Fethiye, 200 km/124 miles (3 hours) west of Antalya, and 131 km/81 miles (2 hours) east of Marmaris, rests on
a broad Mediterranean bay
(map) boasting some
of Turkey's best beaches and yachting. Plenty
of hotels provide
a place to stay, and Dalaman
Airport makes access
The wide swath of Çalış
Beach, several kilometers
long, is only 5 km (3 miles) northeast
of Fethiye (maps). Ölüdeniz,
perhaps Turkey's most beautifully-situated
beach, is 8.5 km (5.3 miles)
south of Fethiye, over the hills.
Both beaches have their own selections
of hotels and restaurants.
Besides the beach, visitors like the
ruins of ancient Telmessos scattered through the city, and the day-long 12-Island yacht cruise of
the bay, especially the stop at Gemile
Island, covered in unrestored Byzantine ruins.
Boats depart on the cruise every day in the warm
months from Fethiye's busy harbor.
Fethiye is a favorite getaway for
You may hear English spoken in the
streets, shops and markets.
Some 2400 years ago, Fethiye (FET-hee-yeh)
was the prominent town of Telmessos,
but earthquakes have left only a few Lycian
stone sarcophagi from the old town,
along with the dramatic Tomb of
Amyntas carved into the sheer rock
cliff high above the town.
Fethiye is the starting point of the Lycian
Way, a 500-km (311-mile)
footpath through the rugged mountains
of the Tekke Peninsula to Antalya.
Most people come to Fethiye by bus or car.
The nearest airport is
50 km (31 miles) west at Dalaman.
From mid-June through August there
is direct ferry
service between Fethiye and
the island of Rhodes, Greece. More...
of Mediterranean Turkey
—by Tom Brosnahan