Fethiye is one of the main cities on the Turkish Riviera, pleasing different audiences, as it mixes nature, old towns and good infrastructure.Know that there is a lot to do in Fethiye and we have selected the best attractions.
But first we recommend that you carefully read the article on where to stay in Fethiye, as there are three good neighborhoods to stay and each one tends to appeal to a specific audience.
Now let’s get to know the main tourist attractions in Fethiye!
What to do in Fethiye, Turkey?
Attractions in the center of Fethiye
Every Turkish city has a charming center.There aren’t many ancient monuments left in Fethiye, but the center is still interesting to visit.
Tuesdays are ideal days to go downtown, as the largest open-air market takes placeOf region.On the banks of the canal, there are large tents with various products, mainly fruits and vegetables.
There are also many spices, typical Turkish food stands, cheese shops and various foods from the region.Of course, there is no shortage of places to sell clothes, including counterfeits.
Also visit the fish market, which is small but very organized and has restaurants nearby.
What can’t be missed is the waterfront region, well-kept and wooded, in addition to having a beautiful marina.Know that several boat trips depart from there.
For us, the highlight of the ancient rock tombs, located in the upper part of the center.
These tombs have more than 2 thousand years of history and were part of the city of Telmessos, as Fethiye was called in era.The museum completes the tour of the ruins.
What to do in Oludeniz?The Blue Lagoon of Fethiye
Oludeniz is a vibrant town with a life of its own, after all, It has a long beach with clear seas and an exuberant lagoon.
14 km away from the centre, Blue Lagoonwas better known as Oludeniz, Turkish for dead sea, after all its waters are calm compared to the waves on the beach.
The Blue Lagoon is one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Turkey, a favorite destination for Brits in the country.Such beauty has turned the nearby region and Lagoa Azul into a protected area.
Currently, visiting Oludeniz, the lagoon and its beaches costs nothing, but the price of restaurants in the region and Beach services are often expensive.
In addition to bathing in the beautiful water, you can bathe on the beach next door, which is beautiful.For those who love adrenaline, there are paragliding flights.The sky becomes colorful!
To get to Oludeniz, just use the dolmus (vans).It’s easy and cheap!
Çalis Beach is located outside the center of Fethiye, but very easy to access with dolmus.
It is full of inns and hotels in Fethiyeand is one of the options for staying in the city.
Its waterfront is made up of a very pleasant promenade for walking, where there are restaurants for all tastes and pockets.
Regarding the quality of the beach, the range of pebbles (pebbles) is large.There is always space to sunbathe.In addition, the water is calm and not icy, but it doesn’t have that turquoise blue hue like in Oludeniz.
The great thing about Çalis Beach is the sunset over the sea.Lush!We also like the beach as it caters for all budgets.
Opposite Çalis Beach is Sovalye Island, which has a few restaurants and hotels but is not a place to visit.
Parque Sehit Fethi Beyis close to the beach and is popular with families, especially on warm nights.It is a new place and with great structure.People traveling with children spend a lot there!
Ruins of the Ancient Cities in Fethiye
The region where Fethiye is located is full of ancient ruins of the Lycian civilization, but which also received Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman influences.
Tlosis one of those ruins.Located on top of a mountain, Tlos is believed to have been first occupied 4,000 years ago.
The highlights are the grandiose rock-carved tombs, like those in the centre.It costs 12.5 lire for adults to visit, and there is a cafe at the entrance to recharge your batteries after the tour.
Close to the old town is the Selale Yaka Park waterfall, popular with families. and with a highly praised restaurant.
Already Xanthosis the most important ancient city of Lycia, occupied from the 8th century BC
Even with relevant archaeological pieces (mainly tombs) were taken to the British Museum in London, there is a lot to see in Xanthos, from the amphitheater to the tombs and monuments of various peoples, such as Romans and Byzantines.
To visit Xanthos, simply head to the village of Kinik.Know that the ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Letoon, a site full of ruins of temples dedicated to the Greek goddess Leto and her children, Apollo and Artemis.
For being close to Xanthos (6 km to the south), Letoon ends up being part of the itinerary.
If you want to visit photogenic ancient ruins, with many monuments and few tourists, Pinarashould be on the itinerary on what to do in Fethiye.
Tourists don’t visit the place much because the road is bad.That’s why some people prefer to walk the 2 km from the village of Minare to the ancient ruins.
Be aware that Pinara is one of the most beautiful ancient cities in the region, and it’s still free.
A different place to visit is Kayaköy, close to the centre.It’s a ghost town!
In the mid-1920s, Christian Greeks withdrew from the city, returning to Greece.The Greeks are gone, but the ruins and Greek architecture remain in Kayaköy and the size of the city is impressive.
Lycian Trail – The Lycian Way
The Lycian Trail is a 500 km long path on the Tekke Peninsula, known for the Lycian civilization.There are plenty of ancient ruins along the way.
The Lycian Trail runs from Antalya to Fethiye, but it’s rare to do the entire trail.There are several shorter paths, which can take a few days or just a few hours.
For those who are in Fethiye and just want to do an hour-long trail that ends in Oludeniz(to enjoy the beaches!), just go to the ancient tombs carved into the rocks, high in the center of Fethiye.
The link between the ancient tombs and the ghost town of Kayaköy is via a road.There are those who prefer to do this route by dolmus (van) and start the trail from Kayaköy.It’s worth it, especially in summer, which is too hot (even for a Brazilian).
The most beautiful trail towards Oludeniz starts from Kayaköy, with breathtaking views of the sea.
Saklikent National Park
Located 50 km from Fethiye, Saklikent National Park is one of the most sought after nature attractions by Turks in the region.
Its highlight is the grand Canyon Saklikent, which is 18 km long and varies in height from 200 to 600 meters.Walking along the bed of the river that sculpted the Canyon, it is often not possible to see the sky.
But know that the National Park is well structured.After the ticket office, the path is made on footbridges, then it is necessary to walk on the river, which varies in depth.
Fortunately, there are shoes and helmets for those who want to explore Saklikent Canyon a little further.The entire route is only available with certified guides.
In addition to walking in the always cold water, rafting is available, as well as the possibility of taking a mud bath or simply enjoying the canyon at the restaurant.
Nearby , after a hike, one can visit the Gizlikent Selalesi waterfall.Admission is only 5 lira per adult.
Saklikent National Park costs 9 lira per adult and can be accessed by dolmus (van).The most common is to take the van downtown (near the fish market) towards Saklikent.
The Butterfly Valley (Kelebekler Vadisi in Turkish) is a valley full of butterflies in the spring months, with a beautiful beach, few buildings and lots of nature.
To get to there only by boat or doing a heavy trail, since the descent is more difficult.If you want to enjoy the beach and nature of the Butterfly Valley without haste and without difficulty, it is best to take a ferry from Oludeniz.
The boat trips from agencies visit various locations (such as the beautiful Mavi Magara cave), leaving little time for the Butterfly Valley.
There are also those who do just part of the trail, without going downhill, just to see the valley from above.The view is beautiful.
Before heading to Butterfly Valley, be sure to avoid the busiest days, as agency boats fill the beach.A pity!
The 12 islands are located in Fethiye Bay, and boat trips there are a popular tourist attraction.Boats depart from Fethiye marina every day during the summer season.
Typically, tours stop at six islands and only cruise across the rest, with a stop for lunch.You can often see dolphins and turtles.But what attracts tourists the most is swimming in the turquoise sea.
It is worth mentioning that you should research tour prices for the 12 islands and negotiate.Bargaining is part of the Turkish way of selling, so don’t be shy about asking for a discount.
Hotels and hostels can often be reasonably priced for this type of tour.
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