Holidays to Fethiye mean lazing on beaches, bartering in the markets and eating some of the best kebabs this side of Turkey
Even an earthquake back in the Fifties couldn’t stop Fethiye. It dusted itself off and built its way up to become a thriving holiday resort on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. You’ll still see a few Roman ruins around the place, but it’s the quaint old quarter and yacht-filled harbour that draw people in. The markets are a top draw, too.
You won’t find Fethiye’s beach on your doorstep. It’s actually across the bay at Calis, a short bus or taxi ferry away. You’ve got a good long stretch here, though, with a mixture of shingle and pebble sloping gently into the sea. And the promenade behind it has a top line-up of bars and restaurants.
The old quarter
The Paspatur – or old quarter – is a popular place. The narrow, cobbled streets take you past whitewashed mosques and gift shops, with colourful lanterns displayed outside. There’s plenty of shade under the canopy of vines here, and some great bars and cafés to stop for a Turkish coffee.
About 40 minutes by dolmus and you’re in the ghost village of Kayakoy. You’ll need a couple of hours to wander around the houses and churches that were abandoned almost a century ago. Or take a boat trip from Fethiye to see thousands of floaty things at Butterfly Valley. There’s a pebbly cove for a laze and a swim too.