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Revision as of 13:20, 29 June 2010
Lycian rock tombs at Fethiye
, typical of many you'll see around while in Western Lycia.
Western Lycia is the westernmost section of Mediterranean Turkey.
- Dalaman — region's airport is located here
- Fethiye — primary city of the region; surrounded by verdant mountains, Lycian ruins, and turqouise sea; gateway to Ölüdeniz–the Blue Lagoon
- Göcek — yachter's mecca on the tip of a bay with lots of secluded coves and islands, all covered with pine forests
- Marmaris — another relatively big town; a little touristy, but nice resort serving as one of the gateways for "Blue Voyage"
- Butterfly Valley (Faralya) — a deep canyon with sea on one side and some rare butterflies with the only access from the sea or a hard climb down via a narrow path
- Dalyan — miles of channels meandering around marshlands, beach where endangered caretta caretta turtles lay eggs, and nearby rock tombs engraved on hillsides
- Kayaköy — an abandoned village with hundreds of partially ruined houses south of Fethiye
- Kızkumu — a sandbar lying just a few centimetres/inches underwater, enclosing a cove on the shore of Bozburun Peninsula just south of Marmaris
- Ölüdeniz — the "Blue Lagoon"
Rugged and forested, pine-clad mountains in Western Lycia descent right to the coastline heavily indentated with gulfs and coves, making the region top yachting area in the country.
Most towns in the region have some remnants from the ancient Lycian civilization, whether they be sacrophagii, rock tombs, or city ruins.
Politically, Western Lycia forms the southern half of Muğla Province.
Local dialect of Turkish is highly different from the official standard (which is based on Istanbul dialect), and with much of its vocabulary being totally incomprehensible to even non-local Turks, it can even be objectively regarded as a language on its own (some prefer to call it Muğlaca, i.e. "Muğla language", instead of the usual term of Muğla şivesi, i.e. "Muğla dialect"). However, all people in the region, except perhaps older ones living in remote villages, can speak standard Turkish (albeit with a slight accent usually), and, thanks to heavy tourism in the region, if you don't intend to hike between mountain hamlets, English will likely be sufficient to communicate anyway.
Dalaman Airport (IATA: DLM), with its international connections, is the sole airport of the region, conveniently located in the centre of the region
Most towns in the region have direct bus connections to the major cities of the country, such as Istanbul, Izmir, and Ankara.
Highway D400 connects the region with Antalya Province in the east along the Lycian coast, with a connection to D330 in Gökova towards north (Muğla, Kuşadası, Izmir).
There are ferries between some towns in Western Lycia and nearest Greek islands.
Towns in the region are connected to each other with frequent minibus (dolmuş) services.
Lycian Way (Turkish: Likya Yolu), a signed hiking route which is a collection of ancient paths and forest trails, starts from south of Fethiye and connects a number of villages in the region, as well as some other towns located east of the region (i.e. in Antalya Province).
Free cold water dispensers, or sebils as they are locally known, are abundant in the region, more so than the rest of Mediterranean Turkey.
- Antalya Province occupies eastern half of ancient land of Lycia and has a considerable number of Lycian ruins.