Turkey is known for the beauty of its beautiful coastline and pristine beaches often with a backdrop of green pine forest and mountains. Turkey’s South-Western shore, also called Turquoise Coast, also comprises archaeological sites.
In today’s post I will focus on the Fethiye coastline as Eden Villas are in close range to these wonderful beaches. Fethiye is a small town 8km far from Kayakoy, which coast has numerous lovely bays and coves. Fethiye is a natural harbour that favours different type of water sport activities like for example relaxing boat trips. Scuba-Diving and Sailing are also very popular in this part of Turkey. Furthermore, Fethiye is a mecca for paragliding, a magnificent air sport that will allow you to enjoy breath-taking views of Oludeniz-Beach, the Blue Lagoon and surrounding areas.
Let’s go to the beaches!
Cold Water Bay
One of my favourite hikes is the one from Eden Villas to Cold Water Bay (Soğuk Su Koyu) as it the nearest access to the sea from Kayakoy. It takes roughly 40 minutes Walking from Eden Villas to this beautiful little bay that can only be reached by walking or by boat. Cold Water Bay is a cove with relatively short of stretch of pebble beach isolated from bustling touristic areas. The bay is located south of the Ghost Town, but not immediately visible because of the hills Kayakoy lies against.
The name Cold water bay is linked to an underwater spring which feeds the sea with refreshing spring water in its South-West corner.
Alternatively, you can reach the Cold Water bay by small boat from Gemiler beach, a bay located 8km from Kayakoy. Gemiler is reachable by car or Dolmus.
Gemiler Beach, located at the very tip of the Fethiye peninsula. This beautiful stretch of beach looks across St Nicholas Island and is rarely crowded. From Eden Villas you can drive to Gemiler Bay and you’ll be taken on a short journey out of Kayaköy, through the pretty village of Kınalı and on through a forest road. After roughly 15 minutes drive, you will be faced with this beautiful view of Gemiler Bay with St Nicholas island just opposite. Gemiler beach is a perfect place toswim and snorkel as the sea is calm and quiet; ideal for families with small children. The bay can also be reached by dolmus.
Oludeniz Beach and Blue Lagoon
Olüdeniz the most known beach near Fethiye is a mix of deep blue and bright green hues. The sandy beach is separated from a row of restaurants, bars and shops just by a walkway. This makes it very advantageous for sunbathers and swimmers as multitude of cuisine is served at all time of the day in beach proximity.
As I mentioned in the section above, Oludeniz is very famous for its paragliding activity. Holiday makers can sign up for a tandem flight and experience a bird’s eye view from Oludeniz and the Blue Lagoon after taking off from the Babadag mountain. The flight ends with a soft landing on the walkaway or on the beach.
From Olüdeniz, a 30 minutes trip to Butterfly, a large canyon that is considered to be one of the most picturesque and amazing places in Turkey, can be made by Taxi-Boat. Butterfly Valley is particularly appealing to backpackers and hippies.
Daily boat trips for a relaxing cruise around the beautiful coastline and surrounding bays can also be done from Oludeniz beach.
The Blue Lagoon of Oludeniz has calm, crystal clear waters ideal for non-motorised water sports and a very safe place for children to swim. Part of the lagoon is now a protected area.
Visitors make the trip to spend a relaxing family day at the beach or alternatively just to see it, or hire a pedalo to paddle around at a leisurely pace. The name Blue Lagoon might be linked to the turquoise colours of the water. The paddle shaped beach separates the small bay from the main sea. As a Blue Flag beach, it is one of the best in Turkey and the most photographed in Europe.
Tourism posters for Turkey mostly feature well-known historical landmarks or places of natural beauty. The Blue Lagoon of Oludeniz is the highest ranked in the list.
This wonderful idyllic beach is just 3km away from Oludeniz and almost sets you in another world as this beach dos not have a series of bustling bars and cafes. Nevertheless, there are special barbeque facilities placed among the trees for visitors who come to picnic and swim. There are also very basic toilets, showers and buffets available here.
Kidrak beach is the perfect place to relax in amongst the natural dense pine trees that surround it. It is just magical!
You can reach the beach from Kayakoy by driving to Oludeniz and then follow the signs leading you to the Lycia World Hotel. On the way to Lycia World just pay attention on the entrance sign of Kidrak beach. Taking the minibus (dolmus) from Oludeniz heading for Faralya is an alternative option, although they can be rather infrequent so check their timings. Taxis will also take you there and it’s a good option if there is a group of 4 or 5 people.
Calis beach is located in Koca Calis, Turkey, a resort district in Fethiye. The almost 5 km long, sandy and pebble beach is lapped by clean and warm Aegean and Mediterranean Sea, as both seas meet in the coastal region of Fethiye. Calis Beach Turkey offers incredible panoramic beauty of the Taurus Mountains and the islands of the Gulf of Fethiye.
Calis Beach in Fethiye stretches nearly 5 km along the Gulf of Fethiye. It is mainly sandy and only at the West end becomes pebble. The beach is very clean and was given the blue flag – an indication of high environmental and quality standards. It There is a tiled promenade along the beach that is planted with palm trees, it is closed to motorized vehicles except of bicycles. Along the promenade, you will find plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants a few meters away from the beach.
Calis beach Turkey has no entrance fee but you get charged for sun bed and umbrellas. This place is ideal for water sports enthusiasts as it is possible to surf, kite and sail. Sailing, wind- and kitesurfing courses are also available.
From Eden Villas Kayakoy it will take you proximally 30 minutes to drive to Calis beach by car. Public transport is available as well.
I hope that you get to enjoy these places in near future and wish you an awesome holiday in advance!