South to Fethiye
Fethiye Travel Blog› entry 13 of 29 › view all entries
Today we were heading to Fethiye, after finishing up packing we headed up to the terrace for breakfast. Cuneyt was kind enough to drive us to the bus station even though it wasn’t very far! We got on the Dolmus which would take us as far as Aydin about 1 hour away and from there we would have to change on to a larger bus then it would be a 5 hour bus journey to Fethiye. The distance wasn’t great but the country to the South is very mountainous with windy roads which would make the journey slow. Our Dolmus ride was comfortable and at Aydin we had a 10 minute wait before we got onto our luxury Kamilkoch bus. While we were waiting for the bus it gave me a chance to study the buses and the layout of the bus station. I have to say Turkey is very well setup with its public transport, there are several bus companies each having their own booth and advertising clearly where they go, so to travel as a tourist is pretty easy. The buses are nearly all Mercedes Benz and some of the best I have ever seen one look like a space vehicle! Our bus was really nice and the attendants were dressed up wearing waistcoats and dicky bows, very cute. During the bus journey I took the opportunity to catch up on the diary, glancing out the window now and then to take in the scenery. As we neared Dalyman the scenery became more mountainous, some mountains even snow capped it was gorgeous, the roads also became more windy. We passed through the picturesque town of Dalyan which looked stunning with its scenic bay backed by mountains, an hour later we arrived in Fethiye. My first impressions were disappointment, the town we pulled into seemed dull and I hoped the hotel we picked wasn’t here but to my relief Zehra informed me we were staying more out of town towards Olundiz. We got off the bus then had to get a Dolmus which took us 15 minutes into Hisaronu a suburb closer to Olundeniz. Our hotel suburb looked very touristy and village like. Then I spotted it the stamp of England was plastered all over the place, we passed a chippy, a pub called Boozey and a restaurant named after Robin Hood! my heart sank, oh no Turkey had disappeared and has been replaced by little Britain! The hotel staff were not there to meet us even though Zehra had phoned them 20 minutes beforehand! They came after 5 minutes and took us to the hotel which turned out to be lovely, large spacious rooms with smart bathrooms and even a balcony with views to the surrounding mountains.
Zehra and I went for a walk into town to get some food, there were clear signs everywhere that the season hadn’t started yet, empty pools and empty streets the place was a ghost town! We passed by a travel agent and decided to stop to see what tours were on offer, we looked at a trip to Dalyan where we could do the mud baths and see the Lycian tombs, another trip would take us to Saklikent Gorge. The upside was the tours sounded good the downside was that the one’s we wanted to do were on the days we wouldn’t be here or they were cancelled because there wasn’t enough people. We moved on as we were hungry, we stopped at a place called Rumble Tums for dinner and the food was really nice, I even got myself a nice cup of English Tea! The waiter was from Cappadocia so he gave us some useful information about getting there by bus so we decided not to continue on along the coast but to head up to Konya next. After dinner we wondered through the town which to its credit was very pretty with its mountainous backdrop, the town itself looked very Alpine and had a village look and feel but it was so not Turkish. The English has clearly taken over here, every restaurant had full English breakfast on the menu which was tempting but I would rather wait until I got to England! Prices were in pounds, shops, restaurants and bars had English names and apart from the shop keepers and restaurant waiter staff it was spot the Turk! We wondered into a sunglasses shop which had all the top name brands like your Oakley, Ray Bans and Dior just to name a few! The shop owner was delighted we had been his first customer all day! We chatted with him for a while and got the gossip on the area, turned out that over 3,500 English live in the town and there used to be more but most didn’t like it and went home. Also the volcanic eruption in Iceland had affected the flights from the UK to Turkey so hence why there were no tourists as yet! The English we did see either lived here or were stranded here! I bought myself a pair of fake Dior sunglasses for a mere 25Lira which made our salesman’s day. We wondered a few more shops before stopping at a place for a pot of English chai! Sleeping was going to be bliss tonight, no traffic and no other guests!