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Fethiye is in Lycia on the coast of Mediterranean.


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.


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 135 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 June 2018 was €60 return. The ferry leaves Fethiye in the morning and Rhodes in late afternoon, so a day trip to Greece is possivle as well as a overnight in Fethiye. There is some extra charge at the ferry terminal in Rhodes if you stay overnight.

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 [5]. There is also a bus by the City of Fethiye Transportation department, which is cheaper, running at every plane landing. Lokk for a medium-sized bus with a logo saying "T.C. Mugla Büyuksehir Beldiyesi", featuring a four-leaved clover. You need to pay in cash in Turkish Lira. As of 2018, the price is 17,50 Tl.

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]

There are plenty of dolmuses and minibuses to get around the city and to local attractions such as Saklikent.

A fun 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 2400 year old Lycian Amintas Rock Tombs — located in the cliff in the back of the town center. These massive rock cut tombs are very worth seeing as they are literally the symbol of the town offering superb views of the archipelago. It is a little hilly but a scenic walk to get up there. It is pretty straightforward route finding since the tombs are clearly visible from the harbor but you may also follow the road signs to navigate your route. There is an admission fee but they already look great from the entrance anyway. The owner of the Restaurant in the opposite called King's garden Salih may help you negotiate a discount for the entry which is already next to nothing ($2).
  • 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
  • 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. [6]
  • Fethiye Amphitheatre (Roman Amphitheatre in Fethiye Harbour), [1]. 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, [2]. 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 (), [3]. 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. Costs about 6 liras to cook your fish that you buy, including tea, salad and bread.

  • 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
  • King's Garden restaurant[7] situated directly opposite the entrance of famous Amintas rock tombs. A real value place amid the jungle of rip off restaurants in town. The owner is Salih and he is a great guy. He is a very traveler friendly person. He speaks great English and his food is absolutely tasty at reasonably cheap deals. He is happy to make group or set menu discounts. He also picks you up from your hotel and back at free of charge. People go there around afternoon for a quick drink or a snack or for dinner watching the amazing sunset. Views from his place is amazing. Cheap beer and drinks in a friendly and scenic atmosphere. Phone: +905365106462

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.

'Raki' a traditional Turkish spirit, produced by fermenting grapes offering an aniseed flavour. A common comparision is the Greek 'Ouzo'.

Sleep[edit][add listing]


  • Yildirim Guest House [8] 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 [9] Eco farm stay 15 km outside of Fethiye. Rooms are 75 - 95 TL for half board per person depending upon the season.
  • Fethiye Guesthouse [10] is one of the closest guesthouses to town and one of the friendliest budget style accommodation options. With a fantastic terrace that still allows you to enjoy the ocean views the Fethiye Guesthouse has rooms for everyone from dorms, to ocean view to family rooms. The helpful staff will give you all the hot tips of things to do in Fethiye whilst you enjoy a cold drink at the bar on the terrace. BBQ dinners are offered on some nights and the buffet breakfast is one of the best in town.

Mid range[edit]

  • Yacht Boutique Hotel [11] 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.


  • Hillside Beach Club, Kalemya Koyu PK: 123, +90 252 614-83-60, [4]. 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

Stay safe[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 about 13Tl (as of May 2019). 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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