Top 12 Best Things To Do in Fethiye, Turkey

Is Fethiye worth visiting?

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Bucket List: Top 10 Best things to see and do in Fethiye

Fethiye is a well-known city in Mugla Province in Turkey. It is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the country and a popular destination for British tourists. You will undoubtedly enjoy a pleasant stay in Fethiye, with its magnificent turquoise shoreline, historic ruins, and cities. Most Fethiye residents speak English pretty well; thus, a language barrier is unlikely to be an issue.

So, if you’re planning a trip to Fethiye, here are the top 12 things to do there.

1. Visit Fethiye Museum

Fethiye Museum photo via pixabay
Fethiye Museum photo via pixabay

Fethiye Museum is one of Chora Museum’s main competitors, with similarly exquisite Byzantine mosaics from the 14th century. The inside is undoubtedly stunning, with gorgeous masonry on the outside. There are sculptures and stone pieces, as well as a well-preserved Letoön mosaic and several other artifacts. The Fethiye Museum offers a glimpse into the past, enjoying the historical beauty of Fethiye.

2. Shop in Fethiye Market

Fethiye Market by Jorge Franganillo via Wikimedia cc
Fethiye Market By Jorge Franganillo – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

Fethiye market is a massive marketplace with vibrant colors and enticing fragrances. The Tuesday market in Fethiye isn’t only about the food; it’s also full of interesting items for sale, including stunning souvenirs. The market in Fethiye is built around a large canal that flows into the sea. A short walk along the tree-lined walkway is also recommended.

3. The Ghost Village of Kayakoy

Ghost Village of Kayakoy by Bjorn Christian Torrissen via Wikimedia cc
Ghost Village of Kayakoy By Bjørn Christian Tørrissen – Own work by uploader, http://bjornfree.com/travel/galleries/, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

At the turn of the nineteenth century, the village was a thriving community. After WW1, however, everything changed. There are Lycian-style tombs there, and most of the structures date from the 18th and 19th centuries. Some of the architecture has been restored, but the rest has been left as is. Visit Kayakoy’s ghost village for a fascinating and nostalgic experience.

4. Admire the view at St. Nicholas Island

Gemiler Island by Cobija via Wikimedia cc
Gemiler Island By Cobija – Own work, CC0,  cc

Gemiler Island or St. Nicholas Island was named after Saint Nicholas, popularly known as Santa Claus, and was believed to be his final resting place. The island is peppered with beautiful ruins. There are also five churches from the 4th and 6th centuries. St. Nicholas Island is one of the most fabulous places in Turkey to see a spectacular sunset.

5. Paragliding in Oludeniz

Paraglider in Oludeniz by Sean Glossop via Wikimedia cc
Paraglider in Oludeniz By Sean Glossop – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

Fly above Oludeniz and its turquoise beach and lagoon for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Since this is a tandem flight, no prior experience is required. You’ll be secured to your experienced pilot, allowing you to sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery from above.

6. Visit the ancient city of Kaunos

Kaunos rock graves photo via Pixabay
Kaunos rock graves photo via Pixabay

Kaunos was a 15th-century city that was abandoned. The existence of Kaunos was known, but its location wasn’t until 1842 that it was discovered. Kaunos is a tourist attraction in Fethiye that you should not miss if you’re interested in the city’s history. Take a boat ride along the Dalyan River to witness the historical ruins and appreciate the cultural significance of Kaunos to enrich your experience.

7. Experience a mud bath at Iztuzu Beach

Iztuzu Beach by Tutku Cetinel via Wikimedia cc
Iztuzu Beach By Tutku Çetinel, CC BY 3.0,  cc

The gray mud includes sulfur, which makes it healing; the mud is well-known for curing skin problems, and locals frequently visit the beach to unwind. Although the mud isn’t enjoyable to smell, the experience is well worth it. You don’t need to book a boat ride because boat operators in the region are always available.

8. Check out the Patara Beach

Patara Beach by Elelicht via Wikimedia cc
Patara Beach By Elelicht – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, cc

Patara is the longest beach in the country, and it is perfect for sunbathing. You can also go to the seaside and see historic ruins. St. Nicholas, often known as “Santa Claus,” is said to have been born at Patara. A neighboring ancient site also receives fewer tourists, allowing you to explore history without the crowds.

9. Unwind at Butterfly Valley

Butterfly Valley, Fethiye by William Neuheisel via Wikipedia cc
Butterfly Valley, Fethiye By William Neuheisel from DC, US – Butterfly Valley, CC BY 2.0, cc

Butterfly Valley is home to over a hundred different species of butterflies. Butterfly Valley is only accessible by boat or hiking, requiring a significant amount of effort. We also recommend taking a boat trip rather than hiking because hiking is risky, and several accidents have been recorded due to hiking. The scenery is very well worth the effort, despite the effort.

10. Check out the ancient city of Letoon and Xanthos.

The ruins at Letoon span many centuries of buildings constructed by several different cultures by Bjorn Christian Torrissen via Wikimedia cc
The ruins at Letoon span many centuries of buildings constructed by several different cultures By Bjørn Christian Tørrissen – Own work by uploader, http://bjornfree.com/travel/galleries/, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

UNESCO has recognized Letoon as a heritage site. This has an interesting legend attached; it is claimed to be dedicated to the God “Leto.” Although the most stunning structures were taken to England, the acropolis, agora, and theater are well worth seeing.

11. Have a wonderful stay at Faralya

Seaview Faralya Boutique Hotel
Seaview Faralya Boutique Hotel

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Faralya is recognized for its luxurious hotels, ensuring a pleasant stay. Staying at one of the hotels is well worth it, as it is surrounded by pure air and a lovely blue sea. It’s also great for camping because it offers you spontaneity. You won’t need to bring your own camping gear because it will be provided for you.

12. Cool down at Sultan’s Aqua City

Sultans Aquacity Aquapark Fethiye
Sultans Aquacity Aquapark Fethiye photo via FB Page

Last and definitely not least, Sultan’s Aqua City is a great place to cool down. With thrilling and exciting waterslides and dazzling swimming pools, this tourist attraction is ideal for family outings. Kids will have a blast. Adults will have a great time on the giant slides.

Our Top Hotel Picks for Fethiye

  • Liberty Fabay [check rates and availability] – Beside a beach on the Mediterranean Sea, this refined resort is 2 km from the D400 road, 6 km from Calis Beach Bird Sanctuary, and 12 km from the Amyntas Rock Tombs.
  • Hillside Beach Club [check rates and availability] – Surrounded by woodland, this relaxed resort on a secluded private bay along the Mediterranean Sea is 6 km from the Amyntas Rock Tombs and the Fethiye Museum.
  • TUI Blue SENSATORI Barut Fethiye [check rates and availability] – On lush grounds next to Karatas Beach, this upscale all-inclusive resort is 32 km from the Cadianda archaeological site and 38 km from Dalaman Airport.

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