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Places to visit?!

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Places to visit?!

We've booked car hire for next May and cannot wait. We have it for 4 days and was wandering where people would suggest to visit...

We have a three year old son.

I really want to go to hisaronu, fethiye, kayakoy, tlos, xanthos and patara.

Are there any laws on speed/high way code that differ in Turkey than the UK?

Does anyone know any charges to get into where we want to go or recommend anything to do at these locations?

Are there any other places anybody would say to visit?

Are they well sign posted or do they have postcodes/anything to help us get to the places? Im AWFUL at directions :(

Cannot wait!!!!

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1. Re: Places to visit?!

Driving rules - similar to UK - but no one really adheres to them, speed limits are not always shown and there are a great deal of radar traps and fixed speed cameras - stick to 50 KPH in towns. Roundabouts are the big unknown - most are used as in the UK but others the rule is those entering have the right of way - can be a bit messy until you get used to it.

Charges for entry - most government run sites have a standard 5 lira charge

As you have a little un with you - stop often and drink loads - it will get hot in the car even in May.

Do not try and squeeze in too much driving - you have all winter to plan a route.

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2. Re: Places to visit?!

I see you also posted this on the Oludeniz Forum, so, where are you staying? Make very sure that the car hire company supply a well fitted and good car seat for your child. It can be hot in May so, lots of suncream.

Driving in Turkey is not like driving in the U.K. as you will see.

Most of the many tourists attractions are easy to drive to. Also you will get a map from the people you are hiring from.

Once we know where you are staying we can advise you a lot better.

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We are staying in the sun city hotel in oludeniz. Right by the beach. Will definitely be taking liquids etc with us. Are there many gas stations doted about? Is it as expensive in turkey for deisel as it is in the uk?

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fuel stops - loads of them, out of town you are never more than a mile or so from one. İf you are going well off the beaten track then they do thin out a bit, but a tankfull should last you all day so should not be a problem.

Diesel is approx 4.2 lira/litre at the moment (£1.32/litre at present exchange rate) but who knows what it will be next year. Diesel is cheaper than petrol here.

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Okay brilliant at least have an idea on how much it will cost us then. Is there anywhere you would recommend for children to visit which is easily drivable from Fethiye?

All we've seen so far cater to adult likes and historic ruins etc. Don't think Saklikent Gorge is viable, would just be nice to do something for son too

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6. Re: Places to visit?!

Fethiye is about 20-25 minutes from Oludeniz. There is a lovely Park down at the new Marina with fountans, the fountains light up in the evenings.

If you go to Fethiye you can catch the water taxi to Calis which your child would enjoy. It takes 35 minutes costs 5 lira and islike a mini cruise, leaves on the hour and half hour from the address cafe at the marina just behind the Migros Supermarket in Fethiye town centre.

Calis is the beach resort of Fethiye, has a long prom with lots of restaurants, dolphins in the bay and the turtles come onto the beach to lay their eggs.

There is a water park in Calis and it has happy hours for ice cream,sweets and drinks and also has childrens entertainers.

I think at 3 years old children don't need lots of entertainment, my Granddaughter was very happy to play in the pool during the day at our place.

If you are over the last week in May there is a Carnival Week in Calis and in Fethiye with lots of activities including craft fairs and charity auctions and a carnival parade through the streets of Calis Beach.

The last James Bond Movie was filmed at Calis Beach, which you see near the beginning of the film.

I would also recommend Yaka Park up in the mountains with lots of waterfalls and fountains and a fish farm. See the baby trout swimming along the bar and eat the freshest trout bbq ever. Stay in the freezing water for 15 minutes and get a free mea.

Edited: 20 November 2013, 14:50
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7. Re: Places to visit?!

Oooh that would definitely be worth visiting,

Does anyone know the "postcode" that id need to use to get to patara, pinara, xanthos and tlos?

Honestly cannot seem to find it anywhere and we will be using a satnav whilst on holiday :/

I know im asking lots of questions and being annoying. Would just love the trip to be hassle free so not as long a day for son and so we dont get lost. I have been given what I take as coordinates for patara, xanthos and tlos - but dont know whether they are the actual place or not?

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8. Re: Places to visit?!

Hi!

You do not need satnav once in the area, it is true that sometimes it can be a bit messy, certain villages with the same name is quite common in Turkey. You can follow the D400, towards the east is to Dalaman/Dalyan towards to west is to Saklikent/Patara/Kalkan/Kas.

With a 3 year old İ would not try to fit too much in in your 4 days.

- Saklikent is lovely but your child cannot walk the first bit! She will have to be carried across for sure. You can combine with Tlos.

- Patara is a wonderful beach, 14 kilometers long. Closer to Fethiye this beach is Karadere, also lovely and even less tourists. You can combine with Xantos.

- You can visit a waterpark, there is one in Ovacık and one in Calis.

- Lots of small play parks on the promenade in Fethiye

- Dalyan has a beautiful beach too, it is very nice to get there by taxi boat

You do not need to visit Hisarönü, there is not much there if you do not stay there.

İt is always a bit hard to advise on a 3 year old's interest, they are basically most happy with a bucket and spade and lots of water :-)

Bring a good sun screen, high factor for your child, also a sun hat, and pay attention she is out of the sun at the hottest hours of the day!

Enjoy!

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9. Re: Places to visit?!

Been hiring cars from the same agency for years and never had Sat Nav. As V.R. says it's quite simple to find these places. We usually get a pick up at the airport as we are tired after a journey it's good to be driven, then we get the hire car brought around to our place.

Be aware that there is no shelter at Tlos, it can be very hot and sunny and it involves steep walking with no paths, over rough terrain, so you would have to carry you daughter and wear good walking shoes. The coach trips usually go to Tlos, then Yaka Park and on to Saklikent which you could do in a car. They are still digging at Tlos and a couple of years ago found Roman Statues that are now in the Museum in Fethiye. If you are interested there are rock tombs in Fethiye and an Amphitheatre . Just a warning, about Yaka Park, there is no copyright laws in Turkey and there are some copycat Yaka Parks one just before the real one, so be careful.

I am also with V.R. no need to visit Hisaronu. nothing really to see there. I would recommend a visit to Kayakoy to see the Ghost Village, go in the morning when it's cooler, again wear sensible shoes. Some very nice restaurants in Kayakoy for a lovely lunch.

Website for Yaka Park http://www.yakapark.com

Edited: 20 November 2013, 17:02
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10. Re: Places to visit?!

Hi Tink

I've never used or needed a sat nav in Turkey, so can't help you with any of the post codes.

After having planned the exact places we'll be visiting, usually just use google maps turkey as a reference for all the routes.

It's actually a good way to familiarize yourself with any journey before you get there. Just put in to and from, this gives you the route, so you can get in closer and inspect it in futher detail.

Perhaps download it onto a smart phone, or print it up so you have a copy with you for each journey to the places you're wishing to visit.

Small places are not usually sign posted on the carriageways or motorways. Some are, but not until you've reached them, so it's a good idea to be already aware of there nearest location to a larger place. Be prepared though, as once you see a small place sign posted, you will find that the turning is not far off at all!!

I've found that unless you're looking for a place within a town, and you're aware of your general direction, then it's quite hard to get lost on the carriageways and motorways.

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