Turkey’s Fethiye A Fast Emerging Destination

 The beautiful resort of Fethiye, (‘fe-tee-yay’) on Turkey’s southern Aegean sea, has been hailed by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten emerging destinations worldwide and looking at photographs of the region, it is easy to see why.

 Englishman Stephen Ottewell spent his summers in Ireland, in his Mothers’ hometown of Kilcullen, Co. Kildare, but now he is holidaying in hotter climes. Married to a Turkish woman, Alca, whom he met in 2000 while working in Ankara, Stephen has become an agent for the Turkish based real estate company, Fethiye Homes. He is encouraging would-be buyers to get in early in this emerging holiday destination.

  “Since our marriage in 2004, we return to Turkey at least once a year to spend time with Alca’s family and also to explore this vast country, “ says Stephen.  “It was in the summer of 2010 that we came upon Fethiye, while we were passing through, on our way to Kaş and Kalkan, two lovely little towns about two and a half hours along the turquoise coast towards Antalya.  We were really impressed by Fethiye as a genuine Turkish town, without the glitz of Bodrum or the boom of Marmaris.” Stephen describes it as a place of “understated Ottoman charm, with a vibrant centre, beautiful natural harbour, shops, cafes, restaurants and bars galore (and all reasonably priced) as well as friendly easy-going locals.”

 “In 2012,” Stephen continues, “my wife gave birth to our daughter, Kara – a name which is both Irish and Turkish! It was then that we decided to have a proper base in Turkey. We wanted Kara to have as much exposure as possible to Turkish culture and tradition, whilst also having a first class destination where friends and family can visit us. Fethiye fitted the bill perfectly.”

   Transfer from Dalaman airport is just over half an hour and the airport has direct flights to Ireland. The legendary beaches of Oludeniz (the blue lagoon) are just a 10 minute drive away and property prices meant that Stephen and Alca could buy a lot more than they originally thought possible.  “We bought a 5 bed duplex for €160. 000, with shared pool and wonderful panoramic views, overlooking the town itself. The tourist resorts of Hisarönü, Çalıs Beach and Ovacık are nearby. Fethiye is perfect for all year round living with 300 days sunshine per year and, unlike other tourist resort areas, functions all year round and with superb infrastructure and amenities,” he adds.

“There is so much to do in and around Fethiye. (It used to be called Telmessos and was part of the Lycian federation). There are numerous sites of antiquity nearby; Xanthos, Kadyanda, Letoon, Patara and the dramatically sited Tlos as well as the medieval ghost town of Kayakoy and the raging canyon of Saklikent..”

 According to Stephen it has some of the best beaches in the world; “Where else could you be bathing in the tranquility of the blue lagoon and look up to see a kaleidoscopic array of parachutes descending from the dizzy heights of Babadağ mountain?” he asks. “The famous mavi cruises (as well as daily boat tours) speckle the dozen islands (which are only accessible by sea) on the gulf of Fethiye, but is no longer the exclusive reserve for the wealthy few.

 “The organisation we bought from asked if we were interested in helping them promote the resort in Ireland and the UK. I immediately jumped at the chance to share this opportunity, firstly with friends and family, but also to anyone who is interested in discovering a luxurious, healthy lifestyle without the usual accompanying price-tag.”

Stephen concludes, “In some 15 years of searching we finally found what we were looking for - a place which is genuinely hospitable and has breath taking natural beauty, as well as being easily accessible. The ancients definitely knew a good thing and I’m glad I followed their lead!”


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