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Oludeniz in the winter is so quiet in the week days but can get quite busy at the weekends.

I like the beach in the winter time  .. the whole of the beach to yourself. Even in the winter months it can be quite warm down  at Oludeniz. There are only one or two restaurants open in the winter .. Sea Horse and Kumsal Pide ... Kumsal Pide being my favourite .. Pide being one of my favourite snacks.

A lot of work is now going on in Oludeniz  as the season is approaching .. to name but a few .. Harrys Bar on the front near to the main strip is having a new roof bar added. Cloud 9 Restaurant, opposite Harrys Bar  has been demolished and getting rebuilt. The Hang out Café/Bar, at the side of Cloud 9, is being refurbished. A new row of shops is in the process of being built on the main strip opposite Cherry Chow Chinese  Restaurant at the end of Tonoz Beach Hotel. A lot of hotels in the area are doing lots of refurbishment and make overs. And three new hotels being built ready for the summer season.

You can get to Oludeniz in the winter by dolmus, bus, from Fethiye main terminus by the mosque  hourly on the hour.

There are two web camera`s in Oludeniz .. one is at Buzz Beach Bar ..

The other camera being at Tonoz Beach Hotel ...

Both these camera`s are "Live" but on occasions can be shown as "off line" at times  .. so be patient and try again later to see , what can be, lovely views of a sunny blue sky and sea .. even in the middle of winter.

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Gemiler Beach is a small private beach a short drive past Kayakoy.

The beach is  mainly a shingle beach with two café/bars on it. The main café/bar is on the left as you approach the beach. This café/bar is run by the local Mutah, village elder and his family.

When at the beach, a charge of 2.5 tl entrance fee payable per person, you can just sit back and enjoy the sun and the sea and relax or you can take part in one or two of the water sports that are run from the beach.... a banana boat trip around the bay, doughnut boat trip around the bay, a short boat trip over to the adjacent Island, St Nicholas Island, jet skiing or just swim out to the floating platform in the bay. The beach is surrounded by forest and there are a number of footpath walks through the forest which are well sign posted if you are looking for a little shade from the hot sun.

You can get to Gemiler by car or dolmus, bus, by driving through Hisaronu and on through  Kayakoy. The journey is approximately 15 kms from Hisaronu. The dolmus leaves Fethiye main dolmus terminal near the big Mosque on the hour and half past the hour in the main summer season ... out of season the dolmus run one an hour to Kayakoy and then its a walk of some 7 kms to Gemiler Beach.

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The photo today is of Calis Beach .. a long shingle beach that seems to go on for miles.

Calis is approximately  a 15  minute drive from Fethiye. You can also get to Calis by dolmus, bus, by water taxi or walk along the new promenade linking Fethiye to Calis,

Its a lovely walk along the promenade  ... many new bars and café/restaurants along the way to try out. The water taxi leaves from Fethiye Harbour on the hour and half past the hour and takes 30 minutes to cross to Calis and at 5 tl each way is really good value. The dolmus run every few minutes from the main dolmus terminus by the big mosque in Fethiye and are only a few kurus each way.

Calis itself is a long beach with many café bars and restaurants that provide many different types of food from Turkish to Mediterranean and English food to Chinese and Indian.

Calis is a family resort with many hotels either on the sea front or only a short walk away.

Calis is one of the best places to visit at dusk for the sun sets .. with a back drop overlooking the bay and the twelve islands what better view could you ask for while having dinner in one of the many promenade restaurants.

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Today's photo is a view over Fethiye taken from the back road from Karagozler to Kayakoy. The road winds its way up the mountain and then descends into Kayakoy village. There are two or three 'walks', mainly through the forest, that go off this road...these are well signposted and will take you back into Karagozler or through Ovacik.

In the picture you can see for many miles on a clear day, across the bay to Gocek in the distance with Calis to the right.

All the boats going out on trips from Fethiye Harbour, go out across this bay. Sightings of dolphins have been seen in the bay by people out on boat trips...I've not been lucky enough to see them myself in Fethiye bay but I have seen them in Oludeniz.

Fethiye is a working town...It is open all the year round, unlike Ovacik, Oludeniz, Hisaronu and Calis, which are seasonal resorts.

Last year, Fethiye council opened a new Park and Square near to the harbour...more photos of these areas will come later. To the right of the photo is the Cultural Centre - a blue painted building. A major event to be held at the Cultural Centre is the 'Fethiye International Culture and Arts Festival'. This will be held between the 3rd and 11th May. In the new town square, beside the cultural centre, will be nightly concerts.

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As its Easter what better way to say "Happy Easter" than with a photo looking towards Fethiye from above the boat yard at Karagozler in Fethiye. 

Karagozler is easy to get to... you can walk along the harbour past the Marina and continue along the bay till you reach the little village or you can get a Dolmus (bus), from the terminus in Fethiye by the big Mosque. The Dolmus run every few minutes and cost only a few kurus.

For those who are feeling energetic you can continue to walk through Karagozler around the headland... this walk will take approx three hours to complete and is a circular tour bringing you back to your starting point in Karagozler.

The walk is worth it as on route there are many bays you can visit... a lot of the bays have a cafe/bar for refreshments. Enjoy.

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