There are times during the summer months in Fethiye when the sun gets just that little bit too warm; admittedly not for all of us but certainly for some. What’s more, it isn’t always possible or even desirable to stay inside, close the shutters, rev up the air conditioning, and sit with your feet in a bowl of iced water, even if you wanted to.

For most of us the Number One Chill Venue has to be the beach with regular dips in the sea when the heat gets too much.

Fethiye's Top 5 places to chill

If you can choose how to spend your day, here are a few of the Fethiye Times team’s favourite places to chill… while enjoying and supporting local businesses.

Fethiye’s Top 5

Highlands and mountains

Mile high dining is a wonderful experience
Mile high dining is a wonderful experience

Babadağ

A great place to visit on a hot day. At nearly 2,000 metres it is always considerably cooler than sea level. If you have a car it’s possible to drive or there is a regular bus service to the top of Babadağ and Zirve Cafe.

Join the mile high dining club
Join the mile high dining club

Girdev

The same applies to the highland pastures (Yayla) above Fethiye.  and hire cars or tour buses will take you to the most remote, outlying districts of Fethiye and Antalya: Girdev, Nif, Çameli, Elmali and Seki, to name a few.

The view from Çaldağ, one of the mountains near Nif
The view from Çaldağ, one of the mountains near Nif

A shady café or seaside haunt

Çalış beach
Çalış beach

Most of Fethiye’s shore side cafés have shady places outside and some have air conditioned indoor spaces too. If they don’t, more and more are stirring the hot, still outside air with electric fans.

A gulet cruise

No summer in Fethiye is complete without a gulet cruise around the bays, or a sail across the gulf. And if you aren’t in a position to head off into the blue for a week or longer, Fethiye and Ölüdeniz have a wide choice of daily gulets, some small for private hire and some large and bustling, for a fun day at sea. Whichever you choice you are guaranteed to have a grand day out, with amazing panoramas, swims and food.

Saklıkent

As cool as a mountain stream. Very cool. Sit in the water at Saklikent for a full on chill, relax with your feet in the water, feeling it percolate up your body, or stroll along the walkway, and experience Turkey’s natural air conditioning.

Cool shopping

Many shops in Fethiye have air conditioning. Why not combine the two; staying cool and shopping, especially with this summer’s excellent exchange rates.

The multi-screen cinemas are cool spots too.

Fethiye's Top 5 places to chill

We also like visiting the museum, from time to time, which has very effective air conditioning and a hoard of local statues and other goodies to explore and examine. If you fancy traveling farther afield try at trip to Sagalossos, Cadianda or Tlos.

Remember that whenever you go out in the sun to take your sun protection with you. At altitude or at sea, even though it might feel cooler, the sun is still extremely hot and protection from the damaging rays is always advisable.

Of course you may have your own ideas about where it’s great to cool down. Do share them with us…

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