Cheap Holidays to Fethiye
With clear waters, golden sand and sunshine all year round, Fethiye is perfect for beach lovers. This bustling harbour town is located on Turkey’s beautiful Aegean Coast, right at the foot of the Taurus Mountains. Fethiye was built amongst the ruins of Telmessos, offering visitors a mix of ancient architecture and modern luxury and activities to suit all ages and tastes.
Old meets new
Fethiye’s charming old town, with its white-washed mosques, winding cobbled streets and little Turkish cafés, contrasts with the stylish marina filled with bars, seafood restaurants and yachts to admire. Everything had to be re-built after a devastating earthquake in the fifties so most of the buildings are modern, but you can still find the fascinating remnants of ancient buildings scattered around town. For an even bigger taste of history, you can visit the ghost town of Kayakoy, which is located 8km south of Fethiye.
Take a day trip
The Blue Lagoon is only half an hour’s drive away in Oludeniz, and is one of Turkey’s most well-known beaches. You can take part in water sports or just relax and admire the dazzling scenery, with turquoise water, white sand and a backdrop of lush green forests and mountains.
Things to Do in Fethiye
On the beach in Fethiye
It’s only a quick water taxi trip to the beach at Calis, which is just across the bay. It’s the perfect place to kick back and unwind, with soft sand shelving gently into the sea and a great choice of bars and restaurants along the whole stretch. If you’re keen to explore, why not take a boat trip in a traditional wooden gullet, or admire the sea life in a glass-bottomed vessel?
If you wander a little further down the coast you can find some smaller coves hidden away – perfect for a quieter spot to sunbathe with a good book.
Eat and drink in Fethiye
Fethiye is home to lots of authentic Turkish restaurants, most serving cuisine made with local produce. As a coastal town, naturally the freshest seafood is at the top of the list – enjoy the catch of the day in one of the seafront restaurants, or visit the Reis fish market if you’re self-catering.
Fethiye has a chilled-out vibe, with plenty of stylish bars located around the marina. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a hearty meal, then sip a cocktail and indulge in some people-watching and good conversation late into the evening.
If you’re after a livelier night, it’s easy to get a dolmus bus to nearby Hisaronu and party until the small hours.
Shopping in Fethiye
One of the best places to go for shopping is the weekly market held on a Tuesday. There are hundreds of stalls producing a myriad of sights, sounds, colours and smells. Expect to find silver jewellery, souvenirs and fresh produce piled high – it’s worth going just for the incredibly ripe and tasty fruit and veg.
Bring water and a sun hat – it gets incredibly hot amongst the stalls in summer.
Things to see in Fethiye
If you’re a bit of a history buff, the eerie ghost village of Kayakoy is a must-see. It’s only 40 minutes on the dolmus from Fethiye. Apart from a tiny selection of occupied houses and shops, the village was abandoned nearly 100 years ago when its Greek residents were forced to leave by the government at the time. Experience the sombre yet peaceful atmosphere as you walk amongst the crumbling ruins of ancient houses and churches, with no sound to be heard but the crickets and the call to prayer.
There’s a small fee to get in, and the footing is quite uneven around the village so make sure you bring good shoes.
Visit this traditional Turkish restaurant for a real feast, with great value meals and large portions. The kebabs come especially well-recommended – think succulent, juicy meat and soft tasty bread. Make sure you book in advance if you want to be sure of a table.
Attika Lounge & Cocktail Bar
Don’t let the cheap and cheerful atmosphere fool you – the cocktails served up here are delicious, especially the daiquiris. The staff are friendly and it’s great for families too, with a kids’ area and free Wi-Fi to keep the younger ones happy.
· Currency – Turkish Lira (YTL)
· Time Zone – GMT+2
· Travel Time – Dalaman (DLM) 4 hr from London Gatwick (LGW)
· Transfer time – 1 hr