In a previous post, we set off along the Karagözler and made the walk to Kuleli Koyu. That post shows photos of the amazing Fethiye bay scenery that’s viewed along the route, but what about when we arrive at Kuleli Koyu? Is the bay worth all that effort? Well, we think so, just because we love to walk along that stretch of road and Kuleli Koyu is our favourite of the Fethiye beaches.
Just like Aksazlar Bay and the other bays around this area of Fethiye, Kuleli Koyu is set in a clearing in the pine forests that cover the hillsides along the coastline. But, unlike Aksazlar, which has gone for a restaurant-feel, Kuleli has kept it simple and rustic.
A small, wooden cafe with plastic chairs and tables serves customers with snacks and drinks. Those who are going to be drinking çay all day long can opt for a large çaydanlık, the water heated by coals, that they can take down to the beach with them. Chickens, cockerels and guinea fowl run around freely, providing entertainment for those who sit at the cafe and tables are available for those who are here to picnic. It’s a good set-up. And what of these snacks?
It’s fair to say that after our slightly-longer-than-expected walk, we were all hungry and definitely very thirsty. All four of us ordered an Efes Pilsen while we looked at the small menu. We glanced up to see all the meat was being cooked over coals on a barbecue. Brilliant. We all opted for the köfte ekmek. And then we ordered chips, just for good measure.
At 7.5 TL for the köfte ekmek, we have had cheaper, BUT we’re in a relatively secluded bay in perfect surroundings, the köfte is homemade, it’s cooked over coals and the sandwich was massive. It was worth it! In fact, when we saw our köfte ekmek, we knew the chips were unnecessary…but they were real chips…irresistable. We did work our way through them, eventually. Oh, and the beers were freezing cold, too!
Kuleli Koyu has sunbeds and umbrellas for hire for those who are here to soak up the rays. And, if you’re lounging around all day, it’s also possible to hire one of the shaded köşks. We were there just to have something to eat and drink and then a quick swim. Drying off while lying on your beach towel is completely free.
The beach itself is pebble and stone – they all are in this area of Fethiye – but, as we said in our last Kuleli post, the sea here is clear, cool and refreshing.
Fethiye Beaches: Kuleli Koyu – Further Info:
- Entrance fee to Kuleli Koyu is 1.25 TL per person.
- Hiring a köşk for the day will cost you 15 TL. Sunbeds and umberellas are 5 TL each. (All prices are summer 2012.)
- In season, the dolmuş runs all the way to Kuleli Koyu every 20 minutes. They still run in October but much less often. Check with the driver. The fare is 4 TL.
- View the location of Kuleli Beach on our Fethiye map here.
Update June 2015 – Our favourite rustic Fethiye beach has had a huge makeover and has been transformed into the modern-style Kuleli Beach Park.