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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.
For the best of the sunshine, book your holidays to Fethiye between the months of June and August.
Approximately four hours
Flights land at Dalaman Airport, which is roughly 50 minutes’ drive from the resort.
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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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.
Most of the best beaches in Fethiye are only a short boat-ride away. Calis Beach is the closest, offering almost 4km of sand and fine pebbles. With sun loungers on tap and a selection of shops and restaurants nearby, it’s an easy way to spend a sun-soaked day. This beach is also well known for the exciting range of water sports it has on offer; if you’re something of an adrenaline-junkie, you can choose from windsurfing, kite surfing, and water-skiing. Hop in a dolmus and you’ll find yourself at the Blue Lagoon, in about 20 minutes. With an absolutely stunning beach, it ticks all the boxes. In addition, the still, clear waters provide perfect conditions for snorkelling and scuba-diving.
Fethiye’s old quarter, the Paspatur, is loaded with traditional Turkish charm. Follow the powerful perfume of strong coffee through the maze of narrow streets and you’ll find pavement cafés, surrounded by tumbling vines, serving tourists and locals alike. Pop along in the evening and you’ll find the rustic bars twinkling into life, alongside authentic restaurants serving delicious Turkish dishes such as mouth-watering mezzes and spicy kebabs. On your travels, you’ll also see evidence of the region’s rich history: look out for the striking Tomb of Amyntas, a temple from 350 BC, carved into a rock face.
If you can bear to tear yourself away from the beach, you’ll find that the local region has plenty to offer. If you’re the adventurous type, you can get to grips with the scenery as part of a horseback trek across the plains, or even take a 4x4 excursion up the Babadag Mountains. The river is ideal for those who like to get out and about, with rafting and kayaking being very popular pursuits. Alternatively, head to Fethiye’s marina and hop aboard a boat excursion around the Aegean bay
Beach lovers: Fethiye is home to some of the country’s best beaches. You’ll find the famous Blue Lagoon a mere 20 minutes away.
Sightseers: No holiday here would be complete without dipping a toe into its fascinating past. There are plenty of historical sights to see and explore, including the breathtaking Tomb of Amyntas.
Adventurers: Whether you enjoy water sports, hiking, cycling or horse-riding, you’ll find plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventures on your holidays here.
Language: The language spoken in Fethiye is Turkish. While the locals have a good grasp of English, take a phrasebook or app so you can try out a few simple Turkish phrases for yourself.
Currency: You’ll need to exchange your Sterling for Turkish Lira before jetting off on your holiday.
Local time: Fethiye is two hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Dalaman Airport, which is just over 40km from the resort.
Flight time from UK: Approximately four 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°C - 28°C
If you’re looking for some serious tanning weather, book your break between June and August, when the temperature typically tips into the high twenties (°C), with occasional nudges into the thirties. However, if that sounds a bit too warm, the spring and autumn months see the mercury hovering in the mid-twenties, with fewer crowds. Even in the winter, Fethiye is mild with the temperature rarely dropping below 10°C.
By dolmus: Dolmuses, or mini buses, operate around once an hour between the town centre and local beaches and attractions. They’re 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 the resort, the roads begin to get steep, and cycling further afield should be left to experienced cyclists.
Culture and arts: If you book your holiday here in May, you might just catch the Fethiye Culture and Arts Festival. For four days, the resort acts as host to local artists, bands, musicians and actors who put on a series of performances at venues across the region.
Air games: It’s eyes on the skies every October, as the long-awaited professional Ölüdeniz Air Games come to town. Held in nearby Olu Deniz, the games all have one thing in common: they take place up in the air! Expect a week’s worth of watching skydiving, base jumping and more, with shows and displays taking place over Babadag Mountain and on Olu Deniz’s beach.