The harbour town of Fethiye is located on the Gulf of Fethiye and like Göcek offers some of the best sailing in the region. The views are exceptional too, as Fethiye is surrounded by cool green pine forests and has a dramatic backdrop of two imposing mountains—Mendos and Babadağ (Father Mountain) on its doorstep, and the Western Taurus range in the distance. Fethiye town’s rich soil, means there is always an abundance of delicious fruit and vegetables in every season. Fethiye has been home to many civilizations over the millennia and has had several names, including Telmessos, Makri and Meğri—that are now popular names for hotels and restaurants. One of the iconic LYCIAN rock tombs and small but fascinating museum testify. Nowadays, Fethiye is a lively modern town but it still has some traditional aspects, such as Paspatur—the old town, weekly open-air markets and the jostling fish market, as well as many shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. For those in search of an adrenaline rush, Oludeniz (Ölüdeniz) beach, just a short drive from Fethiye, is famous for paragliding and also for its beach that has cristal clear tuqoiuse water… now there is the newly opened Sky Walk cable car to takes passengers all the way to the top of Babadagi (Babadağı).
Fethiye is an excellent embarkation and disembarkation port for yacht charters (gulet, motor yacht, sailing yacht and catamarans) as it is close to Gocek, Kalkan, Kas and Kekova to the south and Marmaris to the north.
Fethiye is only 40 minutes to Dalaman International Airport .
Gemiler: Hidden away, on one of the most spectacularly scenic coastlines in the Mediterranean, is the island of St. Nicholas, also known as Gemiler island. In the early days of Christianity, it was an important stop-over for pilgrims making their way to the Holy Land. The ruins of this once thriving Byzantine community, with its homes, churches and chapels scattered over the leeward side, is well worth visiting and the tranquil channel that separates the island from the rugged mainland is the perfect spot for gulets, motor yachts to moor for the night under the star-filled skies. Hikers should make the trip to Kayakoy (Kayaköy) and the historic abandoned town of Livissi, which inspired Louis de Bernières to write his classic novel, Birds Without Wings.
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