Sailing Turkey: Destination Fethiye
Fabulous Fethiye is a quirky, atmospheric town, jam packed with quintessential Turkish character. Clues to its long, sometimes turbulent, past can be seen on every corner, including evidence of the huge earthquakes that shook it as recently as the 1950s.
Today, Fethiye is a charming destination, with a great selection of cool bars, good restaurants and winding, narrow streets that are home to lots of quirky boutiques that stay open late into the evening. It is a town that is defined by its past, and several of the ancient Lycian ruins in the old part of town are lit up at night, which makes for a unique atmosphere in which to enjoy an al fresco dinner or a few drinks after a busy day.
If you’re in the market for something a little more lively, head in the direction of Kayakoy, until you hit Hisaronu. After dark, this small enclave transforms into a relaxed market/festival area, absolutely packed with lively bars and restaurants.
Even in mid-August when the mercury soars, the town is kept cool by a wonderful sea breeze. Set in a backdrop of majestic mountains and within easy reach of several award-winning beaches, Fethiye is a great place to learn a little more about the history of the area in beautiful surroundings as part of your sailing Turkey experience, with the always welcome bonus of a thriving night scene – just perfect to help you wind down after exploring this fascinating town.