Fethiye Travel Guide

Fethiye Travel Guide

Fethiye is one of the most important touristic towns of Muğla. The city, formerly known as Meğri, means “distant land” in Greek. Fethiye is a place to visit with its nature and history.

There is a story behind the transformation of the city formerly known as Meğri into Fethiye. A soldier named Fethi Bey, one of the first Turkish pilots, crashed during a flight from Istanbul to Cairo in 1914 and became one of the first casualties of Turkish aviation history. The town of Meğri was renamed Fethiye after the loss of life of the aviator Fethi Bey. There is also a monument opened for Mr. Fethi in Fethiye.

“The lion flew” is sung in praise; Fethi, the child of this sacred land
He will always be struck down. If the look is sideways and the aim is crooked;
Look; thanks to you, Meğri has become Fethiye, My Eagle! Under your shadow this homeland is free. – Behçet Kemal Çağlar

Fethiye is a place that can provide many activities. It has many opportunities especially in water sports. Rafting on the Dalaman River, flying sailing called parasailing, water skiing, surfing are the main water sports. Sailing, diving, horse and jeep trips are also possible, but the most popular activities are tandem paragliding from a high peak like Babadağ towards Ölüdeniz with a magnificent view and trekking on the Lycian walking path, one of the best hiking trails.

Fethiye also has enough ancient cities to satisfy history lovers. Tlos Ancient City and Girmeler Cave, the ancient city of Pinara, mentioned in Lycia, are the historical places within the borders of Fethiye. If you are interested in recent history, the ghost town of Fethiye Kayaköy impressed us with its recent history and story.

Fethiye’s bays and beaches are also very famous. Many of them can be reached by daily blue cruise boats. You can have one of the best boat tours of your life with the boats departing from Ölüdeniz Belcekız Beach. You can also use Fethiye 12 Islands Boat Tour programs that cover bays and islands such as Yassı Island, Aquarium Beach, Tersane Island. In addition, Kabak Bay and Butterfly Valley are among the natural beauties worth seeing. Likewise, Kumburnu Beach in Ölüdeniz Natural Park is a lagoon that has formed spontaneously over the centuries. With this feature, it offers a very beautiful view to people. For those who want to escape from the hot weather of the Mediterranean, Saklikent Canyon provides an exquisite environment. It is a hiking trail of hundreds of meters in the water, in a canyon with large rocks.

Kelebekler Vadisi Cadir Kampi
Butterfly Valley
Saklikent Milli Parki Likya Depremi
Saklikent Canyon

Paspatur Bazaar

Paspatur Bazaar, one of the oldest settlements in Fethiye, is located between wooden bay window houses. We remember this bazaar, which mostly consists of souvenir shops, jewelers and carpet makers, with colorful umbrellas. This bazaar is a great place to visit in the afternoon before or after dinner, and it is also the center of attention for tourists.

Fethiye Paspatur Carsisi
Paspatur Bazaar

What to eat in Fethiye?

One of the best places for meat wraps is Yengen Burger. However, credit cards are not accepted here, you have to pay in cash. Whenever I go to Fethiye, we always stop here one day. Prices are one click higher than normal. Coordinates: 36.62151, 29.10916

Fethiye Yengen Burger Yemek Dukkani
Fethiye Yengen Burger Et Durum

Accommodation in Fethiye

You have many alternatives for accommodation in Fethiye. Hotels and hostels in Oludeniz or in the center of Fethiye are preferred for long-term accommodation. Since the prices of Fethiye Ölüdeniz hotels and pensions, even the prices of Islamic hotels in Fethiye are high, it is an alternative accommodation option to make use of your vacation opportunity by setting up a tent. In addition to popular places such as Kabak Bay and Butterfly Valley for tent camping, there are also quieter and affordable places away from the center where you can relax.

Places to visit around Fethiye

If the historical and touristic places in Fethiye are not enough and you have a car, you can also visit places to visit around Fethiye. Letoon Ancient City and Xanthos Ancient City are also places where those who are interested in the ancient period can go.

Where is Fethiye and how to get there?

First of all, the closest airport to Fethiye is Dalaman Airport. There are direct flights from many parts of Turkey, or there are connecting flights. You can take shuttle buses from Dalaman to Fethiye, which is 60km away. If you are one of those who say I don’t like airplane, bus is good, there are also bus services to Fethiye. It is very easy to reach Fethiye by buying tickets from many bus companies. Dolmus and bus lines in Fethiye can take you wherever you want to go. If you have a private car, transportation to everywhere becomes even easier. The distance between Istanbul and Fethiye is 780km (9h 15min), the distance between Fethiye and Göcek is 26km (25min), and the distance between Fethiye and Marmaris is 125km (1h 40min).