Turkey
Oct 2022
1 week

Fethiye

A sunny, if not sleepy, seaside resort.

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A picturesque coastal town located on Turkey's Turquoise Coast, known for its stunning natural beauty and rich history.

The town is surrounded by lush greenery, rugged mountains, and crystal-clear waters, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Verdict:
Consider for a holiday

Fine for a week if passing through the region, but wouldn't travel there exclusively to work. It's too much of a holiday destination.

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Verdict:
Consider for a holiday

Fine for a week if passing through the region, but wouldn't travel there exclusively to work. It's too much of a holiday destination.

Verdict:
Consider for a holiday

Fine for a week if passing through the region, but wouldn't travel there exclusively to work. It's too much of a holiday destination.

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Verdict:
Consider for a holiday

Fine for a week if passing through the region, but wouldn't travel there exclusively to work. It's too much of a holiday destination.

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Turkish Lira (TRY)
170,000
🏝️ Great for a holiday

Summary

Having enjoyed all my previous trips to Turkey, in the Autumn of 2022 I wanted to visit as many places on the southern coast, doing a week stint in each place with Fethiye being the starting point.

Accommodation
Great
Good
Ok
Bad

A reasonable selection of Airbnbs, if staying for a short duration you may be better off in one of the many hotels.

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New legislation
Recent changes introduced by the Turkish government has made short-term rentals for under 100 days more restricted. Keep an eye on Reddit threads for up-to-date assessments of how the new legislation is impacting short-term rentals in practice.
Places to work
Great
Good
Ok
Bad

There was only one coworking place that I would consider working from which was somewhat close to capacity when I visited. If planning on working from there, I would strongly consider attempting to book ahead. oftime.

Value
Great
Good
Ok
Bad

As a predominantly tourist town with little local economy, Fethiye felt marginally more expensive than other areas on the southern coast.

It it located in the province of Muğla, which is considered to be one of the more expensive in the country. Still, in comparison internationally, it is very good value for money.

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Working hours
Great
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Turkey adheres to GMT+2 in summer, reverting to GMT+3 in winter due to the absence of daylight saving time practices.

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Where to stay

If planning on working from the Hippocampus coworking space, either of the destinations below are within an easy walking commute.

Would avoid
Recommended
Paspatur
The old town of Fethiye has the best selection of amenities and options for dining out, as well as a outdoor food market.
Would avoid
Recommended
Çalış
The northern part of the town also has a number of hotels and restaurants, popular with European holiday makers. Less ambience but closer to the beach.

Where to work

Hipokampüs
Top Choice
☕️ Good Coffee
📍 Top Location
🥗 On Site Cafe
🧍Community Focused
⭐️ Quality Fit Out
🌳 Outdoor Space

Easily accessible via foot from both the north and south of the town, Hipokampüs features desk options both inside and outside allowing for al-fresco working if the weather permits. There is an internal cafe serving drinks and snacks throughout the day and they offer a lunch time partnership with a local restaurant bringing you a locally made meal direct to your desk.

A surprisingly international demographic of people are to be found with a particularly high Russian population currently due to the influx in this area of the country. Stayed for a week and would have happily worked from there for much longer.

Remote work visa

No remote work visa
Remote work visa available
Remote work visa coming soon
If staying for a prolonged period, you may want to consider a dedicated visa for this destination.
This country is actively working on a visa support for remote workers.
Check your government website for details of how to obtain a tourist visa.
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To the best of my knowledge this information was correct as of 27th April 2024. If you notice something has changed drop me a message and I'll update it!

Citizen Remote is a great source of up to date knowledge for everything to do with remote work visas.

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Off-work

Spend a morning in Paspatur

A charming and historic district known for its cobblestone streets, vibrant bazaars, and traditional Ottoman-style buildings.

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Paraglide at Ölüdeniz

A hub for paragliders who depart from the neighbouring Babadağ mountain, the town is home to white sand beaches and only a 30 minute drive from Fethiye. I didn't do it myself but they appear visible in all of the surrounding skies.

Hike around Fethiye Peninsula

Great views and the tree lined walking paths provide a much welcomed respite from the heat.

Spend a morning in Paspatur

A charming and historic district known for its cobblestone streets, vibrant bazaars, and traditional Ottoman-style buildings.

Paraglide at Ölüdeniz

A hub for paragliders who depart from the neighbouring Babadağ mountain, the town is home to white sand beaches and only a 30 minute drive from Fethiye. I didn't do it myself but they appear visible in all of the surrounding skies.

Hike around Fethiye Peninsula

Great views and the tree lined walking paths provide a much welcomed respite from the heat.

Duration & season

In early October the weather was perfect each day, with clear blue skies and comfortable heat in the mid 20s. Like the rest of the Southern Coast, you can expect a long and consistent summer.

Food & drink

Peninsula Hike
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Walk
The mountains behind the old town give great views over the bay and provide some much needed shade.
Waterfront Run
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Run
The water front makes for a popular morning running route, before the temperatures get up too high.

People

There's a large expat community in the town but from what I could decipher, they tended to be from elder generations who have retired to the area, often from places in the West of Europe, with a noticeable number of British.

The remote work community comprises of mainly Russians as a result of the war in Ukraine, but this presence is less distinct than in Antalya.

Exercise

Peninsula Hike
The mountains behind the old town give great views over the bay and provide some much needed shade.
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Waterfront Run
The water front makes for a popular morning running route, before the temperatures get up too high.
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Peninsula Hike
The mountains behind the old town give great views over the bay and provide some much needed shade.
Waterfront Run
The water front makes for a popular morning running route, before the temperatures get up too high.

Verdict

Positives
  • A picturesque, quaint town.It is in a beautiful part of Turkey combining both neighbouring mountains and crystal clear waters.
  • Not too quiet out of season.Compared to other out of season resort towns I've visited it didn't feel as empty, with some degree of continuous local activity.
Negatives
  • Pretty small.You're likely to exhaust all the things you'd want to do there within a week.
Tips
  • There is easy onward travel to Antalya.If heading East, there are frequent buses, taking a scenic route over the mountains, lasting a few hours.
  • Dalaman Airport is renowned for being extortionately priced.Come prepared.
Planning a trip?
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