WINTER IN FETHIYE
Everyone knows that tourists flock to Fethiye and its surrounding area from all over the world. Why do they come to this little piece of paradise? They come for the sun, sand, sea, shopping and much more. What people don't realise is when the shutters go down and tourists leave, Winter in Turkey can be very different and have a beauty all of its own. So if you visit Turkey it is not just for summer but all the year round.
Fethiye is the main town and open all year round with little change to its programme through Winter. However the coastal villages can be very different.
Let's start with Ovacik - Ovacik is stunning in the winter, the winter sun changes the colours and feel of the mountain range that hugs this green and luscious village. Some of the tourist shops and restaurants close but there is enough to keep you occupied. You can still find somewhere for a games night, or gathering of like minded people. Babadag mountain is probably un-passable by vehicle and possible distuption to the cable car for a couple of months out of the year but if you can get to the top of this majestic mountain the views are breathtaking.
Next is Oludeniz which is the main tourist area of Fethiye and here most of the shops and restaurants close for the duration, especially on the main strip. You may find a couple of bars open but if you want more Ovacik is only a 10 minute drive away. Saying that Oludeniz is so much more than shops and bars in the winter. Its beauty shines through every season
Oludeniz in winter is pure beauty, stripped back to its natural bare bones The views as you go down the mountainside are breathtaking. The central hub of Oludeniz is where you will see the biggest difference. The comparison between summer and winter is like night and day. For example, in the season you will find it difficult to walk in a straight line with ambling tourist and paragliding enthusiasts but in the winter Oludeniz has a quiet beauty all of its own. In the day time the deep rich blue of the sea and in the evening dark reds and oranges of the famous sunsets. The picture perfect Blue Lagoon will be stripped back to basics, chairs, sun beds and shades all packed away waiting for the tourist to return but the unspoilt beauty of the lagoon stands on show for all.
Calis is a mixture of Ovacik and Oludeniz with a healthy number of expats which choose to stay in Calis all year round. Many bars and restaurants are open to satisfy their needs, be it a pool league or reading club. There are many tourist shops in Summer which close during the Winter period. However you can still sample a perfect winters day of say 15 degrees, strolling down the "plaji" with the waves and golden sands on your left and restaurants serving everything from Turkish food to Sunday Lunch on the right. Many hours can be whiled away watching the waves and sunsets whilst taking advantage of the food and drink available all year round.
Uzumlu is a traditional unspoilt area of Fethiye, same all the year through. A mixture of modern villas and some older dwellings deep rooted in the past. Some of these tumble down abodes house weavers, pot makers and silk screen printers, who often beckon you in for a glass of cay and chat. Uzumlu can be colder as it is higher than Fethiye but you are guaranteed beauty both past and present.
Gocek is a small town in the district of Fethiye, known worldwide for its opulent yachts, hotels and homes. Open all year round with a few bars and restaurants closing for the winter there is still plenty to do and see in Gocek. In Summer Gocek is all about the boats, luxury yachts, private cruisers and gulets, everything revolves around the sea. However in Winter it's all about natural beauty, seeing the sights with fresh eyes.
Basically whatever you desire it can still be found in the Fethiye region in Winter. OK so maybe it's a slower pace of life but none the less just as beautiful and charming as Summer. So if you chose to visit Fethiye at any time of the year we promise you won't be disappointed.