Places to visit and see in Fethiye

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Places to visit and see in Fethiye

Tourist information and guide to sights, points of interest, places to visit & see in Oludeniz / Fethiye, Turkey...

Fethiye is the perfect launching pad to explore the many tourist attractions and things to do along Turkey's Turquoise Coast. This harborside town is in a prime position for heading out to the surrounding beaches or going inland to discover the crumbling remnants of this region's ancient Lycian culture.

If it's all about location, Fethiye provides it all. The town itself is a prosperous but laid-back kind of place; just what you need to return to after a day's hectic sightseeing of mighty rock-cut tombs and mountain-top UNESCO-protected ruins or sunbathing bliss, boating, and paragliding action.

The Lycians ruled over this stretch of Turkey's coast from 200 BC, and Fethiye stands on the site of the important Lycian city of Telmessos. There are plenty of monuments scattered throughout the city, but the most famous is the rock-cut Tomb of Amyntasin the south of Fethiye. On Kaya Caddesi, as you walk up the hill towards the tomb, you can see Lycian sarcophagi along the way. More Lycian sarcophagi are also by the town hall in the city center.

Location: Off Kaya Caddesi, Fethiye

2 Roman Theater

When the Romans conquered Turkey, they allowed the independently-minded Lycians self-rule, but that didn't stop them making their own mark on the Lycian cities. Fethiye's small and only partially excavated theater was built in the 2nd century BC, when Telmessos had become part of Rome's Asia Minor dominion. It would have originally seated 6,000 spectators. Climb up to the top tier of seating for great views across town and over the sea beyond. The park opposite the theater is a good place to relax and seek some shade on a summer's day.

Location: Fevzi Çakmak Caddesi

Fethiye Museum Panegyrics of Granovetter / photo modified

It may be small, but Fethiye Museum is an excellent place to get a grip on Lycian history, especially if you're planning to head on to attractions such as Tlos and Letoön. Brilliant information panels clearly explain Lycian culture, and the exhibits of pottery, jewelry, and stele are beautifully displayed. The museum's pride and joy is the Trilingual Stele (inscribed with Lycian, ancient Greek, and Aramaic) found while excavating Letoön. This stone helped archaeologists to finally crack the Lycian language.

Address: 505 Sokak, Fethiye

Ölüdeniz Lagoon

Turkey's most famous beach is 15 kilometers from Fethiye. The calm turquoise water, sheltered from the sea, with its white sand beach rimmed by dense pine forest, are impossibly perfect, which is why people have been flocking here for years now. Some of Ölüdeniz's sheen has been shaken off over the past two decades as package tourism arrived on the scene, but the lagoon area has not seen the ugly construction development of other tourism hotspots, and the village attached to the lagoon is still a low-story unobtrusive affair.

If you don't want to swim or sunbathe then the other big activity here is paragliding. Mt. Baba (Baba Daǧ) dominates the scenery inland, and paragliders launch themselves off the peak throughout the summer months. Even beginners can have a go with a tandem paragliding flight.

Published date: August 30, 2018 Modified date: January 1, 2020 Publisher / Owner : What to Do in Turkey Activities

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