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About Fethiye
Fethiye is a thriving and rapidly developing town on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Popular with tourists it also benefits from having a solid commercial and agricultural infrastructure. It’s classical name, Telemessos, translates as the Land of Light and for many it is an apt name, both metaphorically and literally. Fethiye has a wealth of ancient history, archaeological sites and outstanding geographical and natural features. Recent developments are ensuring that Fethiye is fast becoming a centre for quality and excellence. Fethiye and its surroundings are a natural paradise and with many beautiful bays, stunning beaches, scattered islands, a perfect climate and fertile soil, the scent of the pine forests and the backdrop of the Western Taurus Mountains it is an ideal place to live and work as well as an ideal year-round holiday destination.

Fethiye is less than an hour away (approx. 50 kms) away from Dalaman International and a network of roads connect the coast and hinterland of Muğla province and Antalya, linking the Mediterranean with the Aegean Seas. Recent massive investment in the road network now allows road journeys to be quick, comfortable and enjoyable regardless of the season. Fethiye’s natural harbour and marinas offer great opportunities for sailing enthusiasts. The bay of Göcek, just 35 kms from Fethiye and its marinas has become one the most popular destinations for yachtsmen in the Mediterranean and Fethiye is catching up fast… which is not surprising as the coastal waters around Fethiye provide some of the most beautiful Mediterranean scenery imaginable and this, together with consistent weather conditions puts it high on the list for boat owners and sailing enthusiasts the world over.

The western Taurus Mountains reach altitudes of more than 2000 metres and their proximity to the sea make them internationally recognised as a geographical phenomena. During the hot days of early summer, when the sky is clear and blue, there are few sights more beautiful than the snowy summits towering above the lush, green pine forests. On the mountain slopes, there is rich a diverse flora, much of it uniquely endemic to the Fethiye region. There are hundreds of species of plants, trees and flowers and the coastal regions provide a perfect environment for the production of citrus fruit as well as rare and protected Liquid Amber trees. Fethiye has more than 100 hectares of Liquid Amber trees, producing the valuable resin and oil that is used in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry; a substance that has been used for both for health and rituals since ancient times.

Fethiye has an ideal Mediterranean climate with average summer temperatures reaching 30° C. The average winter temperature is around 12° C and the winter season frequently has substantial rainfall – which explains the verdant countryside and many rivers. Usually the sea temperature does not drop below 17° C even during the winter. Nearly all of the mountains and forests of Fethiye provide a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna much of which is protected and all of which is breathtakingly beautiful. Seasonal migration was once an age-old tradition in the Fethiye region and although not as prevalent as in days gone by some nomadic communities still choose to spend the summer months living in the cool, high valleys; only returning to the coast in the autumn.

Examples of this live-style can be seen in the Seki Valley and Girdev, a high plateau on the Taurus Mountains; just 80 kms away from Fethiye. Farming is the biggest source of income in the highland region of Fethiye, much of which is endowed with fertile and productive soil. Unlike many other coastal areas Fethiye still continues to benefit from agriculture as well as tourism, throughout the year.

As well as farming and smallholdings, Fethiye agricultural sector produces cotton, sesame and anise on an industrial scale, all of which benefit the local economy. More than a quarter of a million tonnes of greenhouse and field tomatoes are produced annually for both the domestic and international market. Beekeeping and the production of honey are also produced in large quantities. Ideal soil and climate conditions allow for the production of a wide range of other fruit and vegetables and these can be seen every Tuesday and Friday in the lively market area, when producers and consumers come together in what can only be described as a celebration of Fethiye’s agricultural diversity. These markets together with the town centre fish, fruit and vegetable market, surrounded by an increasing number of shopping malls in the centre of town are popular with the local community as well as a big attraction for tourists. Another important wealth creator for Fethiye is the production of chrome. The region has vast mineral deposits and has the fourth largest chrome reserves in the world.

 
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