13th International Ölüdeniz Airgames – The Photos

Last Friday was the first day of the International Ölüdeniz Air Games. This year's event was a 5-day affair (the final day being today) and this year, we managed to make it over the hill twice to see what was going on. 13th International Ölüdeniz Air Games 2012 Ölüdeniz is famous for its … [Read more...]

Çalış Beach Volleyball Tournament – It’s All Happening, Here

When we first moved to Fethiye, it was a small but growing town with not a lot going on. Well, how that has changed. This year, as part of the Youth & Sports Bayram, we had a one-off, live concert by Turkish popstars Tan and Hadise and the fantastic Hande Yener recently performed at Aksazlar … [Read more...]

Üzümlü Mushroom Festival: The Opening Ceremony

Over the last weekend, the village of Üzümlü once again hosted the exodus of visitors from Fethiye and environs who were going to enjoy the 4th Yeşil Üzümlü Mushroom Festival. In past years, we've headed up there with friends on the final day, the Sunday, and got fully and enthusiastically behind … [Read more...]

Camel Wrestling: A Fethiye Fashion Show

Continuing from our previous post about eating camel sausage at the 2nd Karaçulha Camel Wrestling event, today's post will carry on the theme of camel appreciation - but we'll be concentrating on the aesthetics rather than the flavours. In the UK, we used to live near a major race course that … [Read more...]

Turkish Food – Camel Sausage

Today was the 2nd Karaçulha Camel Wrestling Festival, just up the road from where we live. With just a 10 TL entrance fee and proceeds going towards the local school, we would have been negligent not to go again. Last year, we entered the 'arena' (read 'spare land') with trepidation and a little … [Read more...]

Fethiye Events: 2011 World Enduro Championships Display

It's June 2011 and the events are continuing to come thick and fast to Fethiye. In April, Fethiye was one of the finishing points in the Presidential Tour of Turkey cycle race. In May, author of Birds Without Wings, Louis de Bernieres dropped by to give a few talks, the Acroludeniz World Paragliding … [Read more...]

2011 Çalış Carnival – Final Day in Pictures

Yesterday was the final day of Çalış Carnival 2011 so we spent most of the day with friends along Çalış Beach. We had no idea what was supposed to be happening in the daytime. All we knew was that Turkish band Dolapdere Big Gang were playing the carnival out later on in the evening and we were … [Read more...]

47th Presidential Tour of Turkey – Denizli to Fethiye

Yesterday was Stage 5 of the 47th Presidential Tour of Turkey: Denizli to Fethiye. This is the third year in a row that we have watched cyclists taking part in the Presidential Tour of Turkey road race arrive in Fethiye and, even after showing an interest in the televised sections and watching … [Read more...]

3rd Üzümlü Mushroom Festival 2011

The third Üzümlü Mushroom Festival took place over three days from 8th-10th April and it was eagerly awaited by us and our friends because we'd had such a good time last year. When we were at the 2010 Üzümlü Mushroom Festival, as the sun began to set, one of our friends discovered a home made wine … [Read more...]

Camel Wrestling Comes To Fethiye

Yesterday, traditions usually associated with the Aegean region of Turkey headed south to the Fethiye region (the village of Karaçulha) and those who chose to attend were treated to a mini camel wrestling festival. I say 'mini' because I've seen photos of the size of the crowds attracted by the … [Read more...]