Spring is just around the corner, the days are getting longer, the weather is sunny and warm (most days) and wildflowers and trees are starting to bloom. Sunday was a beautiful, bright, sunny day, perfect for getting out for a drive and enjoying one of the many local scenic routes.

We would like to share some of these routes with you, starting with a circular drive that takes you on roads that wind upwards through the forests and meander along the coast road back to Fethiye.

A different perspective

A road and bays that you may have only seen from a boat (or not at all), stunning views, the heady scent of pine trees and the sound of silence, occasionally interrupted by the birds singing and the putt putt of a fishing boat way off in the distance.

The route

Start from Fethiye Marina and head towards Karagözler and the boatyard.

The road through Karagözler to the boatyard

Pass through the boatyard where, depending upon the time of year, you will see the age old tradition of building and maintaining traditional wooden boats.

Drive slowly through the boatyard
This 42m traditional wooded gulet, the Tersane 8, was built in the Fethiye boatyard in 2011

Continue through the boatyard until you come to the Marina Boutique Hotel and turn lef, heading towards Hillside Beach Club.

Turn left and head towards Hillside Beach Club

Instantly you leave behind the busy boatyard and wind up the forest clad mountain road.

The forest clad road winds up the mountain behind Karagözler

The scenery

Stopping to enjoy the views is highly recommended (as long as it is safe to do so)

A mist-shrouded Fethiye with the majestic, snow capped Akdağ in the background

Karagözler recedes into the distance as you climb higher.

Last glimpse of Fethiye before you reach the top of the mountain.

Which way?

Turn right at the top of the mountain and head towards Kuleli Beach Club – back towards Fethiye. (You can drive down to Hillside Beach Club however the road ends at the gates to the complex.)

Turn right and head towards Kuleli Beach Club

Breathtaking views across Fethiye Bay

Tantalising glimpses of the view through the trees

Or places where the view is unbroken.

Stop off at one of the bays you have only previously seen from a boat

Buyuk Boncuklu

Drink in the sheer beauty of it all

Almost back

Red Island (Kızılada) from the coast road.

First glimpse of Fethiye

Buyuk Samalık Köyu – getting ready for the season

Looking across the bay to Çalış

Past Club and Hotel Letoonia

And back to Fethiye

We hope you have enjoyed the first of our scenic routes.

Drive safely!