Recent years have seen some areas of Fethiye become very trendy and sophisticated. The local government and tourist board are spending a lot on the region, building a new town square and finishing a long and stunning palm lined harbour promenade with some fabulous restaurants, cafes and bars. Fethiye is the place to be seen for the local society and also attracts many Turkish tourists each summer all keen to sample the good local cuisine and relax of an evening listing to traditional music on the front. The best way to find somewhere good is to just wander around – have a drink in a few places, look at the menus and relax and enjoy the town’s hospitality. Here are a few pointers on where we think is good to go:
The new sea front promenade leading to Calis is home to many wonderful bars and restaurants many of which have live music or entertainment of an evening. Shaka is a modern bar, bistro and ice-creamery found towards the centre of the harbour promenade not far from the Esnaf Hospital. Great Mediterranean and international dishes served with style and flair, wonderful home-made ice cream and coffees, a relaxed atmosphere and stunning views make it a popular local and foreigner’s choice.
Again on the harbour promenade not far from McDonalds, Hello Café is more a place to visit for a cay or Efes during the day and kids will love it! Buy some stale bread from the kiosk, rip it up and throw it into the sea to watch the hundreds of fish and seagulls fight over the first bite. Not really the place to go for a meal although they do serve a small selection of toasties and pastries, it’s more a cheap place to relax, drink and watch the world go by.
If you fancy some traditional food from the Hatay region head to the lovely Mosaik Bahce restaurant found on a little backstreet between the large government building and the Fish Market. A little oasis with a charming little garden terrace, the food is tasty and very reasonably priced.
This famous Turkish chain of coffee and cake houses has a nice harbour front location near the amphitheatre. Now serving light snacks, sandwiches and salads alongside their famous cakes and coffees, it’s a great option for a lunch or simply while away a lazy afternoon.
Megri Restaurant and Lokanta
Megri has two sites both in Paspatur (Old Town). The lokanta near the duck pond serves a tasty affair of local dishes either chosen from the counter or the menu, the pricier Megri Restaurant in the centre serves wonderful international and fancy traditional dishes in a picturesque shaded location.
Take a taxi up to Sundail in Tasyaka, a 5 minute drive from Fethiye town centre. On a hilltop overlooking the bay, it offers superb views across the islands and is one of the best places to watch the sunset of an evening. Good varied menu and reasonable prices.
Getting to and from Fethiye
Airports: Fethiye is a 40 minute transfer from Dalaman International Airport flying regular UK and European flights to many destinations from April to November, via Istanbul year round.
Local Buses: Local minibuses (dolmus) run regular services to Oludeniz Beach (25 minutes), Hisaronu (20 minutes) and Calis (10 minutes).
Intercity Buses: Fethiye Otogar (Bus Station) is a 5 minute dolmus (bus) ride from Fethiye centre and the main intercity bus terminal for the region. Operating first class coach and bus services to most main towns and cities throughout Turkey, you can book tickets directly with the bus station or via ticket offices in the resorts.
Taxis: Registered yellow taxis can be called from your hotel or found at taxi-ranks throughout Fethiye. They offer reasonable fares to all the surrounding areas and are either metered or state a set price to popular destinations.
Boats: A daily hydrofoil service can be booked and taken from Fethiye to Rhodes, and a number of yacht charter companies offer 3 to 14 night cruises along the coast should it take your fancy.