A pleasant bustling town, this is an ideal place to replenish supplies whilst exploring the market and interesting stores. Anchor at one of the surrounding islands before heading East. Above the town of Fethiye (Ancient Telmessus) can be seen several Lycian tombs carved into the rock. Dine in a restaurant in the small square with flowers cascading from the window boxes above. 30km from here visit the hidden Valley of Sakli Kent, a beautiful valley with an ancient settlement.
The Beach and the Sovalye Island are perfect destinations for those who like to enjoy the most beautiful sea.
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 nearby Xanthos, is also interesting. Letoon was a cult center during the Lycian period and remains of temples dedicated to Leto, Artemis and Apollo can be seen. Patara by Ovagelmis, Pinara by Minare, Tlos by Doger, Cadianda by Yesil Üzümlü, Sidyma by Dodurga, Karmilassos by Kaya, Pydnai by Kavadere, Araxa by Ören, Lydoe by Kapidag, Lissa and Arsada by Kayadibi, and Daedela by Inlice are other significant sites to visit in the environs of Fethiye.
GOCEK (Göcek) has long been a desirable destination for both Turkish and foreign yachtsmen, as well as a favorite stopover for jet-setters and celebrities alike. Named ‘Kalimche’ in ancient times, this small town is one of the Lycian settlements found between Caunos (Dalyan) and Telmessos (Fethiye). This paradisical village of four-thousand inhabitants is only 18 km and 15 minutes by car from Dalaman International Airport, which can be reached in 1 hour from Istanbul. From the airport, there are several transportation options to reach Göcek; you may arrange your transfer in advance or get one of the yellow taxis.
It is not just world-class yachting that makes Göcek a special place; it is the way the culture and natural surroundings blend in such a serene way. Strict development laws ensure that this very unique setting is protected; and since there is no oversupply of hotels, it is never crowded; majority of visitors are usually sophisticated travellers like yourself.
Göcek is perfect for visitors who want to sample the grandeur of the Turquoise Coast but have little time to spare. This tranquil resort town offers gorgeous vistas of sea and mountains, easy access to the water, plus upmarket places to eat, sleep, and shop. Having avoided the excesses of package tourism and overdevelopment, it is focused on a pleasant, carless waterfront. Three marinas and an annual regatta make this a major center for Turkey’s yachting world, and weekends see it awash with Istanbul sosyete (essentially the rich, frequently spoiled, and occasionally glamorous children of the upper classes). From Göcek, an hour’s drive reaches the natural beauties of Dalyan, the sights around Fethiye/Ölüdeniz, or great Lycian sites like Tlos and Xanthos. There is only one private beach in Göcek itself, so hop on one of the several wooden tour boats that head out each morning to explore elsewhere. The best swimming and snorkeling are around the beaches or in the coves of the Twelve Islands, strung out like a necklace across the mouth of the bay.
The historic town of Kalkan is an enchanting place and one of the most beautiful locations along Turkey’s gorgeous Lycian Coast. With the absence of mass tourism, Kalkan remains a charming and unspoiled haven of lush nature, brilliant blue crystal-clear sea, historic architecture, ancient history and warm traditional Turkish hospitality.
Sail on to this charming small town harbour. Kalkan was devastated by the same earthquake as Fethiye but the government decided not to repair the houses of the old village but to build an entirely new village above it. In the 1980’s rich entrepreneurs bought up most of the old village and many of the houses have been restored. Visit the ancient sites of Patara, Xanthos and Letoon which are only accessible by road. In the evening dine in one of the small restaurants overlooking the pretty harbour.
It may not sport the region’s finest beaches but its central Teke Peninsula location, mellow atmosphere and menu of adventure activities have made Kaş – pronounced (roughly) ‘cash’ – an ideal base for forays into the surrounding area. For divers this is Turkey’s hub for underwater exploits, with excellent wreck diving just offshore. A plethora of boat trips, kayaking tours and hikes are also easily arranged from here.
The 6km-long Çukurbağ Peninsula extends west of the pretty old town, town square and harbour. At the start of it, you’ll find a well-preserved ancient theatre, which is about all that’s left of ancient Antiphellos, the original Lycian town. Above Kaş, several Lycian rock tombs in the mountain wall can be seen even at night, when they’re illuminated.
Lying just offshore, dominating the harbour view, is the geopolitical oddity of the Greek island of Meis (Kastellorizo).
Kastellorizo is probably the most quiet and peaceful island you can find in the Mediterranean sea. Kastellorizo is a natural and biological Paradise. As there is no real interference a number of animals and plants developed very nicely. Among them water turtles, dolphins and the monachos seal. With no more than 300 inhabitants the Island has only one taxi.
The island of only 9 sq. km is a sea junction between Europe and Asia, on the edge of the Aegean. One and only, wonderful settlement, which impresses with its colorful houses of excellent architecture and its churches, is built upon the arid rock. Similar admiration is caused by the Blue Cave, one of the biggest and most beautiful underwater caves of Greece. Kastellorizo, by nature, is a destination for the few. And the select(ive).
Simena is a popular Lycian site, situated upon one of the most attractive spots of the Turkish coast. The name “Kekova” is Turkish for “plain of thyme” and describes the region encompassing the island of Kekova, the villages of Kaleköy and Üçağiz and the three ancient towns of Simena, Teimussa and Tersane (meaning “shipyard”, as its bay was the site of an ancient shipyard, with mostly Byzantine ruins). Both Simena and Teimussa have a large necropolis. Teimussa is now the village of Üçağiz, where boats set off for tours of the area.
The Kekova region was declared a Specially Protected Area in 1990 to protect the natural, cultural and geographic richness of Kekova Island and surrounding coast. The Kekova Specially Protected Area is 260 km² and is managed by the Ministry of Environment, Authority for the Protection of Special Areas.
Kekova-Simena is an enjoyable place to visit for its great beauty and charm. For this reason, it is popular with yachties (known to them as “Kekova Roads”) on their Blue Cruises along Lycia’s Turquoise Coast. In fact, cruising yachts often anchor here for several weeks at a time. It is a peaceful place of history, gorgeous turquoise water, sun, islands, unspoilt nature, blue skies and swimming.
The ancient Lycian sunken city of Simena is often referred to as Kekova-Simena. The town is a charming mix of ancient, medieval and modern history making it interesting as well as beautiful. In ancient times Simena was a small fishing village and was later an outpost of the Knights of Rhodes (formerly of St. John).
The ancient city of Simena was once of two parts – an island and a coastal part of the mainland. On the mainland the charming fishing village of Kaleköy (“castle village”) stands today, its buildings mingling with ancient and medieval structures. The top of the village is dominated by a well-preserved castle built by the Knights of Rhodes partially upon ancient Lycian foundations. Inside the castle is the smallest amphitheatre of Lycia. At the eastern end of the village is a Lycian necropolis with a cluster of some very nice sarcophagi overlooking the sea and surrounded by ancient olive trees. Near the harbour of Kaleköy is another sarcophagus, popping up from the water. Across the bay, along the island are the half-submerged ruins of the residential part of Simena, caused by the downward shift of land by the terrible earthquakes of the 2nd century AD. Half of the houses are submerged and staircases descend into the water. Foundations of buildings and the ancient harbor are also seen below the sea.
This destination is a dream come true for tourists. It has become well known as the home to the famous Blue Lagoon, UNESCO world heritage and the signature coastal image for Turkey.
This Lagoon is the much photographed gem of Turkey’s Southern Coast, famous for its ever varying shades of turquoise and azure, and soft sands.
Separated from the main beach by a sand bar and narrow channel, the lagoon beckons you into its shallow waters. You can immerse yourself, paddle barefoot along the shoreline or swim across to the tiny island at the mouth of the lagoon. Here no boats are allowed in to disrupt the peace. Canoes and paddle-boats can be hired to explore the rocky shores of the inner lagoon and search for mussels or use your snorkel to discover the myriad of tiny fish which start their life in these sheltered waters .
The town is renowned for its fantastic blue-flag beach and safe waters, and although it has a degree of nightlife, is not regarded as a party destination.
In addition to the beaches around Oludeniz, the paragliding is some of the best in the world and goes off a high mountain (the Babadag Mountain).