Place to Visit in Fethiye Area
The Turquoise Coast/Lycia region
The Turquoise Coast is blessed with stunning scenery of pine clad mountains, a beautiful coastline and lovely beaches. The climate is fantastic, with balmy springs and autumns of around 24 C, summers of around 30 C or more, and winter temperatures rarely falling below 10 C. There is practically wall to wall sunshine from April through to November. June and September are a particularly lovely to visit when the temperatures are not at the extreme highs, September having the edge as the sea has nicely warmed up. Calis has a pleasant breeze off the sea through summer.
There are numerous sites, ancient, cultural and natural to visit in the region.
PLACES TO VISIT IN FETHIYE AREA
The holiday villas or apartments are an easy flat walk of max 10 minutes to the beach and the resort centre. The beach in Calis is shingle and stretches for many miles. There is a cooling breeze which is very welcome in the height of summer.
The promenade is lined with restaurants and bars from where you can sit and enjoy the beautiful sunsets.
In Calis there is a waterpark, plenty of shops, some water sports and a Sunday market. There are plenty of agencies organising tourist trips within the resort.
Only 15 minutes on the bus to the attractive bustling harbour town of Fethiye set against the back drop of the Taurus Mountains. From here you can get buses to explore the rest of the region. In Fethiye there is an old town to explore, wander along the lovely harbour, visit the bazaar open daily or barter down the prices at the huge Tuesday Market.
In Fethiye there are numerous agencies specialising in tourist trips.
The bus to Fethiye stops walking distance from the villas or apartment. It can also be reached by a pleasant trip on the water taxi from Calis centre.
The Blue lagoon here there is a beautiful beach and an attractive resort with beach side bars and restaurants. There are many water sports on the beach here. Children will love the shallow water of the lagoon and chasing shoals of fish. Oludeniz is only 30 minutes on the bus from Fethiye.
This is a 14th century village that until 1922 housed Greek occupants. Turkish government signed a 'population exchange' agreement with Greece the occupants left leaving it deserted. Not far away and worth a visit.
These tombs were excavated into the natural rock in the fourth century BC during the Lycia Period. The ones on the picture below are of the tombs at Dalyan but Fethiye has similar.
an icy cold river rushes down a 300 metre gorge for 18 km. This is a beautiful refuge on a hot summer day where you enjoy a picnic or eat at one of the rustic restaurants overhanging the river. You can also take an exhilarating rubber tube ride down the river.
DALYAN MUD BATHS
Dalyan has thermal springs containing many minerals as well as mud baths. Dalyan has many therapeutic hot springs. The waters are believed to cure rheumatism, skin, liver, spleen and bowel complaints, as well as being beneficial for nervous and digestive disorders. The Sultanates Thermal Bath which is famous in Turkey, the water is 40 degrees Centigrade. The mud baths are also said to remedy rheumatism as well as cleanse and beautify the skin. Once you have covered yourself in the mud, wait for a few minutes to dry it. You then clean yourself in the sulphur pool. Mud bath is also at a temperature of 40 degrees, a must for a day trip.
This lovely village is 30 km away from Fethiye. Gocek is a picturesque fishing village, which has become an important centre for the yachting / sailing set. You can relax here and enjoy a lunch in one of the many restaurants and bars. You can also visit the market on Sundays. To get there either by Dolmus from Fethiye or try one of the boats in Fethiye harbour.
DAILY TOURS AND ACTIVITIES
12 ISLAND BOAT TOUR
This famous boat tour leave from Fethiye harbour and takes you around the bay of Fethiye. They moor as often as possible so that you can explore the ruins found on many of Fethiye bays & islands. Swim, top up that tan or snorkel in the water. This is an excellent day trip and can be booked through most agencies or visit the harbour in Fethiye and book directly. Most tours leave at 10 a.m. and get back about 6p.m. A recent trip we took cost only £10 each and included a generous lunch. There are many boats doing these trips to choose from.
Take a trip up Babadag Mountain and paraglide off in tandem over beautiful Oludeniz. This exhilarating experience can last for up to 50 minutes. This experience can be booked through many agencies in the area.
Visit a Turkish Hamam and enjoy the sauna before having a soap massage lying on a marble slab. Your skin will be totally revitalised!
There are several companies that can take you diving and most are situated on the harbour in Fethiye. This is one for all the family even if you don't dive; snorkels and fins are provided for all members of the family to join in.
Spend a day canoeing down the Xanthos River, through Patara National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The river flows from the mountain springs that emerge from the Saklikent Gorge and ends at Patara. Experienced professional guides will help you get the most from your day. This adventure can be booked in Fethiye.
THE LYCIAN WAY
The Lycia Way is a series of connected trekking routes that has been rated by The Sunday Times as one of the 10 best walks in the world. The routes take you through cool pine and cedar forests and traditional mountain villages where life has largely remained unchanged for centuries. Transfers and packed lunches are provided.
This is a fantastic way to see the scenery, history and wildlife in this stunning area. This again can be booked through the tourist trip agencies.
A good way to visit historical sites and drive through the beautiful Toros Mountains, The route may take you towards Saklikent, the hidden canyon and through the pine and cedar forests. After lunch (usually a buffet) the route will follow the river Xanthos to explore the Lycian Capitol before heading off to Patara and Turkeys longest sandy beach where you can enjoy a swim or soak up the sun. You can book through most tour agents in Hisaronu or Fethiye.
WHITE WATER RAFTING
For the more adventurous the Dalaman River will lead you on an unforgettable fun filled day, with it's white waters and natural beauty. Thetrips generally begin at the White Bridge along the cool rivers.
You can spend another day in Dalyan, which is about 1 hour from Fethiye. As soon as you reach Dalyan, First stop is the mud-bath (already mentioned). After that, you can go back to town centre and have lunch. After lunch, your boat will take you to the Iztuzu Beach (The Turtle Beach). This beach is one of the rare beaches of the world where the Marine Turtles come and nest. Also the Carian Rock Tombs which welcomes you as you enter the town are really amazing.
Something for the future, a new ski resort is being built on Mount Eren, an hour's car journey from Fethiye. This is due to be finished in 2009.