Stuffed Vine Leaves

A taste you will never forget.

Yaprak Sarma or stuffed vine leaves are delicious and a favourite dish throughout Turkey, if you have never tried them then you should definitely put them on your list of foods to try. The variety of food in Turkey is endless; Turks pride themselves on mouth-watering flavours, freshness, and a never-ending amount of dishes that are bought to the table.

The true origin of this dish is unknown however various countries have their take on this dish and in TurkeyGreece, Iran, ArmeniaLebanon, and the Middle East the fillings and presentation are different.

 The first written mention of stuffed vine leaves was in 335 BC, Allegedly as Alexander marched into the city of Thebes there was a grand welcome from both his generals and soldiers, at the feast it is written that there was a multitude of platters of stuffed vine leaves.

The best edible grape leaf used in the making of Yaprak Sarma is the Sultana, also known as the Thompson seedless. A great source of Vitamin K, eating stuffed vine leaves promotes a healthy heart, helps with blood coagulation, and vitamin K also helps with the binding of calcium in the bones. They are also packed with strong antioxidant properties.

Why not have a go yourself.

Here is a simple recipe for Turkish Stuffed Vine Leaves (Yaprak Sarma), of course, you can buy them readymade but the taste and the smell of homemade stuffed vine leaves is worth the effort. You can buy the leaves themselves all ready to wrap in most supermarkets, you can also buy from the local markets these are homemade and delicious….or you could blanche your own.


1lb pickled grape leaves, pickled in brine then washed and drained
4 medium onions, diced
2 cups rice, washed under cold water and drained
1 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped finely
1⁄2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon dried mint flakes
1 teaspoon allspice
1⁄8 teaspoon black pepper
1⁄8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons lemon salt
1⁄2 lemon, juice of
Cooking time: 2hrs 30mins Serves: 10 Makes Approx 40 stuffed vines leaves


Dice the onions and sauté till translucent with 1/4 cup of olive oil.
Add rice and stir constantly for 5-10 minutes until the rice is also translucent.
Add the spices (dried mint, cinnamon, lemon salt, allspice, black pepper, and sugar) and chopped parsley.
After another quick stir, add 1/2 cup of boiling water and simmer on low medium heat for 15-20 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed by the rice mixture.

Take off the heat and let cool.
And now for the fun part, put a spoonful of the cooled mixture in the centre of the leaf, fold the sides inwards and then roll the leaf into a cylinder.
As the final step, spread a layer of vine leaves on the bottom of a large and heavy pot (to prevent the stuffed leaves that you will be eating from burning).

Lay all your stuffed vine leaves side by side and tuck very tightly.
Transfer the remaining 1/4 cups of olive oil, juice of half a lemon, and 2 cups of boiling water, cover with a plate upside down (so that they don’t move around in boiling water), and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the water is absorbed (45-60 minutes).
Transfer to your serving dish and let cool.

If your dream is to live in Turkey, enjoy the warmth of the sun throughout most of the year, and feast on delicious foods then look no further, At Oceanwide Properties we want to help you find your dream home.

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Erasta shopping centre entrance

Erasta – More Than Just A Shopping Centre

Erasta opened in 2014. It was, and still is, the only large shopping centre in Fethiye and lies on the outskirts of town near the main bus station.

However Erasta is more than just a shopping centre and is somewhere you are bound to visit frequently after you’ve purchased your new property in Fethiye.

Erasta has many clothing shops featuring the most well-known local brands such as LC Waikiki, Defacto, Koton and Colins.

But over its three floors it also has a Migros, barbers, homewares, toy shops, shoe shops, and much more.

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Erasta Refreshment Options

If you want to meet a friend for a chat and a coffee, Erasta can help you with that too.

Around the outside of the building are numerous coffee shops, perfect places for a catch up.

In addition, you will find a food concourse on the top floor where you can grab a selection of fast food.

Entertainment Options

Also on the top floor is a children’s area where your kids can play and generally keep themselves entertained.

On the same floor are a bowling alley and a cinema which often shows blockbusters in English.

Opening times are 10am until late seven days a week. Please note that at time of publishing you are still required to wear a mask whilst inside, and must show your HES code upon entering.

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Delights of The Whirling Dervish

Known in English as a Whirling Dervish, this mesmerizing spinning spiritual group is initiated on the Sufi path. They spin as a form of worship, dedication, and discipline. The whirling dance is part is the Sema ceremony and the participants are called Semezans. At the end of the dance, they cross their arms over their chest and bow, this signifies their return to subservience.

Whirling Dervishes and the winds in the southern hemisphere always turn anti-clockwise. A Dervish must take vows of poverty and, similar to Christian monks, live in monastic conditions. Spinning is their way of worshipping God. The four main principles of Sufism are, Repentance, Sincerity, Remembrance, and Love.

Where it all began.

Founded originally in Turkestan (modern-day Kazakstan), the movement moved and grew dramatically throughout India. In the 13th century Persian born Jalaluddin Rumi (1207-1273), a poet and famous Muslim Sufi, started the whirling dervish ceremonies as a form of meditation. At this time, he was living in Konya, the capital of the Selcuk Empire.
Whirling Dervishes are very popular today in Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Senegal.

Whilst watching this beautiful spiritual dance many often wonder how a Dervish can continue to spin and not get dizzy. The training takes a long time to perfect. Dervishes slowly increase the number of turns over time the brain becomes less sensitive to the information it receives.

Where can you see the Whirling Dervishes whilst in Turkey?

There are many orders in Konya and this is the most authentic place to see them. They also travel across Turkey from time to time. In Istanbul, there is a famous hall where every Sunday at 17:00 a ceremony can be witnessed. The hall is on Galipdede Caddesi at the end of Istiklal Caddesi.

The richness and diversity that Turkey has to offer are one of the reasons that people visit and ultimately end up living here. If you would like to know more about property in Turkey, we are here to help.

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Picnic Time

In Fethiye having a picnic with family or friends is an important part of the social calendar.

With restaurants, cafes and bars having been closed for much of the time due to the pandemic, picnics are now more popular than ever.

Once you’ve settled into your very own property in Fethiye you may quite fancy indulging in one yourself.

Any Time Is Good For A Picnic

The joy of picnicking in Fethiye is that there are no set rules. You can gather for breakfast or lunch or dinner with a large group. Or an afternoon snack or cup of çay with a friend may be more to your liking.

More importantly, anywhere is considered a good location to settle down for a few hours.

You may prefer sitting on the grass on the Fethiye promenade watching the famous Fethiye sunset whilst sharing your food with one of the friendly local street dogs.

Or choose to spend a few hours on the beach so you can cool off in the sea between mouthfuls.

Picnic on the Move

Alternatively, why not combine a small picnic with a walk or drive to a spot where you can enjoy the stunning scenery.

And it isn’t unheard of to see an entire Turkish family setting up their çay pot in a layby on a busy road.

Winter Wonderland

In winter you will also see many people head inland and picnic by the roadside among the snowdrifts. Children happily throw snowballs or sledge whilst mum prepares the food.

For the more adventurous there is an opportunity to get a good workout and hike further into the snow. Then reward yourself with a simple sandwich and hot thermos of coffee whilst gazing down on a winter wonderland.

picnic in the snow

Whatever you choose to do, we guarantee you will enjoy it.

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Health & Fitness in Fethiye

Health & fitness is a popular pastime in Fethiye and something you may be interested in once you’ve found your perfect property in Fethiye.

Regardless of whether you are making a permanent move or simply setting up a holiday home, there are health & fitness options to suit every schedule, every budget, every age range and every level of fitness.

The most familiar option is the gym and there are now plenty to choose from in Fethiye and Calis. Many of which will give you day passes if you are only visiting. There are also gyms that specialise in spinning or kick boxing.

Exercising Outside

For those of you who prefer outdoor group exercises, there are circuit training classes, HIIT classes, dance classes, yoga and pilates and more.

health & fitness classrrs

There are also tennis courts, basketball courts and football pitches available for public use.

You may prefer to combine exercise with seeing more of the surrounding area. This is where the local walking and cycling groups can help.

Starting Your Health & Fitness Journey

If you are just starting on your road to fitness there are English speaking personal trainers available who can train you and advise you on your dietary requirements. Alongside this, there has recently been an increase in dieticians in the area who will be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

Solo Health & Fitness Options

However, if you are on a tighter budget or prefer to work alone you will find outside gyms everywhere. These you can use whenever you wish, and for as long as you wish, for no charge.

Outside gym

Fethiye also has a 2.6km running track which runs parallel to a longer cycle track that is around 6km in length. Both give you stunning views of the coastline as you pound or pedal away.

The Lycian Way

Fethiye is also ideally placed for anyone wanting to walk part or all of the Lycian Way. There are many options for day walks along sections of the Lycian Way. Alternatively you could take a month away from everything and walk all of it’s 500 or so kilometres in one go.

We will be talking about the Lycian Way in more detail in future blogs.

All of the above options are easy to find on Facebook plus our team at Oceanwide will be more than happy to give you more information.

Here are some stunning properties currently for sale that are within walking distance of some great outside spaces for exercising:

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Surrounded by Incredible Mountain Views – Seydikemer

Just 30 kilometres inland from Fethiye, southern Turkey, is the town of Seydikemer. Surrounded by the Taurus Mountains, Seydikemer undeniably still has a very rural feel to it. With captivating views in all directions it is easy to see why it has attracted a fast growing ex-pat community who chose to buy their dream home here.

Prior to 2012, there were two towns adjacent to each other, Seydiler and Kemer. Due to the population exceeding 750,000 the decision was made in due time to officially combine them into a planned district and second level municipality.

Running through the centre of town is the Esen River which also has the local names of Esen çeyı and Kocaçay and it is upon the banks of this river that the town has its origins. From small farms and homesteads living a simple life, with water as the key component, to the town we see today.  

Esen River Running Through The Centre Of Town

Its proximity to Fethiye means that all conveniences of modern life are easily accessed, as are the beaches of Calis, Patara and Oludeniz. As Seydikemer itself is inland you can enjoy a more relaxed slightly slower pace of life. Buying a Property in Seydikemer means you can have the very best of both worlds.

Much Needed Additions

Recently the centre of Seydikemer has seen much growth and the local council building was officially opened in 2021. There is also a new 150-bed hospital in the process of being built, covering an area of 31,720,19m², construction started on the 21st of April 2020 and is expected to be up and running by 21st of March 2022. With modern architecture and state-of-the-art medical equipment, this is a much-needed addition, not only to Seydikemer but to the whole region.  There is also a large, well-equipped sports hall/centre.

At the heart of the village, there is a great variety of shops, a few small supermarkets, and some great family-run, centrally located restaurants, it seems that everyone who visits the village ends up at one of them, enjoying each others company whilst eating delicious food.

Seydikemer has everything you could possibly need, it still has the feeling of not being a highly built-up area. There is still the sweet atmosphere of village life at a slower pace to daily living.

If you would like more information on Properties in Seydikemer then please contact us here.

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Fresh food markets

Visiting a Market in Fethiye

If you enjoy eating fresh fruit and vegetables visiting a market in Fethiye will feel like foodie heaven.

Nearly every day of the week there will be a market happening somewhere near you.

The Largest Market in Fethiye

If you like the idea of visiting a market in Fethiye the largest market in the area is on a Tuesday. This can be found in a purpose built covered area near the centre of Fethiye and close to the Fethiyespor football ground.

Here you will find rows of the freshest fruit and vegetables currently in season, all grown by local farmers.

You can also purchase cheese, eggs, honey, nuts, Turkish Delight and much more.

If you aren’t sure of a product, the stallholders are always more than happy to let you sample before buying.

What Else Can You Buy When You Are Visiting a Market in Fethiye?

Of course, these markets aren’t just about food. You can also buy many other items whether it be pots and pans for your new property in Fethiye or a brand new towel for that day at the beach you’ve been looking forward to.

Taking A Break

And if all this shopping gives you an appetite there are plenty of pop up restaurants selling gözleme (pancakes) and other light bites along with fresh fruit juices.

Where Else Can You Find These Markets?

If your chosen dream home isn’t in central Fethiye there are also weekly markets in Çalış, Çiftlik, Hisaronu, Patlangic, Seydikemer and Üzümlü as well as smaller markets in most villages.

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Babadağ cable car

Cable Car to the Top of the World

Should you decide to purchase in Hisaronu or Ovacik during your search for a property in Fethiye, you will be near the base of the eagerly awaited new cable car that takes you to the top of Babadağ.

The Skywalk Fethiye Cable Car opened earlier this month and is already proving popular among local residents.

How to Get to the Cable Car

The local bus service goes past the entrance or you can use the nearby car park. For those parking there is a free shuttle bus that runs regularly between the car park and the ticket office.

Shuttle service

For just 80tl return per person (price correct at time of publication) you can jump in one of the sixty-one cable cars. Each car seats ten people and carries you up Babadağ in less than ten minutes.

The cable car runs from 7am until 8pm every day and is expected to run throughout the year.

A Choice of Restaurants

There are a choice of two platforms to alight at – 1200m or 1700m. Both have restaurants giving stunning views of the local area and the coast.

Babadağ cable car

The 1700 Bar & Grill also offers you ringside seats from which to watch the paragliders gracefully swoop into the air on their descent to Olu Deniz beach.

If the dizzying heights of 1700m isn’t enough for you, there’s also the option of taking a separate chair lift to the very top of the mountain. Here it feels like the whole world is spread out before you and on a clear day, you can even see Rhodes.

Chair lift up Babadağ

For a Slice of Adventure

For those seeking adventure you can, of course, ride up in the cable car and paraglide back down.

Paragliding off Babadağ

Or perhaps hike up on the tracks, which takes around six hours, and catch the cable car back down. Don’t forget to buy your ticket at the ground level ticket office first though.

Just a note of caution; on the day we went the credit card machines were not working in the ticket office so make sure you take enough money, just in case.

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A Taste Of Village Life


Take a drive northwest away from the lively town of Fethiye and you will find yourself experiencing a taste of village life in Yesiluzumlu. Locally known as Uzumlu, the area is surrounded by pine-covered mountains and the air is filled with birdsong and sounds of the countryside.

If you’re thinking of buying a property in Turkey and would prefer to immerse yourself in village life, Yesiluzumlu could be the perfect spot. This beautiful place, with its close proximity to the Meditteranean waters, could be just what you are looking for – a dream location. The 16-kilometre drive from Fethiye will take you approximately 20 minutes by car. Drive directly from Dalaman Airport and you could be sitting by your very own pool in just under an hour.

The Village Of Yesiluzumlu

Uzumlu is a pretty village that sits on a wide plateau surrounded by views of pine forests and mountains that capture the soul. This beautiful scenery is one of the primary reasons that this area has grown and is much sought after.

The name Yesiluzumlu means green and grape. (Yesil and Uzum). There are plenty of small vineyards surrounding the village where wine is locally produced. You can visit the vineyards and sample some wine. If you’re keen to have a home with a garden you could always grow your own.

Village Life

Every Friday, you will find a fruit and vegetable market in the village as well as the many local shops. There are a number of excellent restaurants that cater for all tastes. Some of the best wine houses in the region can also be found here. If your idea of a night out is a delicious meal, good local wines and live music, in Uzumlu you’ve hit the jackpot.

The village still has old stone and wooden traditional houses, some used as houses and some as shops, lending themselves to the unique atmosphere.

Morel Mushroom Festival

Uzumlu holds the annual Morel Mushroom Festival. Every year, people come from afar to sample and buy the famous fungi. The streets are lined with stalls filled with local foods and crafts of every kind. The atmosphere is one of ease and happiness – it’s a day that they have waited for all year. The Mushroom festival was established in 2008 and has become a tradition that, without doubt, the locals are very proud of.


Throughout history, this region has been home to many civilizations and cultures. Cadianda is only a stone’s throw from Uzumlu village and you can drive there within 15 minutes. It’s definitely worth the drive through the leafy winding forest roads.

Situated at the top of a hill, Cadianda was a wealthy thriving small city of ancient Lycia. There are the remains of baths, temples, a theatre, a stadium and an agora, many dating back as far as the 5th century B.C. The city was inhabited up to the 7th century A.D. You can take a break and sit in the stunning amphitheatre, as the Romans would have done.

If you’re considering buying a property in Fethiye and like the idea of living your dream in this sought after village, here are some properties in the area that are currently available:

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A day out at yaka park

A Day Out From Fethiye

If you wish to explore an area a little further away from your new property in Fethiye then a day out for all the family could be a visit to the ruins at Tlos, followed by a trip to Yaka Park, before heading to the stunning Saklikent Gorge!

Many of the jeep safari tours stop at all these places and a day trip will cost around £8-£9 (at time of publication), but if you fancy hiring a car and doing it independently here’s some information you may find useful.


Tlos is an ancient Lycian settlement around a forty-five minute drive from Fethiye and close to the bustling town of Seydikemer.

The settlement was continually occupied right up to the 19th century by the Lycians, Romans, Byzantines and lastly Ottoman Turks and, to this day, many of the buildings are still recognisable from their remains. During your tour, you will come across tombs, a fortress, a stadium, baths and much more.

Yaka Park

Just a few minutes away you’ll find Yaka Park, a great place to relax and grab a bite to eat after your tour of Tlos.

Here you will be able to wander around and through waterfalls and pools of ice-cold water. If you fancy a challenge the park offers you a chance to win a cold beer by staying in the water for five minutes, or a free meal if you manage fifteen minutes.

If you’ve worked up an appetite but don’t want to take up the plunge challenge, you can still choose a fish that will be cooked for you while you wait. Alternatively, if you prefer to make friends with the fish rather than eat them, there is a water channel along the bar where you will find trout more than happy to be stroked.

lunch at Yaka Park

Finish a Day Out With a Visit to Sakilkent Gorge

A visit to this region wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the magnificent Saklikent Gorge. The canyon is 300m deep and 18 kilometres long and was turned into a national park in 1996.

You can walk up part of the Gorge, although how far you get will depend on what time of year you visit.

The Gorge is one of the main routes for the melted snow coming from the Taurus Mountains down to the Mediterranean Sea. During the early part of the year, the water may be too high or too fast to cross but in the summer season, you can easily wade through the cool, refreshing water at the entrance to the Gorge before reaching the dryer parts.

Within a few feet you’ll find yourself marvelling at the towering sides of the canyon and the stunning shapes and curves Mother Nature has made over thousands of years.

If you are looking for a little more excitement you can hire a ‘donut’ and glide down another section of the canyon.

Alternatively, if you prefer to relax, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from to quench your thirst or feed your appetite and many of them have seating that allows you to cool your feet in the water whilst you recharge your batteries after a busy day.

Oceanwide Properties currently has a hotel for sale in this area which would be a superb opportunity for someone looking for a new business venture. See below for more details.

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