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Fethiye, meaning blue lagoon,  is really a tourist town by having an worldwide atmosphere. We have an excellent marina and night existence. The city also can serve as a great base for touring the inland country-side, and it is most likely the only real city on the planet where you will find sarcophagus within the roads. These pre-Roman Lycian artifacts are specifically spectacular when floodlit during the night. The city includes a population close to 50,000 however the population increases significantly throughout the peak season, from April to finish of October, when off-shoreline citizens spend their summer season in their second houses. If you’re into beaches, heritage sites, and an exotic vibe; this may just be your manna from heaven.
Visit a different side of Turkey with a vacation to Fethiye around the southwest coast - the place to find ancient ruins, obvious seas moving onto pristine beaches, and delightful wildlife within the surrounding estuarine habitat. Take it easy on the sand or mind inland to understand more about rock tombs or have a stroll round the town itself where you’ll encounter the enchanting old town, included in a canopy of vines.
 In 1958 an earthquake leveled a seaside town of Fethiye (feh-tee-yeh), sparing just the remains from the ancient town of Telmessos. Despite its flourishing growth, Fethiye can be quite low-key because of its size, due mostly towards the limitations on high-rise structures and also the transitory character from the gület (Turkish yacht) business, which can bring vacationers scrambling here April right through to October.
Fethiye's natural harbor is possibly the regions finest, hidden away within the southern reaches of the broad bay scattered with pretty islands, particularly Sövalye Adasi, glimpsed briefly within the Mission Impossible film Skyfall. About 15km south is Ölüdeniz (Dead-Ocean), certainly one of Turkey's seaside locations, and also the surrounding countryside has numerous interesting sites to understand more about.
Things to do & see in Fethiye
Fethiye offers its site visitors some fascinating ruins to understand more about, in the magnetic draw from the Roman sarcophagi and monumental tombs within the town itself.
Lycian Sites
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 Amyntas in the south of Fethiye. On Kaya Caddesi, as you walk uphill towards the tomb, you can see Lycian sarcophagi along the way. There are more Lycian sarcophagi by the town hall in the city centre. Location: Off Kaya Caddesi, Fethiye

Roman Theatre
When the Romans conquered Turkey, they did allow the Lycians self-rule but that didn't stop them making their own mark on the Lycian cities. Fethiye's small and only partially excavated theatre was built in the 2nd century BC, when Telmessos had become part of the Rome's Asia Minor dominion. It would have originally seated 6,000 spectators.Location: Fevzi Çakmak Caddesi

Fethiye Museum
It may be small, but Fethiye Museum is an excellent place to while away a few hours, especially if you're planning to head on to attractions such as Tlos and Letoön. There are brilliant information panels that clearly explain Lycian history and the exhibits of pottery, jewellery and steles are beautifully displayed. The museum's pride and glory 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 km from Fethiye. The calm turquoise water, with its white sand beach sheltered from the sea and rimmed by dense pine forest, is impossibly perfect. There's a reason 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 hot-spots and the village attached to the lagoon is still a low-storey unobtrusive affair.
If you don't want to swim or sunbathe, then the other big activity here is paragliding. Mt Baba (Baba Dag) 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.

Saklikent Gorge
This ravine, 30 km from Fethiye, cuts deeply into the mountains of the Akdaglar Range. Most visitors come to trek the gorge, which has wooden boardwalks along part of the trail high above the river. The last section of the trail is reached by fording the swift-running river itself to then walk through the narrow fissure to the end. There are cushion-strewn tea houses beside the river if you don't fancy walking through the freezing cold water. There are also canyoning and rafting trips along the river.
In the hills southeast of Fethiye, the ruins of the Lycian city of Pinara have an interesting honeycombed cliff of more than 900 rock tombs and monolithic house tombs. The site was so inaccessible that the tomb-builders had to be lowered on stages secured with ropes. The beautiful scenery that surrounds the ruins is quite stunning, especially around the theatre area overlooked by snow-topped peaks and rimmed by verdant forest.
This UNESCO protected ruin was an important Lycian religious centre dedicated to the Greek goddess Leto who, so local mythology says, was banished to Lycia by Zeus' jealous wife Hera after an affair with the great Greek god. Three temples are dedicated to Leto and her twin children by Zeus, Apollo and Artemis. A particularly well-preserved mosaic can be seen in the floor of the Apollo temple.
Xanthos was the capital of ancient Lycia, sometimes called the oldest republic in the world. This league of 20 cities was governed by a popular assembly and a president who ruled from Xanthos. It's now listed as a UNESCO site. Although many of Xanthos' most beautiful monuments were taken to England in the 19th century, there are some fine mosaics still in situ. And the theatre, agora and acropolis can still be seen.
Beyond the Roman theatre, to the left of the road, is the plinth that once held the Nereid Monument - an ionic temple with rich sculptural decoration (now displayed in the British Museum). To the right of the road is the Hellenistic city gate. The city walls, considerable stretches of which are still visible, probably date from the 3rd century BC.
Butterfly Valley
Secreted between two sharp cliffs, this lovely beach is home to the Jersey Tiger Butterfly. One of the joys of Butterfly Valley is that it is unreachable by road. You either have to trek there from Faralya village or take a boat from Ölüdeniz. There are some great hiking opportunities in the lush forested gorge behind the beach, though most people are happy to just stretch out on the sand.
Situated high up in the hills about 36 km east of Fethiye, Tlos is another Lycian city ruin. Crowning the rounded acropolis hill are the remnants of an Ottoman fortress. The Lycians weren't the only ones to appreciate a good mountain stronghold position, and various local brigands used this fortress during Ottoman rule. On the east side of the acropolis the remains of the Lycian and Roman city walls can still be seen. Beyond, lie the scattered ruins of houses and public buildings including a hall-like edifice (possibly an indoor market), an agora, necropolis, and a restored theatre.
Patara is home to Turkey's longest strip of sand so it's the perfect spot for a beach break. If you still want some sightseeing in your day though, this was also once an important city in the Lycian League and there are plenty of ruins just off the beach area for when you've had enough of the sand and sea. The ruins of ancient Patara are entered through a Roman era triple-arched gate from where there is a well-preserved theatre, colonnaded street, a bath complex, and plenty of tombs. The city was used right up to the Byzantine period and a basilica can also be seen. Patara's other claim to fame is it's also the birthplace of St Nicholas of Myra, the 4th century bishop who became Santa Claus.
Fethiye’s most recognizable sight may be the mammoth Tomb of Amyntas , an Ionic temple facade created in to the sheer rock face in 350 BC, in honor of `Amyntas boy of Hermapias’. Situated south from the center, its best visited at sunset. Other, more compact rock tombs lie about 500m towards the east.
Behind the harbor within the center of town would be the partially excavated remains of the Roman theatre dating in the second century BC. No more than one fourth of their 6000 seats happen to be excavated. Around you will see curious Lycian stone sarcophagi dating from around 450 BC. There's one north from the belediye (city hall). All were damaged into by tomb thieves’ centuries ago. Around the hillside above (and south of) the city and along the direction to Kayaköy, you cannot miss the destroyed tower of the Crusader fortress , built through the Knights in combat of St John at the beginning of the 15th century on earlier (possibly Lycian, Greek and Roman) fundamentals.
Lycian Tombs
For those who have time for you to wander around Fethiye throughout your time and effort ashore, make sure to look out for that Roman sarcophagus that us dot the city. But even these fascinating monuments pale as compared to the Lycian tombs on the hillsides behind the city, whose support beams and roofs were once created in to the rock face, and sport elaborate designs that have lengthy since eroded in parts. Travelling the overgrown fascias could place you in mind of comparable structures in Petra. They are a global from the red-colored desert canyons of Jordan, though up within the high ground beyond Fethiye, you’ll acquire some incredible sights over the town and also the ocean.
A trip may provide you with the chance to determine the gorgeous wildlife indigenous to the area’s beaches and estuarine habitat most famously the endangered loggerhead turtles which struggle over the sandy shores to put their eggs. You’ll have the ability to see flamingos wading with the tide, and pelicans scrambling lower to the water through the surrounding marshland.
Up until the 1920s, Kayaköy (ancient Karmylassos) had a thriving mixed population of Greeks and Turks who had lived together for centuries. The 1923 Population Exchange changed all of that, uprooting ethnic Greeks across Turkey and sending them to live in Greece and making ethnic Turks who lived in Greece abandon their lives there. The exchange created heartbreak and much trauma among those who were made to leave and the sombre results of this are no better seen than in Kayaköy. The dilapidated eerie stone village that snakes across the hillside here has been left to slowly decay since its Greek owners said goodbye. Among the ruins is the Katapongagia Church and Taxiarkis Church, which both still have some beautiful interior decoration. The village is 8 km from Fethiye. Location: Avanos-Goreme Highway
The cave tombs - situated within the high cliff around the south side of town
The Lycian sarcophagus - You will find numerous stone sarcophagii created in typical Lycian style scattered round the town, with probably the most maintained ones laying within the yard of town governor's office (kaymakamlik) in the primary street along with other on the center of the street heading uphill for the cave
Tombs and Kayaköy
The Kadyanda Ancient City This 2500 years old ancient city opened up its doorways to site visitors ten years ago. The town can be found 24km from Fethiye, and it has a Hellenistic theatre, Roman baths, agora, temple and cave tombs.
Afkule - A Destroyed Monastery
Beach activities here include swimming, relaxing, parasailing, paragliding, canoes etc. The Dead Ocean/Blue Lagoon "Ölüdeniz" region has pretty tepid to warm water temps throughout summer time season.
Island Day Cruise ships - An armada of motorboats of dimensions leave their harbor berths every day at roughly 10:00 am and return at roughly 6:00 pm. When you can charter the whole boat ahead of time, the majority operate on an initial come first serve communal basis. Lunch is generally provided, and with respect to the size the boat prices ranges from $10 to $30 for a whole day. Locations throughout the cruise include local lagoons, beaches, ocean caves along with other features where you stand with time to go swimming or explore the neighborhood islands.
Eating Out
You haven’t truly experienced Poultry until you’ve attempted the cuisine, and Fethiye offers a fantastic choice of coffee shops, bookstores and restaurants to fill your rumbling stomach after your sightseeing adventures. Relax after having a coffee and check out a genuine kebab platter, or go to an eatery where you may be asked to go down into expansive wine cellars to test a few of the bottles before you decide to dine. These experiences make Fethiya a much sought after gourmet paradise.
The very best shopping in Fethiye is available round the beautiful old town area. Here you’ll find countless shops stocking carpets and clothing, in addition to masterful ceramics and Silver and gold jewelry for that perfect souvenirs of your energy here. Learn before you purchase a "Turkish" carpet. Research your options before departing home. Beware the way to obtain Turkish carpets gets low and Chinese copies are now being offered. Also, real antiques aren't permitted to depart the nation.
You are coming back home and wonder what to buy in Turkey for souvenirs? Below you will find cool souvenirs' ideas and Fethiye, Hisaronu and Oludeniz shopping tips.
Turkish sweets and nuts
Turkish sweets tempt and attract attention to them. Halva, sherbet, Turkish delight, baklava are most popular types of Turkish sweets. In Turkey you can buy them at any store or market. We recommend trying Pismaniye - Turkish cotton candy with pistachios. It has incredibly delicate taste with a pleasant aroma. It really melts in your mouth and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. It is a must to bring the famous and delicious baklava from Turkey. In addition to the sweets you can buy a jar of rose petal jam, a box of Turkish marzipan, dried fruits and nuts. Turkish pistachios (Antep fistik) have way more interesting taste and different shape in comparison with regular ones that are sold in Europe.
Turkish spices
Turkish spices and seasonings are good souvenirs to buy in Turkey. You can buy them anywhere in Turkey. Ground spices are not good for long time storage so choose the best spices and seasonings in the original form. In the souvenir shops spices are usually sold packed.
Other food and beverages
Many people buy coffee and tea as souvenirs of Turkey. Before you buy coffee as a souvenir please find out how to make it from the coffee seller. Tea unlike coffee is grown in the eastern part of Turkey. You can buy green, black and granulated fruit tea separately or in a set with a Turkish tulip shaped glasses.
Also you can bring from Turkey the local wine and pomegranate sauce for meats and salads.
The Raki - a special traditional alcoholic drink infused with anise will delight alcoholic gourmets. This 45 degrees drink has a specific taste and when diluted with water becomes turbid. By the way in Italy this drink turned into Sambuca.
Turkish ceramics
It is great Turkish souvenir that you can buy in a store or market. Turkish ceramics divided into categories based on quality. The strongest one is made of white clay with high quartz content (70-80 %). Such dishes can be used daily at home. To recognize the high quality ceramic dishes from the huge assortment you need to listen to its sound. It should be sonant and similar to porcelain. As a ceramic souvenir you can bring anything - from the simple mugs to elegant amphorae and lamps of oriental style.
From Turkey many tourists are bringing handmade soaps and lotions with olive oil. Before purchasing it is important to pay attention to the expiration date because natural soap cannot be stored for long time. There is a selection of fruit soap and soap based on olive oil in Turkey. If you wish to buy natural soap based on olive oil then it is better to do it in cosmetic stores. Such soap should not contain dyes and fragrances. Color should be greenish-yellow and typical olive oil smell.
Olives and olive oil
There is large assortment of olives and olive oil in Turkey. The world’s main suppliers of high-quality olive oil are Italy, Spain and Greece, Turkey ranks fourth. Here the olive groves are located in 36 regions. The best olive oil is considered to be produced in the Aegean and Marmara coasts. Therefore olive oil bought in Fethiye is one of the best in Turkey.
Jewelry lovers will like flowers and birds shaped brooches. The cost of silver and gold jewelry in Turkey depends on the probe of used gold. You can choose both modern and antique style of gold and silver jewelry. Many products are sold with diamond inserts or inserts of other gemstones. Do not be shy to haggle while jewelry shopping in Oludeniz, Fethiye and Hisaronu.
Other Turkish souvenirs and clothing
Turkey offers a way to get rid of the evil eye. The Nazar Boncuk amulets in the form of blue eyes of round or oval shape, different products with blue eyes - key chains, magnets, bracelets, and necklaces will keep you in peace. The bigger blue eye, the more effective the amulet! You can read about blue eye and traditions of Turkey at our Turkish traditions page.
If you like cosiness at home then will like a Turkish rug Usak . This merchandise is not cheap and it is better to choose with a specialist paying close attention to the quality, material, pile and color steadiness.
We cannot ignore such a souvenir as a hookah. Turks know a lot about this oriental invention. When buying hookah think its purpose, souvenir hookah unlike real hookah is good to decorate your interior only.
Other cool souvenirs from Turkey are various magnets with shells, different sets for bath with towels and silk mitten for peeling, mini carpets with coins pendants, beach towels with Oludeniz or Fethiye titles, scarves with coins for belly dance, t-shirts, figurines and handbags. Do not forget that the Turkish textiles is one of the best in the world, so you will not regret bringing bathrobes, towels and bed linens from Turkey.
Shawls and scarves with typical oriental ornaments can be purchased as a gift to women – they make them happy for sure.
Bargain everywhere (excluding supermarkets) and always! It is a must! When bargaining please praise both seller and merchandise. Do not claim that the goods are poor and not worth the money, better to say that you just do not have enough money and the discount is guaranteed. Market sellers accept pounds, euros and dollars but we still recommend exchanging some money to Turkish lira, it is more convenient to pay when buying a trifle. We hope that our tips will make Hisaronu, Oludeniz and Fethiye shopping for Turkish souvenirs easier and more convenient for you.

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