Top 10 Things to Do in Fethiye
Fethiye is a port city, and district, on Turkey’s southwestern Turquoise Coast. It’s known for its natural harbor, blue waters, and numerous rock tombs including the 4th-century B.C. Tomb of Amyntas, carved into a bluff overlooking the city. Near-shore islands are popular for day trips by boat. In the south, the beach at Ölüdeniz is sheltered by a lagoon, and Butterfly Valley is a designated nature reserve.
1. Tlos Ruins
Tilos, south of Turkey, about 4 kilometers northwest of the Strait of Hidden City, the resort town of Fethiye in Mugla province is an ancient Lycian near the castle hill. Tlos is believed to be one of the most important religious Lycian sites, and the settlement on the site is said to have started more than 4000 years ago.
2. Gemile Island
Ship Island is an island located near the city of Fethiye on Turkey’s coasts. On the island are the ruins of various churches built between the fourth and sixth centuries AD and various related buildings. Archaeologists believe it was the location of Saint Nicholas’ original burial.
3. Butterfly Valley
Hidden between two sharp cliffs, this lovely beach is home to the Jersey Tiger Butterfly. One of the most beautiful of the Butterfly Valley is that it cannot be reached by road. Either hike here from Faralya village high up the cliff, or by a boat from Ölüdeniz (they leave several times a day in the summer). There are great hiking opportunities in the lush forested valley behind the beach, but most people are happy to just lie on the sand.
4. Amyntas Rock Tombs
The Tomb of Amyntas, also known as the Fethiye Tomb, is an ancient Greek rock-hewn tomb at ancient Telmessos, in Lycia, currently in the district of Fethiye in Muğla Province, located in the Aegean region of Turkey.
5. Oludeniz Beach
Located only ten kilometers south of Fethiye’s old city center, the area around the nose is a rare sight. Blue Flag Oludeniz Beach is a crescent of white pebbles with clear waters and a fascinating shade of turquoise shining in the sunlight.
6. Fethiye Museum
It may be small, but the Fethiye Museum is the perfect place to get a grasp of Lycian history, especially if you plan to visit tourist attractions like Tlos and Letoön. Bright information panels clearly explain the Lycian culture, and the pottery, jewelry, and stele exhibits are beautifully displayed.
When the Romans conquered Turkey, the independent-minded Lykians were permitted to govern themselves, but this did not prevent them to leave their mark on their Lycian city. Fethiye’s small and partially excavated theater was built in the 2nd century BC when Telmessos became part of the Roman rule of Asia Minor. Initially, 6,000 spectators would be seated.
8. Saklıkent National Park
Saklıkent National Park was established in June 1996, is a national park in southwest Turkey. The national park is a canyon, 50 km from Fethiye. It is located in the province of Muğla away. Thé Canyon is 65 km from Antalya province Kaş. The canyon is 300 m deep and 18 km long, one of the deepest in the world.
1o. Çalis Beach
North of Fethiye’s natural harbor, the coasts open out onto a long bay. This is Çalis Beach, which goes on for kilometers and has a mixture of dusky sand and pebbles, lapped by low-to-moderate surf. The resort continues on a promenade behind, and you’ll never have to travel far for a bite to eat or supplies for a blissful afternoon in the sun.
Eight kilometers south of Fethiye is a ghost village, formerly dominated by the Greek Orthodox Christian community, but abandoned during the turbulent first decades of the 20th century. Ottoman Greeks lived in relative peace in the empire for hundreds of years, but that changed after the First World War with the Greco-Turkish War of 1919-1922 and a population exchange that followed. Kayaköy (Livissi) had a population of 6,000 when it was abandoned, and has a history that goes back at least to the 7th century when he was a Christian bishop. There are Lycian-style tombs here, but most of the houses, school buildings, and churches are from the 18th and 19th centuries.