This ‘Top Five‘ series is proving to be a great way of sharing our love of Fethiye and reminding our readers what an interesting, genuine, quirky Turkish town it is.
This week we are sharing our favourite photo opportunities. Fethiye has an abundance of photogenic scenery, characterful people and unique places; all perfect for capturing some remarkable shots. So, whether you’re a consummate professional, or enthusiastic amateurs like us, it’s well worth visiting some or all of these places.
Even beginners needn’t be nervous! As long as you remember to take the lens cap off, and have a steady hand, it’s virtually certain that you’ll end up with a bunch of shots to be proud of.
It’s all in the timing!
Choose the best time of day: some places are perfect early in the morning, others in the evening when the sun is going down and the shadows are longer.
As always, our top five are in no particular order and could include so many other equally beautiful, interesting places. As a result you may have other ideas, so please feel free to share your favourite photo locations with us and our readers.
You can drive to the top of this (nearly) 2,000 metres mountain if you’re brave enough, go paragliding from Ölüdeniz (a must), or get a dolmuş to the top. For more information for the last option visit www.fethiyetravel.info. We recommend late afternoon, and especially the time around sunset.
Early morning – around sunrise – maybe too early for some but it’s well worth the effort. If you’re not an early riser try the late afternoon when the shadows are longer. If you’re looking for a complete experience, start from the far side of the valley overlooking the old town. Wander around the ruins and find some amazing angles and perspectives. If you are staying in the valley it’s easy to get there. If you have your own transport it’s simple too but if you’re depending on public transport go for a taxi or dolmuş, unless you’re into long walks.
Çalış beach sunset
We love Çalış at sunset. The views over the sea from the beach bars are awesome. There are buses, plenty of parking for private cars and too many bars to count while you wait for the perfect shot.
This little gem is a must if you love land and seascape photography.
A few hundred metres off the popular Gemile Beach, it can be accessed by road to the beach but then you’ll have to organise a boat. Wear walking shoes and as with all walks during the summer months, take water. Please note that there is a ticket office (8TL) and it open between 9am -8pm.
The boat yard, markets, Paspatur and the older districts along the hillside, all offer a multitude of atmospheric shots.
If you want to photograph a person, especially close up, please be respectful and ask their permission first. The same applies to work spaces. More often than not they will say yes.
Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!