Fethiye is 135 kms southwest of Marmaris and has an outstanding and busy marina.The ancient name of the city is Telmessos and you will see a fortress on the hill overlooking the city which was built by Knights of Rhodes. Fethiye is known for its rock tombs carved into the faces of the cliffs by the Lycians. These are elaborately carved and an especially remarkable; one is the tomb of Amnytas dating from the 4th century BC built in Doric architectural style. It is worth well visiting. Other historical places in the city are the Sarcopaghi and the Fethiye Tower.
The Beach and the Sovalye Island are real the destinations for those who like to enjoy the most beautiful sea. Belcegiz Bay is also good for such a visit and provides natural mountain scenery. The guest houses (pansiyon) here, will give you all the comfort you expect. The bay forms the dreamlike Belcegiz – Ölüdeniz (Blue Lagoon) known as “a paradise that God granted to Earth”, a very fine place with 3 kms of natural beach and crystal blue waters in enchanting surroundings.
For camping, Belcegiz Beach is ideal, and for picnicking try the Kidiril Park, for sightseeing the Gemiler Islands with their Byzantine ruins among the pine trees are recommenced. At Koturumsu, a heaven like beauty awaits you, where you may reach only by boat. There are waterfalls flowing across valleys where thousands of butterflies, exhibiting tremendous shades of colors, fly amongst the pine forest bordering of the lovely beach. Some of the other natural attractions are Katranci Bay, Gunluk (Kusuk Kargi) Bay, Oyuktepe, Göcek with its harbor and marina. Lately, parachuting from Baba mountain became one of the most popular sports and it gives magnificent views for people flying over this great beach lagoon. Around Fethiye, there are important ancient cities of the Lycians. To the southeast of Fethiye lies Xanthos at Kinik village, an important capital of Lycians. Its setting is naturally adorned while Letoon, by Kumluova village and close to Xanthos, is also interesting.
If you are an early riser, you will probably find one of your neighbors taking an early morning jog, because the sun at Ölüdeniz is a late riser. Glancing up to see when the first beams will appear over the mountain, you may see a myriad of parachutes which have caught the southerly breeze, floating and curving down to a soft landing on Ölüdeniz beach. Some of the parachutes are in the tandem, the passenger taking a once in a lifetime Arial photo, proving once again that the world is round.
Now its breakfast time, the local tour buses are drawing up to collect their clients who have rushed through a Turkish breakfast, to take them round the local sight. But not everyone enjoys lives for breakfast! and you may find a restaurant which does a full English breakfast, to which you could add a daily Express, be it yesterday’s from the local shop. Beach time means a sun bed and umbrella, a ride on the ringo or banana, or just paddling in a canoe looking into the turquoise deep. You could prefer the laziness of your hotel pool, reading and bronzing until you are persuaded to explore some of the surrounding area. And what better than to go on Safari, discovering amphitheatres, estuaries and canyons, and grilling your own lunch? If you prefer a more comfortable way of traveling, how about an air-conditioned coach with an experienced guide.
Warm days are followed by balmy evenings and a good meal. Ölüdeniz restaurants cater to all tastes, service comes with a smile and probably a Turkish joke! Try the ‘meze’ and maybe enjoy a glass of Rakı or excellent Turkish wine with it. If you feel like a change, call a taxi or catch one the public minibuses and discover Fethiye by night. Excellent restaurants, music bar, and of course late night shopping. Being one of the popular places of the district in respect of tourism, Calis Beach is 5 km from the district centre, opposite of the Sovalye Island. Along the 4 km long beach, thee are hotels, boarding-houses, camp sites and restaurants.
The Beach is well known as one of the incubation areas of sea turtles, Caretta Carettas. It is also one of the favorite places to view the sunset and play water sports.
How to get there :
Take a dolmus from Fethiye.
At a distance of 5-7 km from Ölüdeniz, this interesting canyon is surrounded by approximately 350 meter high mountains.
It takes its name from the butterflies called as ‘Jarsey Tiger’ and seen between June and September.
Transportation to the bay, being an Earth Eden with its waterfall flows both in summer and winter, large beach, clear water, brightly shining pebbles and oleanders decorating the environs, is provided by boats from Ölüdeniz. Possibilities like a camping area with tent sites, restaurant, bar, shower cabinets, changing cubicles, etc. are offered in the valley which is the meeting place of world wanderers.
How to get there :
Butterfly Valley boats leaves Ölüdeniz 4 times a day. Ask for a timetable at Ölüdeniz Tourism Development Corporation.