Fethiye Journals

Kabak - Get There Before The Developers Do

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An October 2009 trip to Fethiye by Owen Lipsett

Kabak Beach and Valley (2) Photo, Fethiye, Turkey More Photos
Quote: Kabak barely features in guidebooks, if it does at all, it's simply as a good base for starting a trek along the Lycian Way, Turkey's best-known long-distance trail. Critics say "it's just a pretty beach with mountains" but that's the point!

General Advice for Kabak

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Alinca Photo, Fethiye, Turkey
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What and Where Is Kabak?Kabak is a tiny village at the very end of the dolmus (local minibus) line (and the end of the road) from Fethiye, the main resort town of Mugla Province on Turkey's Western Mediterranean. Village is actually a slight exaggeration - it consists of a shop ("Denis Market") and a restaurant (fittingly called "The End of the Road Cafe") overlooking a valley and various "camps" spread out across the side and bottom of the valley, which ends in a white sand beach. Strictly speaking, the land at the bottom of the valley (by the beach) is under a protection order so all structures there are supposedly temporary, with the result that accommodation is generall...Read More

Olive Garden

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Restaurant | "The Olive Garden - Kabak's Best Restaurant and Cabins"

Olive Garden Photo, Fethiye, Turkey
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This review covers both the Olive Garden’s restaurant and cabins. If it seems a bit atmospheric, that’s part of the point since while the food is at the Olive Garden is delicious, the setting is what makes it memorable.If anywhere epitomizes all that makes Kabak enjoyable, it’s the Olive Garden where I stayed five nights, having only planned to stay three. Even in that brief period, I found my story wasn’t exceptional. One couple I meant had come for lunch and ended up staying nearly a week, while another woman had come for the day as part of a two month journey through Greece and Turkey, half of which she ended up spending...Read More

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Walks Around Kabak

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On the Way to Alinca Photo, Fethiye, Turkey
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Kabak is mostly known as a place to stop off along the (which is certainly worth doing!) but it’s also a nice base for several walks, both on and off the Lycian Way. I have placed these walks in order from easiest to hardest – some are just a few minutes, some take all day. Whichever one you choose to take, be sure to take water. You can pick up a 1.5 L bottle for 2 TL at The Olive Garden or Deniz Market.For the Lycian Way as a whole, please refer to , although to be honest the route in many cases is not well way-marked and uninteresting (it is more about getting from one place to another than the most scenic rou...Read More
Sign for a Camp Photo, Fethiye, Turkey
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At the moment, Kabak is a relatively unknown and low-key, barely featuring, if at all, in most guidebooks. This is almost certain to change, but not in the conventional way that such places are "discovered." At present, it's a pleasant alternative to both Faralya and Olympos, which were formerly similar seaside hideaways but which have since morphed into well-established backpacker hangouts but also lost some of their prior charm. However, for a variety of reasons, while Kabak may come to be more developed, it is relatively unlikely to come to resemble either. This is a cause for both hope and concern.Kabak's relative isolation and peace are, together with its natural beauty, its most ...Read More

Other Attractions Around Fethiye

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Lycian House Tomb at Xanthos Photo, Fethiye, Turkey
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It's impossible to visit Kabak without visiting Fethiye first, so here are some tips to make your time there more enjoyable. Note that the nearest airport is in Dalaman (about an hour away by minibus) and that the otogar (bus station) is a couple of kilometers away from the center, although if you are staying in Fethiye you can catch a dolmus into town. Most long distance bus companies also provide a servis (feeder) minibus which will take you to your destination on presentation of your original bus ticket.Fethiye Itself:Fethiye is a reasonably pleasant small port that is primarily a resort center for the beaches in the surrounding region. The onl...Read More