Fethiye is now the centre of one of the primary holiday destinations in Turkey. As a location itself, a busy working town and harbour, but surrounded by a unique cluster of other popular destinations - each incredibly different yet only 15 minutes apart - from the tranquil mountain setting of Ovacik to the lights and nightlife of the party town of Hisaronu, the classic laid back feel of Calis Beach and the sheer beauty of the World famous Olu Deniz. All within a short bus ride of Fethiye town.
Fethiye has developed from a tiny village and small time harbour port into a bustling and popular destination for visitors from all over the World - it is also a place where in more recent times people came to put down roots. The population has soared from New promenade in Fethiyejust a few thousand to in excess of 50,000 in less than half a century.
Fethiye is located on Turkey’s south west coast, just 40 minutes from the international airport at Dalaman, occupying its position on the south and east side of the bay. Rhodes is just across the sea from the bay - in fact when the light is just right, which is not very often, the evening lights of the Greek Island can clearly be seen from the promenade at Calis.
The centre of Fethiye also shows great variation in very short distances. The Lycian Rock tombs carved into the rock sides over 2,000 years ago, the old Paspatur area (the narrow lanes of shops and fethiye shops - paspatur at nightrestaurants, once used to store the delivered cargoes from the arriving ships) sits shoulder to shoulder with the “new town” - new in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of 1956 anyway - and both run seamlessly into the marina area sitting beneath the more recently added and exceptionally desirable residential area of Karagozler, where everyone seems to have a sea view - continue further round the bay and next is the 20,000m2 private peninsula of the popular Club Letoonia resort, an all inclusive style holiday hotel (more of a village than a hotel in truth) and within 5 minutes drive we have seen over two centuries years of development and progress.
There is so much to say about Fethiye, and take time to read a little about the history of the area and the photographic comparisons in the “Old Fethiye” section but the key to the area is to get out and about and make your own discoveries, because they are all out there - the hidden beaches, the amazing eateries that you may not even see as you walk past them, the great Fethiye characters and so much more it would take forever to list them!