Visit Fethiye's lively port town and revel in its tranquil surrounds
Fethiye refers to both the bustling port town, built around a large bay with a rugged, mountainous backdrop, and the surrounding area along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast.
With its natural harbour, Fethiye is a main base for boat cruises, worth doing to discover the quiet coves along the coast that are not accessible by land, and the pretty islands that dot the bay. If you prefer to stay on land, there is plenty to do in the town itself; busy markets and bazaars, Turkish baths, al fresco dining along the long, shaded promenade, quayside restaurants and musicians playing at the traditional cafes in the old town. In and around the town are many historical sites including the dramatic Lycian tombs carved out of the hillside and other remnants of the 5th century city of Telmessos, and the remains of a Roman amphitheatre.
Visit the deserted city of Kayakoy or the ancient city of Kadyanda, hike the Lycian way, discover the sculpted walls of the Saklikent Gorge, or, for a more relaxing villa holiday simply soak up the laidback and traditional ambiance of Fethiye’s beaches and charming villages.