Fethiye is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Turkey. And Oludeniz is the pearl of Fethiye. Although it is some far away from Marmaris, there are many travellers taking day trips to see Fethiye, Oludeniz and around.
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Fethiye is a world famous holiday destination, located 135 kilometers on the southeast of Marmaris. Fethiye hosts a big international marina at the entrance of a big and beautiful bay covered with lots of islands nearby. Telmessos was the ancient name of the town. Telmessos was the city of the Oracles in the ancient times.
A hill crowned by the ruins of the crusader fortress built by the Knights of Rhodes overlooks the small harbour. Above the town, ancient city of Telmessos with the numerous Lycian rock tombs salute the visitors. The tomb of Amyntas dating from the fourth century BC is the most remarkable one. Fethiye hosted the civilizations such as the Persians, the Romans, the Lycians and the Carians.
Travelers accommodating inside the town mostly prefer the Calis Beach on the four kilometers west side of the central Fethiye or the Sovalye (Knight) Island on the opposite site of the harbor.
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The Sariyarlar Bay of Fethiye hosts the world famous “Golden Sea Horses”. As Fethiye is a famous tourist town, you are able to find all your needs easily. Lots of shopping centers, restaurants and facilities take place in the town.
About Oludeniz (the Dead Sea)
Oludeniz is a world famous surprise of the nature. It is been called as “the God’s Gift to the World”. You arrive to Oludeniz after a 14 kilometers of pine covered road from Fethiye. The region is called Belcekiz Bay.
The region has an outstanding beach and behind the very long beach lies the dead sea. The turquoise color of the sea is fascinating. The dead sea is very calm and no waves inside due to its natural formation. It is like a magic.
There are no seaweed in the motionless sea. It is possible to swim for ten months a year in the region. There are a lot of quality resorts, hotels, restaurants and bars. Daily boat trips are organized from the central Fethiye to Oludeniz.
Paragliding is also very famous in Oludeniz. From the hills of the mountain Babadag, with an altitude of 1975 meters, you are able to enjoy paragliding. There are paragliding tours that you may easily participate. It is so much fun in the company of the wonderful Oludeniz panorama.
Things to Do & See
Fethiye Museum is a must see place. As the region hosted many civilizations, there are a lot of collectibles exhibited in the museum worth seeing. We recommend you to visit Fethiye Museum after a short Fethiye city trip.
The road to Oludeniz
The road to Belcegiz Bay takes you through the mountains where cozy guest houses cater to those seeking heaven scenery. Ocakkoy is a mountain village that is a must see place on the way. You may stay in one of the lovely guest houses and enjoy the various trekking opportunities.
The village of Hisaronu is also offers great opportunities with variety of hotels in the region. Four kilometers away from Hisaronu, Kayakoy, is a panoramic ghost town of old houses and the churches but all are empty.
After a short trip, the greatest surprise of the nature welcomes you. Here is worldwide famous Oludeniz (the Dead Sea), the beautiful Blue Lagoon where the calm, the crystal clear water and outstanding beach is ideal for swimming and water sports.
The Blue Lagoon is one of the best places in the world absolutely nothing but soaking up under the bright sun amid stunning natural surroundings.
The region of Belcegiz Beach is recommended for accommodation. On the Gemiler Island (St.Nicholas’ Island) Byzantine remnants lie among the pines.
A boat trip to the beautiful “12 Islands” is highly recommended.
Kelebekler Vadisi (The Butterfly Valley)
Beyond the idyllic beach, a forest, waterfalls and a valley filled with hundreds of varieties of butterflies await the travelers. The region is called the Butterfly Valley. A must see place. Billions of butterflies will surprise you. Here is the most mesmerizing place of Fethiye.
All area is covered with butterflies and you are only able realize the situation as they fly. Due to its heaven nature, the region is a conservation area.
For reaching the Butterfly Valley, you need to go to Oludeniz first and then there you need to hire a boat or take a taxi boat. You may also participate to a tour. It takes half an hour from Oludeniz by sea.
On the way to the valley there is a Blue Cave where many visitors stop by and swim. The cove here is known as the Kodurumsu Bay and it has a beautiful beach.
There are two paths in the valley. One is leading to the Faralya Village and the other one leads to the waterfalls. The village has outstanding landscape.
Saklikent (The Hidden City)
High in the mountains above Fethiye, rushing torrents cut a narrow gorge through the mountains and create the famous formation named Saklikent (The Hidden City), a cool refuge on the hot summer days. Here is another must see place. The canyon is so deep and narrow that even sunlight can’t enter the canyon.
The visitors of Saklikent travel around by walking on the streams and waters. The water is cold that gives comfort under the hot climate.
The Esen Stream is on the way where the water has a huge flow rate. Wooden bridges are established on the stream for the travelers.
After the canyon adventure you arrive to the resting place where there are restaurants serving trout and local food.
Ancient Cities around
Yakakoy (Tlos) is another place to see around. It is located 35 kilometers on the south of Fethiye. It is the oldest city of the Lycian region. The home of the Lycian Hero Bellerophon, the remnants of the castle, agora, necropolis, theatre, agora, the Roman baths worth seeing. And also the view of the Esen Valley fascinates its visitors.
Pinara is another ancient mountain city located 50 kilometers on the south of Fethiye. The area is ideal for hiking and trekking tours. The remnants of a theatre, agora, rock tomb and bath can be seen.
Xanthos is another famous ancient city 65 kilometers on the southeast of Fethiye. It was an important city of the Lycians. There are three temples dedicated to Leto, Artemis and Apollo.
How to Get there?
Fethiye is located about 135 kilometers on the southeast of Marmaris. You may easily find buses from Marmaris to Fethiye. A blue voyage or yacht trip is also another great opportunity.
Some travellers take excursions for Fethiye from Marmaris, such as Fethiye Saklikent Day Trip. You can also try these excursion for an easy and fantastic day trip to Fethiye.