Fethiye is a large harbour town located just over an hour’s drive away from Kalkan. As well as good shopping opportunities (including the enormous market held every Tuesday) and stunning beaches, Fethiye is a town steeped in history and fascinating to explore. Please contact us if you are interested in exploring Fethiye for yourself.
In ancient times Fethiye was an important city called Telmessos. According to Lycian legend the sun god Apollo fell in love with the daughter of the King of Finike. As the girl was so shy he disguised himself as a dog in order to win her trust and heart. After he reappeared as a handsome man they married and called their son Telmessos. Fethiye was renamed by Ataturk after a pilot called Captain Fethi Bey who was one of the first pilots of the Ottoman Air Force.
Throughout the town there are Lycian stone ruins. Fethiye’s most recognisable sight is the incredible tomb of Amynthas. The tomb is in the form of a temple and was carved into a sheer rock face in 350 BC. More tombs can be found within Fethiye and the surrounding areas.
Other ancient relics of interest are a medieval castle on the hill above town, a Roman amphitheatre on the harbour and an ancient mosque.
• Boat trips – there are daily trips from Fethiye harbour to explore the bay and surrounding islands.
• Paragliding from Babadag mountain – an exhilarating way to see Fethiye and the blue lagoon at Oludeniz
• Fish Market – choose your fish from a central area in the market and pick a restaurant where they will cook the fish for you. The market is open daily and in the summer month stays open late into the evening.
• Fethiye Market – every Tuesday this large and bustling market sells an array of goods from jewellery to bags to spices and everything in between!
• Waterpark – Fethiye has a couple of aqua parks – great for a family day out.
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