Fethiye has won the hearts of millions of tourists who have been charmed by its natural beauty, relaxed atmosphere and – of course – it’s sunny climate.
But there is much more to this historic Turkish location than swimming pools and restaurants. Here’s a guide to some of the must-see attractions that make this such a fascinating holiday destination.
Modern Fethiye is located on the site of the ancient city of Telmessos, the ruins of which can be seen in the city.
No visitor to Fethiye should leave without a visit to its famous rock tombs. The town is scattered with sarcophogi and tombs but the most impressive are on a hill above the town. The climb up to the main Lycian tomb will test your stamina but it is well worth it to see the tomb of Amyntas, built in 350 BC by the Lycians. What makes this tomb very unique is its massive size and beautiful carvings. The bonus is the magnificent views of Fethiye marina and the bay below. The Museum of Fethiye is definitely worth visiting whilst exploring the city. It contains exhibits from prehistoric times and Byzantine archaeological sites found in the nearby town.
The best way to see the surrounding coastline is by a boat trip and Fethiye is an ideal place from which to set sail to explore. One of the most popular trips is the famous 12 Island excursion which takes eight hours and usually has five swimming stops – as well as lunch. These trips can be busy so if you prefer the idea of being alone, you can book private boat trips from Fethiye. These are more expensive, naturally, but they will allow you to visit some of the quieter and less well-explored bays along the Fethiye coastline. One very popular trip is the trip to Gocek, the site of a fascinating Sunday Market.
Not far from Fethiye you can take a unique tour which is a marked mountain trail leading through the ancient cities. In Fethiye, you can also enjoy the picturesque Bay of Oludeniz and visit the ghost town, village Kayakoy. Olu Deniz most photographed beach for its gorgeous blue lagoon. It is also well-known for its sulphur-rich baths that are said to ease the symptoms of various muscle and skin-related conditions.
With an extraordinary nature, inside the private marina which is a meeting point for all the sea lovers, with an elite environment and garden, Ece Saray Resort is a place to spoil yourself. This seafront boutique hotel offers elegant rooms with balconies and sweeping views of Fethiye Bay and Fethiye Marina and a five minute stroll will take you into town. The breakfast is served on the topfloor terrace overlooking the Mediterranean.
By the pool you will find a laid-back atmosphere where you can relax and soak up some sun. The pool bar serves a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day. If you’re in the mood to really kick back and relax, then you can head for the Spa and unwind with a drink and a Thai massage. Guests to the Ece Saray Marina & Resort Hotel are close enough to the centre of Fethiye to get out and about and explore all that this region has to offer, as well as experience some true Turkish hospitality, fine dining and a luxurious stay.
If you are looking for a luxury holiday in Fethiye get ready for a trip that you will never forget. Holidaying in this beautiful rich cultural and unique part of the world, most remarkable of all are the people, who are by nature warm and hospitable.Not far from Fethiye you can take a unique tour which is a marked mountain trail leading through the ancient cities. In Fethiye, you can also enjoy the picturesque Bay of Oludeniz and visit the ghost town, village Kayakoy.