FethiyeFethiye is 135 kms southwest of Marmaris and has an outstanding and busy marina. The ancient name of the city is Telmessos and you will see a fortress on the hill overlooking the city which was built by Knights of Rhodes.
Fethiye is known for its rock tombs carved into the faces of the cliffs by the Lycians. These are elaborately carved and an especially remarkable; one is the tomb of Amnytas dating from the 4th century BC built in Doric architectural style. It is worth well visiting. Other historical places in the city are the Sarcopaghi and the Fethiye Tower. The Beach and the Sovalye Island are real the destinations for those who like to enjoy the most beautiful sea.
Belcegiz Bay is also good for such a visit and provides natural mountain scenery. The guest houses (pansiyon) here, will give you all the comfort you expect. The bay forms the dreamlike Belcegiz - Ölüdeniz (Blue Lagoon) known as "a paradise that God granted to Earth", a very fine place with 3 kms of natural beach and crystal blue waters in enchanting surroundings. For camping, Belcegiz Beach is ideal, and for picnicking try the Kidiril Park, for sightseeing the Gemiler Islands with their Byzantine ruins among the pine trees are recommenced.
At Koturumsu, a heaven like beauty awaits you, where you may reach only by boat. There are waterfalls flowing across valleys where thousands of butterflies, exhibiting tremendous shades of colors, fly amongst the pine forest bordering of the lovely beach. Some of the other natural attractions are Katranci Bay, Gunluk (Kusuk Kargi) Bay, Oyuktepe, Göcek with its harbor and marina. Lately, parachuting from Baba mountain became one of the most popular sports and it gives magnificent views for people flying over this great beach lagoon.
Around Fethiye, there are important ancient cities of the Lycians. To the southeast of Fethiye lies Xanthos at Kinik village, an important capital of Lycians. Its setting is naturally adorned while Letoon, by Kumluova village and close to Xanthos, is also interesting.
Ölüdeniz A favorite excursion out of Ölüdeniz is a boat trip to the surrounding bays ... Five stones ... Camel Beach ... The cold Springs and St. Nicholas Island, with its Paleochristian churches. From the summit of the island there is a marvellous view over the crenelating local coastline, which provides fine anchorages for smaller boats.
And indeed, in early Christian times, this part of the coast was a trading stop-off for pilgrims, eager to visit St. Nicholas on their way to the Holy land. Remains of small settlemets and cisterns cover the surrounding hills. Oludeniz bay itself possesed five churches, Gidrak beach had a fine mosaic churc-floor till 10 years ago. From Gemile Bay's Monastery, an open water-channel ran six kilometres down to the sea, to carry water to passing ships.
The locals may even elaborate and mistakenly place Cleopatra in a Byzantine Bath! They might have their dates wrong but a beautiful woman is always admired in Turkey. Early Christianity hugged the coastline of Asia Minor (Turkey), but when raiding Arab pirates plundered their sanctuaries, the Christians moved inland... today you can visit one such settlement 5 km. from Ölüdeniz, Kaya village, the Lycian "Karmylasson", later re-inhabited by their Christian descendants as
Byzantines, and called "Levisii". Here Greek and Turk lived side by side in hormany, each practicing his own religon, until 1922, when the exchange of peoples between the two countries brought Thracian Turks here and transported the local Greeks to Thessalonika. Hopefully the old understanding will return and Greek and Turk will again be seen side by side in Kaya... A Peace Village.
Kayaköy Kayaköy is a village that was almost completely deserted when, after the Turkish War of Independence, exchanges of citizens took place between Greece and Turkey, many "Greek Turks" fleeing the country. It now is a ghost town, with all the charm that implies. Better not think about the horror that preceded the present status.
Saklıkent (Hidden City) Canyon is the second-largest (20 km-long) canyon in Europe, the longest and deepest one in Turkey. Saklikent Canyon is so steep and narrow that the sun cannot not penetrate the water which makes it very cold even in summer. Saklikent is 48 kilometers away from Fethiye. You can also reach Saklikent from Kas which is 55 kilometers away. Saklikent is a magnificent place, with sculpted walls rising high above.
4 km. of the Saklikent is walkable after spring when most of the snow from the Taurus Mountains and the water coming from underground has melted and passed through the canyon towards the Xanthos River. Summer is the best time to visit Saklikent because of the deliciously cool water and the splendid view of the walls. A total of 15 caves have been found in the walls of Saklikent Canyon. It is found that these caves were used as shelter in ancient times.
There is a 720 metres difference in height between the entrance and the exit of Saklikent. While walking through Saklikent you generally have to go into the cold water sometimes 2 meters high. On the way you can take a quick shower under small waterfalls. But it is impossible to reach to the end of the canyon due to the natural conditions. At the trials up to today, technical teams could reach to the end of the Canyon by the help of security belts. There is also a 200 meters long wooden path built for walking.
Don't forget to visit the cosy small restaurants built on wooden platforms in the Saklikent Canyon. You can get a nice menu for a resonable price and enjoy the relaxing sound of the water in Saklikent Canyon.
Kelebekler Vadisi At a distance of 5-7 km from Oludeniz, this interesting canyon is surrounded by approximately 350 meter high mountains. It takes its name from the butterflies called as ‘Jarsey Tiger’ and seen between June and September.
Transportation to the bay, being an Earth Eden with its waterfall flows both in summer and winter, large beach, clear water, brightly shining pebbles and oleanders decorating the environs, is provided by boats from Oludeniz. Possibilities like a camping area with tent sites, restaurant, bar, shower cabinets, changing cubicles, etc. are offered in the valley which is the meeting place of world wanderers.
How to get there: Butterfly Valley boats leaves Oludeniz 4 times a day. Ask for a timetable at Oludeniz Tourism Development Corporation.