Local Area & Excursions Info
ABOUT THE REGION
Fethiye is a large region set on Turkey’s stunning Turquoise coast in South West Turkey. The area has long lured holiday makers attracted by its diverse beauty, year-round facilities and relaxed lifestyle.
With traditional villages and lively resorts nestled into rugged pine-clad mountains, a rolling patchwork of countryside banking onto clear blue waters – there is something to suit everyone’s taste and budget.
Dalaman, offers the nearest airport, and provides year round flights to and from international destinations across Europe and daily domestic flights to Istanbul. Fethiye has an established bus station (otogar) which runs scheduled services to towns and cities across Turkey and local buses (dolmus) operate a frequent jump on/jump off service along most streets.
Fethiye fascinating history dating back to the 5th Century BC with archaeological remains in evidence from its Lycian, Carian, Roman, Greek and Ottoman occupations where it gained prestige as an important harbor town. Striking Lycian Rock tombs stand high above the town and much investment being put into renovating outstanding ruins of local historical significance, such as the Roman amphitheater in the town center.
Modern Fethiye was to the ancient world known as Telmessos and used to be the most important city of the ancient Lycian civilization.
Lycian legend explains the origin of the name Telmessos as, the god Apollo who fell in love with a beautiful girl by the name of Agenor, the youngest daughter of the king of the Phoenix. He transformed into a little dog and he made his way to a shy and timid Princess and eventually won her love. After which, Apollo transformed back and then his son Telmessos was born, whose name translates as "the land of lights"
Fethiye was the “Untouched Virgin of the Lands Lights” and today it is as if all the magnificence of the entire. Mediterranean was concentrated in the bay of Fethiye, Its islands, coves, long sandy beaches, and the entire riches of its history and natural beauty are before you to explore .With its excellent seas, highly developed facilities, and entertainment beyond belief Fethiye it is a paradise that caters to your possible requirement for a remarkable holiday and lifestyle. The most impressive ancients’ ruins, the best sites for paragliding and water sports, most magnificent bays and beaches come together at Fethiye, along with mouthwatering gastronomy.
Central Fethiye boasts a long harbour front and newly extended promenade stretching from upmarket Karagozler to the east, with its deluxe private marina at Ece Saray and plethora of boutique hotels and pensions, to the popular shingle beach resort of Calis to the west.
With picture-postcard views to Sovalye Island, the largest of 12 islands circling the Fethiye gulf, the harbour is home to a bustling café and restaurant scene fed by regular sea-taxi services from Calis, ferry services to the Greek Island of Rhodes and gullet cruises popular with day trippers wanting to tour the striking turquoise coastline.
Fethiye town center itself offers a good high street with modern supermarkets, a shopping mall, fashion & furniture shops, banks, live music venues and Turkish and international restaurants and recognized food chains in good supply. Turn down a side street and you are drawn into a cool vine covered enclave of traditional bazaars in Paspatur, Fethiye’s ‘old town’. Housed in traditional shuttered Ottoman buildings, Paspatur has an eclectic collection of craft and carpet stores, jewellers, tea houses, cafes and spice and leather shops set around a warren of small squares cooled by overhead water sprays – an ideal escape in the height of Turkey’s summer heat.
As to be expected of a resort destination, bars and small clubs are in good supply and both Turkish and international tourists head to Fethiye each year to enjoy its nightlife and convenient access to the many beaches and private bays in and around Gocek, Calis and Oludeniz.
Ölüdeniz is the archetypal picture-postcard beach backed by dramatic pine-clad hills. Literally translated as ‘dead sea’, the stunning lagoon is a protected area, ensuring that its natural beauty is preserved. There is a small entrance charge to use the lagoon beach and only non-motorized watersports are allowed. The main resort beach is a long stretch of coarse sand and shingle beach known as Belceğiz. There is a strip alongside the seafront promenade with a number of relaxing bars and restaurants, serving local and international cuisine. Shops stay open well into the night. It is a perfect family resort, great for a laid-back beach holiday, with plenty of facilities but not too much development. Boats depart from the bay for trips around the surrounding coast. Paragliding is a big draw with the descent from the Babadağ mountains to land on Belceğiz beach, rating as one of the best in the world.
Fifteen years ago, there were only a few houses here but now it is a lively resort in its own right. Due to the planning restrictions and lack of space to expand in Ölüdeniz itself, many holidaymakers now stay in this lively village. It is in a stunning location, surrounded by stunning pine-clad mountains, and hotels are all built in the local style, low rise, mostly with rooms set in villa-style blocks and decorative wooden balconies. The beach of Ölüdeniz is just a short dolmush ride away (approx. 15 minutes), and the town of Fethiye is also very close, approximately the same distance away in the opposite direction. You can, however, easily spend your time in Hisarönü , lazing by the pool, and venturing out at the night to sample international or local fare in one of the many restaurants or visit its lively bars playing music well into the early hours. There are plenty of shops with a wider range on offer than in Ölüdeniz itself.
Ovacik is Hisaronu’s sleepy neighbour. Overlooked by the colossal Babadag Mountain, surrounded by lush pine forests and offering distant views across the Oludeniz bay in some places, it’s predominantly residential with many fabulous hotels, villa and apartment lets to be found at great prices. Ovacik is popular with those that choose to live in the area permanently as it is one of the closest areas to the famous lagoon where residential development is allowed. Recent years have seen Ovacik grow into a friendly and laid-back resort with a welcome mountain breeze suiting all those looking for some peace and quiet yet still wishing to be within easy reach of the lively nearby resorts.
For families and those in search of some peace and quiet, the budget conscious, or anyone wanting to stay self-catering then Ovacik is perfect. With excellent transport links to the busy resort of Hisaronu (5 minutes), Oludeniz beach (10 minutes) or Fethiye Town (15 minutes), it is an ideal and affordable base from where you can easily explore the region or simply lay back and enjoy the surroundings.
One of the highlights of a stay in this area is a visit to the eerie ghost town of Kayaköy, literally ‘stone village’. Once the Greek town of Karmylassos, it was abandoned in the 1920’s. It has recently been the subject of renewed interest as it features as the setting for Louis de Bernières novel, ‘Birds without Wings’ which provides a fascinating insight into life here and the period of dramatic social change which took place in the time leading up to the foundation of the Republic of Turkey. There are around 400 houses here together with churches and other public buildings. It can be visited by dolmush on foot from Hisarönü or even on horse-back.
There are many archeologıcal sites to be visited in this region of Turkey, as well as natural sites and boat tours to enjoy.
We work alongside an estabalished and long standing registered tour agency with proffessional tour guides offering many excursions to include the following;
Saklikent and Tlos
Dalyan Mud bath & Turtle beach
12 Island boat trip
Oludeniz boat trip
Ephesus & Pamukkale (2 days)
Fethiye market & Kaya Koy
White water rafting