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Fethiye, Turkey, Day 3

                               On our last day in Fethiye, we set out to explore the Yedi Burun (Seven Capes) coast south of Oludeniz. We were aiming for the village of Faralya and its Butterfly Valley. Ultimately, our dolmus wound its way around steep cliffs and corners before depositing us at the last stop – Kabak. We paused for a lunch of gozlemes at a peaceful cafe where we met several hikers starting out on the Lycian Way. Then we hiked 30 minutes down the valley to the Gemile Beach. We noticed quite a bit of construction of bungalow-based retreats. At the beach we discovered an inviting recreational camp with bungalows, a tree house, a pool, and a restaurant.

                               We spent the afternoon lounging in the sun where Ezra was particular fascinated with the pebbly beach. I took a quick dip in the water but it was too cold for me. Ezra wanted nothing to do with the sea and screamed when we tried to dunk his feet. At the restaurant we ran into Burt and April from the previous day. They had taken a big jeep/truck down the hillside. Around 5:30pm we headed back up the trail and grabbed the last dolmus to Oludeniz, where we transferred to a second dolmus to Fethiye. After a short visit to the harbor we made our way to the fish market. Here we discovered a central fish market surrounded by restaurants. After selecting a a sea bass, the fish seller fileted it for us (35TL). We then took our fish to one of the restaurants, where it was cooked up, along with bread and salad, for 6TL each. Once again, the meal was very tasty and a unique way to enjoy the region’s seafood.

Lodging: Villa Daffodil

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