Welcome to our page about things to do in the Fethiye area. There’s only so much you can do on one holiday in Fethiye so we’ve tried to keep this list of must-sees short – there’s sooo much else to see and do once you’ve exhausted this list of essentials. All recommendations are what we love about this area and what we would like to recommend to you if it’s your first visit to the Fethiye area of Turkey.
Recommendations are in no particular order and we’ve assumed your visits will be in the summer season when the is at its hottest…otherwise, we would have a lot more trekking suggestions on this list. Should you find yourself here in the cooler and colder months, we’ve got a . And if you do fancy a wander in cooler months, here are some .
Also, this isn’t a page of & drink – for ideas on filling your stomach and quenching your thirst while you are in Fethiye, see our page about . We also have a page featuring , too, if you fancy making some of your favourite Turkish dishes at home.
And, if you are still in the planning stages, then don’t forget to use our search facilities to find and . Also, most of the things to do in Fethiye which are listed here can be arranged on arrival, but, if you are the sort of person who prefers to have things sorted in advance, then you can book some tours and activities through .
Stroll around shaded , and visit the many shops for all your souvenirs. Quench your thirst at – well we did say we were biased!
Paspatur, Lycian Rock Tombs And Boat Trips In Fethiye
A bit of a pull, but climb up to the main – the – and take in the amazing views of Fethiye marina and the whole of the bay. You can always reward yourself with an when you come back down into Fethiye.
There’s not just the 12 Island Boat trip that you might have heard about – although they are certainly amazing value for money (prices change throughout the season but are very reasonable) – 8 hours, about 5 swim stops and your lunch included. If you’re , there are also daily boat trips from the beach, there, too.
If you don’t like the idea of a big boat, loads of other people and music, then there are smaller boats, too. You could also book a or you can go with the . Those could be around £150 for the boat for the day and they usually visit the quieter bays of Fethiye.
Can never resist taking photos through the life belts
For a public boat trip from Fethiye our personal favourite for a great value day out is the Sunday Market . If all day on a boat sounds a bit too much, many of the boats now do half day trips and also sunset trips.
And if you just like the idea of getting from A to B via the sea, be sure to make use of the . Beautiful at any time of day but particulary spectacular at sunset. (Sail time of around 40 minutes. Departs every 30 minutes in high season from both Fethiye and Çalış.)
Help Beach & Yacht Club is on the site of Küçük Boncuklu
Yes, we have beaches! In summer, take the Karagözler dolmuş to most of the bays in Fethiye. (near ), Samanlık Bays and Büyük Boncuklu has had a facelift and the most recent addition to this list of beaches is . If it’s not too hot, you pass all of these bays on the . Sundays will be very busy with Turkish families. For a full list of dozens of bays in this area, take a look at our .
Fethiye Markets, The Bays & Ölüdeniz
Great if you’re self-catering rather than staying in one of the many . Marvel at the array of fresh fruit and veg on the before strolling around the hundreds of fake designer clothes, shoes, sunglasses stalls. Can’t say we ever buy any of the fake stuff but it’s worth a wander around. Oh, and you should try or the . (The big market is every Tuesday in Fethiye, every – or if it’s just the foods you’re after, there’s a pleasant, low key farmers’ on the site of the Tuesday market. Hisarönü market is every Monday, and , every Thursday and if you’re up in , your market day is Friday.)
No holiday to Fethiye, Turkey is complete without ; one of the most photographed beaches in the world. has the crashing waves or you can swim in the lagoon. The dolmuş from Fethiye will take you down to the private beaches of for free if you ask the driver. We normally go to Sea Horse Beach but there are lots to choose from. (Dolmuşes leave the dolmuş station in Fethiye every few minutes. In high season, the last one back to Fethiye is around 2am. Check with the driver. Journey time from Fethiye – about 45 mins)
has many ruins left from the population exchange between Turkey and Greece in 1923. Beautiful countryside, Turkish village life and a sad reminder of the past. Don’t leave Kaya without going to . (The dolmuş to Kaya from Fethiye is every hour on the hour from the dolmuş station. Every half an hour in high season. The last dolmuş back to Fethiye is around 8pm in low season and 10pm in high season so check with the driver if you don’t want to end up in a taxi. Journey time from Fethiye – about 40 mins) Or you can if you feel like it!
Kayaköy, Near Fethiye
If you’re in the Fethiye area during football season (Aug/Sept to Apr/May) and Fethiyespor happen to be playing at home, you could always go along to give them your support – it’s very cheap compared to football prices you might be used to in the UK or elsewhere. If you’ve never been before and don’t know what to expect, neither did we before we first went – it’s an experience, and it’s good fun. We have a dedicated page on the blog which is , and has links to and the too.
If you still need convincing after reading that, try our . And if you’re already a well-seasoned football fan and you want to keep up to date with all the goings on at Fethiyespor, then give the a ‘Like’ too. No worries if you don’t know Turkish; it’s very visual, there are English updates on there, too…and there’s always Google Translate should you get really curious.
There’s something for everyone at Fethiye’s Şehit Fethi Bey Parkı, the largest recreation area in the region.
The Şehit Fethi Bey Parkı pond is a peaceful place to sit
Chill by the water, walk, run, cycle, use the outdoor gym. And, if the kids are bored, there’s a large play area with lots of features to keep them entertained. There’s also a skate park for the BMX, skateboard and roller blading fans. Here’s our photographic .
Amazing, breathtaking. Yes, lots of tourists go there in high season but places become famous for a reason. We never get bored of . If you’re here early in the season, go on any day except Sunday and it should be free from crowds. You have the gushing rapids and colossal cliff faces to yourself. Eat at the fabulous . (The usual scenario – dolmuşes leave the dolmuş station for Saklıkent on a regular basis. If you’re in a car, take the D400 towards Antalya and it’s signposted from here. Journey time from Fethiye – about 50 mins).
Each evening, throughout the summer season and on special occasions throughout the year, too, the fountains of Uğur Mumcu Park (just behind the new town square dance to music and light up the area in flashes of colour. You can see some more of the fountains in our . Times for the fountain shows are posted around the park.
Fethiyespor, Saklıkent Gorge And Fethiye Fountains
Whatever your views on , there is no denying that this little area of Southwest Turkey has one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. If beach areas like Çalış are just not your thing, you really ought to make the effort to go down there if only just to watch the sun go down. Our photo archives are packed with Çalış sunset photos. No two are the same.
Very underrated as far as we are concerned. We’ve seen and the mountainous near Fethiye is yet to be beaten for us. Amazing views over the Xanthos Valley. Lycian and Roman ruins intermingled with mountain village life. No visit to Tlos is complete without stopping in for a drink or a bite to eat at the Original (Hire a car / moped and you can go to Saklikent and Tlos in one day. Tlos is worth 2 or 3 hours of your time. Journey time from Fethiye – about 50 mins).
Fethiye Museum, Çalış Beach Sunset, Tlos & Gemiler Bay
And once you’ve explored the fabulous Tlos ruins in their beautiful setting, a visit to will show you some of the finds from the that were recently unearthed there. The museum is only small but it’s well worth an hour or two of your time – especially if it’s raining.
‘Umbrella Street’ has a Sunday name; Çarşı 95 Caddesi. You can see why people refer to it as Umbrella Street and in Fethiye, it’s become a bit of a tourist (and local) attraction.
Çarşı 95 Sokak is home to a multitude of umbrellas
As well as shopping, people now come to 95 Sokak to take photos of the umbrellas and photos of themselves standing underneath them. The umbrellas are definitely a must see for Fethiye and you can feed and water yourself along here either by or wandering into the hidden .
Stunning scenery and away from the crowds of Ölüdeniz if you’re looking for peace and quiet. Really calm sea, perfect for swimming. A couple of small beach bars and sun loungers on the beach. (The kaya dolmuş goes all the way to every couple of hours or so in high season. If not, get off the dolmuş as far as the last stop and walk down the hill to the bay – about 1 hour. Don’t forget, you’ll have to walk back up later on!)
Watch The Sunset From The Summit Of Babadağ
This is the mountain from where you soar should you choose to do the paragliding in Ölüdeniz. If paragliding is not your thing, you can drive up to the top (or take a dolmuş from Ölüdeniz and Hisarönü in summer) and enjoy the views from Zirve Cafe. Click here for photos and write up about our .
In the future, a cable car service will take passengers to the top of Babadağ. It’s not built yet but Skywalk Fethiye is in the pipeline.
There’s a lot of splashing at Sultan’s Aqua City
If water parks, slides and splashing are your thing, check out Sultan’s Aqua City in Çalış or . Transfers and pick-up services can be arranged from your hotel or you can get to either water park easily under your own steam.
(Most of the suggestions above are outdoor activities. However, sometimes, the heavens do open in Fethiye. If this happens to you whilst you’re in the area, check out our .)
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