Fethiye is located in the Aegean region of Turkey, on the ancient city of Telmessos. In 1958 an earthquake levelled the city, leaving only the tombs from Telmessos. It is a well-known tourist destination in the summer, for its excellent natural harbour. Many people visit Fethiye to board, or once they have finished a Gulet cruise. The summer weather is magnificent and the city is perfectly protected from storms, by an island; Sovalye Adasi. The larger outer bay has a further 11 small islands.
The Fethiye region has many interesting places to see, including both beautiful beaches and ancient ruins.
Telmessos was the most important city in the ancient Lycian times. It is thought that the history of the city reaches as far back at the 5th century BC. A Lycian legend explains the source of the name Telmessos as follows: & quote; God Apollon falls in love with the youngest daughter of the King of Finike (Phoenike), Agenor. He then disguises himself as a small dog and thus gains love for the shy, withdrawn daughter. After he reappears as a handsome man, they name their son 'Telmessos' (the land of lights).
The city, with its name believed to have come from that of Telmessos, - son of God Apollon-, formed the first state of the Persians after being invaded by the Persian King Harpagos in 547 BC, along with all other Lycian and Carian cities. Telmessos then, joins the Attik-Delos Union established in the mid 5th century BC and although it later left the union as an independent city, it continued its relations until the 4th century BC.
There is rumour that the city was invaded by Alexander the Great on his Asian cruise in the winter of 334-333 BC has. Another legend says that Alexander the Great, on a mission to invade Anatolia, entered Telmessos harbour with his fleet. Their commander Nekros asks permission of Antipatrides, ruler of the city, for his musicians and slaves to enter the city. On getting permission the warriors with guns hidden in the flute boxes capture the acropolis during the feasts held at night.
In 240 BC the city had been handed over to the son of Lysimachos by Ptolomy III. In 189 BC a treaty was been signed after the Magnasia war and the Romans left the city to Eumenos the King of Bergama (Pergamon) and the Kingdom collapses. In 133 BC Telmessos joins the Lycian Federation and is one of the six most important cities in the group. In the 8th century Telmessos was renamed Anastasios II. The city is taken over in 1284 by Menteseogullari and receives the name Megri meaning far city after its inclusion in Ottoman land in 1424. In 1934 the city was finally named 'Fethiye' to honour Fethi Bey a martyr Pilot.
Throughout the town there are Lycian stone ruins. The tomb of Amynthas, is one of the most splendid examples of the Lycian civilisation. This tomb is in the form of a temple built in Ion style, and has a landing with adjacent pillars at the two sides, with four steps leading to it. In the middle of the leftmost pillar, & quote; Amynthas: son of Hermapias & quote; is engraved in 4th century BC letters. At the top, there is a head piece with three actoters, one in ruins, at the bottom there is a dentile fresco. Three stone benches go along the three walls of the flat-topped tomb chamber, with a door leading into it that has iron nail-like joints carved out of stone at its four corners. Although two of the numerous other tombs at the left of the hill look like the Amynthas tomb, they are much smaller. Within the town and in the vicinity many more tombs may be found, some sarcophagus tombs and some cut from pieces of rock. One of the best examples of these sarcophagi is located to the east of the government building. Both sides of its arched gothic style lid are decorated with war scenes and the two-storey front face has carvings that look like wooden square joints.
At the high acropolis hill behind the city is a medieval castle, believed to be the remains of Saint John's knights. There is not much in the castle except some writings carved on the walls and a cistern of unknown origin. Another old building in Fethiye that has remained up to this day is an ancient mosque that Cezayirli, Hasan Pasha ordered it to constructed in 1791. An ancient peculiarity of the city is that it has been famous for its soothsayers. It is known that the soothsayers of this city were devoted to the God Apollon.
Fethiye museum is also worth a visit, with interesting exhibits including small statues and votive stones.
SURROUNDING AREAS IN FETHIYE
OLUDENIZ AND HISARONU
Oludeniz is 15 kilometres from Fethiye, on the west coast of Turkey. The town is packed with beach resorts, bars and restaurants. The blue lagoon at Oludeniz is one of the most photographed beaches in the Mediterranean and rated as one of the top 5 in the world. It has sandy beaches, with a sheltered lagoon, hidden from the open sea.....more info
BUTTERFLY VALLEY & FARALYA
Faralya is the first village south of Oludeniz and boasts one of the last untouched stretches of the Turkish Mediterranean, with breathtaking views of the surrounding bay. The village of Faralya is also highly isolated and most of the locals are self sufficient. Butterfly Valley is home to the rare Jersey Tiger butterfly.....more info
KAYAKOY (KARMYLASSOS) – GHOST TOWN
Kayakoy is 8 kilometres from Fethiye town centre. The town was known as Levissi for much of its history and is a composed of 2000 stone houses. The town was originally built on the site of the ancient city of Carmylessus in the early 1700’s and again renewed in the 1850’s and 1880’s after both an earthquake and major fire . The League of Nations organised a population exchange between Turkey and Greece. It was agreed that most Greek Muslims would move to Turkey and the Ottoman Greek Christians would move to Greece.....more info
The area of Kabak is located one hour outside of Fethiye. It is one of the few remaining areas of the Turkish coast that has yet to be invaded by package holidays. The area is protected by the government, so it is a natural environment, with no construction. It is surrounded by beautiful beaches, turquoise seas and has mountains rising 700 metres on both sides, enclosing the valley. During the Caretta Caretta, Loggerhead Turtles breeding season, nests are marked off on the beaches to indicate the location of eggs and deter any form of interference.....more info
Located 50 kilometres from Fethiye, Saklikent Gorge was only discovered 20 years ago by local villagers, in Turkish it means hidden valley. At 300 metres deep and 18 kilometres long, it is the longest gorge in Turkey. The gorge itself is so steep and narrow, that the sun cannot penetrate the water, leaving it icy cold in the summer. So far 16 caves have been discovered throughout the canyon.....more info
Tlos is the oldest and one of the most important religious centres of ancient Lycian times. The town dates back to 2000 BC and is known as the city where the mythological hero Bellerophon and his winged flying horse Pegasus lived. Since Tlos was one of the six principle cities of Lycia, it held the title under the Roman empire of ‘the very brilliant metropolis of the Lycian nation’.....more info
Patara is a sprawling village, with a natural harbour, formerly a maritime and commercial city in the Lycian times. It is thought that the village was founded by Patarus, a son of Apollo. It offers a splendour of beaches, some from 50 metres wide and 20 kilometres long. Patara is also the birth place of Saint Nicholas, the 4th century Byzantine bishop, who later passed into legend as Santa Claus.....more info
Calis beach is 6 kilometres in length and extends to the Kariy River. It Is known as a package holiday area, being a prime accommodation and entertainment base for people staying in Fethiye. The glittering sea opening up to the outer bay makes for spectacular sunsets throughout summer.
Follow this link for our Fethiye tours in Turkey, tourist attractions in Fethiye Turkey. Within our Fethiye tours, you will find amazing attractions such as Saklikent gorge, Oludeniz excursions, Fethiye mud baths, and a wide array of cruises itineraries such as the 12 island cruise. Our fethiye boat trip prices are affordable and provide you with a lot of bang for your buck.
14 day Ancient Turkey Tour with gulet cruise. Begin your journey with an Olympos to Fethiye gulet cruise and travel to Pamukkale and Ephesus to explore natural wonders and incredible history. Continue your historical exploration in Gallipoli and end your tour in Istanbul.
Gulet Cruise included with this 14 day tour
17 day Grand Turkey Tour with gulet cruise. Begin your journey with a blue cruise from Fethiye to beautiful Olympos, then travel to Pamukkale and Selcuk. Continue on to enchanting Cappadocia before exploring the Gallipoli battlefields and the city of Istanbul.
17 day Turkey Unplugged Tour with gulet cruise. Begin your journey with a blue cruise from Fethiye to beautiful Olympos, then travel from Olympos to Goreme where you will tour Cappadocia. Before heading to Istanbul, visit the wonders of Pamukkale and Ephesus.
18 day Turkey Unplugged Tour with gulet cruise. Begin your journey with a blue cruise from Fethiye to Olympos, then travel from the coast to Cappadocia. Also visit the wonders of Pamukkale and Ephesus before finishing your tour in Gallipoli and Istanbul.
13 day Magical Turkey Tour with gulet cruise. Begin your journey with an Olympos to Fethiye gulet cruise and then make your way to Pamukkale and Cappadocia, both homes to many incredible natural wonders. Finish your tour with a few days exploring Istanbul.
11 day Mediterranean Encounters Tour with gulet cruise. Begin your journey with a blue cruise from Fethiye to beautiful Olympos, then travel to Istanbul. Along the cruise route you will visit highlights such as Kas, Butterfly Valley, and Oludeniz Blue Lagoon.
Yacht Boutique is just a few minutes walk from the Fethiye Old Town and harbour, offering luxury sea view accommodation with charming pool area and restaurant.
Dedeoglu offers guests comfortable hotel accomodation in the centre of Fethiye, close to all amenities and overlooking the stunning bay and marina.
Sitting in a fantastic view point between the old town of Fethiye and the stunning peninsular, Villa Daffodil offers traditional accommodation in a quiet part of town.
Pinara Guesthouse offers stunning sea views in a typical Turkish guesthouse with delicious breakfast, helpful staff and simple modern rooms.
This guesthouse is situated in a typical Turkish house overlooking the marina, it offers stunning sea views, free breakfast, WiFi, comprehensive travel advice and tour reservations.
This is a 5 star luxury hotel offering outdoor pools with poolside bar, terrace restaurant, stunning sea views, spacious suites and spa treatments, just a short walk from the old town.
A 4 star luxury hotel on the edge of Fethiye’s old town, the Alesta Yacht Hotel offers clean and elegant guestrooms, an onsite swimming pool, restaurant, bar and spa.
The Ece Saray Marina & Resort offers luxury resort services including a restaurant & bar, spa center & salon, and private massage & therapy programs, just a few minutes walk from the city center.
The Hillside Beach Club is luxury resort with amenities and activities for any age and lifestyle. With its own private cove, guests can enjoy the beach just a few meters away from their door and all that this resort has to offer.
The Infinity City Hotel features spacious and comfortable rooms in the heart of Fethiye’s busiest center with friendly staff who are happy to help you make the most of your visit to this exciting city and region in Turkey.
Minu Hotel is a newly restored hotel in “Old Town” Fethiye, featuring modern amenities and design, right in the heart of the city’s shopping and restaurant center.
Hotel Unique features luxury amenities in a beautiful location from their Turkish bath and spa where you can relax and rejuvenate to free bicycles, allowing you to tour the beautiful marina and hills of Fethiye.
The Marina Vista Hotel offers accommodations and amenities, including a complimentary breakfast buffet, pool, and private dock on the marina.
Located in the heart of Fethiye’s shopping and restaurant district, the Orka Boutique Hotel is a newly remodeled hotel on the marina waterfront.
The Grand Atapark Hotel is a wonderful hotel tucked in the corner of Fethiye’s beautiful bay. With its own restaurant, bar, and Turkish bath, it is a fantastic place to stay as you explore the natural and historic areas surrounding Fethiye.