Strapped to an instructor, the pluckier members of our party prepare to run off the side of Babadag mountain. I can hardly look down as they take to the skies and experience the thrill of a half hour paraglide, 1,962 metres down, floating past slopes of fragrant cedar forests, then landing on the white, powdery sand of Olu Deniz beach, alongside the Blue Lagoon. For lunch, we feast on succulent, open oven-roasted lamb and barbecued meats with fresh salad.
Our hotel, the chic, boutique Fethiye Yacht Boheme, is adjacent to the old town and merely a stroll to the harbour, where we board a typical wooden boat owned by the Princess Serap boat tours.
Our party tucks in to a veritable breakfast banquet, making a selection from around 30 dishes, comprising a meze of olives, meats, cheeses, stuffed vegetables, salad, potatoes, warm bread, and, of course, Turkish tea, served in small, fluted glasses. We dock and walk along a jetty to explore, Sovalye, one of the many tiny islands dotted along Fethiye Bay.
Through the clear water, we spot a small, tangerine-coloured octopus making its way along the sea bed. It takes around 45 minutes to explore the island, following the coastline of sand and shingle bays. Around 4km of the designated Natural Park, the Saklikent Gorge is accessible to able walkers.
We traverse the narrow, purpose-built walkway, then, like mountain goats, pick our way over slopes and rocks. I slip, ankle deep into the ice cold water in an attempt to access the best views across the canyon and fast-flowing river.
Zip wire, bungee jumps, river tubing and rafting activities are available. Restaurants, built on platforms over the river, even offer tree house accommodation for the night! High above the Xanthos Valley is the shady, lush Yaka Park, which boasts a waterfall and bubbling stream fed from a fresh water spring.
The owners offer a free drink to anyone who can spend five minutes up to their neck in the icy water! At this oasis of calm, we enjoy a delicious lunch of fresh trout with meze, roast potatoes and salad. Nearby, is the deserted town of Kayakoy. This ghost town, which attracts many tourists, has been uninhabited since 1923, when residents were deported for political reasons. Around 350 crumbling, mainly roofless houses stand alongside churches, fountains and cisterns. Some of the dwellings have been re-purchased, restored and re-occupied.