Fethiye was a prophecy centre dedicated to the god of Apollo during the ancient time. Today, Fethiye is a vibrant and touristy town on the southwest coast of Turkey and finding some Fethiye tours while here are easy and plentiful.
Being a harbor city, you can expect many sea activities, but you could also hike in the mountains searching for Lycian Rock Tombs or even conquering the sky. Let’s take a look at the many options for your next holiday in Fethiye.
Visit Paspatur of Fethiye
A big traditional bazaar located right in the centre of the town overlooking its beautiful harbor. Finding traditional delights, clothing, souvenirs or local products will never be a problem. The Paspatur is filled with traditional Turkish restaurants serving delicious food and also many other restaurants serving international cuisines to choose from. It is also a great place to enjoy the sunset and a drink.
Search the Lycian Rock Tombs
A 10 to 15 minute walk from the Paspatur will bring you a little closer to the lives of the locals. Following the trail and hike up the mountains, you will find the ancient tombs of the Lycians. These are ancient monuments from the Roman and Hellenistic period casting a magnificent backdrop on the city. Good footwear is recommended because you will need to do some climbing and drink plenty of water during summer as temperature could rise up to 40 degrees Celsius.
Paragliding in Oludeniz
Paragliding is a must do and its also the most popular activity recommended for people visiting Fethiye. Oludeniz is a beach resort situated 14KM from Fethiye and a dolmus will bring you there in no more than 20 minutes. You could easily buy a package from any of the local travel agency, which will include a return transfer to Oludeniz, the entrance fee and of course a tandem jump off the Babadag Mountain overseeing the beach.
Day Trip to Dalyan
Dalyan is both reachable by bus or boat located 1.5 hour away from Fethiye making it a great option for a day trip. Dalyan was once a small fishing village and got its name from the unique fishing nets used in the region. It is also home to the loggerhead turtles on Caretta beach and famous for its sulphur mud baths. The ancient ruined city of Kaunos across the river with some of the most eerie Lycian rock tombs should not be missed.
Day Trip to Pamukkale
Another recommendable day trip will be to Pamukkale, one of the top highlights of Turkey. The trip takes around 4 hours from Fethiye and you arrive just in time to soak yourself into the cool water accumulated in the travertine terraces. Pamukkale, also generally known as the “Cotton Castle” got its name from the white calcite cliffs formed by calcium deposits flowing down from the nearby hot spring.
Sail the Turquoise Coast
A trip to Fethiye will never be complete without a boat trip to any of the surrounding islands. This is the perfect way to enjoy the crystal clear, warm turquoise water of the Mediterranean. You will have plenty of swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing opportunities or you could just read your favorite book or fall asleep on the deck to the sound of lapping waves.
Hike Saklikent Gorge
If hiking up the tombs is an easy job for you, try hiking up one of the most famous hiking spots in Turkey, the Saklikent Gorge. It is the longest and deepest gorge in Europe and located just 40 minutes away from Fethiye. Saklikent Gorge is also a place to hide away from the summer heat with incredible canyon and snowmelts.
Jeep Safari to Saklikent
If you want more than just an average day of sightseeing, you could indulge yourself in an adventurous journey of Fethiye Jeep Safari. The jeep will start off from Fethiye to Saklikent Gorge, then at the lower stream of the gorge you could frolic yourself into the mud baths that contains varies clay minerals. After which will be a drive off for a panoramic view in the ancient city of Tlos and then to Yaka National Park.