As part of the rapidly developing Turkish Riviera, Fethiye has seen a recent boost in its popularity among tourists from all over the world. A stay in Fethiye can easily combine an educational historical vacation with a relaxing beachside Mediterranean trip. Frequent earthquakes have changed the city’s skyline over the years, as many old buildings have been levelled, but this town of 84,000 people still retains its relaxed, beach town atmosphere despite the changes.
Location: Sitting on a natural harbour
Situated on the scenic Aegean coast of Turkey just south of Marmaris, Fethiye sits on the ancient Greek city of Telmessos, the ruins of which can still be seen scattered throughout the city. The natural harbour formed by the city’s bay protects the coast from storms and invites many tourists from cruise ships and private boats to sail in, dock, and enjoy this beautiful town. A chain of islands stretched across the bay, easily accessible by boat, also protects the town’s coastal waters.
Business: Tourism rules all
Tourism is definitely the most prominent business in Fethiye, as international visitors flock to the town to see the ancient ruins and enjoy a Mediterranean summer on the beach. That is why in the high tourist season, summer, there is a lot more activity all throughout the town.
Culture: Turquoise beaches and ancient ruins
History buffs will love the many ancient artefacts that abound in Fethiye, whether they are behind the display cases of the Fethiye Museum, or on historical sites such as the Roman Theatre and Telmessos. The most visited site is the Tomb of Amyntas, a temple façade carved into a rock face, which dates from 350 BC. The old Greek town of Kayakoy may also interest those who wish to glimpse into more recent history. Outdoor enthusiasts can relax on one of the many beaches surrounding Fethiye, the most famous of which is Oludeniz, and marvel at the picturesque Blue Lagoon.
Activities: Hike through history
Travellers here can combine their love of history and the outdoors on the famous Lycian Way hike, widely considered one of the best long-distance walks in the world. Alternatively, those seeking less exertion and more relaxation can stop at the Old Turkish Bath, or take a boat excursion around the islands dotting Fethiye’s bay.