Here at Fethiye Times we are always chatting about how we can show the place we call home in the best light. It has to be said; these exchanges do sometimes have their moments, like the heated discussion about which restaurant serves the best fish, which beach is the most beautiful and where you have to be for the ultimate sunset experience…

Let’s face it, as our title confirms, Fethiye is more than the sum of its parts… and we could wax lyrical about all this kind of stuff ad infinitum (and often do!). But in the end we decided that there is no better way than to see what everyone else has to say… and to choose some stories to remind you how lucky we are to be living here. We hope that they will get you all booking your flights, so you can come and enjoy being here too… even if it’s just for a fortnight.

Now, let’s get started by looking at some of those parts that, when all joined up, make it such a special place. There’ll be more in the coming weeks…

How safe?

Micheal Buerk tells the Turkish media giant, Hürriyet, that he feels safer in Turkey than he does in London.

We thought, why not start with the latest eulogy to Fethiye? Yesterday you may have read our interview with Michael Buerk.

How safe do people feel in Turkey? In a recent survey about Dalaman International Airport carried out by Kalkan Turkish Local News (KTLN) and Fethiye Times a question was asked about how safe people feel in Turkey.

A massive 96% of respondents said they feel satisfied or very satisfied about their safety in Turkey, with only 1% saying they were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied, and a further 3% were neutral or expressed no opinion.

This image shows data for visitors to Turkey only.

To see the survey in more detail, click here.

How beautiful?

Turkey – where two continents meet

Here is an excerpt from World Luxury Tourism

Turkey is a country that occupies a unique geographic position, lying partly in Asia and partly in Europe. İstanbul is the only city in the world straddling two continents.

Bosphorus Bridge connecting two continents

But Turkey is the meeting place of much more than two continents. Here is a country where oriental splendour and mystery coexist with modernity. It is a meeting point for Christianity and Islam and home to many past civilizations including Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans. Three seas bound its three sides and seven geographical regions beckon, each with its own scenery. Its geographical diversity means it is possible to experience four different climates in one day. It is a beautiful country replete with mountains, rivers, valleys and waterfalls.

How big?

The scale of Turkey can be hard to comprehend for many who have not been in the country before but fly over the vast expanses of Anatolia on your way from Istanbul to Dalaman and you’ll soon realise.

Turkey covers an area of 779,452 square kilometers (300,948 square miles) and has a population of 72,907,000.

Let’s compare that with the United Kingdom which covers an area of 242,910 square kilometers (93,788 square miles) and has a population of 60,068,000.

It’s clear from the figures on this map that Turkey is over three time larger than the UK but with a relatively smaller population. And if that doesn’t convince you, take a look at this.

How far?

This means that distances within Turkey are much greater than in the UK.

For example it is 780 km (484 miles) from Fethiye to Istanbul. It is 775 km (482 miles) from London to Dundee.

From Fethiye to Aleppo is (668 miles). London to Berlin is 1093 km (679 miles).

Visit for the latest travel advice including safety and security, entry requirements, travel warnings and health.

Click here to read official statements on tourism in Turkey since declaration of State of Emergency.

How long?

Fethiye has much to offer visitors – breath taking beauty, historical sites, good hotels, wonderful weather, delicious food and warm Turkish hospitality.

Cuisine from the Hatay region at Mozaik Bahçe

All you need to do it decide how long your holiday is going to be…

We hope to see you in Fethiye this summer.


  1. Have been going to Turkey for 23yrs have always felt safe love the country people and the food is fab.Have been to. Many places in the world but Turkey is a firm favourite