Especially on a rainy day, a visit to Fethiye’s shopping centre is a great way to spend a few hours, there are some lovely shops where you can grab a bargain, with a choice from sports clothes, ladies and menswear, shoe shops and gift shops too. There are plenty of fast food outlets, to include Kentucky Fried Chicken, Tavuk Dunyasi (Chicken World) where they do various chicken dishes, a kofte and doner restaurant, Burger King etc., there is also Khave Dunyasi for a nice cup of coffee and a recently opened branch of Starbucks. A children’s play area is also on the top floor along with the cinema (sometimes the films are in English) and there’s a small bowling alley. Easy to reach, when you get on the FETHIYE dolmus just ask for Erasta (pronounced as spelt.)
If you wanted to eat really traditional Turkish food, more or less opposite the shopping centre are the restaurants of Otogar, where you can choose from the selection of foods that are kept warm for local workers and travellers or choose to have a nice sis kebab or a doner or a lovely bowl of soup and a traditional dessert. Also do read the signs, posted above the lokanta’s some of the translations into English are quite interesting.
EVERY DAY FETHIYE
If you get the dolmus all the way into the Town, you can wander through Paspatur with it’s cobbled streets, duck pond, little gift shops and spice sellers, visit the Fish market, great for a meal, where you buy your fish from one of the stalls and the restaurant of your choice will cook it for you and supply you with the salads and side dishes to go with it, all in a working fish market with the sights and sounds (and the smells) that go with it.
Once you have explored the quaint roads, you can pop along to the harbour area, where the promenade now takes you all the way to Calis, with parks, bars and restaurants in abundance. If you are lucky, there may be a free performance in the main paved park area or the culture centre.
You can walk up to the posher end, and look at the yachts that are docked in the Ece Marina, cross the road and have a look at the amphitheatre which has partially been restored. Fethiye, being an area of great History also has the 4th Century tomb Amyntas, watching over it and various other tombs dotted around, our Museum which is in a side road by the local schools is open on weekdays and shows many local finds.
While here, it is nice to have a wander along the harbour side, sit at a café, have a drink whilst watching the World go by. There is a lovely juice bar on the corner near the Cultural Centre, that makes lovely fresh fruit juice and yummy toasties, is cheap and definitely a cheerful place to while away some time.
From Fethiye harbour, water taxis are available to Calis and to Sovalye Adasi (Knights Island) where it is said the Knights of St.John settled for a while, built a monastery and did a touch of piracy to keep themselves going. On Sovalye there are some beautiful houses and a great restaurant. You can easily walk around the Island in less than an hour, maybe take a dip in the clear waters from the little beachy areas sometimes swimming over the remains of submerged houses and see if you can find the remains of the monastery/chapel.