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"Before Lunch Cruises" provides excellent food on board its three day cruises.  Do remember to bring your own towel, soap and shampoo. Bedding doesn't seem "fresh" but looks clean.  Boat is very clean.  Most people sleep on deck in the summer.
 
"Before Lunch Cruises" provides excellent food on board its three day cruises.  Do remember to bring your own towel, soap and shampoo. Bedding doesn't seem "fresh" but looks clean.  Boat is very clean.  Most people sleep on deck in the summer.
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There are also catamarans from Rhodes, Greece, which run during the tourist season.  While you may find a booking option for these ferry trips online, the actual booking process was not active as at September 2013.  You can purchase tickets from travel agents and ferry offices, and from the Greece side at least,  you need to show your passport to book. The cost as at September 2013 was $45 Euro one way.  Rhodes also offers day trips to Fethiye for around the same price as a one way ticket.
  
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
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*The '''cave tombs''' {{-}} located in the cliff on the south side of town
 
*The '''cave tombs''' {{-}} located in the cliff on the south side of town
 
*The '''Lycian sarcophagus''' {{-}} There are a number of stone sarcophagii carved in typical Lycian style scattered around the town, with one of the most preserved ones lying in the yard of town governor's office (''kaymakamlık'') at the main street and other on the ''middle'' of the road heading uphill towards the cave tombs and [[Kayaköy]].
 
*The '''Lycian sarcophagus''' {{-}} There are a number of stone sarcophagii carved in typical Lycian style scattered around the town, with one of the most preserved ones lying in the yard of town governor's office (''kaymakamlık'') at the main street and other on the ''middle'' of the road heading uphill towards the cave tombs and [[Kayaköy]].
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*The '''Kadyanda Ancient City''' This 2500 year old ancient city opened its doors to visitors 10 years ago. The city is situated 24km away from Fethiye, and has a Hellenistic theatre, Roman baths, agora, temple and cave tombs.
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*'''Afkule''' {{-}} A ruined monastery.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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Be informed before you buy a "Turkish" carpet.  Do your homework before leaving home.  Beware that the supply of Turkish carpets is getting low and Chinese copies are being sold.  Also, real antiques are not allowed to leave the country.
 
Be informed before you buy a "Turkish" carpet.  Do your homework before leaving home.  Beware that the supply of Turkish carpets is getting low and Chinese copies are being sold.  Also, real antiques are not allowed to leave the country.
 
*<buy name="Isa.M Turizm" alt="" address="Atcilar Sokak no 6" directions="Yaniklar Köyü" phone="02526336363" url="http://www.isam-atbinicilik.de" hours="2" price="40 Euro" lat="up to day trips" long="">Horseridingstable in Yaniklar with 14 well trained Horses for advanced and novice Rider.Trail rides and Riding holidays</buy>
 
*<buy name="Isa.M Turizm" alt="" address="Atcilar Sokak no 6" directions="Yaniklar Köyü" phone="02526336363" url="http://www.isam-atbinicilik.de" hours="2" price="40 Euro" lat="up to day trips" long="">Horseridingstable in Yaniklar with 14 well trained Horses for advanced and novice Rider.Trail rides and Riding holidays</buy>
*<buy name="Hakan ERENLER" alt="" address="525 Sok. No:35" directions="" phone="+905347922531" url="http://www.fethiye-tours.com" hours="24" price="" lat="" long="+2">Fethiye Tours & Excursions. Daily Activities.</buy>
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*<buy name="Fethiye Tours & Fethiye Excursions" alt="fethiye tours fethiye excursions" address="" directions="" phone="+905347922531" url="http://www.fethiye-tours.com" hours="" price="" lat="36.548294" long="29.121848" email="info@fethiye-tours.com">Fethiye Tours & Fethiye Excursions. Daily Activities. Fethiye Tourist attractions</buy>
 
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
Pasa Kebap has great meat and vegetarian options at good prices.  Upstairs has cushion/floor seating but there is also lots of inside and outside table seating.
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*Town centre has a number of local fast foods offering the usual Tavuk Döner for 2.5 to 3 Turkish liras. If you are on a budget, avoid those next to the market, they offer the exact same thing for twice the price.
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*Pasa Kebap has great meat and vegetarian options at good prices.  Upstairs has cushion/floor seating but there is also lots of inside and outside table seating.
 
The fish market in the middle of town is surrounded by small restaurants that will cook your own fish to your liking, very reasonable and delicious.
 
The fish market in the middle of town is surrounded by small restaurants that will cook your own fish to your liking, very reasonable and delicious.
 
*<eat name="Peymane" alt="" address="Eski Cami Sok. No. 7" directions="In the old town on Sokak 41 where it intersects with Sokak 43" phone="0252.614.0383" url="" hours="" price="Cheap" lat="" long="">Cute little family owned place that is a little more expensive than some of the other restaurants in the area, but is still cheap and has more variety and better ingredients.
 
*<eat name="Peymane" alt="" address="Eski Cami Sok. No. 7" directions="In the old town on Sokak 41 where it intersects with Sokak 43" phone="0252.614.0383" url="" hours="" price="Cheap" lat="" long="">Cute little family owned place that is a little more expensive than some of the other restaurants in the area, but is still cheap and has more variety and better ingredients.
 
They also have probably the best vegetarian options available in town including a daily special (which is sold at an absolute bargain of a price).</eat>
 
They also have probably the best vegetarian options available in town including a daily special (which is sold at an absolute bargain of a price).</eat>
 
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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*'''Yildirim Guest House''' [http://www.yildirimguesthouse.com] is steps from the Fethiye Marina and town centre. 20 TL per night, for dorm and 30 TL per person double or triple rooms, this includes breakfast, basic rooms (the hostel has six of them, as well as three dorms—a female one, a male one, and a mixed one) with showers, restroom, television, and internet. This is the only hostel in town with air-con dormitories. Hot water may not always work so check it out. Friendly and helpful staff. Air conditioning and laundry services are available for small additional charges. Smoking permitted outside. Laundry for an additional 10 tl, home made diner 10 TL ,drinks are same price as shops.
 
*'''Yildirim Guest House''' [http://www.yildirimguesthouse.com] is steps from the Fethiye Marina and town centre. 20 TL per night, for dorm and 30 TL per person double or triple rooms, this includes breakfast, basic rooms (the hostel has six of them, as well as three dorms—a female one, a male one, and a mixed one) with showers, restroom, television, and internet. This is the only hostel in town with air-con dormitories. Hot water may not always work so check it out. Friendly and helpful staff. Air conditioning and laundry services are available for small additional charges. Smoking permitted outside. Laundry for an additional 10 tl, home made diner 10 TL ,drinks are same price as shops.
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*'''Pastoral Vadi''' [http://www.pastoralvadi.com] Eco farm stay 15 km outside of Fethiye. Rooms are 75 - 95 TL for half board per person depending upon the season.
  
 
===Mid range===
 
===Mid range===
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==Get out==
 
==Get out==
*'''The Blue Lagoon''' &mdash; a famous (perhaps the most famous in Turkey) beach area located in '''[[Ölüdeniz]]''' to south of Fethiye, with a pretty nice lagoon seperated from open sea by a sandbar. About 30 minutes away by ''dolmuş''.
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*'''The Blue Lagoon''' &mdash; a famous (perhaps the most famous in Turkey) beach area located in '''[[Ölüdeniz]]''' to south of Fethiye, with a pretty nice lagoon seperated from open sea by a sandbar. About 45 minutes away by ''dolmuş''. Note that the local dolmus does not leave from the otogar but nearby in front of the red PO petrol station where there is a small bus shelter.
*'''Saklikent Gorge''' &mdash; a stunning geological site located inland on the Teke Peninsula (between Fethiye and  [[Antalya]]), about 40 km southeast of Fethiye. This is a great place for a leisurely hike. If you want to explore the gorge a bit further upstream, be prepared for some clambering and getting wet!
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*'''Saklikent Gorge''' &mdash; a stunning geological site located inland on the Teke Peninsula (between Fethiye and  [[Antalya]]), about 40 km southeast of Fethiye. This is a great place for a leisurely hike. If you want to explore the gorge a bit further upstream, be prepared for some clambering and getting wet! There is an hourly Dolmuş that runs between Fethiye and Saklikent Gorge. Last service leaves the gorge at 5pm. Trip takes an 1hr each way and costs 7Tl. From Fethiye go to the same dolmus stop that gets you to Ölüdeniz (not the otogar).
 
*'''Lycian ruins''' &mdash; located on outer islands, take a boat from Ölüdeniz.
 
*'''Lycian ruins''' &mdash; located on outer islands, take a boat from Ölüdeniz.
 
*'''[[Kayaköy]] Village''' &mdash; a hiking destination, these are the ruins of a Greek settlement abandoned in 1923 when the governments of Turkey and Greece mandated population swaps. Features some well-preserved structures, including a church.  
 
*'''[[Kayaköy]] Village''' &mdash; a hiking destination, these are the ruins of a Greek settlement abandoned in 1923 when the governments of Turkey and Greece mandated population swaps. Features some well-preserved structures, including a church.  

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Lycian rock tombs on the cliffs above the town

Fethiye is in Lycia on the coast of Mediterranean.

Understand[edit]

Fethiye is a tourist town with an international atmosphere. It has an excellent marina and good night life. The town also serves as an excellent base for touring the inland country-side, and is probably the only city in the world where you'll find sarcophagus in the streets. These pre-Roman Lycian relics are especially spectacular when floodlit at night. The town has a population of around 50,000 but the population increases dramatically during the high season, from April to end of October, when off-shore residents spend their summers at their second homes.

Climate[edit]

Summers are extremely hot with temperatures well above 40°C in July and August, you should drink plenty of water to keep hydrated which is important in a very hot place such as Fethiye. Winters are cool with temperatures around 14-20°C. Spring and Autumn are the wettest seasons, yet still very sunny, which is the best time to go for people who want a warm holiday that is not too hot like the summer, with temperatures around 20-28°C.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

Fethiye has direct connections to many cities in the country including Marmaris, Bodrum, Antalya, Izmir, and Istanbul (which costs 60 TL pp and takes around 14 hours) among others.

By boat[edit]

A boat entering Fethiye's harbour.

Private cruise companies operate non-scheduled services to Marmaris and along the peninsula to Antalya. Day trips on wooden sailboats, called "gulets" include lunch and stops at different places. Prices and quality of food vary so shop around.

"Before Lunch Cruises" provides excellent food on board its three day cruises. Do remember to bring your own towel, soap and shampoo. Bedding doesn't seem "fresh" but looks clean. Boat is very clean. Most people sleep on deck in the summer.

There are also catamarans from Rhodes, Greece, which run during the tourist season. While you may find a booking option for these ferry trips online, the actual booking process was not active as at September 2013. You can purchase tickets from travel agents and ferry offices, and from the Greece side at least, you need to show your passport to book. The cost as at September 2013 was $45 Euro one way. Rhodes also offers day trips to Fethiye for around the same price as a one way ticket.

By plane[edit]

The nearest airports served by international airlines are at Antalya or Dalaman. Antalya is about three hours driving and Dalaman about one hour from Fethiye. There is a bus service from Dalaman Airport to Fethiye, run by Havaş [1].

By car[edit]

D400 highway links Fethiye with north (Akyaka, Marmaris, and onward to Muğla and Southern Aegean) and east (Antalya), along the Lycian coast in the latter case. However, from Antalya, there is also a mountain road (numbered D350—and E87 for part of its route) through sparse juniper woods of inner Lycia, that is in quite good condition (if not actually better than coastal highway) via Korkuteli, which also has a branch going north to Denizli. D350 significantly shortcuts coastal D400, which has a good share of windings on its way along the heavily indented coastline.

Get around[edit]

A fantastic way to get around Fethiye and the surrounding region is renting a motor-powered scooter. It costs about 35 TL, plus gas, for a full day. They are widely available on the streets. The beaches and the countryside are easily accessible. Regular bikes are also available, and the town is very walkable.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The cave tombs — located in the cliff on the south side of town
  • The Lycian sarcophagus — There are a number of stone sarcophagii carved in typical Lycian style scattered around the town, with one of the most preserved ones lying in the yard of town governor's office (kaymakamlık) at the main street and other on the middle of the road heading uphill towards the cave tombs and Kayaköy.
  • The Kadyanda Ancient City This 2500 year old ancient city opened its doors to visitors 10 years ago. The city is situated 24km away from Fethiye, and has a Hellenistic theatre, Roman baths, agora, temple and cave tombs.
  • Afkule — A ruined monastery.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Beach activities - swimming, lounging, parasailing, paragliding, canoes etc. The Dead Sea/Blue Lagoon "Ölüdeniz" region has pretty warm water temperatures during summer season.
  • Hiking - Fethiye marks the beginning of the Lycian Way - a 500 km marked hiking trail running to Antalya.
  • Tuesday Farmers' Market
  • Island Day Cruises - An armada of boats of all sizes leave their harbor berths each day at approximately 10:00AM and return at approximately 6:00PM. While you can charter the entire boat in advance, most are run on a first come first serve communal basis. Lunch is usually provided, and depending on the size of the boat prices can range from $10 to $30 for an entire day. Destinations during the cruise include local lagoons, beaches, sea caves and other features where you are given time to swim or explore the local islands.
  • Yacht charter in the Aegean Sea
    • Windward Islands [2], one of the worlds largest yacht charter companies, can take care of all charter requirements, from bareboat to luxury yacht in the Aegean Sea. Operating from 9 offices worldwide (USA, Spain, UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Caribbean, Honk Kong and Dubai).
  • Paragliding Fethiye is one of the most popular places around Europe to try this extreme sport. The activity starts from Babadağ, a mountain around 1900 mt high, and ends on the beach after a nice trip above Oludeniz. There are many schools and training centers which can provide training even for fresh beginners, or you are free to enjoy tandem flights which include the pilot and a passenger. The following link belongs to a very professional school. [3]
  • Fethiye Amphitheatre (Roman Amphitheatre in Fethiye Harbour), [4]. A coastal amphitheatre dating back to Hellenistic times - as far back as Alexander the Great - free to visit.  edit


Buy[edit][add listing]

Be informed before you buy a "Turkish" carpet. Do your homework before leaving home. Beware that the supply of Turkish carpets is getting low and Chinese copies are being sold. Also, real antiques are not allowed to leave the country.

  • Isa.M Turizm, Atcilar Sokak no 6 (Yaniklar Köyü), 02526336363, [5]. 2. Horseridingstable in Yaniklar with 14 well trained Horses for advanced and novice Rider.Trail rides and Riding holidays 40 Euro. (up to day trips,) edit
  • Fethiye Tours & Fethiye Excursions (fethiye tours fethiye excursions), +905347922531 (), [6]. Fethiye Tours & Fethiye Excursions. Daily Activities. Fethiye Tourist attractions (36.548294,29.121848) edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Town centre has a number of local fast foods offering the usual Tavuk Döner for 2.5 to 3 Turkish liras. If you are on a budget, avoid those next to the market, they offer the exact same thing for twice the price.
  • Pasa Kebap has great meat and vegetarian options at good prices. Upstairs has cushion/floor seating but there is also lots of inside and outside table seating.

The fish market in the middle of town is surrounded by small restaurants that will cook your own fish to your liking, very reasonable and delicious.

  • Peymane, Eski Cami Sok. No. 7 (In the old town on Sokak 41 where it intersects with Sokak 43), 0252.614.0383. Cute little family owned place that is a little more expensive than some of the other restaurants in the area, but is still cheap and has more variety and better ingredients. They also have probably the best vegetarian options available in town including a daily special (which is sold at an absolute bargain of a price). Cheap.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Ayran is a popular yogurt drink some find refreshing. Beer is widely consumed, though neither Beer or Ayran have a special connection with Fethiye. The wines are acceptable, but generally not of a very high standard.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Yildirim Guest House [7] is steps from the Fethiye Marina and town centre. 20 TL per night, for dorm and 30 TL per person double or triple rooms, this includes breakfast, basic rooms (the hostel has six of them, as well as three dorms—a female one, a male one, and a mixed one) with showers, restroom, television, and internet. This is the only hostel in town with air-con dormitories. Hot water may not always work so check it out. Friendly and helpful staff. Air conditioning and laundry services are available for small additional charges. Smoking permitted outside. Laundry for an additional 10 tl, home made diner 10 TL ,drinks are same price as shops.
  • Pastoral Vadi [8] Eco farm stay 15 km outside of Fethiye. Rooms are 75 - 95 TL for half board per person depending upon the season.

Mid range[edit]

  • Yacht Boutique Hotel [9] is located on the south side of town, close to the yacht pier and international port of entry. Very short walk to the boat tour docks and harbor attractions. Very clean and well furnished rooms with an outdoor pool/lounge. English speaking staff will help you with setting up local activities. Rooms start at around $100/night.

Splurge[edit]

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  • Hillside Beach Club, Kalemya Koyu PK: 123, +90 252 614-83-60, [10]. Large resort set on a private bay amidst pine trees, organizing the only international water ski cup in Turkey, with activities such as spa, tennis, fitness, aerobic, step, stretching, basketball, beach-volley, archery and water sports including wakeboard and scuba-diving.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • The Blue Lagoon — a famous (perhaps the most famous in Turkey) beach area located in Ölüdeniz to south of Fethiye, with a pretty nice lagoon seperated from open sea by a sandbar. About 45 minutes away by dolmuş. Note that the local dolmus does not leave from the otogar but nearby in front of the red PO petrol station where there is a small bus shelter.
  • Saklikent Gorge — a stunning geological site located inland on the Teke Peninsula (between Fethiye and Antalya), about 40 km southeast of Fethiye. This is a great place for a leisurely hike. If you want to explore the gorge a bit further upstream, be prepared for some clambering and getting wet! There is an hourly Dolmuş that runs between Fethiye and Saklikent Gorge. Last service leaves the gorge at 5pm. Trip takes an 1hr each way and costs 7Tl. From Fethiye go to the same dolmus stop that gets you to Ölüdeniz (not the otogar).
  • Lycian ruins — located on outer islands, take a boat from Ölüdeniz.
  • Kayaköy Village — a hiking destination, these are the ruins of a Greek settlement abandoned in 1923 when the governments of Turkey and Greece mandated population swaps. Features some well-preserved structures, including a church.
  • Butterfly Valley and Kabak — two isolated canyons bordering the seashore to the south of Fethiye. They both feature waterfalls. Butterfly Valley is hippie haven (though with the growing interference of the mass tourism) situated in a narrow canyon with almost no overland connection to the rest of the world, while remoter Kabak is the perfect place to escape the package tourist groups, and a great place on the Turkish Mediterranean to camp and have a truly laid-back experience.
  • Weekly boat tours around the spectacular Lycian coast, also known as "Blue Cruise", all the way east to Olympos can be arranged through numerous companies from Fethiye during the high season (April to October).


Routes through Fethiye
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