Maybe not as many as in Antalya, or southernmore, but there are a lot of banana trees in Fethiye and Ölüdeniz as well. The first time I saw a "live" banana tree was in Israel, but this was a first time close up. I was so ashamed of myself how ignorant I was, I had no idea how the fruit appears from a HUGE beautiful flower! The first time I saw the flower I saw it was an ornament! What a shame on me!!! I find them gorgeous!
Well, it seems that I am more ignorant than I thought, I just got this remark from JLBG:
No, the bananas do not really appear from the HUGE beautiful flower! You were
not completely wrong thinking it was an ornament. Or a kind of : it is the
single male flower. This is why it won't give itself bananas. The female flowers
are many, small and unimpressive. There is ONE male flower for
a hundred or so (may be more) female flowers. But as they
do not bloom at the same time, one male flower cannot fecundate the female
flowers of the same stem but from another stem. That allows to maintain genetic
And I was so happy that I discovered how it works! Oh, well, now I'm at least getting the right picture! Thanks, Jean-Louis!
Drive up to Babadag
Reaching Babadag take-off places is organized in sort of jeeps, they load paragliders in the back, the parachutes on the top, and often there is no space so the pilots go up on the top as well!
Then you drive for about 45 minutes approximately, through the thick pine forest and macadam road to the top. The drive is a real adventure because it's shaking and the abyss are deep, the road narrov, the drivers go real FAST, and there is dust everywhere, like in indiana Jones movies! :) But eventually you are at the top and the view is AMAZING!
If you've ever been in to a travel agent offering holidays to Turkey then you've probably seen pictures of Oludeniz. The colors of Oludeniz in the pictures could be attractive but it gets even crazier when you're there. To get to Oludeniz you'll need to get to Fethiye first, that's fairly easy from most cities and towns in Turkey. And from Fethiye take a minibus behind the post office, around 20 min you will be in this magnificent blue lagoon.
You can join jeep safari tours on Oludeniz beach by contacting tour operators. Usual places are
Yaka Park - Pancake and Ayran
Mud bath near to Saklikent
Be careful about children while you are crosing the villages since to pour a full bucket of water to tourist jeeps is a tradition in here :))
Fethiye and Around the Turquoise Coast
Fethiye was known as Telmessos in the ancient period, being the most important city of Lycia. As a regional centre it continues to grow in importance, and marks the place where the Aegean Sea becomes the Mediterranean. Its a thriving, working turkish town and worth a visit.
The nearby lagoon beach resort of Olu Deniz can be seen plastered over all those turkisk tourist adverts - and no wonder - it truly is a gorgeous setting.
This part of Turkey is is an ideal place for lazy day boat trips, exploring those little islands with their ruins and swimming inbetween at places like butterfly valley.