Take a Trip to Fethiye

Fethiye is a popular tourist destination boasting a dazzling landscape of rocky cliffs and pine-covered mountain ranges. There are also many unspoiled coves, with pristine waters. As a starting point for the famed Blue Voyage, Fethiye offers several options for day, weekend, or week long charters. Nearby, theimages-1 stunning Blue Lagoon of Ölüdeniz is one of the most astonishing natural beauties of Turkey.

Ulusoy buses run once a day between Istanbul and Fethiye, taking 11 hours. There are also buses from Ankara, taking nine hours. Catamarans run the one-hour route between Fethiye and the Greek island of Rhodes.

Fethiye is built on top of ancient Telmessos. Remains of the cliff-side Lycian tombs and sarcophagi are breathtaking. Also of interest, the antique theater in the heart of town dates to Roman times. A two-storey sarcophagus lies to the east of the Municipal Building; it is a topped with a Gothic-style lid and decorated with war scenes.

Rock-cut tombs can be seen along the cliff side of the town, with the most notable being the Tomb of King Amyntas. The Fethiye Archaeological Museum contains the stele uncovered at Letoon, with inscriptions in Lycian, Aramaic and Greek; it was used to decipher the code of the ancient Lycian language.

East of town stands the ruined Crusader castle tower, constructed by the Knights of St John out of the Hellenistic and Roman stonework of an earlier acropolis. Near Fethiye, the Blue Lagoon of Ölüdeniz boasts calm, crystal clear waters which make it ideal for a variety of water sports. Part of the lagoon is now a national park.

Outdoor lovers will be enamored of the Butterfly Valley, which is a pristine stretch of sand that takes its name from the rare tiger butterflies, which are drawn here by the smell of mint, jasmine, laurel, thyme and eucalyptus. The Saklikent Gorge (also called the Canyon of the Hidden Valley) is a stunning area to hike.

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