What is Fethiye in Turkey like?
Fethiye is a beautiful harbour town on the south-west coast of Turkey. It is very often referred to as the Turquoise Coast because of the stunning colour of the sea. It is built over the ruins of the ancient city of Telmessos, whose ancient theatre is still located right in the city centre.
The whole region excluding Fethiye is covered with high mountains forming the Taurus Mountain range. These mountains are over 2000 m in height and extend all along the coastline. At the foot of these mountains, looking out over a sheltered bay is the traditional town of Fethiye.
What is Fethiye like?
Fethiye is a city within the Aegean region of Turkey with about 75,000 inhabitants. It is now one of the primary holiday destinations in Turkey. Fethiye is a busy working town with a fantastic marina and a harbour. It is surrounded by some of Turkey's most beautiful beaches. It offers a variety of restaurants and nightlife. Right in the middle of the city is a fantastic fish market, it is a very popular place to enjoy a meal in the evening.
There are many great places to see in Fethiye. A visit to the Fethiye Museum is a must and is filled with many interesting artifacts from the Persians, Greeks and Romans.
Another great place to visit is Butterfly Valley. It is only accessible by boat. There are hundreds of species of butterflies here. It makes a great day out especially for the children.
In the centre of Fethiye, every Tuesday there is a great market. The market sells a huge selection of locally grown fruit and vegetables, leather goods, dried herbs, spices and clothing.
In the Tasyaka area there is also a shopping mall. It is a modern two-floor centre. Great for shopaholics, with designer shops, shoe shops. It also has a supermarket and a food hall with a selection of fast food outlets.
The old town of Paspatur is a lovely atmospheric area lined with traditional style shops in the alleyways. Selling traditional Turkish goods, handmade rugs, Turkish ceramics, glass mosaic lamp to name but a few. There are so many wonderful historical sights to visit and explore in Fethiye.
A visit to Kayakoy, is a must. Also known as the Ghost Village it takes around 30 minutes on the local Dolmus from Fethiye. There is a small charge to enter the site of the Greek ruins, and you can see the fantastic sites of the school and churches and around 500 abandoned houses. For refreshments why not visit one of the restaurants for a traditional meal and a nice cold drink.
Lycian Rock Tombs
Another fantastic site to visit is the Lycian Rock Tombs. These tombs are carved into the cliffs overlooking the bay. It is a bit of an uphill climb but you can always see them by boat on a boat trip.
Take a walk along the harbour, where you will find plenty of fine waterfront restaurants offering a wide variety of dishes from steaks to traditional Turkish dishes. Perfect for a nice romantic dinner for two as you watch the amazing sunsets.
Fethiye’s Fish Market
Is a must visit, it is set in an enclosed square with stalls selling almost every type of fish. You choose your fish and then you decide which of the restaurants you would like to eat in. Then the fish monger will prepare the fish ready to cook and it will be served to your table. It is usually served with salad, a plate of mixed meze and fresh bread.
Nightlife in Fethiye
Most of Fethiye's nightlife is centered on the old town of Paspatur, with its strip of bars and nightclubs. The strip is very busy later in the evening with seating areas lining the street and live music playing. The atmosphere is fantastic.
Fethiye is surrounded by a unique cluster of other popular holiday destinations – each is incredibly different yet only 15 minutes apart.
CALIS - offers so much. There are lovely shops, cafes, great bars and restaurants, beaches, as well as all other local amenities. Calis Beach makes a great day out as it offers a great selection of water sports for all the family to enjoy and if you are just looking to sit back and relax in the sunshine then there are many sun loungers available. The beach also enjoys a children's playground and a surf club.
HISARONU - is neighbour to the small village of Ovacik. The resort is lively and bustling with lovely shops and great bars and restaurants. There is a market held here on a Monday selling fresh fruit and veg and lots of leather and textile bargains. You can catch the local bus from Hisaronu down to Oludeniz.
OLU DENIZ - the world famous resort with its award winning Blue Lagoon, where you can see paragliders land from jumping off Babada straight onto the beach. With its white sandy beaches and turquoise waters this spectacular resort is truly one of the most breathtaking areas to see.
OVACIK - is a small village adjoining the holiday resort of Hisaronu. Ovacik is a lovely friendly village spread out across the valley. It offers stunning scenic views, a variety of local amenities in the village centre and offers peaceful residential living. The lively Hisaronu village centre can easily be accessed within a few minutes via the local Dolmus minibuses that run every 5 minutes in the season.
UZUMLU - is set in a beautiful valley surrounded by forests and hillsides. Uzumlu is renowned for the production of wine, numerous vineyards surround the village. The village has been able to retain all of its natural charm and character. The modern town of Fethiye is situated just a 20 minute drive away.
Each resort offers its own character with their weekly markets, restaurants, fish market and boutiques a must for adventure that should never be missed. Whilst in other holiday resorts life quietens down at the end of the summer season, life in Fethiye bustles on throughout the year due to its abundance of fertile land, agriculture is the main source of income alongside tourism.
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What's on in Fethiye throughout 2022?
Fetav Art & Cultural Festival - date to be confirmed - The festival offers musical performances, theatre shows, local crafts, photographical exhibitions and places to do art projects such as painting and sculpturing. School children are invited to come along to the event and take part in the workshops.
Uzumlu Morel Mushroom Festival - May 6th till May 8th - This event is held every year to promote knowledge of both edible and inedible mushrooms, especially the morel mushroom which is grown throughout the region. At the festival you will be able to go mushrooming with the local guides, you can go listen to the lectures and enjoy taste testing the region’s delicacy.
Calis Beach Carnival - May 31st till June 2nd - The carnival sees locals, tradesmen, retirees and children all come together to help promote Turkish traditions and culture. There will be plenty of activities, stalls, lots of wonderful food to try and on the very last of the festival a grand parade is held along the promenade.
Ferries between Turkey and Greece
Fethiye to Rhodes - There are crossings with the Dodecanese Flying Dolphins ferry service over to Rhodes available 7 times a week and the journey across the waters takes around 90 minutes.
Cesme to Chios - If you are staying in Cesme then why not take a trip over to Chios, which is the fifth largest Greek Island. The journey takes 70 minutes and makes trips 3-4 times a day in peak season and 3 trips a week during the winter months. Chios is the perfect place to explore with its small medieval villages, historic castles and fantastic local culture.
Fethiye Area Markets
MONDAY: In the centre of Fethiye, running alongside the canal, known as the big one, selling everything!
FRIDAY: This is to the back of the town and you will find more of the local farmer produce sold here.
MONDAY: Next to the main roundabout in the centre of the village, selling fresh food produce to household goods, jewellery and clothes.
THURSDAY: Right in the centre of the village and sells mostly fruit and veg with some household and clothes.
SATURDAY: This market is small but sells a bit of everything.
GUNLUKBASI / CALIS
SUNDAY: Is located to the back of Calis, this market sells everything and also is very popular for selling the best pancakes.
Things to do in Fethiye
Oludeniz Boat Trips
Cherry Tree Boat Trips-Salih.
The Fethiye Fountains
The best view of the fountains is just beside of the new town square. Where there is dance and music that highlights the area in lovely colours. To view the fountain shows head to the park.
If you are looking for a day away from the beach hire a car and explore the Tios ruins with fabulous views over the Xanthos Valley and a wee visit to Saklikent. This is worth the 50 minute trip from Fethiye to Tios.
Fethiye Rock Tombs
Breath-taking views of the Lycian Rock Tombs in Fethiye the tomb of Amyntas you can take in the views of the Fethiye whole marina bay.
Fethiye Old Town
If you like to browse around the town there is plenty of souvenirs and take in the feel of the way of life in Fethiye. Feel free to take a break and take in all the sounds and culture.
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