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Here in Turkey we like to think that Ölüdeniz is “the Heaven sent by God to the World”. Well, it certainly is a Mediterranean paradise. With a 3km beach sandy and pebbly beach, swimming in the crystal turquoise waters and enjoying the lively nightlife, Ölüdeniz is a dream destination for thousands of foreign and domestic tourists every year. Ölüdeniz is a natural lagoon and its protected waters stay calm and warm for most of the year. Its modern and colourful accommodation range from all-inclusive to boutique hotels to family run pensions and camping grounds, all of which offer a wide range of alternatives to suit all tastes and budgets. Babadağ Mountain, which rises to a spectacular 2000 metres behind Ölüdeniz, is famous for its rich flora and fauna but it is best known for being the best place for Paragliding in the world. In recent years it has become one of the most popular activities for visitors to the resort… with its ideal flying conditions and landing opportunities.

Çalış beach is the place to visit for a spectacular sunset as well as being one of foremost areas for nesting Loggerhead turtles or Caretta carettas in the Mediterranean. There are also some wetland areas remaining, which are a haven for many species of bird. Its open position makes it ideal for water sports and at just 5kms north from Fethiye it is easily accessible. The Village of Yanıklar, a little to the north of Çalış also has a wonderful beach, with several low-key holiday villages perfect for those who want to get away from the more commercial destinations. These occupy glorious shore-side positions, located as they are among the rare and protected Liquid Amber trees.

Situated between Fethiye and Dalaman International Airport, Göcek is a small, heavenly bay protected by pine-clad mountains. With its very pristine waters it’s home to four yacht marinas and is rapidly becoming the destination of choice for sailors and yachties around the world. Göcek has a wide range of restaurants and shops of the highest standards but for many of its visitors first thing to do in this picturesque town is to go on a boat tour; taking in the famous 12 Islands and wonderful secret bays… certainly don’t forget to take your camera with you to capture for posterity the awesome scenery you will see en-route.

Saklıkent is a place of awesome natural beauty and just a short distance from Fethiye. It was formed over the millennia by the waters of a powerful mountain river gradually eroding the towering limestone cliffs until a canyon, 300 meters deep and 18kms in length was formed. Not surprisingly Saklıkent, like many other places in Fethiye is a favourite with tourists. On hot summer days the cooling waters of Saklıkent will refresh you and one of the many riverside restaurants will be happy to serve you fresh trout and salads.


Butterfly Valley is a natural paradise in the base of a deep gulley, with towering cliffs rising above it of more than 350 metres. The valley is situated behind one of the most strikingly beautiful bays of the region. Depending on the time of the year it is possible to glimpse butterflies of more than 40 different species, including the Jersey Tiger (Euplagia quadripunctaria.)

Follow the mountain road that starts behind Fethiye’s ruined Castle some 7 kilometres south and you will reach the abandoned town of Livissi (now known as Kayaköy), where ‘Rum’ or Anatolian Greek Orthodox Christians lived until 1923. Following two devastating wars the Treaty of Lausanne was signed and Muslims who lived in Greece and Anatolian Christians were exchanged between Turkey and Greece.

The town was handed over to Muslims coming from Thrace (in Greece) but allegedly they could not settle and moved away. As a result the once sophisticated town, with its schools, chemists, library, chapels and churches became abandoned, taking on the poignant, abandoned atmosphere is has today. There are plans to restore part of Kayaköy, possibly to transform it into an international “friendship and peace village”.

Yeşilüzümlü is a charming town in the mountains above Fethiye and Cadianda is it is about 7 kilometres southeast by road of Yeşilüzümlü. It is a settlement that was established on a hill of about 400 meters above the town and is at 915 metres above sea level. Cadianda continued to exist after the Lycian period, becoming part of the Roman Empire and it was during this time that the stadium, public baths and cisterns were built. Sadly, most of the works of art that are thought to have been in Cadianda were destroyed over the centuries but what it has lost in art it makes up for in atmosphere. As a result, this antique city is a very popular destination, especially with foreign tourists, many of whom come on organised trips arranged through travel agencies.

Letoon is just off the main road between Fethiye and Kaş; equidistant with Patara and Xanthos antique cities. It is known as being a religious and cultural centre of the Lycian civilisation. Three temples have been discovered in the antique city. These consist of a temple which was dedicated to Leto in 150–100 BCE, in the arrangement of 11 six metre Doric columns, the second temple has the dimensions of 27 x 15 metres and a further small temple which was constructed has a footprint of 18 x 8 metres.

In the south of the site, there is a Christian church, which is associated with a monastic community, purported to be have been destroyed by Arabs in the 7th century CE. Apart from these the city also contains, nymphaeum, stoa and a theatre, all built in the classical Greek style. There are inscriptions that imply that there used to be a stadium. Many tourists visit the antique city of Letoon every year, often through tours organised by travel agencies.

Yaka is 35 kilometres from Fethiye, close to the village of Yaka. Evidence suggests that the city once covered a very wide area. But today the only ruins that can be seen are around the acropolis. The most important characteristic of Tlos is that very protective, high city walls surround its acropolis and that these were built during the Roman period.

There are ruins of half-destroyed stadia, public baths, a theatre and a Christian church about 100 metres away from the acropolis. The antique city of Tlos is popular with foreign tourists and in the recent years, with the development of Yakapark restaurant, the number of visitors has further increased.

Pınara is close to the village of Minare, about 45 kilometres from Fethiye. There is a popular myth suggesting that the population of Xanthos increased to unsustainable levels allegedly by the 4th century BCE that it was decided to relocate part of the population, which was divided to three groups. One of the groups went in the direction of Mountain of Kragos and established a new settlement. This area is called Pınara, or ‘circle’ in the language of Lycia. Some ruins, including rock tombs, sarcophagi, and the city walls, public baths, theatre, agora and Odeon remain. The city lost its importance completely after the 8th century CE.

Xanthos is on the Muğla-Antalya boundary line, formed by the Eşen River. It is on the Fethiye-Kaş highway, in the district of Kınık, approximately 46 kilometres from Fethiye. The city was the capital of the Lycia Confederation.

An important attraction in this ancient site is the rock tombs that are special for Lycian culture. There is an acropolis that lies towards the stream and the fertile plains of Eşen. The city has seen quite a few earthquakes and the some of the works of art have been destroyed. Today, the rock tombs, theatre and acropolis are among important and more intact structures that can be visited.

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