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Around Fethiye – Paspatur Part One

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Over the winter months, we’ve been saying that as soon as the season started, the weather had warmed up and Paspatur was fully awake after its winter semi-hibernation, we would do a post on ‘Paspatur, Fethiye’s Old Town.

Fethiye Harbour From Paspatur
Looking down on Fethiye from Paspatur

Well, it’s taken till now to get round to writing it for a few reasons; one of them being that we needed to take a few ‘walking around Paspatur’ photographs.

We finally did that about a fortnight ago, so what the excuse is now, as to why we’re only just doing this post, we’re not entirely sure.

There’s loads we want to write. Maybe that’s the main reason. There is going to be much more than one post on Paspatur.

Gift Shop, Fethiye Old Town
Paspatur has lots of tempting souvenir shops

There’s a saying in Fethiye that once you taste the water of Paspatur, the place will be in your heart and you will always want to return to Fethiye, wherever you may be.

Well, the first time we came to Fethiye on our holidays, we spent a lot of time in this area.

And certainly drank a lot of liquid here, albeit of the alcoholic variety, in the form of the Turkish beer, Efes Pilsen.

We’ve been Paspatur addicts ever since.

Is that because of the ‘water’ or just because the old town is just a great, chilled place to be?

This is an out and out plug for this beautiful corner of Fethiye because, for a few reasons, we think, it often gets overlooked.

Wherever you go in the world, if there is an ‘old town’ you will see signposts galore pointing you in the right direction.

Well, burası Fethiye (this is Fethiye) and you will not see a single sign anywhere.

A lot of our friends who come to Turkey to visit us stay in other resorts.

And when they come to Fethiye, they say they would never have found Paspatur, or even known that it existed if we hadn’t walked with them from the dolmuş station.

When we do take them there, they soon love it as much as we do.

Old Mosque, Fethiye Old Town
The old mosque is a feature of Paspatur

Maybe another reason is that the Tuesday market in Fethiye has become such a big attraction.

Coachloads of people are continually brought to Fethiye from nearby resorts such as Hisarönü or Öludeniz and from further afield – the likes of Kaş and Kalkan.

But these people are here for the market only. They rarely stray any further than that.

It’s a positive and a negative at the same time. And that’s the nature of organised tourism – you are taken where the travel company wants to take you.

It’s a shame that so many people miss out on seeing Paspatur.

Paspatur Fethiye
Shaded streets of Paspatur

If you read Turkey’s For Life a lot, you will know that we are huge supporters of markets.

However, the first two times we came to Fethiye on holiday, we never ventured anywhere near the markets and didn’t even entertain the idea.

The main reason? We were in Fethiye in the height of summer.

Why on earth would we want to walk around a huge, hot market when we could be sat by the pool?

Or enjoying the cooling shade of Paspatur – okay then – and an ice-cold beer?

Also, we do go to the markets for our fruit and veg and in this weather, we have been known to get tetchy with each other. We’ve all been there!

So, if you’re ever in Fethiye in the height of summer and you can’t face the market, you’ll get everything you need in Paspatur.

And you’ll be in welcome shade, away from the crowds.

There are loads of bars, restaurants, cafes and snack bars in Paspatur too. But that’s another day of photograph taking and another post.

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Thursday 12th of July 2018

Hello, I am travelling to Fethiye in two week time. I keep re-reading your articles which are just amazing and give a great primary taste of the city and the area. So thank you so much for that!!!! And please if you have any authentic plan to recommand, please let me know

Turkey's For Life

Monday 23rd of July 2018

Hi Maroua, Thanks for your comment and glad you find the blog useful. :) Paspatur, Fethiye's old town, is so pretty and cool in the summer. We have a Fethiye must sees page and also a list of places to eat and drink around the area. There's links to both those pages at the top of the blog in desktop version. Paspatur is, of course, included. :) Enjoy your time. :)


Thursday 28th of June 2018

How do we find paspatur please? We are staying in olu Deniz and coming to Fethiye either by Taxi or dolmus and really want to visit this area. Thank you.

Turkey's For Life

Saturday 30th of June 2018

Hi Nicola, Paspatur is easy to find. When you get off the dolmuş in Fethiye Head downhill and take the first street on your left so that the big mosque is on your right. Keep heading straight on for about 10 mins. You'll cross one road and then when you come to the second road, you'll see the entrance to Paspatur facing you, directly across the road. :)

Monday 19th of February 2018

I have been following your blog for years and really enjoy the information you provide on restaurants and local beauty spots. We travel to Fethiye around 3-4 times a year and thoroughly enjoy every aspect of our visits. Thanks you Helen

Turkey's For Life

Wednesday 15th of September 2010

Hope everything goes well with your purchase Emma. Paspatur is just lovely isn't it?


Tuesday 14th of September 2010

You are right about falling in love with Fethiye and the area around Paspatur as this was certainly the case for me. Luckily I found this area on my first visit and have never looked back....I am now in the process of buying a property in Fethiye, Tasyaka and hope to enjoy many happy summers and winters there :)Emma Waghorn

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