Experience a fascinating mix of ancient tradition, rich culture and modern influences with your holidays to Fethiye. Located along Turkey’s exquisite Turquoise Coast, it’s littered with remains from the region’s Lycian past, with historic attractions such as the majestic Tomb of Amyntas, and Karakoy Ghost Village. For fans of the great outdoors, the rolling scenery provides plenty of opportunity for adventure. You can watch professional paragliders catching some thermals on the mountain ridges and rocky outcrops, while the miles of unspoilt countryside attract horse-riders of all abilities. For beach-lovers, the resort is a short distance from one of the most famous beaches in Turkey, the dazzling Blue Lagoon.
Things to do
You won’t be stuck for things to do in Fethiye. Visit the Old Town and any bargain-hunters in your party can get their haggling heads on! The twisting backstreets are lines with shops and stalls, selling everything from traditional Turkish rugs, to crafts and jewellery. The markets are a bustle of trade and commerce, selling a huge variety of goods, from handcrafted items to fruit and veg. You’ll also find quirky cafés and tavernas selling strong coffee and authentic Turkish meals. If you want to dive into the rich history then pay a visit to the towering Tomb of Amyntas, carved out of a cliff-face. The local scenery is well worth breaking out the camera for, and some of the best attractions are only a boat-trip away. Don’t forget the Blue Lagoon, considered the country’s most beautiful beach with warm, azure waters and spotless, silver sand.
As part of the Turquoise Coast, Fethiye has some of the best weather anywhere in Europe, perfect for spending long days lounging around on the beach. Head down to Calis Beach where there’s a peaceful atmosphere and the pace of life is nice and slow, and soak up some golden sunshine. Whether you’re happy to lie back on the sand all day and go for the occasional swim, or you prefer to have a go at some of the water sports on offer, you’re sure to have a lovely experience.
When it’s time to go sightseeing, there’s lots of fascinating sights close to Fethiye. If you love your history and mythology, don’t miss the Tomb of Amyntas or the ancient ruins of Tlos and Letoon. Explore these important Lycian sites and learn abut the rich heritage of the area. If you like to be active on your holidays, visit the amazing Saklikent Gorge, or go hiking in the Kabak Koyu nature park, before relaxing on the valley’s beautiful beach.
Lovely old town
Back in town, wander through the cobbled streets of Fethiye’s old quarter, the Paspatur. You’ll notice the traditional Turkish feel as you shop for souvenirs and stop at a local cafe for a drink. The Paspatur is a lovely place to spend an evening out, whether you’re looking to find local specialities to eat or welcoming bars to enjoy a night out.