Fethiye Travel Guide
Fethiye Local History
Fethiye is a beautiful little town located at the hillsides of Mendos Mountain, and surrounds the bay that has given it its name. The large mountain range was formed by the rises and falls of the crust during the Tertiary Geological Period. This mountain range was called the Kragos and Antikragos in the antique period.
This natural and historical heaven that god donated to nature can be reached by land, air, or sea travel. You can have a comfortable journey to Fethiye by the means of the three high ways through the pine forests, with connections to Mugla, Antalya and Burdur. Scheduled bus trips in all three directions provide a link between Fethiye and all the other cities.
Fethiye Museum - The museum consists of two exhibition halls. The Archaeology Hall features ceramic works and statues, one of them being a Young Girl's Statue with a Dove and a trilingual stele. The Ethnography Hall constists of hand woven works and silver jewellery. In the open exhibition, you will find big stone works of art, tombs and the Izraza Monument.
Telmessos Antique Theater - The Theater was built in the early Roman Period and repaired in 2000 AD, it was used as an arena. At present, the seating capacity is 1500 people. During the drill excavations carried out by the Directorate General of Fethiye Museum in 1993, caused by the effect of erosion, seats of the theatre were found 3 meters under the soil layers.
Lycia Rock Tombs - The tombs which are carved out on natural rocks, has become the symbol of the district. The most important tomb, which is definitly a must see, is the tomb which belongs to the Lycian Period.
Somine Kebab We only came for two weeks, but wish we had come for longer. It doesn't really matter because we have now decided to up roots from the UK and move to Fethiye permanently.
Fethiye we are told is a great place for all-year round living and we expect this winter will be our first in Fethiye.
We spent a good deal of time touring the area and whilst researching the area on the net we stumbled across a members forum that specifically addressed the Fethiye & Calis areas.
We ended up spending a great deal of time in Calis and it is here that we will probably move to. Anyway, the purpose of this article is to inform you of a great restaurant we found after it was recommended on the Calis Forum.
It's called Somine Kebap. Now hold on, it's not just a run of the mill kebab house. I have also seen the review on here by another member and I must concur, the food at Somine Kebap is outstanding.
We visited this place numerous times for both daytime and evening meals and we never had anything to complain about.
Their menu is diverse and offers both meat and fish dishes. The steaks are fantastic while the kebabs are like nothing we have ever tasted - full marks to the management as they have got everything right. We were told the restaurant is newly opened but the owner has been in the restaurant business for over 20 years, so he knows a thing or two about food!
Well, I started this article off as "food fit for a king" and this is what happened!
The Somine Kebab menu has 3 special dishes that require 24 hours advance notice. We were told the specials are very popular options with their Turkish customers so we had to try for ourselves.
The problem was that the specials are designed for a larger group. ie. a whole lamb or turkey or full rib of beef.
From the menu and the pictures it sounded so tempting so we just HAD to give it a go. We teamed up with a couple we had met in our hotel and made the advance order for their whole stuffed Turkey. We realised that even for four people the whole Turkey was going to be fr too much for us four however, the chef promised to keep any left-overs for us and prepare for us alternative dishes for future visits at no extra cost. Not bad eh.
The cost is 100 lira for the Turkey. We arrived at the restaurant at 8'ish and the Turkey was almost cooked. The chef had very slowly cooked the Turkey in their clay oven.
When the Turkey was delivered to our table, the whole restaurant was looking at our food and some other english customers took photos too. It really was a sight to see!
The Turkey was perfectly cooked and the meat just fell off the bone when carved.
The stuffing they had used was a perfect compliment and the side dishes of potatoes and fresh vegetables left us feeling like Lord of the Manor!
It was the best food we have ever tasted and leaves our traditional Christmas Turkey looking a tad sad in retrospect. These people REALLY know how to cook and we highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.
There was plenty left over and the next day we were treated to a Turkey Curry but declined their offer for any further dishes containing turkey and was happy to see the remaining meat going to the staff table.
A thoroughly enjoyable time we had at Somine Kebab and definitely engraved in our memories that made this holiday for us so special. Full marks to the other member who posted their review about Somine Kebab. It really was FOOD FIT FOR A KING!
submitted by Graham Turner, 31/07/07
Somine Kebap (Opposite FethiyeTansas) We stumbled across this recently opened restaurant after doing our shopping in Tansas. Its a very clean and spacious restaurant offering a very wide range of Turkish dishes. We opted for one of their steaks and a kebab. Both were very well presented and plentiful. The food was expertly cooked and so it should be since they claim to offer the best kebab in Fethiye.
We were offered a complimentary plate of fresh fruits which rounded the meal off nicely, and all this for only 12 pounds.
Superb value and we will visit again when we are back in Fethiye next month!
submitted by Paul Wilson, 11/07/07
Arena Restaurant The Arena Restaurant is situated overlooking Palm Island and the marina in Fethiye. It has a upper open terrace gallery which offers wonderful views for alfresco dining and a stylish main dining room. The menu offers beautiful fresh fish and sea food, meat and poultry in traditional Turkish and International styles. The staff are really friendly and whilst I would suggest it should be the highlight to your holiday dining experience, the prices do not reflect this as it offers really good value. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone, from a guest of Marina View Apartment in Fethiye.
submitted by Martin Kellett, 04/06/07
Sultan Ahmet The best restaurant in Fethýye. I really enjoyed it in Sultan Ahmet.
submitted by Keeley, 22/02/07
Patara Beach - In recent years, it was voted as the winner of the "best beach in the world" survey in the Sunday Times. It is a 54 km drive from Fethiye and offers eighteen kilometers of soft white sand, backed by magnificent sand-dunes.
The Blue Lagoon - in Olu Deniz, offers clean,calm, warm and crystal clear, turqoise waters; making it an ideal place to enjoy a variety of water sports and a very safe place for children to swim.
Fethiye Restaurants and Bars
Yacht Restaurant - Located by the Marina of Fethiye, it offers extraordinary views of the Marina. It features indoor seating as well as beautiful garden seating. It also has a bar, which is located in the garden area by the pool serving the richest varieties of Turkish Cousine. Expect to be entertained by live music along with a Belly Dancer.
Pasa Kebap - Carsi cad. No 42, The restaurant offers specific meals from traditional and unique Turkish cuisine. You can expect to find many different kinds of kebabs and main meals.
Cennet (Paradise) Park - Surrounded by nature whilst enjoying a delicious Turkish meal, this is promised to be the ultimate relaxing experience. A very popular restaurant with tourists, as your meal is offered to you in a classic picnic style.
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