General Information About Fethiye
Fethiye is a thriving and rapidly developing town on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Popular with tourists it also benefits from having a solid commercial and agricultural infrastructure. Its classical name, Telmessos, translates as the Land of Light and for many it is an apt name, both metaphorically and literally. Fethiye has a wealth of ancient history, archaeological sites and outstanding geographical and natural features. Recent developments are ensuring that Fethiye is fast becoming a centre for quality and excellence. Fethiye and its surroundings are a natural paradise and with many beautiful bays, stunning beaches, scattered islands, a perfect climate and fertile soil, the scent of the pine forests and the backdrop of the Western Taurus Mountains it is an ideal place to live and work as well as an ideal year-round holiday destination.
Fethiye is less than an hour away (approx. 50 km) away from Dalaman International and networks of roads connect the coast and hinterland of Mugla province and Antalya, linking the Mediterranean with the Aegean Seas.
The best way to get around Fethiye and the surrounding area is to hire a car in Fethiye, but you can also use public transportation or walk along the streets. Beaches, attractions, shopping and entertainment facilities are located within walking distance of the roads. Below you may find advantages and disadvantages of most popular ways getting around in Fethiye and area nearby. Getting around Fethiye is also easy using the Dolmus (a small minivan). The Dolmus runs frequently and can is available on all key routes. Running every 5 mins, all you need to do is to wave and it will stop and let you get on. Prices are low varying from 2tl and 6tl per person. The Dolmus runs from 7 am to 12 pm and sometimes until 2 am in the high season.
As everywhere around the world you can use a taxi in Fethiye, but is a resort town, so keep in mind that the cost of a taxi is quite expensive (like in other resort towns of Turkey). In most cases 2 times more expensive than say in Istanbul. All taxis in Turkey are equipped with taximeters but after midnight we recommend to ask driver the cost before the trip as the cost may be higher in comparison to daytime.
The water taxi is a small boat for 20-30 person that goes from Calis to Fethiye and back to Calis every 30 minutes during the holiday season (from May to October). The one-way trip takes about 40 minutes. You can buy a ticket at the kiosks on the pier in Fethiye or near the bridge over a canal in Calis. We recommend taking a water taxi from Calis to Fethiye right before sunset to enjoy the amazing view of the sun going down to the sea.
Fethiye also has an intercity coach service which you can be picked up from the Otogar (main bus station) the coach service is modern, cheap and reliable and travels to all major towns/cities in Turkey directly with the need to change coaches. You can book your seat with the different coach company’s at the Otogar. Some buses even offer wireless internet and satellite TV. There is no railway service along western Mediterranean coast.
Nature and Beaches
The appeal of Fethiye is not in archaeological sites but in the scenery - people come here to visit one of the most charming and impressive parts of the coast where nature has surpassed itself. In the vicinity of Fethiye coast is very uneven, there are many coves and islands. The banks are mostly steep and rocky covered with dense forests, in Fethiye bays you can find charming sandy beaches surrounded by steep cliffs.
The main feature of Fethiye city is one of the biggest in Turkey sand and pebble beach that stretches for several kilometers and a chain of small secluded bays along it most of which are hidden from view and you can reach them by boat only. These places tend to tranquility and total privacy that appeal to many travelers coming here. Fethiye is one of the most beautiful resorts in Turkey. Due to the natural bay and a lovely beach Fethiye town is a great opportunity for a beach holiday. Immersed in the green the Fethiye peninsula stands exceptional environmental friendliness, excellent air and climate. You will always enjoy the hot weather of mountain Fethiye and warm sea.
Nature of Fethiye is amazing and beautiful - pine forests, plants such as laurel, myrtle, acacia grow here. There is oriental sweet gum tree (one of the rare plants) and a variety of flowers are growing in Fethiye area. The Butterfly Valley attracts by its incredible beauty and opulent vegetation, it is home for almost all kinds of butterflies.
The Fethiye Dead Sea (Oludeniz) is located in 16 km from Fethiye, it is indescribable miracle created by nature. This extraordinary in its beauty lagoon attracts scuba diving enthusiasts and is also one of the most popular destinations for paragliding. Thousands of people from all over the world come to Oludeniz in Fethiye for holidays to admire the quaint coastal bays and majestic mountains in flight.
There is the village of Dalyan in 70 km from Fethiye. The unique flora and fauna of this area are protected as natural reserve. There is unique sandy beach Iztuzu at the mouth of the Dalyan River where sea turtles Caretta-caretta and blue crabs live for many years.
Fethiye is crystal clear sea, rocky coves, sun, beaches, cliffs, mountain pine groves, the flavors of herbs and oriental spices.
Fethiye has an ideal Mediterranean climate with average summer temperatures reaching 30° C. The average winter temperature is around 12° C and the winter season frequently has substantial rainfall – which explains the verdant countryside and many rivers. Usually the sea temperature does not drop below 17° C even during the winter. Nearly all of the mountains and forests of Fethiye provide a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna much of which is protected and all of which is breathtakingly beautiful. Seasonal migration was once an age-old tradition in the Fethiye region and although not as prevalent as in days gone by some nomadic communities still choose to spend the summer months living in the cool, high valleys; only returning to the coast in the autumn.
Sports Played in FethiyeThe most famous sport in the Fethiye; it’s, of course, paragliding in the Oludenız. Breathtaking panorama and stable weather conditions make launch site at Babadag Mountain the best in Europe for tandem Oludeniz paragliding.
About Sport in Fethiye
The most famous sport in the Fethiye; it’s, of course, paragliding in the Oludenız. Breathtaking panorama and stable weather conditions make launch site at Babadag Mountain the best in Europe for tandem Oludeniz paragliding. Enjoy amazing tandem Oludeniz paragliding flight with an experienced pilot. Fly along one of the most beautiful beaches in Turkey – Oludenız. During the Fethiye paragliding, you will have enough time to enjoy bird’s-eye views of stunning famous Blue Lagoon and gently land on the Oludeniz beach. Absolutely no experience is required to fly in tandem with the pilot; all is under the control of the professional and experienced pilot. Fethiye also offers a variety of diving and water sports opportunities with regard to its crystal clear waters and rich underwater caves and fauna. Scuba diving is the most popular underwater activity. Local diving agencies provide courses and required scuba diving license Snorkeling is another diving activity and many sites are very suitable for snorkeling. Since 2010, an international multiday trail running ultramarathon, called Lycian Way Ultramarathon, is held on the historical Lycian Way. The event runs eastward on a route of around 220–240 km (140–150 mi) from Oludenız to Antalya in six days.