Whenever people come to Fethiye for a holiday, the general assumption is that if a day at the beach is in order, they must either head across to Çalış or jump on the dolmuş to be taken over the hill to Ölüdeniz. The local bays are often overlooked, and that's a shame because they each have a beauty of their own.
We're not the type of people to idle away hours on end by remaining horizontal under the blazing sun but, occasionally, we do hit the beach for an hour or so - and last week was one of those occasions. We decided to go to Aksazlar Koyu (Aksazlar Bay); a perfect angle from which to enjoy the Fethiye scenery while sipping an ice-cold Efes. And 'bay' is a more accurate description. When we say 'beach', we mean 'shingle seashore'.
View of Fethiye from AksazlarAksazlar Koyu is roughly one kilometre away from Marina Vista Hotel, further along the peninsula road and we've never seen it crowded, hence the reason why we like to sit here - but we don't lie on the beach. As you can see in the photo, there are sunbeds, and you can also lounge around, Ottoman-style, in the shade of a köşk, but we forgo all of that and sit under the pine trees.
Hammocks and garden seating at AksazlarThere's something really relaxing about sitting in the shade of the encroaching pine forest, watching the yachts come and go in the distance. This bay has always been here - in many years gone by, we used to come here to with friends for Sunday afternoon winter barbecues - but it's only around five or six years ago that it was made into a business.
Lots of natural shade at Aksazlar KoyuAksazlar Koyu isn't for everyone. For example, if you're coming here to enjoy a swim in the clear turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, then you're going to be disappointed. People do take a swim here - the water is calm and shallow - but we're very close to the boatyard and we're in Fethiye harbour. The water's murky. Take a look and decide for yourself before diving in.
BUT, the less than ideal swimming conditions are of benefit to people like us who just want to sit in a peaceful bay. The sea-swimming masses tend to give Aksazlar a miss and that means we get to come here to chill out in relative seclusion for a couple of hours. And if you come here and start to feel too lazy to move...
Camping at Aksazlar
...you could always hire a tent and stay overnight. The tents are set in the forest clearing behind the restaurant and waking early to the cries of the cicada and to views along the Karagözler - well we've done that in the past, in our own tent, and, if you like camping, we can highly recommend it.
Aksazlar Koyu: Useful Info
- Aksazlar is just off Fevzi Çakmak Caddesi, between Marina Vista Hotel and Letoonia.
- There is a fee for those wishing to use sunbeds or a köşk.
- We've never eaten here but the menu has a good choice and meals are reasonably priced.
- To get to Aksazlar Koyu, take the orange-fronted Taşyaka-Karagözler dolmuş. Tell the driver you are going to Aksazlar and he will take you all the way down to the bay. 2012 price is 2.50 TL (around 90 pence). These are every 15 minutes, each way.
- If you want to stay overnight, you can hire a tent for 50 TL. If you have your own tent, then camping fees are 30 TL per night. There are toilets and showers.