June In Fethiye – A Gradual Emergence From Lockdown

June was the month where Turkey started the process of coming out of lockdown. A process that was never going to be easy, as other countries are also finding out. It’s going to be a long bumpy road but we’ve all just got to keep pressing on, using our common sense.

At least, that’s what we’re doing.

So what has the emergence from lockdown looked like for us in Fethiye? What has changed since our last Fethiye news update?

Back To The Seafront

It’s the little things, isn’t it? All we wanted, throughout lockdown, was to be able to walk along the harbour and Çalış Beach. At the beginning of the month, that happened!

Çalış Beach, Fethiye

Our first walk along Çalış Beach at the beginning of June

Ahh, that first walk along Çalış Beach, that first run along the harbour, that first stroll. All life’s happy moments. The beach was quiet, as you can see. No concerns about social distancing on this day.

As the month has progressed, a few of the restaurants and snack bars have started to open and the beds and umbrellas are out.

It’s certainly not life as we knew it. But it’s where we’re at. And we’ll take that for now.

We’ve got to wear masks when we’re out of the house. Restaurants and cafes must adhere to various regulations – distanced tables, provision of hand sanitisers, disinfecting of tables and taking of temperature are the main ones as far as customers are concerned.

Çalış Water Taxi

We’re used to watching the Çalış Water Taxi chugging back and forth across the bay from May 1st. This year, that date was put back to June 8th. For obvious reasons.

Çalış Water Taxi

The Çalış Water Taxi resumed service on June 8th

The boats plying the route are immaculate and have lots of room. There aren’t too many tourists around at the moment, so, for now, it’s hoped locals can keep the service going by giving it some support. And why wouldn’t anyone want to sail across the bay on the Çalış Water Taxi?

Paspatur Slowly Opening Up

And, on that opposite side of the bay, in Fethiye, the harbourside cafes and restaurants opened and the old town of Pasaptur has slowly started to wake up from its enforced hibernation. Most of the shops are open and Yengen is doing a brisk trade.

Yengen Burger, Fethiye

Yengen is open and seems to be doing good trade

Deep Blue Bar has opened its doors – these days, they have oodles of room for socially distanced seating – so we’ve whiled away a couple of quiet afternoons catching up with those we’ve missed during lockdown.

And, as I type on July 1st, the lovely Cafe Park Teras announced a few days ago that they will open their doors for business today.

So, shops and most of the restaurants are open, as are the beaches. And now, we do our best to make sure it stays that way.

We’re still living very much a quiet Fethiye-Çalış life. Walking between the two. Jumping on a bus or dolmuş isn’t top of our priority list just yet. But that could change soon. We’re taking our emergence from lockdown at a slow and steady pace…

On The Blog

With our slow and steady pace in mind, it means we’ve had more time to spend on the blog. Lots of much needed background work is going on which will improve the blog for the future. But there’s lots more writing going on, too – and experiences that lead to writing those pieces.

In The Kitchen

For example, we finally got round to doing homemade pide. And it’s been a revelation. The dough is quick and easy to make so it’s great to be a able to knock up a tasty pide lunch whenever we feel like it.

Pide Recipe Meat And Spinach Filling

It’s a satisfying feeling, eating your own homemade pide

I’ve even bought a wooden paddle from Fethiye market so I can slide them into the oven tray easier. In our article, we did two traditional fillings, but in the home, it’s great to try new things so we’ve experimented with some seafood toppings, too.

Last week, a follower of our Twitter account posted her photo of the pide she had made using our recipe. This gave us the perfect opportunity to ask for feedback on how easy she found the recipe to follow. A thumbs up from her. So happy days for us!

And, if you follow us on Instagram and see our stories there, you’ll know we’ve been busy making lots of other dishes, too, buth Turkish and international.

The weather’s really hotting up now so it’s all about salads and dips.

Watermelon Salad With Feta And Mint

Packed with summer colour, this melon salad

We’ve currently got a big bowl of garlic yoghurt with carrots in the fridge. And the best refresher food of all; our melon and cheese salad is back on the menu. That’s definitely an acknowledgement that summer has arrived.

New Bahane

Our strolls along Çalış Beach have also included the odd stop off at the new location for Bahane.

Bahane Bar, Çalış Beach

Bahane is situated at the end of Çalış Beach

Lots of space and room for social distancing so we’ve also been able to catch up with friends, here, too. We loved the old location, a few doors away, but this one is even better.

Turkish Breakfast

Also in June, we decided it was high time to share the joy of the traditional Turkish breakfast on the blog.

Turkish Village Breakfast

Homemade and fresh village breakfast ingredients

It’s many people’s favourite pastime when they visit Turkey – and it’s easy to see why. So, a gaping hole in the blog has now been filled by way of all these tasty breakfast ingredients. What memories are made of.

So, as you can see, we might be out of lockdown but Turkey is far from out of the woods just yet and we’re keeping life slow and simple for the time being.

That doesn’t mean we can’t support local, though. A lovely meal at Gustorante for Barry’s mum’s birthday, a few drinks at a revitalised Sarge’s (he seems busier than ever).

And now July is upon us. We still have some curfews in place. Over-65s must be home by 8pm for example. We all hope that changes soon.

And fingers crossed for a successful month for the businesses that have already opened and for those that are preparing to open…

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Comments

  1. David oliver says

    Could you tell me if prices have gone up much since last year.

    • Hi David, Can’t speak for places like Ölüdeniz, Hisarönü etc as they are only just starting to open up. As for Fethiye and Çalış areas, prices aren’t too much different in the places that have opened so far, especially in Çalış.

  2. Yasmine Scallan says

    I missed the pride recipe. Please send me or point the direction where I can get the recipe. I enjoy your blog from Fethiye very much.
    Thank you.
    Yasmine Scallan
    San Francisco, CA

  3. Lovely to see a slow return to normality – we have booked to come over end of July and hopefully By then we can see A few more positive changes .
    Lovely warm friendly people wish them all well in recovery from this evil pandemic

  4. Emmy Hargreaves says

    The one thing I noticed when emerging from three months’ lockdown, in a village with no shops, was that absolutely nothing has changed. All the same people working in all the shops, pazaars, etc. etc. Nothing in day to day life has changed apart from the new restrictions.

    • We’ve not ventured far but walking along the harbour; everything feels pretty much the same. Strange to see some of the bars of Paspatur closed for this time of year and still some places closed along Çalış Beach which pulls us back into the ‘all is not what it should be’ mode.

  5. Paul Newman says

    Guys my wife and I having been coming every year to Calis for our summer holidays and it is a special place for us and our grown up children. After the rigmarole of this year (and a cancelled holiday) we have started to make plans to retire in either Calis or Fethiye in 3 years time, without taking too much of your time, any pointers?

    • Hi Paul, happy planning for your future, in that case. 🙂 We could write a whole book on tips for living here – 🙂 – but for now, we’d just say to join some of the local Facebook groups for any specific questions that might pop up in your head. CBL (Çalış Beach Lovers) is a friendly enough group. A lot of people choose to rent for at least a while, too, until they know for certain the type of property and area they want to live in. 🙂

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