Like many of our readers who love Fethiye, Ölüdeniz, Çalış and indeed other parts of Turkey, we have been reading about what is happening in this part of the world and have been angered, saddened and horrified in turn. On some occasions we have also been reassured.
For sure, over the months and years there have also been many tragic stories about other parts of the world too, many of which have long been popular destinations for holidays and breaks and that hopefully will continue to be.
Currently, it’s that time of year when people are beginning to think about where to go on holiday, whether to try somewhere new, or maybe return to familiar haunts, and we have decided to share some of the articles that we think offer the most rational assessments and opinions about taking a holiday in the Fethiye and Muğla region.
Which camp do you belong to?
These articles generally fall into three camps: ones written by people who already live here and see with their own eyes what is happening, and those who live outside Turkey but know and love the country. There is of course a third group who, it would appear, neither know the country, the culture of the language but still feel entitled to inflict their opinions on a biased media for news hungry readers.
A positive take
On the assumption that you are reading this because you are interested in Fethiye and would like to or visit for the first time, or continue to visit, we suggest you read this article by Turcophile, Simon Calder in last week’s Independent. Apart from his advice not to rent a car, we wholeheartedly agree with him.
The second article we consider useful is on a blog written by Jeremy Seal on his new website, Somewhere Wonderful. Jeremy has lived and travelled in Turkey and written some excellent books and articles too.
In these articles both Calder and Seal depict a media that has (obviously) been focused on the horrors of the southeast, Ankara and Istanbul. However, they draw their readers’ attention to the charm, hospitality and culture of the peaceful and beautiful southwest and a part of the country popular with tourists, which is hundreds of kilometres from the hotspots.
A few months ago we wrote an article about our favourite blogs, which are written by foreign nationals that live in the country. This is another good way of keeping up to speed with everyday life in areas like Fethiye, Ölüdeniz and Bodrum.
Ölüdeniz cheers up London
The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism is already marketing this part of Turkey with London buses emblazoned, brightening up the winter weather with glorious pictures of some of our favourite places. This was spotted recently in Shoreditch, London.
Have you seen any marketing for Turkey in and around where you live?
What do you think?
Finally, we would like to hear from you, our readers, with your thoughts about coming to Fethiye this year.