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Holidays in Fethiye
Situated in Turkey’s Aegean region, Fethiye lies among rolling green scenery that filters out into beautiful turquoise bays. Remains of the town’s Lycian past are fascinating to see, with sites like the breathtaking Tomb of Amyntas on your doorstep. The region is a paraglider’s paradise and attracts hikers and horse riders, too. Fethiye is a short distance from one of the most famous beaches in Turkey, the dazzling Blue Lagoon
Fethiye enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with long, dry summers and mild, wet winters.
Dalaman Airport (DLM).
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Fethiye to see the ancient Tomb of Amyntas and swim in the turquoise waters of Oludeniz Blue Lagoon.
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Experience a real Turkish bazaar in Fethiye’s bustling old quarter, an atmospheric part of the town where the shady walkways fill with aromatic coffee shops and stalls selling local produce. Grab a tasty kebab for lunch and visit Fethiye’s historic sites, where you can marvel at the towering Tomb of Amyntas carved out of a cliff. If you’re a keen explorer, it’s well worth hiking in the region’s verdant scenery or taking a boat trip to see the nearby bays. You can catch a boat to visit the legendary Oludeniz Blue Lagoon, considered the country’s most beautiful beach with its warm, azure waters and spotless white-gold sand.
Fethiye is within easy reach of several beaches, the closest being Calis Beach, a 10 minute drive or dolmus ride away. The beach stretches for nearly four kilometres of dark, golden sand and shingle, perfectly located for sunbathing and well-equipped with loungers and a number of lively shops and restaurants. Calis Beach is the best place in Fethiye for water sports, particularly windsurfing, kite surfing and parasailing. Around 20 minutes away by dolmus is Oludeniz Blue Lagoon, the poster child for Turkey’s beaches. This sheltered, protected lagoon is fringed with powdery white sand and rippling palm trees, with dazzling blue, warm waters perfect for snorkelling and diving.
Fethiye’s old quarter, the Paspatur, is a fascinating part of town with a traditional Turkish feel. The narrow streets are filled with bazaars and pavement cafes serving Turkish coffee, all under the shade of green vine canopies. The old quarter is a wonderful place to spend the evenings, with several easy-going bars and places to eat mezes and authentic kebabs. Fethiye was once the ancient city of Telmessos, founded in 400 BC. Some evidence of its history remains, with the biggest attraction in Fethiye being the striking Tomb of Amyntas, a temple from 350 BC cut into a rock face.
Beyond its ancient town, Fethiye is situated in an area of great natural beauty, against the backdrop of the Babadag Mountains with Butterfly Valley in its foothills. The area is thick with lush vegetation and rare wildlife, and is paradise for all kinds of adventures and sports. Hiking and horse riding are popular, as well as rafting on the Dalaman River. Paragliding is one of the biggest activities in Fethiye, as the mountains are considered one of the best paragliding destinations in Europe. Sailing is a favourite in Fethiye, and the beautiful marina is the jump-off point for boat excursions and yacht charters around the Aegean bay.
Beach lovers: Situated right on the Aegean coast, Fethiye has plenty of beaches nearby including the famous Blue Lagoon.
Sightseers: Fethiye’s long history has left it with plenty of sights to see, including the breathtaking Tomb of Amyntas.
Adventurers: The mountainous region is a playground for the adventurous, with fantastic places to hike, paraglide and dive.
Language: The language spoken in Fethiye is Turkish
Currency: The currency used in Fethiye is the Turkish Lira
Local time: Fethiye is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Dalaman Airport (DLM)
Flight time from UK: Approximately 4 hours
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/turkey for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Fethiye. Apply for your Turkish visa online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
Temperature: 10-28 (°C)
Fethiye heats up gradually throughout the spring, typically climbing into the 20s (°C) by May. Book your holiday for summer for glorious highs of 33 and up to 14 hours of sunshine a day, or come in the autumn when temperatures are slightly cooler and the resort is quieter. Winter temperatures rarely drop below 10, even in January.
By dolmus: Fethiye’s dolmuses, or mini buses, operate around once an hour between the town centre and local beaches and attractions. They are an easy and affordable way to get around within the resort.
By car: If you’re interested in exploring in your own time, hiring a car may be the best option. There are a number of competitive car hire companies located at Dalaman Airport.
By bike: Fethiye is a pleasant place to explore on two wheels, and easy to get around within the resort. Outside Fethiye, the roads begin to get steep, and cycling further afield should be left to experienced cyclists.
Culture and arts: Fethiye Culture and Arts Festival comes to town every May, for four days of concerts, performances and cultural events. These include performances by local bands and musicians, art events for children, workshops and theatrical performances.
Air games: The Oludeniz Air Games is one of the most unusual and exciting events in the region, taking place in October in nearby Oludeniz. The event includes thrill-seekers from the worlds of skydiving, paragliding, base jumping and more putting on shows and displays for five days over Babadag Mountain and on Oludeniz’s beach.