Wed 21 Apr 2010 20:46
Wednesday 21st April 2010
Headed into the bay at Fethiye on Monday morning and went ashore to explore. Fethiye town is mainly new as the old town was virtually destroyed by earthquakes but the area nearest to where we moored is full of shops, bars and restaurants with a wonderful fish market where you can chose fish and have it cooked at one of the many restaurants in the square, there is also a large separate vegetable market. Looked at various options of trips to local sites and decided to hire car for next day. Picked up car Tuesday morning and drove up to Tlos - the home of the legendary hero Bellerophontes and his magical horse Pegasus. We were the only people at the site and saw the amazing Lycian rock tombs and Roman amphitheatre. From there we drove to Saklikent Gorge and due to the height of the water stripped and put on plastic shoes to be led up the Gorge by a canyon guide which was a bit hairy as the water was cold, deep and very fast flowing and the plastic shoes filled with grit and became very painful to walk in! The Gorge itself is amazing and well worth seeing. After a visit to Xanthos and more amazing Lycian tombs and ruins we headed over the mountain route back which was not the best idea as the road soon turned into a stoney track which wound up over 3,000 ft mountains (single track with a sheer drop to the sea!! Syd threw a wobbler and threatenened to get out and walk!) and a fuel warning light which ominously glowed for the whole journey. After freewheeling down to Olu Deniz managed to get fuel in Ovacik but definitely on borrowed time! Wednesday spent around Fethiye and planning to leave Thursday.