Fethiye Beaches, Hot-Spots & Night Life
Fethiye is a traditional market town boasting a stunning coastline. A trip here would not be complete without setting sail to explore the beautiful coves and islands of the Gulf of Fethiye.
The town, on the turquoise coast of Turkey, offers a wealth of things to do and see. There is a large ex-pat community here and it is popular with British property buyers because of the many direct flights to Dalaman Airport from the UK.
Hot spots – beautiful countryside, picturesque lagoons and historic ruins give Fethiye a unique and laid back charm.
Sightseeing – probably the best way to see Fethiye and its surroundings is by boat. There are many island boat trips that you can take where you can stop off and explore on foot. Breathtaking natural beauty can be found at Saklıkent Gorge. These colossal cliff faces with rapids gushing beneath you is a wonder that you will not want to miss. Pamukkale is another natural spectacle comprising water-filled formations that have evolved over thousands of years. Many visitors come in the hope that the soothing water will alleviate rheumatism, asthma and some skin ailments.
Beaches – want to find paradise on earth? Look no further than Olu Deniz, a wonderfully scenic cove with warm still waters and sandy beaches just 20 minutes from Fethiye. Backed by a blue lagoon and flanked by pine-clad hills, this protected piece of land is an idyllic spot. For active families and children, Calis Beach is worth a visit for the surf school and water park across the road.
Shopping – bargain hunters should not miss the Tuesday market in Fethiye. There are a huge variety of stalls selling a range of produce from silver jewelry, clothes, homewares to fresh local food. There are lots of shops in the narrow streets of the old town in Paspatour with many traditional Turkish shops selling anything from a genuine Turkish carpet, beautiful handcrafted gold items or the famous sweet Turkish delight.
Dining – with the sea being such an important part of Fethiye, it is no surprise that the fish market in the old town is part of everyday life. Diners choose their seafood from market stalls and the restaurant cooks the fish to their instructions. Dishes are accompanied by mezze and it’s a way of eating that feels very relaxed and sociable.
Partying – Fethiye has an active, but not rowdy, nightlife scene, with plenty of bars and clubs to choose from. The most popular areas are on Hamam Sokak in Paspatur, Fethiye’s old town. For something a little different, try The Black Pearl floating nightclub on Fethiye’s promenade.
Indulging – if you want something a little more luxurious than one of the many Turkish Baths, the Hillside Beach Club has been designed to co-exist with the surrounding natural environment and boasts two stunning spas, a traditional Turkish hammam, and the eastern influenced Sanda Spa.
Need to know
- You will need a visa before entering Turkey. It’s very simple to do online and for a cost of $20 or equivalent currency you can get a 90-day multi-entry visa. For more info visit https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
- During July and August be aware of forest fires and observe some simple safety precautions. Most fires are caused when camping so comply with basic safety procedures.
- There are many amazing walks and treks to do but always check difficulty level and bring appropriate footwear and sun protection.
Fethiye is about an hours’ drive from Dalaman airport that offers many regular and direct flights.