Despite the naming and numbering of streets and roads people still use landmarks to give and use directions. But a good map or Google is the best friend for those navigating around the town.
Fethiye streets are either named or numbered depending on their status.
Key roads into and out of the town are named. For example the main road from Calis to Gunlukbasi is named after the famous Turkish singer and musician Baris Manco.
Side streets are numbered beginning with Sokak or street number and signed – see the picture above.
Sokak 2 street marks the start of the Fethiye street numbers out near the boat yard. They end, we think, at Sokak 1500 out in Karagedik where the Fethiye boundary ends and the Ciftlik boundary begins.
But the knowledge of how the system works seems to be lost on nearly everyone including taxi drivers who you would think would have some idea.
So instead people use key land marks to give directions. For example to find Calis Beach from the bus station the following directions would be typical:
“Go over the Mugla Makas, turn left at Kipa, right before the Maliye then carry on past the Devlet Hospital until the Dolphin roundabout when you turn left.”
Those directions are fine if you know Fethiye and that you have been around long enough to remember where the Dolphin roundabout was before it was removed some time ago!
The lost and confused may now be helped by some new signs that the Council has added to key interchanges around town.
The signs are small but do at last give the key junctions a name that can be confirmed by travellers following directions.
So now the junction to Calis Beach is helpfully called Calis Plaji Kavsagi – Calis Beach Interchange.
If you are visiting Fethiye for the first time and you want to tour around you should call into the Tourist Information office near the antique theatre and ask for a street map (ask directions if you don’t know where that landmark is) or call up Google maps. The latter has an excellent map of Fethiye including street numbers and road names and will even show you directions from one street to another if you ask it to.
Finally, beware of false directions. Following years of getting lost we have found that you need to ask at least three people for directions before making a decision as to which way to go.
Why? Because even if the person you are asking doesn’t know the directions they will often make them up just to be ‘helpful.