The word ‘Uzumlu’ roughly translates into the term ‘grape yard or place of grape’. As you can imagine, Uzumlu is regarded as a very fertile part of the Mugla Province situated at the foothills of the imposing Taurus Mountains about a 20-minute drive from the main commercial centre of Fethiye.
The locals use the land to make their living producing olive oil, tobacco, figs, wine, grape juice and vinegar along with orchards filled with orange, peach and pomegranate and fields full of cotton, wheat and barley. There is an abundance or wild flowers in and around the area of Uzumlu.
Uzumlu has all the charm of a traditional working Turkish village that hasn’t as yet surrendered its character to tourism. At its heart is the village square from which you can meander around the narrow streets to observe the fine old Ottoman style houses. Sometimes you can stop and watch the women performing their craft of weaving pure cotton on old wooden looms which they sell to tourists to provide themselves with a valuable income.
The square hosts a handful of shops including a butcher a baker and a post office together with a mosque. There is a market each Friday where you can buy all of your necessary provisions most of which will have been grown or raised locally.
Several restaurants, bars and teahouses can be found in Uzumlu. There is also a quaint winehouse in the village that sells locally produced wine – a great place to spend some time!
Uzumlu is the perfect place to relax, unwind and take in the stunning views where the mountains become snow-capped in winter.