The blistering heat of the Mediterrainean summer has now arrived with Fethiye and the surrounding resorts including Oludeniz experiencing temperatures in the high 30’s and sometimes low 40’s. But how can you stay cool, calm and collected in such heat?

Fethiye Times have been testing a number of methods of keeping cool over the last few years to see just how good they are and here are our findings.

Change Summer Habits

Ok, this may not sound the most obvious starting point if you are on holiday but rushing around or exerting yourself during the day will get you all hot and bothered.

So stay cool by taking it easy during the hottest parts of the day.

If you can change your daily habits and rest between 11:00am and 4:00pm, the hottest times of the day, you'll be able to save your energy for later in the day when it's cooler.

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Create a natural draft by opening windows

Those readers from the UK may find this an odd concept with indoor rooms often feeling cooler but the draught generated by the difference between the higher outdoor temperature and cooler in door temperature helps to cool the body as it passes over our skin and sweat evaporates.

The circulation of air also helps to keep the air fresher than if we sat in and dry air conditioned room with the doors closed.

The only problem with this method, and one of the reasons why electric fans are used, is that the draught often isn’t consistent or strong enough.

To help make sure you keep any curtains closed to keep out direct sun light as this adds to the room temperature.

Go to the Beach or a Pool

A cool pool works a treat but for those that don’t have a pool and are out and about a dip in the sea will cool you down. However, the temperature of the sea does vary around our coast. The sea within the Fethiye Bay area can be quite warm (25 – 28 degrees centigrade) so the effects will be limited.

beach bag

For a cooler swim you’ll need to go to the beaches south of Oludeniz where cold water springs gush into the sea and bring the water temperature down 3 to 4 degrees.

For the ultimate chill out head to the mountains for an icy dip in a mountain river or visit Saklıkent Gorge – Chill Out Day Out

Take a Cool Bath

If you don’t have a swimming pool but have a bath you can cool down by lying in a cool bath.

Don’t make the bath too cold to start with or you’ll find it uncomfortable but gradually add cold water once you get in until the right mix is achieved.

The cold water will cool you down nicely with the added benefit of cleaning you too!

Of course you could also have a cool shower but we don’t find this as effective as sitting in a cool bath.

Put your feet in a bucket of cold water

Another method that cools your blood making you feel a little more comfortable.

The temperature of water from the tap varies depending on a number of factors. However, in Fethiye the mains water is cold enough to make you wince when you stand under a cold water shower.

Get a bucket or suitable container and put enough cold water in so that when you put your feet in it at least covers you ankles. As your blood circulates around your feet the heat is taken by the water and it cools you down.

Keep your feet submerged for as long as it takes to feel comfortable or your skin becomes prune like.

We have found this method is really effective and also has the added benefit of cleaning them too especially if you add some salts or soap to the water.

Wet Towel

A wet towel or other material placed on the head, neck or wrists will act like a natural fridge for your body.

As the water evaporates from the material it will cool the skin beneath it.

If you are in the privacy of your own home wearing such items probably won’t be a problem once you get over the initial giggles of looking like an Egyptian Mummy.

But remember to be careful not to frighten the neighbours if you venture outside and have forgotten to take the towel off your head!

Go Shopping

This is not a strange as it sounds. All the big supermarkets in Fethiye are air conditioned not only to keep products from spoiling but also to encourage shoppers to escape the searing heat.

An hour or two in the supermarket or the new Erasta Shopping Centre (Doors open to new world for Fethiye: Erasta Shopping and Lifestyle Centre) will therefore cool you down nicely. But you will need to maintain self control and not buy too much.

The new Erasta shopping centre has large open spaces to enjoy
The new Erasta shopping centre has large open spaces to enjoy

Go to the Cinema

The cinema in Fethiye is air conditioned and a great place to spend a hot afternoon assuming a good film is on that is.

If you go to the Hyall Cinema before 6pm on any weekday and all day Wednesday there is a discount.

See our regular weekly article for what's on GO-DO Fethiye – What’s showing at the Hayal Cinema?

What Do You Think?

That’s all the cooling tips we can think of right now but if you have a great idea to share please put it in the comment box below.



  1. I dampen a peshtamel, one of those thin cotton human towels, and put it in the freezer. Then when I go to bed I place this on top, cools me a treat! I hate using the air conditioning, it’s so drying.

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