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Fethiye located on a bay where there are small islets and which is an important harbor city is 50 km to the Dalaman Airport. The city named as Telmessus during the Lykian period and which is predicted to have been established in the 5th century B.C. has been governed by Persians, Alexander the Great, Ptolemy Family, Romans, Byzantines, Menteseogullari and the Ottoman empire. It was named as Marki and Megri during the periods of Ottoman Empire and it was named as Fethiye in 1934. People of Thelmessos were famous of witchcraft.

Viewing the harbor over the hill on which a castle was constructed by the Rhodes St. John Knights gives one a lot of pleasure. There are lots of Rock Graves having Ionic style temple sides and monumental Lykian Tombs most of which are from the 4th century B.C. in the ancient Telmessos. The grave of Amintas is the most interesting of all. Rock graves were caved into the sides of the mountain. They seem to be huge gates when observed across the mountain. There is a room and a stone bed in the middle of the room in each grave. There is a plinth under the tombs made of limestone and a tomb tub in the middle and a stylish cover on the top. Some of the tombs are raised in plinths, tubs and covers. There is a castle thought to have been constructed by the Saint John Knights in the south of Fethiye. There are the ruins of the city walls, small rock graves and the water tank on the hill. The theatre inside the city was constructed during the early Roman period. It was renovated in the 2nd century A.D. The theatre of 5000- people capacity was used as arena during the Byzantine period. Old Mosque (Eski Cami) and Fethiye Turkish Bath in the Paspatur Bazaar are the buildings remains from the ottoman Empire. Archeological artifacts of Bronze Age, Archaic Age, Hellenistic Period, Roman Period and Byzantine period as well as the ethnographic artifacts of Menteseogullari, Ottoman Empire and the recent past are exhibited in the Fethiye Museum.

Highly twisted road to Fethiye are accompanied with the forests and the sea which comes up by you. Gocek islands in the north of Fethiye Gulf is one of the most popular holiday destinations around the world as it has caves, attractive beauties, and its yachts center having four marinas known world wide. There are ancient remains of Arymasa, Lissae, Krya, Kalimachein Gocek and its surroundings where you can find excellent holiday opportunities. The ruins of the ancient city Arymaksa at the south end of the bays lies just by the wonderful sky blue sea. There are Byzantine ruins and the ruins of Ottoman shipyards on Tersane Island. You can enjoy the voyage to 12 islands and get the pleasure from the beauties of fethiye Gulf.

Calis Beach 4 km west of Fethiye and Knights Island (Sovalye Adasi) across the harbor are among the most popular beaches. Road to Belcegiz Bay twists through the mountains and lets you see the unique beauties of the nature. You can find accommodation in Ocakkoy and Hisaronu.

Kayakoy 5 km west of Hisaronu is a place where there are complete deserted stone-made houses and churches. A new settlement was established near Kayakoy which is former Roman Village having 3500 houses. Oludeniz (Dead Sea) 14 km to Fethiye is an ideal place for swimming and other water sports thanks to the idle sea, pine forests, long beach and perfect landscape. You can have the opportunity of paragliding from top of the Baba Mountain (1969 m) where you can find trekking and camping possibilities during winters and summers to Oludeniz. There are lots of holiday and accommodation facilities on the coast of Belcegiz having been told about in myths. Kidirak beach with its sheltered park is a natural oasis the coast of which has not been deteriorated. The Byzantine ruins can be seen under the pine trees on Gemile Island (Saint Nikolaus). You can go to Koturumsu Bay in the south of Kidirak by sea. The coasts of Fethiye and Gocek are rather appropriate for diving thanks to the wide range of the flora and fauna.

The city Cadianda established on a hill is in Uzumlu 24 km to Fethiye. There are city walls, Lykian inscription rock graves, Hellenistic theatre, and temple and agora ruins partially remain until today in the ancient city Lykia which was a vital and vivid settlement during the Roman period.

In 40 km southeast of Fethiye is Yakakoy (Tlos) which was one of the oldest settlement areas of the Lykians. Winged Horse of Tlos is one of the mythical characters moving around by Pegasus. It is the homeland of Bellerophontes. The Ottoman style castle in Acropolis ad the necropolis can be visited. The king style grave which was one of the most beautiful home type graves of Lykia in the necropolis was dedicated to Bellerophontes. On the plain below the acropolis are the city walls of Lykia 9 m wide gate with 6 arches, the city agora still standing; in the south are the walls and the theatre which is still in good condition of the Roman Period. Lykian rock graves, Turkish Baths, paleastra and the gymnasion ruins are also attractive. The view from the Turkish bath on the hill is perfect. It is a great pleasure to eat trout in a green area under the trees of centuries old and with the accompaniment of beautiful sound of the river in Yakapark which was a watermill previously and which is 2 km to Tlos.

Letoon on the way to Kalkan from Fethiye was one of the most important religious centers of Lykians where the sacred places of three gods Leto, Apollo and Artemis. In Letoon which was devoted to Leto, there are ruins of temples of Leto, Artemis and Apollon, monumental fountains, inscriptions, theatre, agora and a Roman tomb. There is a Turkish Bath, well protected ancient theatre, Odeon and an agora in 49 km south of Fethiye where there is the ancient city called Pinara which means round in Lykian language. There are lots of rock graves on the steep rock cliffs. There are perfect places for trekking. There are some ruins of Xhantos one of the capital cities of Lykia ona wonderful beach near Kinik in 65 km southeast of Fethiye. There are ruins of the archway constructed for the memory of Roman Emperor Vespasianus, Hellenistic gate, part of Nereid Monument taken to the British Museum and the theatre in the archeological site. There are the ruins of Harpy Grave Monument the raisings of which were taken to the British Museum, Lykia palace ruins, agora and Byzantine basilica in the acropolis. While you are in Xanthos valley tou can also visit the ancient city Sidyma.
The wonderful beaches like heaven, the forests outside the ancient city, waterfalls, and thousands kinds of butterflies wait for the visitors. Kelebekler Vadisi (Butterflies Valley) transportation to which can be done from Oludeniz on a steep and deep valley. It is possible to see hundreds of kinds of butterflies especially in June and October.

Saklikent Canyon, which is located 50 km on the southern east of Fethiye, is a quite impressive and cool resting place with its crazy waterfalls and lovely restaurants. You can walk in the waters of this natural wonder length of which is 18 km and height of which is 600 m. In some places height of water increases up to your knees and passages get narrower, which makes your walk more exciting. It’s possible to do canoe and rafting in Esen Brook which comes from the inside of canyon. You can eat delicious sprout in pastoral restaurants along the bank of the brook. There are shops where handmade embroideries, textile and souvenirs in Paspatur in Fethiye. Night life in Fethiye is not as vivid as in Bodrum. Oludeniz and Hisaronu are rather vivid with their coffeehouses and bars.