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The Emerald Coast

Written on: Tuesday October 7th, 2014

A journal entry from: Europe 2014

The buses in Turkey are a wonderful way to travel! It's a little like S.E. Asia in that once set in motion you are kept moving along until you reach your destination. After a long day on a series of different buses we ended up in the costal town of Fethiye but a long way from our pension. As we got off the long distance bus someone asked where we were going. We told him and he immediately put us on a smaller bus provided by the bus company which took us right to our doorstep. No charge! We overnighted in Fethiye and then headed further down the coast to Patara Beach. 

This is the longest stretch of beach in Turkey but absolutely undeveloped thanks to the loggerhead turtles that nest there as well as the recently found Lycian, Greek and Roman ruins.

We stayed in a funky little place 2 kilometres behind the beach called Gelemis which is just a collection of small hostels and pensions mostly family run. After a relaxing few days of visiting the ruins, hiking, and beaching we headed back up the coast to check out the Lycian Way. This is a route similar in length to the St. Paul's trail along the Turkish Mediterranean coast. It begins just south of Fethiye in a very cliffy, mountainous stretch of coastline. The part we explored was very beautiful but also quite difficult especially in 30c plus weather. It's also a little frustrating as one can see all that amazing water below but the beaches are few and the scramble down to them difficult.

Thank goodness for the loggerhead turtles since our next stop, Dalyan, basically came into being as the result of a world wide environmental battle to save their nesting grounds on Iztuzu beach. Now this very long beach is only accessible during the day by boats that come down the Dalyan river from town. The town itself is a little overdone but the surrounding area , full of waterways, lakes and orchards is fantastically scenic. There are even a few pre-Greek ruins thrown in for good measure.

 

From Anne & Pat on Oct 7th, 2014

Thanks so much for the update! So pleased to hear that you are enjoying the great bus service in Turkey. The weather sounds pretty hot for October! The generosity and helpfulness of the people is so appreciated as a visitor. Enjoy! Thinking of you two!

From Glenna on Oct 7th, 2014

Wow you had better get out of Turkey fast - the fighting with ISIS is getting cose.

From Cathie on Oct 7th, 2014

Great photos! Especially like #17. Looking forward to seeing you in Calgary.