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A to Z Fethiye Travel Guide
Places to see & visit in & around Fethiye, Turkey.
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Afkule Monastery, Fethiye
After 3 to 4 kilometers from the Kayaköy mountain road, the Af Kule Monastery will take your tiredness. What the people say and the guides say about the monastery situated against the sea is a bit contradictory. According to him, in this monastery Jesus has been hiding for years, and according to some, the priests have withdrawn in this monastery and begged for forgiveness. Plenty of oxygen can turn your head a little while you spend time in the Af Kule Monastery and explore the surroundings.
Butterfly Valley, Fethiye
Deep, steep and accessible only by boat or via the Lycian Way walking trail. The Valley has only been visited in the last twenty or so years before that it was reletively untouched and unknown. Luckily due to the valley being inaccessable it has kept intact and pure. 86,000sqm Butterfly Valley is home to roughly 100 species of butterflies, creating a protected oasis where time seems to stand still.
You can reach to the Butterfly Valley by boats from Oludeniz.
Calis Beach, 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.
Dalyan located in Ortaca district of Muğla city is a fishing village in the center of the Dalyan delta, famous for the Iztuzu Beach, ancient city of Caunos, Rock Tombs and mud baths. This unspoilt paradise offers an economical holiday to its visitors if you are planning a quiet holiday with sea, sun, history and nature.
Gemiler Bay & St. Nicholas Island, Fethiye
The road passing over the hill behind Kayakoy Village takes you to another beautiful spot surroundedby olive and pine trees, the Gemiler Bay facing St. Nicholas Island.
You can pass over the St. Nicholas Island by boat and see the Byzantine ruins on the island.
The ancient pieces unearthed during excavations in 1990 by a Japanese archaeological team in collaboration with the Fethiye Museum have revealed that the island was a prominent center of pilgrimage during the early Christina period and thet St. Nicholas, the patron of sailors, resided here.
Kayakoy, Ghost Village, Fethiye
If you follow the mountain road behind the Fethiye Citadel leading south, after 7 kilometers you will reach a fascinating settlement where Anatolian Greek people lived until 1922.
In the past, Kayakoy Village was called “Levissi”. Due to apopulation exchange mutually signed by two countries in 1922, the Turks in Thrace and the Anatolian Greeks were exchanged. However, the immigrants from Thrace could not adapt themselves to environmental conditions and abandoned the village in a short while.
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.
Patara Ancient City & Beach
Patara ancient city was the capital of the Lycian Union for a certain period. During the recent excavations the Council Building of the Lycian Union and the oldest lighthouse in the world have been unearthed.
With its shoreline of 18 km, magnificent ancient theater, agora and the granary at the harbor, Patara was a very influential trade center of the time and is now under environmental protection because it is one of the the locations where the Caretta Caretta come to laytheir eggs.
Presently the inhabitants of Patara (Gelemis Village) earn their living through tourism on a large scale.
Rock Tombs, Fethiye
Carved into the hillside above the town are the Lycian rock tombs, Fethiye’s most famous landmarks. These impressive rock tombs that stare down on the town were once filled with treasures and gold from ancient kings. The tomb of Amyntas is the highest and most prominent, dating from around 350 BC. What makes this tomb unique is the fact that is it very large inside and its façade resembles that of a classic temple. If you are up for a challenging walk, climb up for an unforgettable view of the bay.
Saklikent Gorge, Fethiye
Saklient Gorge is a travelers’ favorite daytime excursion in Fethiye. Translated into ‘Hidden City’, the canyon is 300 meters deep – one of the deepest in the world – and 18 kilometers long. Four kilometers of the gorge are open for keen hikers after April, once the water from the Taurus Mountains has melted and passed through the canyon on its way to the Xanthos River. With its sculpted walls soaring high above, the gorge is a majestic place to explore and delivers a unique adventure: climb up rocks, pass through waterfalls or go rafting on primitive rafts made of truck tiers.