Winter’s the best to fly above Fethiye’s clouds

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

FETHİYE – For many, especially those who spent the summer working hard in the tourism industry, the winter is the best time of the year. This is the time for the more energetic of us to head out and do whatever Fethiye inspires us to do.

Wintertime brings, quite literally, a breath of fresh air to Fethiye and Ölüdeniz. Mountains and horizons, once hidden in the haze of heat during summer, become sharp and focused. Autumn rains wash away layers of dust from trees, bushes and grass.

At this time, those who spent the summer working hard in the tourism industry emerge from their end-of-season exhaustion, renewed with enough energy to enjoy what is, for many, the best time of the year.

The burning heat has gone and although the sun still shines, it is chilly and the higher mountains are covered with glistening snow. This is the time for the more energetic of us to head out and enjoy hiking, trekking, cycling and whatever else Fethiye’s beautiful countryside inspires us to do.

The delight of being outside in the sunshine during the closing months of the year, particularly November and December, is especially satisfying, but one activity that does not necessarily spring to mind is paragliding. The 1,986-meter summit of Baba Dağı is, together with Table Mountain in South Africa, considered to have the best launch conditions in the world.

The winter months may see this majestic mountain topped in snow, making it inaccessible, but nevertheless, there are alternatives. At this time of year, professional paraglider Murat Tüzer, owner of Sky Sports in Olüdeniz, teaches newcomers the sport and when he has the time, he flies from Kirme at a 900-meter altitude.
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