Fethiye

  • A region perhaps best known for the 'blue lagoon' at Olu Deniz, Fethiye is one of Turkey's most popular tourist destinations. Besides the all-inclusive holiday resorts and bars serving 'English breakfast,' modern Fethiye is actually the site of the ancient city of Telmessos, making it a historical hotspot with origins going back to the 5th century BC. Today, holidaymakers flock to Fethiye for its jaw-dropping ...
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Turkey

A region perhaps best known for the 'blue lagoon' at Olu Deniz, Fethiye is one of Turkey's most popular tourist destinations. Besides the all-inclusive holiday resorts and bars serving 'English breakfast,' modern Fethiye is actually the site of the ancient city of Telmessos, making it a historical hotspot with origins going back to the 5th century BC. Today, holidaymakers flock to Fethiye for its jaw-dropping natural beauty; its mountainous landscape awash in fragrant pine forests, and the waters of its Aegean Sea a magnificent turquoise...

Fethiye: what to do?

Go for a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon at Olu Deniz, the most photographed place in Turkey.
Visit the Fethiye market every Tuesday in Fethiye town, when hundreds of vendors come together to sell their colourful wares.
Take the leap! This region is famous for paragliding (especially from the 1,969m high Mt Babadag) - there are many centres offering training and tandem flights. Stunning views are to be had of the surrounding mountains and Aegean Sea.

Other than the lovely Olu Deniz, the top sights to see in Fethiye are:
The ghost town of Kaya Koyu (only a few miles south of Fethiye town), where Anatolian Greeks lived until the 1920s. This museum village consists of thousands of rundown but mostly intact Greek-style houses dotted across the hillside
The tomb of Amynthas (Fethiye town)
The chic marina town of Gocek
Saklikent Canyon, the second largest canyon in Europe at 300m deep and 11 miles long.
The ancient Lycian city of Tlos, its tombs and monument ruins a marvel.

  • The possibility to combine beaches with history
  • The natural beauty of the region
  • The friendly locals
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Some areas are very built-up and incredibly touristic
  • You'll need a car should you really want to explore the best of Fethiye
  • Can be difficult to find authentic Turkish restaurants

Reminders

It's a good idea to rent a car so you can explore as much of the region as possible. While there are dolmus (the local minibuses, very cheap) these will only get you so far.

To avoid

Avoid any restaurants that display pictures of their food outside alongside claims they serve "traditional Turkish food." Probably not the most authentic dining experience you can have...

Fethiye: what to eat?

Turkish food is simply delicious and despite an incorrect greasy kebab image, Turkish cuisine is actually fresh and healthy too. Start with a platter of hot and cold meze, (an assortment of appetisers which can include dolma stuffed vine leaves, humus or stuffed aubergines), before sampling a grilled meat or fish dish accompanied by some kisir - a side salad of fine-ground bulgur, tomato, parsley, onion, garlic and lots of spices. Finish the meal with a sugary sweet Turkish dessert such as baklava, sutlac rice pudding, or helva cilik (a rich, sweet paste with crushed sesame seeds, nuts, sugar and honey). If all of that is too sweet, try the delicious cheese on offer such as the white variety known as beyaz peynir (like Greek feta) or the very salty hellim (halloumi). Meanwhile, a popular snack is the gozleme, a savoury pancake stuffed with meat, cheese and/or vegetables such as spinach... Afiyet olsun! (""Enjoy your meal"" in Turkish).

Fethiye: what to buy?

Of course you can always bring some lokum (Turkish Delight) or apple tea to share with the folks back home, but why not pick up a beautiful handicraft such as a hand-painted ceramic item for your home? For those with the means, there are some exquisite kilims(tapestry woven carpets) on sale. But, bargain, bargain, bargain!

Fethiye Reviewedhotels
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