Discover Turkey and picturesque Fethiye coastline
Stretching along the Aegean, Fethiye is one of the best coastal regions in Turkey, famous with its crystal clear sea, blue sky, unique geography and friendly locals. There are numerous lovely inlets and secret coves for mooring and relaxing in this area.
Fethiye is a resort town set around a beautiful natural harbour. It is a big centre for scuba diving and boats leave from here for day trips around the stunning coastline. The most popular is the 12 islands boat trip, a relaxing way to spend the day, touring the beautiful coves and islands of the Gulf of Fethiye, with breaks for lunch and swimming.
Life here continues all year round. There are a number of hotels and shops in the town itself, which mostly attract couples, who enjoy the traditional lifestyle and also like the fact that it is flat and easy to get around. In the evenings head for this lively area for live music and Turkish bars. There is no beach in Fethiye itself although there are hotels which have access to the sea for swimming.
Once the site of the ancient city of Telmessos, all that remains are the Lycian rock tombs, which overlook the modern town, a couple of Lycian sarcophagi and a small Roman theatre.
The nearest beach to Fethiye is Calis Beach, a pebble and coarse sand beach in a beautiful setting. The seafront promenade with its hotels and restaurants is closed to traffic during the summer, making it safe for children.
Oludeniz is the archetypal picturesque beach, backed by dramatic pine clad hills. Literally translated as dead sea, the stunning lagoon is a protected area and more commonly known as the blue lagoon. It is a perfect family resort, great for a laid back beach holiday, with plenty of facilities but not too much development.
Gocek is popular with yachting types who come here for its excellent marina. Gocek is a charming resort with a range of sophisticated hotels and upmarket restaurants and boutiques.
Hisaronu is in a stunning location, surrounded by stunning pine clad mountains, and hotels are all built in the local style, mostly with rooms set in villa style blocks and decorative wooden balconies. You can, however, easily spend your time in Hisaronu itself, lazing by the pool, and venturing out at night to sample international or local food in one of the many restaurants, and visit its lively bars playing music well into the early hours.
Just a short distance from Hisaronu, is the newer resort area of Ovacik, which is essentially a collection of hotels and apartment buildings, blending in with the stunning mountain scenery. Ovacik makes a good base for those who want to walk in the surrounding countryside.
One of the highlights of a stay in this area is a visit to the lovely ghost town of Kayakoy, literally stone village. There are around 400 houses here together with churches and other public buildings.