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A to Z Fethiye City Guide
Fethiye is a tourist town with an international atmosphere located in the south-west of Turkey by the Mediterrranean Sea. The town has a population of 150.000 but the population increases during the high season, from April to October.
Fethiye is constantly modernising and progressing. Recent years have seen a vast increase in tourism as it homes many popular resorts like Çalış, Hisarönü, Ovacık, Ölüdeniz and Kabak.
Fethiye provides a nice contrast to the nearby resorts and its traditional feel. The Old Town is a delightful maze of little alleys in the town center near the harbour. It’s a great place to explore packed with shops, restaurants, bars and boutiqes.
The Mediterranean climate typical to the region provides hot, dry summers and warm, wet winters. Temperatures are approximately 30 C in summer nd usually do not drop below 12 C in winter. The sea temperature hardly ever drops below 17 C in winter.
Fethiye, once an important Lycian City, has a vast and fascinating past with the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Seljucks and Ottomans fought over the city and its harbour, each leaving their mark on the landscape. History is evident throughtout town center including colossal rock tombs, the ruins of a fortress on the hill and an amphitheatre towards the rear of the main harbour.
The ancient name of Fethiye was Telmessos. The city wasfounded in the 5th century BC on the border of Lycian and Carian civilizations. Based on ruins studied in or time, it has been ascertained the town possessed a rich and high cultural wealth during the Hellenistic and Rpman periods and was famed as a center of oracles dedicated to God Apollon. The Lycian rock tombs, sarcophagi, thecitadel, and the theater are existent with all their splendour in the present structure of the town.
Since its foundation, the town was ruled respectively by the Persinas, Alexander The Great, the Romans, the Byzantians and the Ottomans.
Before the republic, the name of the town Makri, meaning far-off land in Greek. The name was changed to Fethiye by the Couincil of Municipality in 1934 to commemorate the death of Fethi Bey, the first pilot in the history of Turkish civilian aviation.
Fethiye Museum is a lot to offer to its visitors.
Famous pottery artefacts and statues (a trilingual stela playing important role to analyse Lycian lingustic, the statue of a young girl with a pigeon, etc.) takes place at the Archaeological artefacts in the Hall. The huge stone artefact, sarcophagi, Izrara Monument in the Outdoor Display Area at Fethiye Museum. Almost whole artefacts are compiled from Fethiye and its surroundings.
Fethiye Museum opens between 08.00 – 19.00 everyday in the summer months and between 08.00 – 17.00 in winter months.
Address Kesikkapı Mahallesi, 505. Sk. No:4, 48300 Fethiye/Muğla
Fethiye Old Town
Paspatur (the old town) is the most authentic district and is conveniently located near the centre of Fethiye, so it makes for a jam-packed day trip if you want to explore both. There are seven entrances in total, but two of these are on the main streets so are easy to access if you are travelling with young children.
Once you reach the Old Town, you will discover a vibrant array of cafes, restaurants and bars alongside older buildings such as the mosque. Take time to explore this unique area, and make sure you bring your camera with you!
Paspatur, meaning “Old City“, is one of the oldest settlements in Fethiye and is visited by thousands of tourists each year. It is located between Fethiye Marina and Çarşı Street, which basically forms the city centre, transportation to and from is very easy and it is a stopping point for everyone.
Paspatur Bazaar, which consists of five cute looking streets in total, is generally made up of carpet, leather, Turkish delight and jewellery stores. There is also a “pub and bars street” that the nightlife of the city centre takes place. Most of the protected old houses of Fethiye are in Paspatur Bazaar, saluting the visitors with their authentic wooden look and bay windows.
There is, of course, a legend to Paspatur: Those who drink water from the fountain in the centre of Paspatur, feel an urge to come to Fethiye at least once more or they could never leave at all.
You should definitely take a small walking tour of Paspatur Bazaar while your stay in Fethiye.
Çalış Beach Area, Fethiye
Calis Beach offer long, peaceful beaches and waterside restaurants with views across Fethiye Bay. You’re also 10-minutes away from Fethiye town center with its bustling nightlife and ancient ruins.
Ölüdeniz is a small village located on the south west coast on the Aegean Sea. It has a secluded sandy bay at the mouth of Ölüdeniz, on a blue lagoon. This beach is famous for its shades of turquoise and remains one of the most photographed beaches on the Mediterranean. Ölüdeniz is also regarded as one of the best places in the world to paraglide due to its unique panoramic views.
“Blue Paradise” is the world famous lagoon of Ölüdeniz and the beach of Belcekız.
Colorful holiday resorts with lush gardens, simple campsites and many hotels and pensions provide a large and varied choice of accommodation for tourists.
“World Heritage” Babadağ Mountain dominates the area. After a half-hour drive to the summit, tourist have the opportunity of paragliding down, either singly or in tandem and landing softly on the Belcekız Beach. It’s becoming an important center of paragliders and its annual paragliding festival attracts visitors from far and near.
Hisaronu is located between Ovacık and Oludeniz. Hotels, bars, shopping malls and other activities offer tourists a very busy, exciting and colorful time. Easy transportation Fethiye and Oludeniz is provided by a dolmuş (a shuttle, minibus). It takes only 5 minutesto get to Oludeniz and 20 minutes to the center of Fethiye from Hisaronu and Ovacik.
Ovacık is delightful suburb located 4 kilometres from Oludeniz on the Fethiye road. Cool breezes and beautiful mountain views enchant its hotel, bed & breakfast and holiday resort guests.
Located at the foot of Babadağ Mountain, there is always a refreshing offshore breeze, even during the hottest days of summer.
Gocek is a popular holiday resort in the west of Fethiye. It’s the closest tourism center to the DAlaman Airport (only 25 kilometres from the Dalaman Airprort). Due to this, it’s an ideal choice for weekend trips although it’s possible to to benefit from the services of accommodation and boarding houses of various standards throughout the year.
The picturesque harbor of Gocek is principally a yachting center. During the summer the marinas are buzzling with activity as the boats load up with guestss for the Blue Voyage and the cafes and restaurants along the harbor do a lively trade.
The bays of Gocek host some of the most beautiful and historical sites in the region.
It’s believed that Gocek and its environs were the ancient city ofDaedalos. In the records of Strabo and Herodotus, Daedalos is mentioned as a Lycian port. Unfortunately, not much of the city has survived to the present day, probably due to earthquakes in ancient times.
Karagözler forms part of Fethiye’s old town (Paspatur) and is the area’s most prestigious and arguably the most authentic district. Karagözler is made up of the old Karagözler with its beautiful marina views and second Karagözler, which developed later on with more modern properties lining up toward the old Fethiye shipyard.
This area is particularly sought after due to its perfect location relative to the main marina, old town, the fish market and Fethiye Town centre. Paspatur is a short level walk away and is the most colourful shopping and entertainment centre of Fethiye town. There are seven entrances, two of which are on the main streets. It displays an extraordinary panorama for those camera-addicts with its restaurants, old buildings under protection, streets, bath, mosque, cafeterias on the sidewalks and bars. Paspatur means “water channel-trench”, named after the irrigation system built for the town in the past. A popular belief of Paspatur is that “those who take a drink of Paspatur, will come to Fethiye again….” At the Paspatur Market shops are open very late, selling all kinds of goods ranging from traditional handcrafts to souvenirs.
Üzümlü Village, Fethiye
The village of Üzümlü is one of spectacular natural beauty, set in a valley surrounded by dense pine forest and rugged hillsides.
Close to Üzümlü is Cadianda, an ancient Roman site and Lycian city; the ruins of the amphitheatre, stadium, baths and temple and still there to explore today.
Numerous vineyards surround the village, which is renowned for the production of wine.
Üzümlü has managed to retain all the natural charm and character of a traditional Turkish village and yet still has the convenience of the modern town of Fethiye just a twenty minute drive away.
Fethiye is the busiest on Tuesdays because the region’s largest market comes to town. At the market you can happily shop anything from fresh organic vegetables to a selection of clothes and home products.
Going shopping at the local markets is great if you’re self-catering rather than staying in one of the many hotels in Fethiye. Marvel at the array of fresh fruit and veg on the main huge Fethiye Market before strolling around the hundreds of fake designer clothes, shoes, sunglasses stalls. Can’t say we ever buy any of the fake stuff but it’s worth a wander around. Oh, and you should try Gözleme – A Turkish flatbread or the traditional village bread, bazlama. (The big market is every Tuesday in Fethiye, every Sunday in Çalış – or if it’s just the foods you’re after, there’s a pleasant, low key farmers’ Friday market on the site of the Tuesday market. Hisarönü market is every Monday, and Çiftlik Market, every Thursday and if you’re up in Üzümlü, your market day is Friday.)
Şehit Fethi Bey Parkı
There’s something for everyone at Fethiye’s Şehit Fethi Bey Parkı, the largest recreation area in the region.
Chill by the water, walk, run, cycle, use the outdoor gym. And, if the kids are bored, there’s a large play area with lots of features to keep them entertained. There’s also a skate park for the BMX, skateboard and roller blading fans. Here’s our photographic tour of Fethi Bey Park.
Dalaman International Airport is one of the three airports which form the gateway to the seaside and holiday resorts in the southwest of Turkey, like Marmaris, Fethiye and Dalyan. The other two airports are Milas Bodrum Airport in the west and Antalya Airport in the east.
There are two terminals. The old terminal is used for domestic flights; the new terminal processes international flights.
Dalaman International Airport has no public transport linking it to local towns and resorts and all transport to and from the airport is by road. The airport is approximately 58km from Fethiye and transfer by bus takes around one hour. There are Havas buses available but only from the domestic terminal, prices are reasonable especially if you are travelling solo or as a couple. Havaş is the official airport bus for passengers of Turkish Airlines and other domestic flights. Alternatively, the nearest bus station (Otogar) is in Dalaman town, which is a short taxi ride away and there are regular buses into Fethiye from there.
1. Flights To Fethiye
The nearest airport is the Dalaman Airport (40 km to Fethiye). You can search the flights to Dalaman Airport, get the cheapest flight deals and book your flight online using the link below!
2. Dalaman Airport Transfers
To get to Fethiye from the Dalaman Airport, you can take a shuttle (Havaş, Muttaş shuttles) or buy a private airport transfer service. Below is a list of websites offering airport transfers:
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