Fethiye Travel Guide

Fethiye is a hub for the beautiful villages, ancient sights and gorgeous coves in this corner of the Aegean sea meeting the Mediterranean. The city itself does offer shopping, nightlife, and a nearby Calis beach but it is the neighboring areas and sights such as Oludeniz, Kayakoy, the islands and coves nearby including 12 Islands, Faralya, Butterfly Valley, Kabak, a beautiful gorge up in the mountains Saklikent Gorge, the ruins of Tlos, camping areas such as Katranci, Lycian Way trekking path are what makes Fethiye a special holiday destination.

Fethiye is the second biggest city along this stretch of the coast after Antalya . It does offer many hotels from simple to luxourious, bars, discos, and beaches which are a few kilometers from the city center, such as Calis beach. Sovalye island facing the city is a nice place for a daily boat excursion. It is a calm place and has a small pebble stone beach.

The city was first famous for its Oludeniz, once a calm camping retreat, now a destination for the package holidaymakers. Oludeniz is still very nice and about 20 minutes drive on a public minibus. There are still limited camping sites left, in addition to many hotels and guesthouses. You can also stay in Hisaronu if you like the nightlife, or Kayakoy if you would like to sleep listening to the sound of the crickets at night time.

The city was devastated by a major earthquake of 7.2 magnitude in 1957. It was mostly rebuilt since then with concrete buildings, hence does not offer the charm of Bodrum or Antalya Kaleici, though at some places you will see beautiful old houses. The building boom of the last 10 years also did not help much either.

Fethiye is built at the base of a mountain range and when you look up while strolling in the city you can see ancient Lycian tombs carved in the hill right above or see the ancient theater while walking in the yacht harbor.

Although agriculture still remains important, Fethiye's biggest revenue has become tourism. Fethiye is also a yachting center as well and nearby Gocek harbours some of the most luxury yachts in the Eastern Mediterranean.

There are major ancient Lycian sites in the region between Patara and Fethiye including Dalyan. They are about 1-2 hours drive away and can easily be accessed on day trips.