In 1958 an earthquake levelled the seaside city of Fethiye (feh-tee-yeh), sparing only the remains of the ancient city of Telmessos. More than half a century on, it is once again a prosperous hub of the western Mediterranean, and a major base for gület (Turkish yacht) cruises. Despite its booming growth, Fethiye is low-key for its size, due mostly to restrictions on high-rise buildings and the transitory nature of the gület business, which brings travellers flocking here between April and October.


With its sheltered (and protected) lagoon beside a lush national park, a long spit of sandy beach and Baba Dağ (Mt Baba) casting its shadow across the sea, Ölüdeniz (eu-leu-den-eez), 15km south of Fethiye, is a dream sprung from a glossy brochure. Problem is, like most beautiful destinations, it has become a victim of its own package-tourism success – in high summer the motionless charms of the ’Dead Sea’ are swamped by the Paradise Lost of the tacky adjoining town.

Karacaören Cove

Bay is located 2.25 Nm east of Dökükbaşı Burun. There is a large restaurant set on the north side of the bay, built 20 feet above the waters edge, on stilts  with a long veranda style seating area giving magnificent views to the east towards Ölü Deniz and the enormous mountain of Baba Dağ thrusting up 1,969 metres.  You can witness some stunning colours reflecting off the mountains steep scree sides when the evening sun sets giving a number of different golden sheens.

This bay lies on W of Karacaören Island where numerous Byzantine ruins are seen on the island. There are sea-level rocks and reefs in the passage. The passage between these rocks and Karacaören Island is free of obstruction. Keep close to the island side.

A boardwalk climbs the hill. Tremendous view overlooking the bay. Prevailing winds have little effect in the bay and swell from the southerlies is relatively light. Drop your anchor in 10 - 15 m to the sandy bottom and take a line ashore. The water is clear and there is a restaurant with a quay where moorings are tailed on quay.

When you are ready for a meal at the  restaurant you can either dinghy ashore or call the restaurant dinghy to come and collect you. The restaurant has toilets and showers for you to use.
The food is delightful and their salads accompanying the main meal and meze are delicious.  You may find the owner will serenade you during your meal with his violin.  Freshly baked bread is available in the morning before you move on. The restaurant also has its own day tripper boat and a number of water sport toys you can sample if you so wish.

Anchor in 6 - 10 metres (20 - 33 feet) in the west side of the bay, with a line ashore, or on the north side with a line ashore to a rough stone quay. There are insufficient depths to go right up to the quay. The bottom is thick weed over sand, with some rocks, and the holding can be unreliable.

Kisik Harbour

Between the Thin Nose and the Perforated Nose in its north, the large borehole, which is recessed towards the narrow cove to which the Bosphorus Peninsula is bound, is covered with pine forest to the high slopes and the olive grove is on the opposite side. The opposite side is narrowed to the west, where they can be anchored and held in the southern shore, feeling lonely.

Gemiler Island

The prettiest island in the Mediterranean; if there’s one thing you make a point of doing whilst visiting the Fethiye region in Turkey, then make it a visit to Gemiler Island. This historical island is filled with history, incredible views onto the Mediterranean and is even though to be the birthplace of Saint Nicholas (Father Christmas!)

Although small (1 km x 400 m wide), the island is packed full of history and things to see. The island was inhabited in Lycian times (1500 BCE). The Lycians were first attested by the Ancient Greeks and the Hittite empire in the late bronze age. Although not much is known about this collection of city-states, it is known that they had a form of democratic government and children took their mother’s last name rather than their father’s.

The island is supposedly where St Nicholas is buried. The saint, best known for secret giving by placing coins in the shoes of people who had left them out for him. Did you know that Father Christmas was originally green but changed to red because of Coca-Cola?

Perhaps the biggest peculiarity about this island is the fact that there is no fresh water and so everything has to be transported to the island by boat. Perhaps this is why the traditional name for the island in Turkish is ‘Gemiler Adasi’ (Boat Island)

Kalevezi Island

A creek indenting to the west is called as Soğuksu Limanı. A bight on S between the rocks, allows room for just two boats. There is a cool spring on W where swimming is a real delight. There is a nice beach at the head of the cove. Boats drop anchor in 6-8m off the beach and take a line ashore. The bay is open to southerlies.

The settings are attractive and this anchorage is very popular. This pretty bay used to be the port for Kayaköy village. A path goes up to hill to the abandoned village. A tomb from Lycians is on the hill.

The creek indenting to E at the head of Bektaş Cove is called Mersin Limanı. It is surrounded by steep hills and pine trees. This creek is relatively smaller than Soğuksu, but it affords better sheltering from the prevailing winds and this anchorage gets less crowded.

Drop anchor in 6-9m on the sand bottom and get a line ashore. There are reefs off the coast and strong southerlies push swell in. Mersin Limanı is an isolated creek, it can not be accessible by land.









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