Turkey Fethiye Area Guide

Fethiye is a pretty town at the hillsides of Mount Mendos, the Touros Mountains chains, and surrounds the bay. It has given its name to the high mountain range formed by rises and falls of the crust during the Tertiary Geological Period and hundreds of bays lying at the mountainside. The mountain range has an altitude of more than 6560 feet.


This region is the heart of ancient Lycia and has many historic sites amongst which are Kadyanda, Kaunos, Tlos, Pinara, Letoon, Xanthos and Patara are particularly noteworthy. It is a region of dramatic mountains, stunning beaches, cosmopolitan ports, rustic villages and the wonderful islands of the gulf all combine to provide a snapshot of the diversity that makes Turkey and in particular the Lycian Coast so special.

This region is the heart of ancient Lycia and has many historic sites amongst which are Kadyanda, Kaunos, Tlos, Pinara, Letoon, Xanthos and Patara are particularly noteworthy. It is a region of dramatic mountains, stunning beaches, cosmopolitan ports, rustic villages and the wonderful islands of the gulf all combine to provide a snapshot of the diversity that makes Turkey and in particular the Lycian Coast so special.

The bustling harbour and market town of Fethiye is on the south-eastern corner of The Gulf and is the major commercial centre of the region particularly on market day each Tuesday.

Island near FethiyeThe nearest airport is Dalaman which is approximately 50km away and the drive from there to Fethiye is unforgettable with forest-clad montains giving the dramatic backrop to the plains, coastal towns, villages where time appears to have stood still and beaches that are scattered throughout the region. During the months of mid June – August there is a direct ferry service between Fethiye and Rhodes in Greece.

Fethiye with its cultural wealth, natural beauties and geography, is among the important tourism centres of Turkey . It is famous for its works of art belong to Persians, Lycians, Carians and Romans. This charming town is in a bay within Fethiye Gulf where both large and small islands are scattered. The rear of the bay is surrounded by pine forests.

The area has a Mediterranean climate, which is hot and dry during summer and warm and rainy during winter. The temperature is approximately 30 degrees during the summer months and is generally over 10 degrees during winter. Sea water temperature never goes below 16 degrees during any season making swimming possible for nine months of the year. Really we might as well conclude that there are only two seasons in Fethiye – Spring and Summer!!

Fethiye DivingFethiye Castle which ascends in the south of the area, belongs to the Knights of St John. There are two small and a simple rock tombs on the east of the hill excluding a few writings carved out on the walls and a cistern of which date a date is indefinite.

Oludeniz (Blue Lagoon) has been described as “the Eden bestowed by God to the World” has a beach 3km long. It has the appearance of a natural lagoon with tepid water during 10 months of the year.

Sporting facilities are excellent with paragliding available in Mount Baba, sailing and yachting, diving in the crystal clear waters of the Aegean, windsurfing, kite surfing, horse riding, mountaineering in the Beydaglar mountains and mountain biking.

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