Often dubbed as Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, Fethiye is situated in the southwestern part of this beautiful country. With the passage of time, the unparalleled scenic beauty of the country has only ended up garnering unprecedented popularity among tourists—thanks to its beautiful rock tombs, blue waters, and natural harbor. If it’s on your bucket list as well, then going through this primer is imperative on your end – quite simply because it offers you a lowdown of the ten best things that you can do here. Read on!
1. Take a Tour of the Fethiye Museum
This apparently tiny treasure trove is basically is your “passport to Lycian history”. If you are planning to embark on Tios and Letoon trips, you can consider getting a firm grip on the Lycian history beforehand! A visit to this museum, will of course, is of help.
2. Kayakoy Ghost Town
The Fethiye Tuesday market is quite a rage among travelers. So make sure you’re taking a local guide and exploring the same. A visit to the Kayakoy Ghost town can turn out to be a memorable experience of sorts. Just make sure you’re beefing up your bargaining skills while accessing anything starting from olive to clothing in the market.
3. Explore the Roman Theatre
Do not forget to head to Rome’s only partially excavated theatre that was established in the 2nd century B.C. A look into its history actually tells you that when Turkey was conquered by the Romans, the Lycians were still allowed to rule on their own. However, even the Romans were dynamic enough to pave the way for their own “history” here. This particular theatre was built when Rome took Telmessos during its Asia Minor dominance.
4. Pinara Antique City
The antique ruins make for such an integral part of the country’s socio-cultural fabric. These ruins are so inseparable from its history. Embark on a peaceful drive from the Fethiye main road and head to the Pinanra Antique City, to get up close with Rome’s antiquity. The beautiful city has so many things going for it – its position in the off-beat track, the hiking opportunities allowed by it, its amphitheatre and of course its ancient buildings. In its entirety, Pinara does remain one of the covetous sojourns for travelers.
5. Oludeniz Lagoon
That’s of course, your access to the picture-perfect scenic wonder. If all this time those breathtaking snaps of lagoons on Google have managed to draw the “happiest sighs” then it’s time for you to experience one of them. Just 15 kilometers from Fethiye and you are actually in the most famous beach of Turkey. The turquoise water is duly separated from the seas. The pristine white beach flanked by lush green pine trees is your highly refined visual image. One of the most amazing aspects of this place is that it has not really witnessed any form of construction which has actually gone on to hinder visual pleasure. It has been surprisingly allowed to retain its beauty even after the growth of packaged tourism.
Book a downtown Fethiye tour to get up close with its wide array of attractions including markets, shops, restaurants and clubs (of course if you are going out at night). Don’t forget to experience its traditional food and fish while taking a tour downtown.
7. Go trekking
Please do find out about Saklikent Gorge in that case. The ravine which cuts deep in to the Akdaglar Range is around 30 kilometres from Fethiye. Trekking remains a regular exercise here, whereby tourists are often found using long wooden boardwalks along the part of the trail. Gear up for some substantial Adrenalin rush as you reach the end by ford running and walking through the narrow fissure. If you’re a fan of canyoning and rafting, you can explore chances as well.
8. Sovalye Island
Just a few minutes off the Turquoise Coast, is Sovalye Island – often touted as a “HUGE” must for travelers willing to explore Turkey in its grandest form. Often likened to the Amazon, Sovalye is your access to the scented pine forests that you can explore simply by walking.
As the capital of ancient Lycia, you can well imagine that Xanthos does hold its own significance in the country. The oldest republic in the world is at present overseen by UNESCO. Once more, a visit to this place gives you a glimpse of its painful history. Some of its most wondrous monuments were shifted to England in the nineteenth century – of course – leaving behind a few named acropolis, agora etc. Do not forget to take a look at the Nereid Monument in all its decorous splendor.
10. The Lycian Way
Fethiye can well be described as a versatile city in Turkey whereby, you do have access to exceptionally enriching hiking trails beyond its history, markets, nightclubs, and restaurants. The Lycian way remains one of the longest and most popular walking routes flanked by pine forests – offering a challenging bend or two.
Do make sure that you’re preparing your checklist before heading to Fethiye this year. May the zeal of travel be always with you.