We mention quite a lot on this blog that we rather enjoy our winters in Turkey. In Fethiye, life slows right down to a pace much more agreeable to our systems and the bays and coves around the area become deserted; perfect picnic spots for tired legs after a long trek.
Last winter, we did a few posts about different beaches we visited over the winter months. We included some photos of a beautiful, crisp January day along Belcekiz Beach in Ölü Deniz and we also visited our favourite bay in the Fethiye area; Gemiler Bay. Crystal blue sea, one barman, one other customer besides us; it felt like the bay was ours for as long as we wanted it to be.
A 'crowded' Gemiler BayContrast those winter photos with these summer scenes I took last week. If you're a beachy person and have been to many of the world's crowded beaches you'll be forgiven thinking that Gemiler bay doesn't look too busy. It wasn't - but for Gemiler standards, it was packed.
Gemiler has been discovered by picnicking Turkish families. Large families huddled between the forest trees, barbecuing, brewing çay (Turkish tea) on the barbecue grills, sharing seasonal fruits around, kids charging through the forests and careering into the sea. This isn't a moan. I could spend a full day people watching and it will always fascinate me how Turks manage a picnic day. If there was a Picnicking World Chamionship competition, I'm pretty sure Turkey would win easily.
A jet ski setting off from the beach at GemilerBut, with people come money-making opportunities. How do people make money in a bay with beautiful mountain scenery and calm waters? With petrol-filled jet skis and speedboats and whatever contraptions can be tied to the back of a speedboat that will hurtle people across the water at ridiculous speeds, of course. No, I'm not a fan of watersports. Can you tell? But, if that's your bag, then you might want to get yourself off to Gemiler Bay because there's a fair bit going on to keep you entertained.
So whilst we all had a great day together at Gemiler Bay last week, we're both now looking forward to a little trek through Kayaköy and down to the serenity of the bay...perhaps in November or December.