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?

Ölüdeniz beaches: Turkey's tourist icon
Ölüdeniz beaches: Turkey’s tourist icon

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.

Galata Tower in Istanbul
Galata Tower in Istanbul

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

A holiday to Turkey - the great reward
Ölüdeniz brightens up a winter day in 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.

 

14 COMMENTS

  1. Why would you not travel to this beautiful part of the country? By all means be vigilant and behave sensibly, showing respect for your host country. Not to visit just hands a victory to those who would cause mayhem in the name of religion.

  2. Been visiting the Fethiye region for over 30years and encourage many to come and experience the area for them selves.Many friends and neighbours have done just that and return time and time again with not one regret.Some not many though say “Oh don’t go Turkey it’s dangerous”….I say how can you say that when you’ve never even stepped foot in the country.Hate their negative views..
    From people who have been and I’ve spoken too on many occasions ….the feed back has been on the plus side every time.
    To anybody who reads this…come and enjoy Fethiye you won’t be dissapointed Summer or Winter.

  3. I will be visiting Fethiye in April for a week having been to Oludeniz twice. I love the area, the people, the culture, the food. I think lots of people who have never been to Turkey have a very skewed idea of the country and what it is like. My sister was one of those people, until she heard my stories and saw my pictures and actually visited herself last summer and loved it too. Roll on April that’s what I say!

  4. We came to Turkey for the first time 6 years ago .I wasn’t keen but my husband had worked in Turkey for a month many years before, loved it and wanted to return. I’m glad he did. Ifell in love with the country, its people and its culture. We have been every year since. We have booked to come again this year. As the gentleman said in a previous comment. You have to be vigilant , be aware of what is happening around you. But don’t let the terrorist s win . see you in September fethiye.

  5. Its not possible for us to stay away from Fethiye, we are hooked !! Love it so much, its what sees us through the dark and gloomy weather of the UK. We bought our own place in 2014 and have loved every minute of being in this beautiful and friendly country.

  6. My wife and myself have been going to Fethiye, Hisaronu, Olu Deniz, staying in Ovacik for the past 22 years. We have never had any problems in all that time from any of the Turkish people .We are back there this year at our normal time of year (Sept-Oct) and looking forward to catching up with our many friends we have met over the years. In 2004 at the Apart Hotel that we call our 2nd home where the staff and owner are really great people and great friends. I will recommend the area to anyone who asks.

  7. Thanks for sharing this. We have been on holiday in this wonderful area of Turkey for over seven years. We haven’t had a holiday for the last three years and last year booked for this summer. I have got to say I am very anxious as I have three children and recent events have made me question many times whether we should continue with our holiday. I know if I changed the destination I would regret it as we have many happy memories from our time spent in Hisaronu, Ovacik and Olu Deniz. These atrocities are happening all over the world…I never thought for one moment I would have to think about where I travel because of the threat of terrorism. It’s so so sad.

  8. We have already booked flights for June & September for Dalaman this year and staying in Calis – We love the area in and around Fethyie, Calis, OluDeniz, Fethyie for a start – The people are so welcoming, the food is great and so much to see and do. Fantastic value for money too.
    We have made many friends in the area since we first visited the area 7 years ago (Turkish, Ex-pats & European) – We feel that there are risks anywhere in the world these days especially major cities sadly. Personally I feel more secure in Turkey especially in the Airports with their strict security- although the roads are a bit scarey sometimes, I would change that if I could.

  9. Agree with all the above comments,been to Calis for the last ten years and couldn’t really fault it.Smashing local folk and it would be a shame to miss out.There’s so much to see and do so get to it and support the local economy and a couple of weeks in the sun to recharge the batteries!

  10. We have been resident here in Fethiye for almost 11 years and truly love it. We have no fear by being here. On the other hand we would be dubious about visiting London.
    We have made some very good Turkish friends.
    Why should the monority dictate to the majority. This is a beautiful part of Turkey and the world.

  11. We first visited Olu Deniz in 1997 and have returned every year since, sometimes three times a year. We have made a lot of friends during our visits, and one very good friend in particular who actually built our property in Uzumlu assisting us in the legal side until completion. Since having the property in Uzumlu we have made many more friends, such a friendly and welcoming place.
    There are risks anywhere in the world but we feel safe and secure knowing we have friends that we can call upon when needed.

  12. I HAVE BEEN COMING TO THIS PART OF TURKEY FOR 13 YEARS AND IT IS TOTALLY AMAZING, SAFE AND BEAUTIFUL. I LOVED IT SO MUCH ME AND MY NEW WIFE GOT MARRIED ON BILLY’S BEACH LAST SEPTEMBER AND I AM ALREADY BOOKED FOR THIS SEPTEMBER. I COULD NOT EMPTHASISE AT HOW NICE THIS REGION IS AND WOULD ARGUE WITH ANYONE WHO SAYS OTHERWISE – I WILL ALWAYS COME HERE AND WILL ALWAYS PROMOTE THIS AREA TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY FOR THEM TO EXPERIENCE IT

  13. I live in Istanbul and despite all the negative publicity feel safe, I will visit south west Turkey at the end of March…..can’t wait.

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