Fethiye is the perfect launching pad to explore the many tourist attractions and things to do along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. This harborside town is in a prime position for heading out to the surrounding beaches or going inland to discover the crumbling remnants of this region’s ancient Lycian culture.

If it’s all about location, Fethiye provides it all. The town itself is a prosperous but laid-back kind of place; just what you need to return to after a day’s hectic sightseeing of mighty rock-cut tombs and mountain-top, UNESCO-protected ruins or sunbathing bliss, boating, and paragliding action. Plan your trip with our list of the top things to do in Fethiye.

Tandem Paragliding over Oludeniz

Our number one on the list is Tandem Paragliding over Ölüdeniz. Tandem Paragliding became very popular due to it’s safety, easy setup and operate, smooth flying or extreme maneuvers up to your limits that you can handle and flying like a bird feeling that it gives you.

Ölüdeniz is very famous for paragliders because of the best weather conditions throughout the year for paragliding flights, awesome landscape and just on the spot mountain — Babadag 2000 metres right by the Mediterranean coastline. 

Fethiye Fish Market

The Fethiye Fish Market is definitely a local attraction that should not be missed if you come visit this lovely seaside town. It’s great for either lunch or dinner, offering two very different atmospheres.

If you are desperate to visit the fish market in Fethiye and you are with people who just don’t do seafood, it’s perfectly okay for them to buy meat from the butchers and pass it on to your chosen restaurant to cook. Some of the bigger restaurants also have a separate menu where you can order other non-seafood meals, including vegetarian dishes.

Ölüdeniz & Blue Lagoon

Ölüdeniz Beach; four kms of shingle and sand reach from east to west ending in a sand bar. From the main beach you can swim out just a few meters to survey the surrounding hills and watch the gliders dropping down to land. You can hire a canoe to paddle out watching the sea-bed. The sea shelves down quite fast. If you are looking for shallow warmer seas you should walk along to the lagoon. The lagoon is a UNESCO world heritage area and so there is a small entrance fee. The sand-bar stretching ahead fringed with pine and shrubs. Paddle, swim and snorkel in the lagoon’s warm waters. Hire a paddle-boat to explore alone or decide on some more strenuous water sports. You may just decide to spend the whole day here especially if you have young children, choosing a snack from the local buffet at lunch-time. Facilities include sunbeds and umbrellas, showers and toilet facilities, paragliding, water-sports, beach cafes and bars. The beach is kept immaculately clean by a polite team of workers.

Kumburunu is the name given to the end of the Ölüdeniz sandbar, which stands at the mouth of the Blue Lagoon. There is an entrance fee for visitors whose cars can park near the beach itself. A good buffet serves snacks and refreshments. There are sunbeds and umbrellas. The sand is fine and the waters are shallow. Water-sports such as ringo, banana and water-skiing are available most days. Canoes and paddle boats can be hired. There is good snorkeling if you swim across the entrance of the lagoon area to the rocks on the opposite verge.

Kayaköy - Greek Village

Kayaköy, also known as Ghost Town.

Up until the 1920s, Kayaköy (ancient Karmylassos), eight kilometers from Fethiye, had a thriving mixed population of Greeks and Turks who had lived together for centuries. The 1923 Population Exchange changed all of that, uprooting ethnic Greeks across Turkey and sending them to live in Greece and making ethnic Turks who lived in Greece abandon their lives there. The exchange created heartbreak and much trauma among those who were made to leave, and the somber results of this are no better seen than in Kayaköy.

The dilapidated, eerie stone village that snakes across the hillside here has been left to slowly decay since its Greek owners said goodbye. Among the ruins is the Katapongagia Church and Taxiarchis Church, which both still have some beautiful interior decoration.

Saklıkent - Hidden Valley

Saklıkent National Park, established on June 6, 1996, is a national park in southwestern Turkey. The national park is a canyon, and is located in Muğla Province, 50 km far from Fethiye.

The canyon is 300 m (980 ft) deep and 18 km (11 mi) long, being one of the deepest in the world. It was formed through abrasion of the rocks by flowing waters over thousands of years. As the level of water rises during winter months, visitors can enter the canyon all year around only the deeper parts in the summer. 4 km (2.5 mi) of the canyon are walkable after April, when most of the snow in the Taurus Mountains has melted and passed through on its way to the Mediterranean Sea. Saklıkent means “hidden city” in Turkish. The full length of 16 km is only possible to discover with professional equipment and knowledge of advanced canyoning. Some adventure centers offer guided tours with an overnight Biwak camp and about 30 waterfalls to rappel.

Aminthas - Kaya Mezarları

The Tomb of Amyntas

Also known as the Fethiye Tomb, is an ancient Greek rock-hewn tomb at ancient Telmessos, in Lycia, currently in the district of Fethiye in Muğla Province.

Modern Fethiye is located on the site of the Ancient Greek city of Telmessos, with the Tomb of Amyntas located in the south side of the city in the mountainside, in the base of the mountain. The impressive looking tomb was built in 350 BC, and was named after the Greek inscription on the side of it which reads “Amyntou tou Ermagiou”, which translated to English means “Amyntas, son of Hermagios”.

Compared to many other tombs carved into mountainsides in the area, the interior of the Tomb of Amyntas is very spacious.

Turkish Bath

Turkish Bath “Hamam” in Fethiye

In Western Europe the Turkish bath as a means of cleansing and relaxation became popular during the Victorian era. The process involved is similar to that of a sauna, but is more closely related to ancient Greek and Roman bathing practices. The history of the traditional bath or hamam extends back centuries but it is still as prevalent as ever! It’s never been seen as just a time to cleanse the skin, but is a total experience that occurs in a special atmosphere.

With this 2-hour visit to the Fethiye Haman you can experience the pleasures of a traditional Turkish bath. Here you can enjoy the sauna, peeling, foam massage, and oil massage – leaving your skin feeling amazing. This Turkish bath experience includes a sauna, foam massage, and aromatherapy oil massage. This full regime will make your body feel more fit, and your spirit feel more healthy.  For a cleansing spa experience in Fethiye, a Turkish bath at a hamam is perfect if you’re looking for a bit of calm and relaxation on your holiday. Indulge yourself with a body scrub and soap massage as you enjoy one of Turkey’s most unique and pleasurable traditions.

Babadağ

Babadag – Father Mountain

Babadag, part of the Taurus mountain range, translates as Father Mountain, this giant towers over the bay of Oludeniz and can be seen from the seaside town of Fethiye. Babadag is made up of two peaks that stand across from one another with a flood valley between them. The highest peak is 1,969 meters tall, while it’s sister is 1,400 meters tall, the steep mountain slopes are coated with thick forests hosting pine, cedar and strawberry trees. Rural villages sit in the foothills and an ancient Lycian road curves around its side.

Babadag is located a short distance from Fethiye in Mugla province, southwest Turkey, it has become famous as one of the best spots in the world for paragliding, with perfect thermal winds and an ideal location overlooking the gorgeous Blue Lagoon at Oludeniz and offering incomparable views along Turkey’s Turquoise Coastline. All year round it is common to see paragliders launch themselves from the majestic peak of Babadag and perform 360 degree spins over the glistening sea before drifting down to land next to Oludeniz beach. Tandem jumps with experienced guides are offered every day, weather dependent, and you can even request to have your picture taken as float about in the sky.

4×4’s and minibuses can climb the steep road to the peak of Babadag and paragliding excursions can be organised in Oludeniz or Fethiye, May to October are the best months for flying. If you like hiking then a 13-kilometre trail runs from the beach to the peak, even if you don’t plan to paraglide the view from the top of Babadag is well worth the climb. 

Tuesday Market

Fethiye Tuesday Market

Fethiye’s Tuesday market is a traditional market that has been providing a wide variety of items, from fresh local fruits and vegetables to clothing and home goods. This market has drawn both local people and visitors for many years with its reasonable prices and happy atmosphere. Set either side of a canal, near Fethiye’s marina offers a great place to begin exploring the town or taking a walk along the seafront.

Tuesday Fethiye market  in Turkey (bazaar) scatters under canvas tents on the banks of the river that runs along the central streets of Fethiye on a sharp turn to the sea. It attracts people for shopping in Fethiye not just from the neighborhood but probably from all around the Lycian coast. Plenty of fruits and vegetables of different varieties, luxury selection of olives both pickled and smoked, nuts, homemade cheeses and sweets, great variety of spices, rice, colored beans, lentils and other cereals – all this you can find visiting the largest market in the area – Tuesday Fethiye market from Oludeniz (there is no Oludeniz market by the way), Calis (it has marketplace itself, Calis market day is Sunday), Ovacik and Hisaronu (they have market themselves, Hisaronu market day is Monday).

The marketplace for manufactured goods is located behind the food market and it is not smaller in size. There are many textiles, towels, inexpensive but very decent clothes, souvenirs, shoes, bags etc. Like everything else in Fethiye the prices will please you, but do not forget to bargain.

Jeep Safari

Fethiye Jeep Safari

This activity is among the most challenging activities for adrenalin seekers. You can splash  water to your friends and explore the vicinity. The tours start after our meeting. The first destination is

Tlos Ancient City.

It is one of the oldest historic site of the vicinity. With a history dating back to 4000 years, Tlos is a seat  for many civilisations. The tombs which were carved 500 metres above from the bottom are noticed at first glance. Tlos which is a sport city of the Lycians, is also hosted as a seat to the Ottoman civilisation. After leaving Tlos,

Lunch in Yaka village…

We arrive at Yaka village which has many natural springs around. You will love the flowing streams and waterfalls among the rocks. After the lunch which includes trout fish, meatballs, salad and open buffet snacks, we set out to…

Saklıkent..

Saklıkent is one of the most significant canyons in the world. You can walk in the canyo which is eighteen kilometres in length and two hundred metres in height. Its atmosphere will deeply affect you.

Rafting…

Ringo raftings on Karaçay river are offered to you. Saklıkent rafting which is full of joy can be done by anyone from any age. The raceway with the accompany of the Professional guides takes about 35-40 minutes. At the end of the raceway, the mud bath will refresh your body. It contains high minerals and has no adverse effects.

Ölüdeniz Boat Tour

Ölüdeniz Boat Tour

Tlos, Ancient City

Rafting in Dalaman

Dalaman Rafting

Tlos, Ancient City

Dalyan Turtle Beach

Dalyan Turtle Beach

Tlos, Ancient City

Horse Riding

Horse Riding

Tlos, Ancient City

Scuba Diving

Horse Riding

Tlos, Ancient City