Named after the god Apollo’s son, Fethiye is a region of overpowering beauty and cultural richness. This traditional market town is set around a harbour and is particularly popular with scuba divers and those that enjoy taking boat trips. The twelve island boat trip is the best known of these, offering the opportunity to spend a day exploring coves, unique secluded spots and the islands of the gulf of Fethiye.
With a number of hotels in town you won’t be stuck for places to stay. These are especially perfect for older couples, who want to stay somewhere that boasts the traditional Turkish lifestyle and has clear flat grounds that are easy to get around on. This does not mean that the area has nothing to offer for others though, with a variety of water sports, glorious beaches, a bazaar area full of shops, and tasty local restaurants, many of which look out onto the picturesque view of yachts resting in the harbour.
Visiting a place such as this you will surely want to know you’re getting some decent sun, sea and sand treatment, and with Oludeniz beach just over seven miles away from the town you couldn’t ask for more. With topaz bright waters and a golden carpet of soft sand you’ll realise why it’s said to be the most photographed tourist destination in Turkey.
If you’re more interested in exploring the history of the area then there is much alive within the cobbled streets of Fethiye, the close by Lycian rock tombs, the ruins of a mountain fort, and a Roman amphitheatre being the main attractions. This peaceful little place still comes to life at night for those that seek some excitement in the evenings. There are Turkish bars and places that play live music in the Dalaman region and this is the same for Fethiye, so you can have a bit of a boogie or just relax and soak up the holiday atmosphere. It says it all that many Brits have chosen to move here since falling in love with its calm nature, and Fethiye really does has a lot to offer to those that want to escape to one of Turkey’s most beautiful beach resorts.
If you feel at home in the sea then you’ll love Fethiye. They’re pretty big on scuba diving here, and with their tempting turquoise waters, luminous in the sun, you can see why. There are also plenty of boat trips going on too, so you can always take a trip out for the day to explore some of the surrounding coastline. The town is a traditional Turkish one, with cobbled streets scattered with boutiques where you can buy all your souvenirs. The hot spot is definitely Fethiye harbour though. This is host to local tavernas along with restaurants selling delicious food. It looks out onto the gorgeous view of the harbour, gently balancing yachts on its waters.
Once the ancient city of Telmessos, the historic nature of the region is still alive in the form of the Lycian rock tombs, ruins of a mountain fort, and a Roman amphitheatre. So for those of you curious about Turkish culture, or those that just want to experience fully their destination, these are fascinating aspects to the area that will transport you even further from the real world.
Calis beach is at the cove on from Fethiye. With its heavenly stretch of sand and shingle it makes for the ideal location to laze in the sun, read a few books, grab some lunch in one of the restaurants, go for a dip in the refreshing sea and just generally let your troubles drift away. As the sun sets there is still plenty to keep you occupied, with live music and Turkish bars that give you the opportunity to stroll in the warm evening breezes and revel in the light hearted holiday nights.