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Telmessos tombs

Had a sleep in, woke up to the sound of chickens and the rooster, makes a change from traffic! Breakfast was made for us rather than a buffet which meant you had what you were given. I gave half of mine to Zehra, tomatoes and cucumbers aren't my idea of a tasty breakfast.  This morning we were going to check out some more travel agents, most of them were shut!  We went back to the first one and tried to find out what we could do with our Tuesday. The chap made phone call after phone call and we didn’t seem to be getting anywhere so in the end I grew impatient and said we would do our own thing.  We caught a Dolmus into the main part of Fethiye so we could go and explore the Lycian Tombs which I read in the Lonely Planet you could walk to. The tombs were on the side of a hill overlooking the town; the bus driver was kind enough to drop us off near the road up to them.  We walked up the steep road and could clearly see then embedded into the cliff face.  The ancient tombs of Telmessos were carved into the rock back in 350 BC. Some of the tombs you could see from the walking track, the larger one we could walk up to and go inside. The entrance was 8 lira’s and you climbed up a steep staircase to get to the tomb, during our climb we came across a tortoise so stopped and picked him up!  There wasn’t much in the tomb and it was shallow, part of the door was missing so you could see inside, the part you could see would have held 3 people. The views from the tomb were excellent you could see over Fethiye and out to the sea.

We walked back down and caught the Dolmus back to our hotel where I grabbed some swimmers as we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon in Olundeniz.  The Dolmus ride to Olundeniz was lovely, it was only a few kilometres away and you wound down a steep hill and I wished I could have stopped to take a photo as the views were amazing. Olundeniz was locked in a bay back by mountains and cliffs.  On the way down we saw some lovely homes and hotels, it sought of reminded me of the Amalfi Coast in Italy.  We got off at the last stop which was the beach and tried to see where the lagoon was that you see in all the postcards and brochures, it’s the most photographed beach in Turkey. it wasn’t obvious to start with until a sign pointed us to the right in the direction of the National Park.  I expected to find the lagoon jutting out as headland back at the shopping area, but it was tucked away in a park.

Telmessos tombs
  The entrance to the park was 4 lira and we walked through a well laid out pathway surrounded by lovely greenery. Now and then we would pass a changing room and they were the smartest I had ever seen, some made of stone and some of would.  The whole park was very well done and landscaped. It was quite a walk to the tip of the lagoon and when I got there I was surprised to find that it was all very low key. There was one kiosk and a few sunbeds, some paddle boats and canoes you could hire. There wasn’t many people as it wasn’t a particularly warm day and it was still early in the season, I imagine in summer it would be packed with people.  We walked on one side of the lagoon and stopped to have a look at the beach, some tourists were trying to get close to a family of geese until one goose chased her, it was funny to watch.  The beach wasn’t what I expected, in the photo’s it looked sandy but it was small white pebbles. We followed the crazy paving path around the edge of the beach as the beach itself was hard to walk on!  We picked a spot to sit the other side of the lagoon and settled ourselves onto a couple of sunbeds. I thought I would try the water; it was crystal clear but freezing cold so I changed my mind about going for a swim! It was also painful on the feet getting in and out of the water; I really didn’t like these stones.  We were quite happy laying on the sunbeds and enjoying the sun until the owner of the sunbeds came along and wanted 18 liras for the privilege, we quickly moved on!  We were getting hungry anyway so we headed back to the main beach to have a late lunch. On the walk back we stopped to look at some day cruise boats, Zehra asked about them and the guy told us they do daily trips around the local Islands and that had one going for tomorrow. For 25 lira including lunch we booked ourselves on it, good Tuesday was sorted!  We stopped for lunch in a beachside cafe we got seating right next to the beach.  Since we were in little Britain we both had jacket potato with baked beans and cheese! It even came with a large salad, bargain for 10 lira!  Zehra got chatting with the waiter and asked him outright why so many Turkish men had English girlfriends! As it was something we picked up on in our short time here.  He said all his friends either had an English wife or girlfriend! mmm I guess that explains why there are so many blue eyed Turks in this region!!!

After lunch we found the main shopping strip and ducked in and out of the fake brand leather shops, jewellery shops and clothes. The only one we bought something from was a fake brand clothes shop where Zehra and I bought tops. We passed one shop with funny teashirts so the shop owner posed for me with one t shirt I would have liked but wouldn’t be game enough to wear! It was getting late in the afternoon so we headed back to the hotel for a quiet night but not first without getting a tasty ice cream,  Zehra’s was Mulberry and Chocolate and mine was Pistachio.

 

davroy says:
It's all sounding fabulous, Jaynie!
Posted on: Apr 23, 2010
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Telmessos tombs
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Found this little fella walking up…
Found this little fella walking u…
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Telmessos tombs
Sitting on the tomb steps with Fet…
Sitting on the tomb steps with Fe…
Telmessos tomb
Telmessos tomb
Inside Telmessos tomb
Inside Telmessos tomb
Fethiye from the tomb
Fethiye from the tomb
Fethiye
Fethiye
View of Fethiye
View of Fethiye
View of Fethiye
View of Fethiye
Walking track in the National Park…
Walking track in the National Par…
The flashy changing rooms at Olund…
The flashy changing rooms at Olun…
Walking track around the Olundeniz…
Walking track around the Olundeni…
Geese in the lagoon
Geese in the lagoon
Its cold!
Its cold!
Enjoying the sunbed at Olundeniz l…
Enjoying the sunbed at Olundeniz …
Taking a dip in the lagoon of Olun…
Taking a dip in the lagoon of Olu…
Lagoon at Olundeniz
Lagoon at Olundeniz
Lagoon at Olundeniz with its pebbl…
Lagoon at Olundeniz with its pebb…
Olundeniz lagoon
Olundeniz lagoon
Olundeniz lagoon
Olundeniz lagoon
Olundeniz lagoon
Olundeniz lagoon
Beach at Olundeniz
Beach at Olundeniz
Am I reading it right!
Am I reading it right!
Shall I buy this for hubby!!!
Shall I buy this for hubby!!!
A touch of English in Olundeniz
A touch of English in Olundeniz
Olundeniz taken from the bus
Olundeniz taken from the bus
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