The only continually populated island since antiquity in the Gulf of Fethiye is Sövalye Adasi, recently featured by CNN as one of the top 15 unheard of islands in the world.
With only a scattering of homes, two restaurants and no vehicular traffic, Sovalye is ideal to explore by foot, only 15 minutes from Fethiye itself and can easily be incorporated as part of a Blue Cruise.
Used as a base by Christian crusaders, Sovalye has submerged ruins and remnants of Byzantine architecture, though much was destroyed in the 1950s earthquake.
Don't be intimated by these delicate yet floppy, shapeless flowers. Pick them first thing in the morning or prepare them as soon as you get home from your local farmers' market and stuff them with anything. If allowed to sit for
too long, they wither and become difficult to work with.
Fresh ricotta, basil and parmesan with a tomato-garlic dip is the Italian version, while the local Bodrum favorite stuffing is a mixture of rice, currants, pine nuts and herbs.
Photo by Yilmaz Sahin, captain/owner of M/S Piccolo and a great chef
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