ABOUT FETHIYE REGION
Fethiye is a large region of South West Turkey sitting along Turkey’s stunning Turquoise coast. The area has long lured property investors and holidaymakers attracted by its diverse beauty, wealth of history, year round facilities and laid back lifestyle. Offering an alluring mix of traditional villages and lively seaside resorts all nestled into a backdrop of rugged pine-clad mountains – there’s property in Fethiye to suit all tastes and budgets.
The area of Fethiye is primarily known as home to the Blue Lagoon of Oludeniz, the signature coastal image for Turkey. This beautiful bay and its picture perfect setting attracts tourists from around the world in their droves. Residential development in the bay itself is prohibited leaving the nearby resorts of Hisaronu, Ovacik, Calis and Uzumlu the most popular choice for property investment in the region – although there are many additional locations to consider as-well.
Central Fethiye is a popular investment choice for Turks and foreigners that want to benefit from the excellent amenities and transport links, or stay clear of the busy tourist resorts. It’s no surprise that the town is so popular, it has been fought over for centuries – its mix of history, traditional charm and contemporary lifestyle romances most people that visit. A local saying is very true, “visit Fethiye once and you are sure to return”.
Fethiye town centre boasts a long impressive harbour front and newly extended promenade. This restaurant and bar lined walkway stretches from up-market Karagozler to the east, with its deluxe private marina and boutique hotels, to the popular beach resort of Calis to the west. A new bicycle lane and running/walking path runs along the majority of the seafront stretch giving a popular alternative to driving or taking the bus into town. Sit at a Fethiye seafront cafe and you are blessed with picture-postcard views towards Sovalye Island, the larger of 12 islands circling the Fethiye gulf. Much of the harbour front has been reclaimed, modernised and extended over the years earning it the nickname ‘millionaires row’. Here you enjoy a bustling café and restaurant scene fed by regular sea-taxi services from Calis, ferry services to the Greek Island of Rhodes and gullet cruises popular with those wanting to tour the striking turquoise coast. The properties looking onto the strip are priced understandably high given the views and location. The town centre is an eclectic mix of old world and new generation. It offers a good high street with modern shops, brand names, supermarkets, a cinema, banks, live music venues and Turkish and international restaurants. Recognised food and fashion chains and fast food outlets are also in good supply. Turn down a side street and you are drawn into a cool vine covered enclave of traditional bazaars in Paspatur, Fethiye’s ‘old town’. Housed in traditional shuttered Ottoman buildings, Paspatur has an collection of craft and carpet stores, jewellers, tea houses, cafes, spice and leather shops set around a warren of small squares cooled by overhead water sprays – an ideal escape in the height of Turkey’s summer heat. The majority of properties in central Fethiye are apartments, normally without a pool and built to appeal to the local Turkish market. As the town has developed, so has the housing market. Alongside older traditional apartments, newly built developments have sprung up. Prices of property in central Fethiye tend to start at around £40,000 for a traditional 2 bed apartment, and rise to £1 million+ on the rare occasion a villa along the new seafront becomes available. Prices do creep up for modern builds, and the closer you get to the new the seafront, expect to pay more – a premium if you want a sea view. There are a few houses and villas scattered close to the centre, but these rarely come on the market and if they do, they tend to sell quickly.
TASYAKA & DELIKTAS
Tasyaka and Deliktas are popular residential suburbs of Fethiye. They are situated around a 5 minute bus ride or drive along the Hisaronu/Oludeniz road from Fethiye town centre.
Until around 2008, only a few apartment blocks spread over the farmland and both areas were mainly populated by Turks taking advantage of the cheap property on offer and close proximity to the town centre. Recently both Tasyaka and Deliktas have grown and now a nice mix of local and foreign residents are now in residence. The main through road is packed full of supermarkets, shops, bakeries and patisseries. The transport links are excellent to Fethiye, Hisaronu and Oludeniz. A new shopping mall, Erasta AVM, has been built within easy reach of both areas providing a good mix of high street shops, coffee houses, cafes, a modern cinema, bowling, fast food court and children’s soft play centre. The area also has a good selection of public and private schools, nurseries and colleges. Property wise apartment blocks and complexes are commonplace. Some modern blocks were built with foreign residents in mind featuring pools and/or complex facilities. These tend to come with a higher price. Towards the rear of Tasyaka, as you start heading up the steep mountain road towards Hisaronu and Oludeniz, you find what’s known locally as ‘Tasyaka Hills’. Many of the properties here offer stunning sea views across Fethiye bay and the islands beyond. This area now has a couple of boutique restaurants and hotels that have become popular venue for weddings and celebrations. Considering the views, prices in this area are normally reasonable, with apartments starting at as little as £45,000.
Oludeniz is one of the most popular resorts in Turkey, it’s famous blue lagoon the signature coastal image for the country. This small bay, sat at the foot of majestic pine-clad mountains, has lured holidaymakers and investors to coastal Turkey for many years.
Tourists flock to this sophisticated little resort each summer, all keen to enjoy its lovely array of restaurants, beach bars, hotels and boutiques. Visitors marvel at the bays stunning turquoise and aquamarine waters that has earned Oludeniz its worthy title of one of the most beautiful places in the world. The small bay of Oludeniz is protected meaning no residential building can take place. Those looking to invest in the area need to look towards the popular resorts of Hisaronu or Ovacik, a short five minute bus ride up the hill, where there is a wide choice of apartments and villas available. Alternatively, for those seeking the glorious sea views and a little peace and tranquility, the developing village of Faralya, 20 minutes further along the mountain road from the bay, is a good option.
HISARONU & OVACIK
The hillside resort of Ovacik and its lively neighbour Hisaronu straddle the mountain road leading from Fethiye to Oludeniz. Lying in the foothills of the majestic Babadag Mountain, both areas are a firm favourites with holiday makers and property investors owing to the close proximity to one of Turkeys finest beaches and the wide choice of recreational activities, restaurants, private villas and apartments on offer.
Ten years ago Hisaronu and Ovacik were a fraction of the size they are now. They were sleepy villages where you were more likely to run into goats rather than tourists. Both areas grew quickly as the demand for accommodation near Oludeniz rose. Family-run and budget hotels started appearing, followed by boutique hotels and larger all-inclusive resorts. From 2004 to 2012 there was a surge in residential and commercial property development . Countless apartments, villas and complexes were built in styles suiting most tastes and budgets. Thankfully the protected pine forests that surround Hisaronu and Ovacik have helped limit development meaning there are now relatively few building plots left in either location, the few that are tend to be owned by the large developers or more prominent local families. For this reason Oceanwide Properties tend to only work with a couple of developers in Hisaronu and Ovacik. The majority of the properties we have for sale are resales with apartments starting at around £50,000 and villas from £110,000.
Yesil Uzumlu when translated means ‘with green grapes’. This is where the village takes its name from – the abundance of grapevines (uzum) that grow in the area. Renowned for its local wine making, the village is just 15km from Fethiye (20 minutes drive) and is growing in popularity with overseas investors who relish in its locally grown produce and outstanding, almost alpine, vistas.
Uzumlu is an ideal country escape. Surrounded by rolling fields filled with grape, citrus, almond and olive groves, babbling brooks and pine forests. Towards the rear of the village lies the ancient ruins of Cadianda, a popular stop off on rural jeep safaris. The area is at its prettiest in springtime when its fields burst into life with a beautiful array of poppies and wild flowers. Gourmets will delight in its annual Morel (Kuzu Gobegi) mushroom festival. The village has many old wood and stone houses and narrow lanes giving it great character so far removed from the commercial holiday resorts just a 20 minute drive away. This area offers an escape yet is within a short distance of the coast and all necessary amenities. Uzumlu has developed an established foreign ex-pat community as a result. The village centre has a good selection of local restaurants, cafes, mini-markets and a weekly fresh produce market where all the essentials can be purchased. As Uzumlu sits inland, buyers are often able to gain more property for their money compared to estates in prominent beach side and resort locations. There is a good selection of private villas and the occasional apartment on offer at very reasonable prices from £80,000.
Seydikemer, previously known as ‘Kemer’, should not be confused with the purpose built Kemer resort in Antalya. Kemer near Fethiye is the polar opposite. Seydikemer is small traditional Turkish working town largely dependent on farming. It’s located just a 35 minute drive towards Antalya from Fethiye. Seydikemer has a peaceful and traditional atmosphere and feels a world away from the nearby tourist resorts. The area was only granted town status in 2014 with the ‘Seydi’ prefix added to take into account the merging of neighbouring villages including one called Seydiler.
Today Seydikemer is a patchwork quilt of open fields with a river running through the town and the pine clad Taurus mountains surrounding it – the views are superb. The centre is very Turkish with plenty of day to day shops, a few restaurants, lokantas, cafes, tea houses and a weekly open market. The majority of the residents are Turkish but the area has grown in popularity over the last 10 years meaning you do run into the occasional foreigner happily enjoying life with the locals. Seydikemer has everything you need for everyday living and transport links are excellent to Fethiye and local surrounding villages. Patara beach, one of the regions finest, is 30 minutes away and the ski centre at Seki is under an hour. Nearby places of interest include Saklikent gorge, the antique site of Tlos and the natural beauty of Yaka Park. If you are seeking an escape to the country but still want the bright lights within reach, Seydikemer may appeal. Perhaps one of the main reasons to invest in Seydikemer is that you do get more for your money with substantial villas and properties with larger plots of land starting at around £90,000.
Gocek, or “Kalimche” as it was once known, is set at the north-west end of the Gulf of Fethiye and is renowned as Turkeys yachtsman choice. Situated equidistant between Dalaman and Fethiye, the port of Gocek is a small, charming and sophisticated town blessed with magnificent scenery and a lovely selection of high-end boutique shops, hotels and cafes.
We have all heard the adage “Location. Location. Location”, well this is certainly apt here. Gocek is one of the most prized postcodes along Turkeys Turquoise coast. Many celebrities, the rich and wealthy have either purchased holiday homes or moor their mega-yachts in one of Gocek’s six marinas – it’s not un-common to spot a star or two dining in one of the fancy restaurants along the harbour front. It will come as no surprise that the prices of property in Gocek come at a premium. The whole of Turkey is steeped in myth and legend and Gocek is no exception. Locals would have you believe that it is here that Icarus plummeted into the sea following his famous flight whilst trying to escape imprisonment from the tower. The port has been popular with yachtsmen throughout history, given shelter to passing ships and even pirates according to some. The waters around Gocek are glorious homing a number of pretty coves and 12 islands. The backdrop is spectacular – pine forest covered mountains surround the centre with the main Dalaman to Fethiye highway winding through the back, separating the flat town centre from the Gocek hills with their luxury villas and mansions. The area was officially designated a Registered Area of Special Protection in 1988. Thankfully that helped limit development and mass tourism – you won’t find any high-rise hotels or cramped housing here! Gocek is a far more peaceful and charming resort. The centre provides all the necessary amenities, shops, mini-markets, supermarkets, alongside the fancy high-end boutiques, international restaurants and cool shaded bistros. If you have a healthy budget and are looking at investing in a more sophisticated coastal resort, or perhaps have a yacht and are looking for a property near a marina, Gocek may be for you. All development in Gocek is strictly monitored. Houses are no more that two stories high with maybe an attic or basement conversion in some cases. The area is still relatively unspoiled and property in Gocek keeps its price and tends to rise significantly in value over time. There is a good selection of villas starting at around £200,000 to well over £1 million, and a few apartments with price tags starting from around £130,000.
TRANSPORT LINKS TO/FROM FETHIYE REGION
Airports – Dalaman International Airport is within an easy 45 minute drive from most Fethiye locations. It provides regular direct flights to most UK and popular European destinations throughout the summer months and via Istanbul off season.
Buses – Fethiye has a modern bus station (otogar) running scheduled services throughout Turkey and local buses (dolmus) operate a frequent jump on/off services along most streets.
Rhodes Hydrofoil – A hydrofoil runs most days throughout the summer to the Greek island of Rhodes. It takes passengers the 90 minute crossing leaving early morning, returning early evening. This is booked locally via tour/travel agents.