The port at Fethiye (Fetty-ay) with its natural harbour was set around a beautiful bay. Flamingo Beach was at the hippy end of the Çalis Beach area, four miles north of the city. There were hotels and beach resorts spread along the coast towards the harbour. Fethiye had a long promenade lined with restaurants and cafés, sadly closed due to Covid. The harbour area had and impressive array of large boats, moored stern-to on the town quay opposite restaurants and cafés. There were plenty of cars around but not many pedestrians. We had visited Fethiye years ago when we took a bare boat charter – then the harbour area was packed with boating folk and every eating place was full to bursting with hungry (and thirsty) sailors.
We had been trying to source linseed (flax seed) for some weeks so when we passed a bright shiny shop selling nuts, dates and all manner of sweets I presented my piece of sellotape to which I had stuck a few seeds and written the Turkish word for linseed “keten tohumu” and bingo! Not only did we come away with 400g of linseed, essential for our breakfast, we bought a few bags of Turkish Delight and other sweets – it was an upmarket shop and our total spend was £6. Tony assured me that it was too hot for the sweets to keep fresh as gifts for when we got back to the UK – so we had no choice but to start eating.
A Shopping Street in Fethiye