Fethiye travel guide
Holiday makers from all over the world make their way to the gorgeous town of Fethiye in the Mediterranean country of Turkey. With gorgeous weather, a cosmopolitan atmosphere, a rich history and fabulous restaurants and nightlife, it is a wonderful place to visit for a week or two.
Fethiye has a long and varied history. It was home to a culture long before the Romans came here but the newcomers certainly put their mark on the town without overshadowing the natives. However, the 1958 earthquake destroyed many of the older buildings but unearthed a series of ancient tombs when Fethiye was known as Telmessos in the 4th century BCE. Consult your city guide to Fethiye to understand more about the culture of the town and what things to do are available.
As a coastal town, Fethiye has a beautiful harbour and exploring it and the surrounding area is a fun way to relax and see the sights. There are 12 islands dotted around the bay but the largest, Sovalye Adasi, shelters the town from devastating storms.
The Fethiye Museum is the best place to visit if you want to understand more about the history and culture of this remarkable place. There are an amazing array of artefacts, objects and stelae here, including the Stelae of Promise and Stelae of Graves. You can also see the trilingual stele. Like the Rosetta Stone which was used to decipher the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs, this stelae was carved with three languages (Lycian, Greek and Aramaic).
If you head past the town itself, you will discover the Tomb of Amyntas. This magnificent Ionic temple was constructed in 350 BCE, carved into the face of the cliff itself. The walk up to the temple can be a bit tiring and on hot days quite taxing. It is especially beautiful at sunset and there are other smaller tombs east of the temple that you can visit which are just as interesting.
Fethiye may be one of the few places in the world which could be classed as an outside museum. As you wander the streets, you will notice many ancient Lycian stone sarcophagi just standing there. These date back to around 450 BCE but have been vandalised by grave robbers centuries ago. At night, they are lit up, creating a hauntingly beautiful sight to behold.
Since Fethiye was governed by the Romans, there are a number of interesting Roman attractions to visit here. Behind the harbour you will find the old Roman theatre; although ruined it creates a stunning backdrop for photos. Other places to visit include the ruins of a fortress constructed by the Knights of St John.
Restaurants in Fethiye cater to a range of different cuisines, although mainly either Mediterranean or western. You will discover lots of little cafes and bars which are good places to unwind and relax your feet before getting up to explore a new section of town.
There is a good selection of hotels in Fethiye, with some comfortable guesthouses scattered throughout the town as well. Many hotels are situated near the harbour, providing guests with outstanding views.
If you are searching for a holiday destination that is rich in history, where the past can be seen on every street, where you can relax in superb weather and enjoy delicious food, then you cannot find anywhere better than Fethiye.