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Glorious South Coast of Turkey – Kalkan, Fethiye, Oludeniz and more- & Its Wonderful People

Turquoise Med amongst olive trees; ever so inviting.

Have you ever been to the south coast of Turkey? Being a native of Turkey, I have spent many happy childhood holidays at the west and south coast of  Turkey – beautiful turquoise sea, sun kissed sandy beaches, watermelon (favorite childhood fruit!) and delicious food to indulge; always looked forward to the holidays.

Lovely view and local plants from our friendly hotel, Ekinhan, Kalkan.

During the last 15 years or so, we have been a regular to the south coast of Turkey; Fethiye, Oludeniz, Kalkan, Marmaris and many more wonderful locations. The ever so inviting Mediterranean, olive trees, wonderful food and its people never disappointed us; always energizing, always inspiring and relaxing. Please check out the wonderful blog on Fethiye and surroundings, Turkey’s For Life ; I am sure you will be inspired by these amazing locations.

Fisherman and boats getting ready for the daily catch in Kalkan

We have been going back to Kalkan during the last 8 years, on and off. Apart from its quaint village and wonderful bays, it is the local, friendly people drawn us to this wonderful part of the world.

The quaint village of Kalkan, getting ready for the day

Wonderful pottery, locally made in Kalkan and Fethiye region.

Kalkan also have a vibrant, inspiring art scene; wonderful art galleries, artisan local pottery shops all so worth stopping by. I loved reading Turkish Travel Blog’s Kalkan – Inspiration on my solo holiday– do please check out her post on the art scene and inspirations Kalkan provided to many.

How about its people? I think wherever you go, it is the people, the locals you come across that make the difference. We have been lucky enough to meet and make friends with wonderful locals at the region – and always so nice to find them again there next time we visit!

Take our friend Coskun. He is a native of Kalkan, born and bred, has been in tourism industry for years already. He studies Tourism at University in Antalya, has worked in many different resorts so far. But it is in Kalkan he feels he is happier and belongs to. Always so friendly, can’t do enough for you kind of person, always with a smile – we do hope to see him next time we are there:)!

How about dear Buket? Another lovely local from Fethiye, with a big heart and smile.  Buket is not only a wonderful complementary therapist  but a very talented painter – another tribute to the art scene of the region-  Her optimism, zest for life is infectious.

One of Buket's lovely paintings, what a wonderful sunflower, isn't it?

And we do love the food in the region; surrounded by the wonderful olive trees, you are spoilt with the delicious olive oil, freshest fruit and vegetables. Here are a few samples of what we enjoyed;

Greek salad with a twist; using Turkish white cheese and olive oil this time.


Turkish flat bread with cheese and tomato; our regular lunch in Kalkan, so delicious.

The pide is baked freshly there in front of you with various toppings, so delicious and you can easily recreate at your home.  Here is my version of this delicious flat bread with cheese and tomato and various toppings, do hope you can have a go sometime.

My version of flatbreads with cheese&tomato, cheese&spinach and ground meat fillings

I wanted this post a little heartfelt tribute to the wonderful south coast of Turkey that has always called us back and filled us with inspirations and happiness. I truly hope you can make it there sometime – if so, please have a dive in to the turquoise Mediterranean for me too: )

Happy travels to you all!


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16 Responses to Glorious South Coast of Turkey – Kalkan, Fethiye, Oludeniz and more- & Its Wonderful People

  1. francesca September 3, 2012 at 11:41 am #

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    • Ozlem September 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

      Ciao Francesca,
      Many thanks for stopping by and your kind words, I would be delighted to check your blog:)

  2. Phil in the Kitchen September 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    The colour of the sea is so wonderful in your pictures – wish I was there right now. The food looks just right for summer days too.

    • Ozlem September 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

      It’s a winning combination, the sea, food, people; really hope you make it there sometime!

  3. CuisinedeProvence September 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm #

    I want to go there!

    • Ozlem September 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

      Me too. let’s move there! – for at least in the future, for some part of the year? no problems with dreaming:)

  4. Peri's Spice Ladle September 4, 2012 at 3:15 am #

    What beautiful pictures, Ozlem! Another scenic part of Turkey: the food, culture and people brought together so well…love the sunflower painting:) and watermelon was and still is one of my favorite fruits!

    • Ozlem September 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

      Oh Peri another spot we have to visit, in the list:) xx Ozlem

  5. Kath September 4, 2012 at 4:38 am #

    Merhaba Özlem,
    I couldn’t have more things to say than about this post..We were in Fethyie last June, and we enjoyed it a loooot. Our objective was to visit Oludeniz..especially the Blue lagoon, one of the top beaches in the world…and it merits absolutely its reputation: WOOOW! was our first word. There we captured an amazing and big turtle…in a photo (don’t worry), I think that was the best moment for the children:). Concerning the friendly people, I agree that they’re remarkably friendly..I think that living in such a heavenly place is one of the main reasons..We will never forget our friend Mehmet (he owns a restaurant in Oludeniz, but he is originally from… Antakya :)…Maybe you know him…

    • Ozlem September 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

      Merhaba Kath;
      I am so over the moon to hear your wonderful experience, amazing isn’t it, we just feel connected to certain places and its people have huge influence – and the landscape, and the food!:) Many thanks for sharing with us:)

  6. Turkey's For Life September 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    Aww, thank you for the mention Ozlem. It’s very easy to write about such a beautiful part of the world. And what a small world we live in, in Turkey. We don’t know her to speak to but we ‘know’ Buket through a friend. 🙂

    • Ozlem September 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

      You are so welcome Julia, you guys are an amazing ambassador for Fethiye region; amazing that you know Buket, she is lovely isn’t she?

  7. Judit and Corina @WineDineDaily September 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    Thank you Ozlem for the beautiful and delicious photos! We love Turkish food and hope to visit soon 🙂
    Greetings aus California

    • Ozlem September 6, 2012 at 9:31 am #

      Greetings to you too and you are very welcome 😉

  8. Susan September 6, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    Wow! I am so ready to return to Turkey! Thanks for all the lovely photos – they, at least, provide a mental vacation!

    • Ozlem September 6, 2012 at 9:30 am #

      You are so welcome Susan, hope you make it to Turkey soon!

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