There’s only so much you can do on one holiday in Fethiye so we’ve tried to keep this list of must-sees short. All recommendations are what we love about this area and what we would like to recommend to you if it’s your first visit to the Fethiye area of Turkey.
Recommendations are in no particular order and we’ve assumed visits to Fethiye will be in summer…otherwise, we would have a lot more trekking suggestions on this list.
Fethiye Rock Tombs
A bit of a pull, but climb up to the main Lycian rock tomb in Fethiye – the tomb of Amyntas – and take in the amazing views of Fethiye marina and the whole of the bay. You can always reward yourself with an icy cold Efes Pilsen when you come back down into Fethiye.
Yes, Fethiye has beaches! Take the Karagözler dolmuş to any of the bays in Fethiye. Aksazlar Bay (before Letoonia Club Hotel), Samanlık Bays, Küleli, Boncuklu. If it’s not too hot, you pass all of these bays on the Fethiye Peninsula trek. Sundays will be very busy with Turkish families.
No holiday to Fethiye, Turkey is complete without a day on the beach at Ölüdeniz; one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Belcekız Beach has the crashing waves or you can swim in the lagoon. The dolmuş from Fethiye will take you down to the private beaches of the lagoon for free if you ask the driver. We normally go to Sea Horse Beach. (Dolmuşes leave the dolmuş station in Fethiye every few minutes. In high season, the last one back to Fethiye is around 2am. Check with the driver. Journey time from Fethiye – about 40 mins)
Kayaköy has many ruins left from the population exchange between Turkey and Greece in 1923. Beautiful countryside, Turkish village life and a sad reminder of the past. Don’t leave Kaya without going to Cin Bal Restaurant where your barbecue your own food.
(The dolmuş to Kaya from Fethiye is every hour on the hour from the dolmuş station. Every half an hour in high season. The last dolmuş back to Fethiye is around 8pm in low season and 10pm in high season so check with the driver if you don’t want to end up in a taxi. Journey time from Fethiye – about 40 mins) Or you can walk to Kayaköy from Fethiye if you feel like it!
Saklıkent Gorge Amazing, breathtaking. Yes, lots of tourists go there in high season but places become famous for a reason. We never get bored of Saklıkent Gorge. If you’re here early in the season, go on any day except Sunday and it should be free from crowds. You have the gushing rapids and colossal cliff faces to yourself. Eat at the fabulous Kayıp Cennet Restaurant. (The usual scenario – dolmuşes leave the dolmuş station for Saklıkent on a regular basis. If you’re in a car, take the D400 towards Antalya and it’s signposted from here. Journey time from Fethiye – about 50 mins).
Very underrated as far as we are concerned. We’ve seen many ruins in Turkey and the mountainous Tlos near Fethiye is yet to be beaten for us.
Amazing views over the Xanthos Valley.
Lycian and Roman ruins intermingled with mountain village life.
No visit to Tlos is complete without stopping in for a drink or a bite to eat at the Original Yaka Park (Hire a car / moped and you can go to Saklikent and Tlos in one day.
Tlos is worth 2 or 3 hours of your time. Journey time from Fethiye – about 50 mins).
Dalyan & Caunos
Turtle Beach + Mud Baths + Kings Tombs
Dalyan is an area of outstanding beauty and historical interest. With its world-famous Turtle Beach, the awe-inspiring Rock Tombs and the natural Mud Baths, Dalyan sparkles as one of the rarest corners of the Earth.
The river boat cruise through the maze-like passages of Dalyan Delta will surely remind you of Humphrey Bogart’s & Catherine Hepburn’s “The African Queen” Turtle Beach, surrounded by salt water on one side and fresh water on the other, is one of the last breeding grounds of the Sea Turtles and therefore delightfully undeveloped.
The one and half hours break on the Turtle Beach will be merely enough to savour the blessings of this exceptional sand bank.
On your way to the Mud Baths, the river boats stop at the magnificent Rock Tombs. The tombs belong to the Kings of ancient Lycia and date back to IV. century B.C.
The rejuvenating Mud Baths and Thermal springs of Dalyan have drawn in a legion of famous people over the years like Dustin Hoffman, Sting and David Bowie to name a few.
Apparently it has worked for them, so why not let it work for you?!
History, Nature and Fun! All in Dalyan!