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Devouring seafood at the Fethiye Fish Market

The Fethiye fish market is the place where you will find the best restaurants in Fethiye. As well as the tastiest, freshest and cheapest seafood too.

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Seafood and local markets. Two things that we love to devour and explore when we are travelling. Combine the two into one evening at the Fethiye Fish Market, and you have us salivating at the very thought.

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Eating at the Fethiye Fish Market

While we were in Turkey last year for ANZAC Day and our epic Busabout Sail Turkey cruise we found one of the best restaurants we have ever been to.

We are always on the look out for excellent food when we travel. And when a recommendation is handed to you from a local at your accommodation, you should listen. Our host at the Fethiye Guesthouse hostel had told us that the freshest, tastiest, and some of the cheapest, seafood in Fethiye was to be found at the local Fethiye fish market.

We didn’t need much convincing.

Fethiye Fish Markets

After a crazy and unique hamam Turkish bath with semi-naked Turkish men we were ready for a giant meal.

But finding the local fish markets in Fethiye is just the beginning.

Walking the streets of Fethiye you wouldn’t realise that tucked away in one of the squares is a fish market. From the outside the square looks like a regular block of shops. Jewellers, tour companies and local supermarkets sit side-by-side hiding the gem inside.

It isn’t until you walk through one of the four arched entrances into the open aired courtyard that the Fethiye fish market is revealed in all its glory.

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Fethiye Fish Market

As you step from under the awnings you mind begins to piece together the scene in front of your eyes.

Surrounding the square on all sides are tables covered with white linen and sparkling dinner sets. Each lit from above with paper lanterns.

In the middle of the square sits a brightly lit stand with local fishermen jostling together selling their fresh bounty from that days expedition on the Aegean Sea. Each fisherman takes up a small shelf of shaved ice piled high with squid, fish, mussels and prawns.

Fethiye Restaurants

The seafood stand in the middle is where all the action is.

Seeing the confusing spreading across our faces we were approached by one of the English speaking waiters. He quickly explained that we were to select and pay for our dinner from any of the fishermen. They would prepare our seafood to our liking whether it was prawns with shells off, chopped calamari or whole snapper.

We  would then bring our bounty in plastic bags back to the restaurant of our choice where for a measly 6 – 8 Turkish Lira (US$4 – 5) they would cook our seafood. Included in the price was all you can eat salad and bread. A bargain.

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Strolling around the stand several times we were waved in with friendly smiles and broken English.

While the fishermen were all competing with one another, they were all clearly friends. The mixed banter between them as they enticed us to their stalls was good-natured and there was a lot of it.

With so many options it was hard to decide on what we wanted to eat. But as a sucker for calamari, that was immediately diced and thrown into our bag. As well as king prawns, a side of quickly filleted fish, and a couple of pieces of tender salmon for good measure.

Restaurants in Fethiye

Handing our bags of fresh seafood over to our waiter we began downing the local Turkish beer, Efes, and watching as other locals and tourists joined the throngs in the square.

It wasn’t long before we were tucking into our meals. Each plate was perfectly cooked to our specific liking. Each morsel as succulent as the next. And with 8 of us in our group there was a lot of sharing and mixing of meals as we all wanted to try what others had.

The Fethiye fish market was the perfect way to finish another incredible day in Fethiye.

What do you think of the Fethiye fish market? Sound amazing?!

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27 Comments

  1. Lillie - @WorldLillie

    March 5, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    This looks delicious!!!

    • Cole Burmester

      March 5, 2013 at 8:19 AM

      So nice being able to have fresh seafood cooked straight from the market place 😉

  2. wandering educators

    March 5, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    YUM, yum, yum, yum! I’d go to turkey just to eat there.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 5, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      There are a million reasons to go to Turkey, but you are definitely right! Food is one of the main ones 😉

  3. Jemma

    March 5, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Wow seafood! It looks really lovely to eat there.

    I also love restaurants where you can catch your own fish. Have you tried that?

    • Cole Burmester

      March 5, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      Back in New Zealand we always catch our own seafood, but I haven’t ever seen it done in a restaurant! Where do they do that Jemma?

      • Jemma

        March 7, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        Here in our country, there are restaurants where they allow their customers to catch their own fish and then they just cook the seafood for the guests.

        Usually, cottages are places over a pond to allow the guests to fish… 🙂

        • Cole Burmester

          March 7, 2013 at 11:51 AM

          That would be very cool to see! We will be in SE Asia towards the end of the year so hopefully we can try it out 😉

  4. Kristy

    March 6, 2013 at 5:14 AM

    The fish looks fresh and the wet market is so clean. I also like calamari and having a fresh ingredients for that dish is superb!

    • Cole Burmester

      March 6, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      The Fethiye fish markets were very yummy indeed! The fact that you get all you can eat salad at the restaurant makes it great value too 🙂

  5. Terry at Overnight New York

    March 6, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Wow — sounds (and looks) scrumptious!

    • Cole Burmester

      March 6, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      It really was delicious 🙂 We went back twice haha.

  6. Turkey's For Life

    March 6, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    One of our local haunts. In fact one of the guys in your photos is our regular fishmonger. A shame we didn’t catch up but glad you enjoyed the fish market. 🙂
    Julia

    • Cole Burmester

      March 7, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      Surprised we didn’t snap a photo of you guys in the background haha. Hopefully we will return one day soon as Turkey is definitely one of our favourite places we have been so far! And we will definitely touch base when that happens 🙂

  7. Bethaney - Flashpacker Family

    March 7, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    Looks delicious. I’m keen to get to Turkey for ANZAC day at some point.

    • Cole Burmester

      March 7, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      ANZAC Day in Turkey was such an amazing experience. I wish every Kiwi (and Aussie) could experience it because it really made an impact on what our grandfathers and great-grandfathers did, not only for our country, but for the whole world.

  8. Larissa

    March 9, 2013 at 4:10 AM

    The fish looks so fresh, and the market so clean (much more so than Sydney). I could eat there every day!

    • Cole Burmester

      March 9, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      It was very fresh as the Fethiye fish markets are just a couple of minutes from the boat docks. The whole of Fethiye is beautiful right on the harbour.

  9. Tom @ Waegook Tom

    March 11, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    This looks fantastic! I was in Fethiye for 5 days a few years ago, can’t believe I missed this out! Another reason to make a trip back there…

    • Cole Burmester

      March 11, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      The seafood was so fresh. Definitely worth an extra trip!

  10. Shivangi

    March 18, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    this looks so good,you must try the local fish markets in Kerala and Goa whenever you guys make it to India !!

    • Cole Burmester

      March 18, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      The local fish markets in India would be AMAZING! Definitely on our bucket list 😉

  11. Nat

    April 22, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Stamping my feet because your photos are so much better than mine. Went there over two years ago and still to write my article about. Do you think I am a bit behind?! 🙂

    Other point is I think we chose the wrong restaurant. The meal was not that nice so want to go back but to a different one.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 22, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      My post was only a year or so late so not doing too badly 😉 We went back twice to the same one (can’t remember the name unfortunately) but they had blue and white table cloths 🙂

  12. Liv

    August 4, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    I ate at the fish market regularly when I lived in Fethiye and I Really miss it! Thanks for the reminder of how good it is!

  13. Michael

    March 5, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    We always go to the fish market. It would be absolutely perfect if there was a sea and sunset view but we can’t have everything!

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Making the Most of your Holiday Adventure in India

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A vast country with stunning landscapes and incredible contrasts of culture, India is perfect for a holiday adventure. Whether you are looking to soak in the natural landscapes or explore the historic landmarks, it will be a humbling experience that you will remember for a lifetime. Well, here are some tips to make the most out of your adventure trip in India.

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Cover the maximum amount of ground

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Immerse in the culture

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Invent a new way to travel

The joy of a trip in India lies not in the destination but the journey. There are plenty number of ways you can reinvent you journey across the swathing country – from camel rides to caravans. Forget airplanes and rails for a moment and choose the way of the locals. Boat rides, local buses and minivans can be great ways to hitchhike across the beautiful country. In the meantime, you can go for adventure activities like river rafting, paragliding, bungee jumping, and more. An incredible mix of old and new means of travel will always keep you at your feet.

Be alert and be safe

Lastly, and regardless of which part of the world you are visiting, it is always advisable to be aware of your surrounding and the people and culture you step into. It will be necessary to always stay in touch, be it emergency or just about giving updates about your trip to folks back home. Apps like Viber Out offer cheap calls to Vietnam and can be an incredible and pocket friendly way to be connected. Just pick up a local SIM card and go for a data plan that covers your internet requirements. In this world of technology, you are never too far from help!

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Fukuoka: The Relaxing Side of Japan You Don’t Want to Miss

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The Japanese people are famous for their hard-working nature and immense attention to time management. If you visit cities like Tokyo, you will quickly notice how everything runs like clockwork. You will also pick up how everything feels rushed and that time is always of the essence. Even the train system considers a 1 minute delay worthy of a formal apology. Despite the culture for hard work, Japan is a very exciting place to visit. Tokyo is home to some amazing spots that will keep you dazzled throughout your stay. It is also worth noting that Japan has a more relaxed side; a side that you will get to see the next time you visit Fukuoka.

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Despite being very relaxed and laid back, Fukuoka still offers something for everyone. The next time you take a trip to Japan, make sure this city and its marvellous attractions are in your itinerary.

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Tibet Cycling: The Complete Guide to Lhasa to Ganden Monastery Cycling Tour

Tibet Cycling: The Complete Guide to Lhasa to Ganden Monastery Cycling Tour

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Tibet appeals to travellers in many ways. The first and most important thing is the beautiful natural scenery. However, Tibet is a bit different from the other scenic spots. There is a charm to this place, which is not found anywhere. Travellers have a mind which wanders and loves to explore new things. They can get this experience for their Tibet travel as the various associated activities can completely thrill them. From photography to trekking and cycling, the options never seem to end.

Almost everyone is well acquainted with the various joys of cycling in Tibet, the atmosphere is absolutely perfect. Tourists can pass through several spots and they can enjoy every bit of this beautiful natural land. Cycling happens on various routes and these routes have to be understood thoroughly. In this article, we will discuss about the cycling tour to Ganden Monastery from Lhasa and provide you every detail that you need.

Why travel to Ganden Monastery?

Tibetan Buddhism has a unique appeal which calms the soul of all wanderers. They are struck by wanderlust and the monasteries in Tibet, offer them something to cherish about forever. For those who love religious places, Tibet has plenty of offerings. The monasteries, the temples and the rituals, Tibet’s heritage have always echoed through the ages.  This brings us to Ganden Monastery, which is truly a magical place. It is an absolute wonder in front of the eyes and the viewers are left completely captivated. This was the very first monastery, which laid the foundation of Tibetan Buddhism. The vast expanse of land on Tibet’s western site is absolutely heavenly. Emperor Yongzheng who was from Qing Dynasty gave a very special name to this monastery and called it “Yong Tai”. Situated at a height of 3,800m from the sea’s level, the elevation is majestic. Lagyi Hall, Angyiukang, Yangbagyain Hall are the major construction in this monastery.

Located 47Km away from the capital city of Lhasa, this monastery witnesses a huge influx of people every year. This is an important structure as far as Tibet’s cultural heritage is conserved and it is preserved for this reason. The cultural and artistic significance is terrific and Ganden will always be the centre of Tibet’s attraction. It joins the famous Sera Monastery in a unique list, which also features Drepung Monastery. These three temples are considered “great” and the visitors value them greatly. Tibetan Buddhism features many activities and some of them are grand and marvellous. Once in a year, a giant picture of Buddha is unfolded and it easily attracts disciples from all parts of the country. Cycling to this monastery can provide a great experience, but you must follow the basic guidelines. Once these points are followed, your trip will not only be great, it will be perfect.

Highlights of the amazing cycling tour from Lhasa to Ganden Monastery

Cyclists are of different types and they begin their journey, by having different trips in their minds. We have introduced trips of various lengths and they are tailor-made for each type of traveller. Some people can opt for the short and customized tour, while, others can choose the longer version. The distance from Tibet’s Lhasa to this amazing monastery can vary slightly, depending on the route taken. Cyclists have to travel 60Km to reach their destination and not much difficulty is faced in the process.  Don’t forget to be in a relaxed mood, as you take this trip. Lhasa is a great spot to be in the right frame of mind and two days can be easily spent here.  The famous trip begins from Lhasa River and cyclists go upstream.  Picturesque villages and some amazing farmlands fall between that and they are just perfect. Reaching Ganden is easy and once you reach here, your soul will be touched by a positive vibe. The environment is filled with peacefulness and everything seems perfect here. One night can be spent here to soak in the feeling. The return journey can start next day and Chubuxi village falls in the route. Tibet is all about the unique lifestyle of the locals and this is something you can’t afford to miss.  From Chubuxi, the trekking trip to Samye commences.

The most classic 6 days Lhasa and Ganden Monastery Bike tour, you will enjoy the cycling joy and Tibet wonderful natural landscape and Tibetan monasteries architecture. Most tourists can complete this short ride after relaxing yourself in Lhasa for two days. The ride route begains upstream along the Lhasa River, and you will pass some farmlands and small villages. Then arrive in Gandan monastery, one of six Gelug sect monasteries, and worship this famous monastery. Then you are expected to spend a night at Gandan monastery to experience the peaceful environment. Next day, you will head back to Lhasa, and visit Chubuxi village at the foot of Gandan monastery. On the way you can experience the daily life of local people. Moreover, Chubuxi village is the starting point of Ganden to Samye trek. Finally we move back to Lhasa and the ride ends.

Tackling the changing altitude on the way to Ganden Monastery

The altitude in Lhasa is about 3600m, and that of Ganden Monastery is 3800m. There is no strict change of altitude, so it’s relatively easy for travellers who want to try short cycling in Tibet.  Cycling is a strenuous activity and it can take a toll on your health. That being said, cycling in the rough terrains of Tibet is even more challenging. Ganden is situated high above the normal sea level and this steep rise can often weaken cyclists. The high altitude woes will continue, if proper precaution is not taken. Carrying additional oxygen cylinders is a must and this should be done in advance. The temperature changes greatly and travellers should also be aware of this. However, if you choose us for this trip, everything becomes easier. The freezing months can pose a far bigger threat and that should be avoided at all costs.

The perfect time to take Lhasa – Ganden Monastery cycle tour

Tibet embraces every season fabulously, though the conditions are not favourable every time. Travellers and especially cyclists must understand the timing absolutely well. If the activity is done in a pleasant month instead of the harsh winter, the fun can increase manifold. The best time for cycling is from May to October because good weather and temparature. The other months can be targeted as well, but the safety issues become important in the hilly roads.

Getting the Tibet Travel Permit – How can we help?

Exploring Tibet is a fun activity, but Tibet travel permits matter greatly. Foreign travellers must fulfil the necessary travel guidelines to get in this region and we can help you from all sides. We make the process easier, by getting you the right documents at the right time.

What to pack for this cycle tour? – Bicycle Rent and Other Tips

Taking the most essential things can do the job here. The all-important ID card and travel permit is absolutely essential and it gets the first priority. Take a medium-sized backpack to put in your things and pack it with the right kind of warm clothes. Waist packs also come in handy, as they store many important things. This is a place where you will see high elevation, so oxygen should be there in abundance. Avoid getting sunburn by taking a good sun-screen cream or lotion and lastly don’t miss out on the medicines. Helmets and other cycling wear can be taken, as it is very essential. The bicycle can be rented easily and it is supplied by the tour operator itself. An important trip in this aspect would be to prepare for the changing weather. It can stay sunny or it can rain, so plan accordingly.

The challenges in Tibet are quite tough, but it will gift you an experience, which you will not forget in a long time. Cycling here is precious and it is an important aspect that strengthens Tibet’s tourism.

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