there are the stalls catering for the tourist with their "genuine" fake designer fashion clothes, leather items, lace and all the usual items but what is really nice is to sit under the shade of open air caf'e tent with a cool drink or a traditional Turkish coffee and just people watch! You will see the throng of tourist bargain hunters and the locals alike, all going about their morning at the large street market. As for me I'm off to get my vegetables and some fruit for my lunch at the lovely holiday apartment we are staying at, Marina View Apartment in Karagozlar Fethiye.
Another fresh produce market is located in the fish market in the centre of Fethiye. There you will see a range of both small and large sea and fresh water fish and seafood. A great tip is to buy some fresh fish from a stall holder and then ask one of the restaurants that fringe the fish market to prepare and cook it for you. The restaurants will do this, simply ask them how much to do this before you buy your fish and then sit back and watch them prepare it, cook it and serve with the usual salad and potatoes.
The nearby beach of Olu Deniz is very famous as it is probably the most photographed beach in Turkey if not Europe. The beach can be seen in many of travel brochures and adverts for Turkey holidays. It's famous "Blue Lagoon" where the waters for bathing are absolutely beautiful. Olu Deniz is a short hop away by the Dolmus bus from Fehtiye.
"Eating out in Fethiye"
Eating out in Fethiye can be a lovely experience. There are restaurants that offer traditional Turkish and International cuisine using fresh locally produce and ingredients. Many restaurants offer a simple tourist menu that is really inexpensive where you will find tourists and locals alike. You can dine alfresco or in an intimate dining room, from a street location to a fabulous marina view.
The waterfront area and around Palm Island in Karagozlar 1, there are many fine restaurants like The Arena with it's stunning balcony terrace which offer fabulous views and fine dining. The Park Restaurant on the waterfront is great for a simple coffee stop or a waterside evening meal. The Megri with it's street location set under a cooling pergola of vines and leaves offers everything from a traditional simple Turkish lunch like oven baked meat balls and salad through to fresh seafood that you can select be dining. So go and explore, experiment a little, ask the locals and ask passing tourist where they eat, as for me, I can only recommend as I find, but remember places do change and whilst I enjoyed all the above you will have to make up your own mind. Thanks to our friends at Marina View Apartment in Karagozlar Fethiye for all the dining out recommendations which we thought were great.
"Take time to explore the back waters of Fethiye"
The nearby of bay area of Karagozlar has an interesting and traditional boat building yard where you can see nearly completed and finish traditional wooden Turkish (Gulets) boats. It is very interesting to see the various components, wooden hulls and sails that make up these very lovely ships. Karagozlar is a short walk from Palm Island along the Fethiye waterfront. There are a few bars and restaurants and a pretty promenade.