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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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Philippines Couples Vacation

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The Philippines is one of the least explored countries in Southeast Asia. While tourism has picked up over the last few years, it is still mostly a backpacker’s destination. That said, one recent trend has been the increase of couples, especially honeymooners, who come to the country in search of romantic, unspoiled beaches.

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Palawan’s hidden secrets

No one in his right mind would tell you to not visit Palawan, one of the most beautiful islands in the world. There is, however, ways to make your trip more special and help you avoid the crowds. The 2 most popular locations in Palawan are El Nido and Coron, both offering some of the most spectacular small islands and hidden lagoons you will ever see. The problem is there are literally hordes of tourists taking the island-hopping tours each day, so you never get to really enjoy those places to yourself.
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The alternative to that would be to go to the islands and beaches which are still off the tourist radar instead. In El Nido, a perfect solution would be to stay at the Qi Palawan resort and take their tours when you feel like it. This romantic boutique resort is owned by foreigners and standards are very high, it’s a perfect place for couples who want a romantic and private setting for their vacation. The resort is located about an hour’s drive from El Nido town and facing the other side of the bay, so it’s ideal for going on alternative tours.

For Coron, the same trick applies. The northern part of the island is much less developed but the beaches and scenery there is just as breathtaking. Near the area called San Jose there is a small pier called decalachao, from which you can go diving with sea cows, one of the most unique diving experiences the Philippines has to offer. Alternatively, you can also stay at the eastern side of the island, where more traditional island hopping tours are offered.

Siargao island – the next Boracay

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What used to be one of the best hidden secrets and an ultimate backpacker destination is now quickly turning into a crowded tourist mecca. Now might be your last chance of going there and enjoying some peace and quiet before this happens. If you do go there, make sure you check for availability and book your stay in advance. luckily, there are plenty of places offering homestays, dormitory and Airbnb style accommodation, so finding room on a budget is still relatively quite easy.

The main area in Siargao is called General Luna, and it stretches out all the way into Cloud Nine beach. That beach also has quite a few hotels right next to it, since it is considered one of the best surfing spots in the world and is the original reason why Siargao picked up traction among tourists.

The best way to enjoy Siargao is by renting a motorbike and going on adventures yourself. The organized tours are cheap and quite fun, but you can easily get to all the cool places even without them. When you explore by yourself you get a chance to be on your own itinerary and stop anytime you see something interesting. And believe us, there is plenty to see in Siargao – hidden white sand beaches, thick jungles and stunning landscape all around.

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Macau:

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Las Vegas:

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Atlantic City:

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