Is Fethiye part of your travel plans but you’re not sure what to see? No worries, let’s explore the top 5 things you can see or do in Fethiye.
The Old Town of Fethiye
Fethiye was once a very prominent centre of prophecy and was dedicated to the Greek god, Apollo. You will probably stumble upon one of the few Lycian sarcophagi scattered throughout the town during one of your Fethiye tours. Also, standing opposite the harbor near the town centre is a Roman amphitheater built during the 2nd century.
Paspatur, also known as the Fethiye old town, is the best place to spend the afternoon or evening. It is lined up with many shops selling various products ranging from clothes to accessories to traditional Turkish delights. There are also an abundance of traditional Turkish restaurants and international cuisine to indulge in.
During sunset, there is no better place then here to spend time enjoying a few drinks and watching the skies turning from blue to pinkish orange and eventually sparkles with the nighttime city lights.
The Lycian Rock Tombs
Ancient monuments from the Hellenistic and the Roman periods can be found around the city too. You can see the ancient tombs forming a magnificent backdrop to Fethiye and is accessible via a short walk from the centre of the town. The magnificent Amyntas’s Tomb is the largest among them and is considered as a symbol of Fethiye by many. During the Hellenistic period, Amyntas was believed to be the King of Telemessos or the governor. You will need to climb flights of stairs and pay a 5 Turkish lira entrance fee to visit this tomb.
Oludeniz Blue Lagoon
Surrounded with breathtaking beauty, Oludeniz became one of Turkey’s most acclaimed resort areas of Fethiye. Situated 14KM from Fethiye, with the beautiful backdrop of Babadag Mountain, Oludeniz is also one of the best spots for paragliding. Oludeniz is also listed on UNESCO World Heritage list due to its rich flora and beautiful beach, which still remains as one of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean.
From the small bus station in Feithiye, a minivan will take you to Oludeniz for about 3 Turkish Liras. Take the van with the sign “Oludeniz” which leaves every 15-20 minutes and the journey will take around 20 minutes.
Located 40 minutes away from Fethiye, Saklikent Gorge is one of the most famous spots in Turkey, frequented by hikers. Saklikent means hidden city and the Saklikent Gorge is the longest and deepest gorge in all of Europe as it is accompanied by incomparable natural wonders.
The magnificent canyon was formed as a result of thousands of years of erosion by the snowmelt of the Taurus Mountains. As water has receded from the snowmelt, you can now walk 4KM into the gorge. The Saklikent Gorge is a haven during summer for those wanting to avoid the midday heat and immerse themselves between the cool rocky walls and in the ice-cold water.
There is an entrance fee of 3 Turkish Liras and for an additional 25 Turkish Liras, you will be able to take a 45 minute tube ride down the river from the top of the gorge and also bathe in the natural mud baths along the river.
About 1.5 hours from Fethiye, on the inland of Turkey’s southwest coast, Dalyan River lies the small town of Dalyan. The town is surrounded by natural beauty and across the river is the ancient ruined city of Kaunos where you could find remains of a theater and some Lycian rock tombs.
Dalyan was originally a small fishing village with its long harbor front stretching across the length of the whole town. You could also see traditional boats lined up along the main harbor front.
It will be satisfying to take a Fethiye to Dalyan tour, which will bring you down the Delta of Dalyan, passing the eerie Lycian rock tombs, soaking yourself in the sulphur mud baths and catch a glimpse of loggerhead turtles on the Caretta beach. x