Ölüdeniz is the most beautiful beach I have ever been to - especially the "nose" of the Blue Lagoon. The sea is crystal clear, warm, beach is sandy next to the promenade, and pebbles by the sea (ideal!), and in the lagoon there are tiny, miniature pebbles, almost a sand, very beautiful and pleasant to walk on. There are thick pine forests and plenty of lush vegetation in entire area, and the cololur of the water is deep blue, turquoise or diamond in the shallow waters. A real paradise!
This is Ölüdeniz from the air, I took it from a paragliding flight. :)
St.Nicholas was born in Turkey, in the Fethiye-Antalya area, and there are many places around connected to him or dedicated to him. one of them is St.Nicholas island, between Fethiye and Ölüdeniz. It's a rather small island full of ancient ruins, with churches, tombs and water cisterns from thousands of years ago. Some mosaics and frescos are still well preserved.
VERY USEFUL: If your boat stops at the "nose" of the island where is the charging point, you'll have to pay a few million liras to enter and see the ruins. But if it is anchored at the back, you still get to see the same thing, but pay nothing!
We combined our trip to Xanthos and Saklikent with a dip in the Med at the beautiful beach of Patara. With its 18 km of soft white sand, backed by majestic dunes its a glorious beach and in recent years has been voted a “best beach in the world” in a the Sunday Times survey. Patara is a national park and home to many birds, also the breeding ground of the endangered Loggerhead turtle. For beach bunnies this would be a great place to stay.
Take a stroll along the shore, starting from marina to the promenade by the sea. You'll sea lots of little and big boats, yachts and gullets (Turkish "cruise" ships made of wood), and often in small boats there will be fishermen or old sea wolves, stretching their nets or simply doing their little things in the bots. it is very interesting, colourful and picturesque.
Ruins of Patara
Patara had a delightful, unspoilt, undeveloped feel to it when we visited - mind you that was several years ago now. It was the principal port of ancient Lycia and evidence of its architecture can be seen - such as this Roman gateway. Around this area yet more tombs can be seen littering the ground.
Near the entrance to the Saklikent Canyon you get a good view of the Xanthos River. The Xanthos River was the longest and largest river in Lycia and provides the main water supply for many of the Lycian cities. It begins about 25 miles inland and empties into the sea at Patara. In this area there are some great trout farms and consequently restaurants...if on a tour you will surely stop at one for lunch.
The waterfront of Fethiye is known as Kordon. Here in the marina are a myriad of boats wanting to take you on various tours along the coastline - such as Olu Deniz, Butterfly Valley and Gocek market on Sundays. They make for a great day out with lunch and drinks usually included in the tour price.
A trip to the ancient Lycian city of Xanthos is often combined with the trip to Saklikent. Here you can see examples of lycian tombs as well. The Lycians were a sea-faring people who believed that the souls of their dead would be transported from the tombs to the afterworld by demon birds, and hence often placed their tombs along the coast or at the top of cliffs - such as at Xanthos where Pillar tombs can be seen. These Pillar tombs were oldest type and were used mainly for important dynasts.
More of these temple tombs, notably the Nereid Monumument, can be seen in the British Museum - such a shame they couldn't have been preserved insitu :-S
Fethiye: Walk to Kaya Köyü Pt 1.
In 1923 there was a populations swap between the countries of Turkey and Greece - a kind of mutual ethnic cleansing!
Like in Cappadocia, Kaya Köyü's Orthodox Christians of Greek ancestry were expelled. The entire town was vacated and what remains to this day is a virtual ghoast town other than the recent tourist developments on its edges.Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Historical Travel
Fethiye is where the aegaen meets the Mediterranean Sea and is popularly known as the Turquoise coast. Its a working turkish town but its coastline with its many islands is worth exploring in this beautiful part of Turkey. Great for shopping bargains too - come on a Tuesday when its market day.
Kelebekler Vadisi(Valley of Butterflies)
This amazing place is 5 km away from Oludeniz where you reach by the boats . Its name is come from the butterflies named 'Jarsey Tiger' that are seen on July-September. There is only a camp place in this natural beauty,no hotels,no cars ,no city life..Only sea,mountains and flowers..Related to:
- Diving and Snorkeling
Enter the old town and walk into some of the (many!) carpet shops! It's an Aladdin world! ;) There are different carpets of all sizes, shapes and colours, hanging all over and merchants will invite you to take a look and bargain for the best price.
Fethiye is a nice spot in the Med coastes of Turkey.. The small fishing town, now become one important tourism destination with the wonderful landscapes and Historical parts around the town..
But still the spirit is going on.. when you reach the downtown you will see nice cafes, restaurants and also some small fishing boats..Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Sailing and Boating
KATRANCI, A BAY NEAR FETHIYE
This is Katranci Bay.If you take the road of Marmaris from Fethiye you'll see a sign through this beautiful bay surrended with ''Gunluk'' Trees(A very special kind of tree.It has a very deep smell like a parfum.It is used in the religios ceromonies of Christians etc.)
You can walk around this bay through the hills with trees.You can make picnic and you can swim.Related to:
- National/State Park
ALong the way, as you climb up to the top of the island, you'll run onto some of the mosaics. They are not protected or hidden from the weather conditions, but they are still there, quite well preserved. There is a fence and a sign not to step in.
Just back from the Yacht Plaza(June 2005). Small and friendly, only 30 rooms. Right on the shore...more
I stayed the hotel in July,2007 and I can say that it is full of nature and very silent hotel. (...more
When we first arrived at the hotel we have welcomed with the smiling faces of the front office team....more
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