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When it comes to choosing a holiday, everyone wants nice weather and the chance to come home with a suntan. Choosing the southern coast of Turkey guarantees both and memories that will last long after the suntan has faded. Some pick a popular resort with plenty of nightlife.
Others are a little more adventurous wanting variety without necessarily too much exercise. A balance between the chance to relax but to also learn a little of the history and culture of a region is ideal. The waters of this Turkish Coast and the interesting sites and town that sit between the mountains and the sea are an excellent choice.
The ruins of the ancient city of Olympos have become an important tourist attraction, some visitors travelling the coastal road and others enjoying an Olympos to Fethiye Blue Cruise.The city, close to the modern town of Cirali, dates back to the times of the Lycians.
A National Park incorporating Olympos and the remains of two other ancient settlements, Phaselis and Idyros, get many visitors each year. Olympos is regarded as a titular see by the Catholic Church. It is thought that the first settlement here was built in the 4th Century BC.
It was conquered by the Romans and over the years it has been an important strategic site for Venetians, Genoese and Rhodians though by the 15th Century it was no longer regarded as important. Its importance today is historical, cultural and religious.
Heading further West there is a delightful little harbor at Kas, a town that sits below the mountains looking out to offshore islands, including Meis, an impressive Greek Rock which has just a few hundred inhabitants. It is possible for strong swimmers to swim between the two though for most that is far too energetic.
The population of Kas is just a few thousand but there are many times more living in surrounding villages and benefitting from the influx of visitors during the main holiday weeks. Kas offers plenty of chances to relax in cafes and restaurants.
The town is a notable diving centre while some holidaymakers simply enjoy a short trip to the surrounding islands, uninhabited but for Meis. One major attraction in the sunken city of Kekova though it is not permitted to put down an anchor.
The coastal road turns inland 30 kms further west but not before the small town of Kalkan. The town is extremely popular with foreigners who own a considerable amount of property there. Views are spectacular out to sea but with the town on a slope down to the tiny harbour it does present a challenge for those walking around.
A Blue Cruise in Turkey allows guests to continue to enjoy the sea while the road to Fethiye goes inland through a very fertile agricultural region that guarantees the fresh produce that is so important to Turkish cuisine. The tomato crop is particularly important, the ‘fruit’ ripening under plastic during the many days of Turkish sunshine.
Fethiye’s population has increased enormously over recent years. It is a town offering everything a tourist might want. There is the nearby deserted village of Kayakoy, a remnant from the population exchange of Greek and Turkey almost a century ago. There are old sarcophaguses in the middle of some small streets and a modern new marina offering every kind of maritime activity.
There is a modern shopping centre as well as plenty of opportunity to buy souvenirs that are typically Turkish, carpets, kilims and textiles. Restauranteurs invite passers-by into their establishments where there are likely to be a huge variety of mezes, freshly caught fish, kebabs and other meat alternatives and of course the famous Turkish ‘sweets.’
The famous fish market offers customers to buy their fish from the stalls and then take it to one of the surrounding restaurants for cooking. For just a few lira the restaurants will cook to order as well as offer suitable accompaniments and drinks; a unique experience.
One of the joys of sailing along this coast is to stop anywhere, swim and relax. There are no surprises in the climate along this coast. People wake to see the sun and even when it goes down temperatures during the main summer months remain high. It is casual all the way and memories that will last, until the next time.