A Springtime Walk To Kayaköy – Scenes From A Stroll

So far this spring, the weather has been kind to us – and a couple of weeks ago, we decided to walk to Kayaköy from Fethiye with a couple of friends. We’ve done this walk many times, so this post is really just a few photos of springtime scenes from the walk…we just love this road and forest track.

Fethiye Bay, Morning

Morning scenes in Fethiye

Setting off along the Karagözler in the morning, before the daytime breezes disturb the sea around the bay, is the best time. So peaceful. Except on this occasion, the camera is lying because, just before we got to this point, we had to pass the boatyard. A messy queue of traffic waiting as a gület was slowly winched into place having been brought out of the water for repairs. The boatyard is noisy, dusty, smelly (paint and varnish) and jam-packed at this time of year as gülets and day trip boats have last minute repair and restoration before the summer season starts. We’ll miss the boatyard if and when it moves…

Fethiye Marina From The Kayaköy Path

Fethiye from the road to Kaya

For it to be so hazy at this time of year is strange, but you can still make out the snow on the higher mountaintops of the Akdağlar. This is one of the last views of Fethiye – and one of our favourite views – as you head towards the forest track and climb to Kayaköy. From now on, it’s vistas through the pine trees and the distant sounds of hammers and drills from the boatyard.

Tortoise - Fethiye To Kayaköy Walk

First tortoise of 2013

But the forest brings with it its own little treats. Spring wildflowers coming into bloom, lush new greenery sprouting through rocks and red clay earth – and this, our first sighting of a tortoise this year. And a brave tortoise at that. He was in no rush to pop his head inside his shell as we peered at him through camera lenses.

Goat, Fethiye To Kayaköy Walk

Curious Kid

From curious wild animals to curious farm animals. This young goat was also interested in the camera. The rest of the flock had scarpered to the other side of the field, but this floppy eared cutie wanted to stop and say hello…or eat the camera strap. One of the two.

Cow, Fethiye To Kayaköy Walk

Not a bull, after all

Our first thought was that this was a bull coming towards us. We stood firm as there was a sturdy wall between us and it. And then we saw the udders and realised he was a she, and a very pleasant ‘she’ at that. She came right up to us and our friend blew on her nose, gently. Cows like that, apparently. This cow didn’t seem to mind, at least.

By now, we’re very close to Kayaköy. We’ve already decided where we’re going, so we head straight to Bülent’in Yeri for a well-earned Efes Pilsen and gözleme.

Gözleme at Bülent'in Yeri, Kayaköy

Gözleme at Bülent’in Yeri, Kayaköy

And when we wrote our post about Bülent’in Yeri, we were very hungry and forgot to take a photo of the gözleme which we said was so tasty. So here it is. Minced meat and potato encased in börek. A perfect post-walk snack, especially when it’s accompanied with that Fethiye area rarity, homemade chips…which we also ordered. They didn’t last too long.

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  1. Did you walk so much when you lived abroad? I certainly didn’t.

  2. Love, love the goat photo! Thanks for sharing! Made me smile today. 🙂

  3. @ BacktoBodrum: We used to make an active effort to go trekking but it was always a special event rather than the norm. Love that we can just walk out of the house in Fethiye and wander off somewhere. 🙂

  4. @ Joy: Yeahy, glad we made you smile. Spring newborns are always good at that – and there’s a lot of them about in Kayaköy at the moment. 🙂

  5. the most pleasant way to get to the village – more photos? 🙂

  6. Lovely spring photos Julia, enjoy : ) Hope it comes to Kusadasi too, as it is very rainy now. Loved the gozleme post!

  7. How nice! Brings back a good memory. Thanks, Julia!

  8. @ Alan: Ha ha, we’ve got too many photos of this walk to Kayaköy…and can’t see that stopping any time soon. 🙂

    @ Ozlem’s Turkish Table: Hope you’ve got the good weather in Kuşadası today. Beautiful in Fethiye. 🙂

  9. @ Mark: We love this walk – glad it brought back some happy memories for you. 🙂

  10. I love Fethiye, have some good friends from Fethiye and Marmaris who we spend the summer with at a camp in Çıralı. Thanks for posting such useful regional information. Love seeing your regular posts on my Facebook newsfeed at the office. Keep up the good work and maybe we could collaborate sometime.

  11. @ Jim: A camp in Çıralı sounds very pleasant. We’ll try that one day as we love the outdoor life. We love it round here but we do tear ourselves away on occasion. 🙂

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