Goings On In June In Fethiye – Busy!

Here we are again; 3rd July 2015 and another monthly Fethiye roundup that’s a few days late. Well, it’s summer, we’ve got friends out at the moment, there’s lots to do and enjoy on top of daily life…and, if you remember from our May 2015 Fethiye roundup, we told you we were off to Italy. We had a great time and have already written about our Italian beach experience in Sperlonga. More to come in future posts, obviously, but we were the height of chilled by the end of our little sojourn.

Istanbul Sulanahmet From Ferry To Kadikoy

One more night in Istanbul is never a chore

Our Italy trip saw us return to Fethiye via Istanbul – but only after we spent an unplanned extra night in our favourite metropolis due to the fact we’d left it too late to get a seat on  any of the buses that were heading back to our hometown. And so it was 10th June before we even arrived back in Fethiye. But not to worry; our summers are always a barmy medley of happenings…and amongst all that, Fethiye ticks over in the way that Fethiye usually does. So here’s our little round up; and, as we haven’t moved too far since we returned, we’re first of all on our regular topic…

Fethiye Harbour…What’s The Latest…

Let’s go to Phases 2 and 3 of Fethiye harbour. For these areas, stand with your back to Cafe Park Teras and head straight down, as if walking towards Çalış. You pass Hello Büfe and then, as you come to Boğaziçi Restaurant, here we are at the ‘new bits;’ Phase 2 and Phase 3. As you keep walking straight ahead, these are some of the buildings that have either stood empty since they were erected, or they’ve already changed ownership.

We need to take you back to our March news for the previous ‘Fethiye eateries in progress’ report to put all this into a bit of context. Because now, throughout June (and some of May), these eateries have been open for us all to enjoy. First up:

Marine Restaurant Along Fethiye Harbour

Bright colours and fountains at Marine Restaurant

Marine Restaurant is the one with the huge empty space as its foreground, jutting out from the rest of the straight line of the harbour. Guess it needs to remain a huge empty space; it’s a been a perfect gathering point for the Turkish Republic Day torchlit procession for the last couple of years.

Now, hopefully, Marine Restaurant will be a part of all that type of thing – as well as just being a restaurant feature of the harbour. They’ve got the water feature and fountains to entice and chill out their customers and a small gallery area that people can browse. We’re yet to go there but will no doubt park ourselves there, one day…

Çapa Restaurant Along Fethiye Harbour

Çapa have live music

The next new addition, continuing further along from Marine is Çapa opposite the Phase 2 marina. This also featured in our March post as a shell. It’s now a fully-fledged bar and restaurant and seems to be pulling in the customers at night with live music and low-lit seating on the grass.

Barista Restaurant Along Fethiye Harbour

Barista is close to the end of Phase 2 of Fethiye harbour

Further down, still, is Barista Bar & Kitchen, which used to be Deniz Yıldızı. They’ve got happy colours of seating and, we’ve got to say, we’re glad of the new name. It means people don’t confuse it with Denizatı, next-door-but-one, anymore. Denizatı Restaurant is still going strong, thankfully. No changes there, and we like it that way.

As soon as you walk past Denizatı – obviously, you can stop off for a drink or a bite to eat, first – this is where Phase 3 starts. We’re still ‘in development’ on Phase 3 and apart from Reis Cafe right at the far end, there are no more feeding and watering establishments along this stretch, as yet…

Fethiye Harbour's New Railings

We can now walk at leisure along Fethiye harbour

But, at least you can walk in a straight line, now, thanks to all the canals being bridged over. Since our last post, the paving stones have now gone down, excess dried cement brushed away and wrought iron railings surround the water’s edge. Well, we don’t want people falling in, do we?

New Beginnings At Fethiyespor 

Really don’t know why we thought summer would be quiet on the Fethiyespor front. It’s certainly not quiet. A voting process at the club has voted in new club president, Arif Okan Uysal, and a new management team who all have their own responsibilities. We’re currently working on a new Fethiyespor page that will hopefully be a good reference point in the future and help everyone understand the club a bit more. Watch this space for that one…

https://www.facebook.com/Fethiyespor1933/photos/a.418344344884302.119199.414845028567567/942662892452442/?type=1&theater

And who’s this chap? This is Ahmet Yıldırım, Fethiyespor’s brand new technical director (coach). He’s young and from good ‘footballing stock’ so we’re feeling optimistic (well, you’ve got to haven’t you) for the start of the new season in September.

On Tuesday 7th July, in Istanbul, the group draws will be made and Fethiyespor will find out if they’re in the red group or the white group…and who’ll they be in that group with. (2. Lig is divided into two groups as there are so many teams in it). Fixtures will come out later and we’ll let you know when that happens, just in case you’re fancying going to a match when you’re next in Fethiye – going to a Fethiyespor match is a not to miss in Fethiye.

Eating & Drinking Fethiye

It’s been so long since we added a new recipe to the blog – well, you’ve gotta get time to get in the kitchen and actually make something, haven’t you? We have got one recipe still to write up so that should happen this month sometime…

In the meantime, we’ve got lots of Turkish recipes you can browse and make use of that are already on the blog. We’ve just reshared our recipe for Turkish rice on our Facebook page and it’s proved very popular, to say the least, as you can see.

https://www.facebook.com/turkeysforlife/posts/10153371506576368

As for being out and about around Fethiye; we told you about the fabulous views at El Camino Hostel & Pub, we had a barbecue at the new-look Kuleli Beach and we also ventured to Ölüdeniz to watch jazz singer, Elif Çağlar, perform at Buzz Beach Bar. We’ve also got another restaurant review coming up as we took Barry’s mum out to lunch, recently, for her birthday. Her choice of place – and a new one for us. Wow, we do manage to pack a lot into a short space of time, don’t we?

(Don’t forget we’ve got an ever-growing list of places to eat and drink around Fethiye, if you’re looking for some inspiration, anytime.)

And What’s To Come…

We’ve got oodles of new blog posts lined up from our recent trips to Istanbul and Italy and, mixed in with all that, friends out to visit means we often end up a various places around Fethiye and nearby. All shall be reported upon, of course. Bring on (the rest of) July…

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  1. So many great things to do! I’m intrigued by the torch lit procession. That must be so striking. 🙂

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