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A jewel on the Turquoise Coast

Fethiye is one of the most interesting towns on Turkey’s idyllic Turquoise Coast. Much of the original town was destroyed by an earthquake back in 1958, but the old quarter, or ‘Paspatur’, survived and its cobbled streets and traditional markets beg to be explored. Right around the corner, meanwhile, you’ve got modern architecture, lively bars and restaurants. Fethiye is a town of two halves, both as enthralling as the other – and it’s all wrapped up in hills covered in pine forests, and some of the bluest waters around.

One of the best things about holidays to Fethiye is how close you are to the top sights of the area. Golden beaches to laze on, ancient historic sites to visit, breathtaking natural beauty to photograph – your choices are endless. Fethiye’s closest neighbour, Olu Deniz, is home to the famous Blue Lagoon. Said to be the most photographed place in Turkey, it’s a popular place for paragliding. Whether you want to relax on the beach or get stuck into adventure activities, this is one spot of natural beauty you don’t want to miss.

YOUR FETHIYE QUESTIONS, ANSWERED

The town of Fethiye is slightly inland but a short taxi or dolmus ride will easily bring you to Calis Beach, a long stretch of sand and shingle lined with palm trees and beach cafes.
Turkish fare includes kebabs cooked over charcoal flames, a pizza called pide – flatbread topped with spiced mince, and sweet dishes like sticky honey baklava.
If you’re looking for warm temperatures, any time from May to October is good to visit Fethiye. It really hots up during July and August, perfect for sun-seekers. The sea is generally warm all year round. So, if you’re heading to the beach, spring and autumn are good too. And with shops and restaurants open whatever the season, you can go whenever suits you.
Although it may look complicated, Fethiye is quite simple to pronounce once you know how. You have to break it up into three sections. So, it’s pronounced Fet – ee – yay. And that’s really all there is to it. Once you’re on your Fethiye holiday, you’re sure to pick up plenty of other useful words too.
In Dalyan, ancient rock tombs rub shoulders with natural mud baths. Cake yourself in the stuff before washing off in the adjacent sulphur pool.
One of the great things about Fethiye is its market. It’s a vibrant and colourful place to spend an hour, whether you’re simply taking in the sights or shopping for souvenirs. You’ll find the marketplace by the canal side, so it’s easy to get to. There’s often a mix of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as clothes and traditional crafts. It’s a good place to try out your haggling skills or stop for a refreshing drink in the shade of the canvas-topped stalls.
With family-friendly hotels and spacious beaches, Fethiye is good for all ages to enjoy. It’s also a good place to discover the local wildlife and natural scenery that this area of Turkey is famous for. Or you could simply explore the scenic, sandy bays along the coastline. There’s plenty of sightseeing to do in the local area, including ancient hillside tombs and ghost villages. And there are lots of day trips you can go on as a family too. Of course, you don’t need a family to enjoy everything that Fethiye has to offer.
Olu Deniz is just a 25-minute drive from Fethiye. With such a short distance between the two, Olu Deniz is good for a day trip. Or you could choose to stay in both resorts on your holiday. Olu Deniz has scenic beaches to enjoy and the Blue Lagoon is certainly a must-see. However, with so much on offer in Fethiye too, you may find no need to venture further than this vibrant coastal city.
Fethiye is full of cafes, restaurants and bars, so there is always something to do at night. The liveliest areas are around the old town and along the promenade of Calis beach. There’s a mix of modern and traditional culture in Fethiye. You could be enjoying modern cocktails one evening and a spot of traditional Turkish music the next. You’ll find much of the seafront is filled with plenty of places to eat and drink. So, you’ll be spoiled for choice whether you’re after a quiet evening meal or late drinks and live music.

BEST THINGS TO DO IN FETHIYE

Visit Butterfly Valley

This beautiful ecotourism hotspot has waterfalls tumbling down steep rocky cliff faces and over 105 butterfly species.

Swim in Saklikent Gorge

Just 45 minutes from Fethiye, you’ll find this spectacular rocky gorge. Not only is it a great way to cool off but the views are incredible, too.

Explore Tlos

Up in the hills behind Fethiye, Tlos is a Lycian hilltop city dating back more than 4000 years. Admire the rock tombs carved into the cliffs and the ancient temple.
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