Hidden Gems

Explore Uzumlu with sailing in Turkey

By Jenny Wilson
on  November 23, 2016

The Turquoise Coast of Turkey has much to recommend it, with everything from golden beaches and clear waters to bustling markets and a busy social scene. Sailing in Turkey gives you the chance to see another side of this fascinating country; for example, a short distance from the port of Fethiye is the village of Uzumlu, which is packed full of rustic charm.

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This pretty little village is set against a mountainous backdrop and surrounded by beautiful woods. The soil here is rich and fertile, which can be seen in the vast array of incredible fungi that grow here. The morels are exceptionally fine and a well-regarded local delicacy. If you want to have a go at finding some for yourself, there are plenty of guided tours; alternatively, you can simply try some in one of the local restaurants. Soup and stuffed pancakes are two favourite ways of using this delicious morsel, but there are plenty of other dishes to try. There is even a fungi festival, which is held in April. This is a real cultural highlight and whilst the mushrooms obviously take centre stage, it is also a great excuse for a three-day celebration of many local traditions.

Aside from enjoying the local cuisine, you can see one of the village’s other chief exports. All along the open-fronted houses, you will see large wooden looms where a fabric called dastar is woven. This is made into various items, such as tablecloths and clothing, and makes a lovely souvenir.

When you have finished exploring the village, relax with a drink and enjoy some music played on the saz, a Turkish stringed instrument. Uzumlu provides a fascinating insight into traditional Turkish village life.

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