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 weather in Fethiye is at its hottest…otherwise, we would have a lot more trekking suggestions on this list.
Also, this isn’t a page of Turkish food & drink – for ideas on filling your stomach and quenching your thirst while you are in Fethiye, see our page about Eating & Drinking In Fethiye. We also have a page featuring all of our Turkish recipes, too, if you fancy making some of your favourite Turkish dishes at home.
Okay, let’s dive into the main Fethiye attractions:
Fethiye Old Town
Stroll around shaded Paspatur, the old town of Fethiye, and visit the many shops for all your souvenirs. You’ll find anything from traditional Turkish carpets and ceramics to top of the range jewellery, watches and sunglasses.
Fake goods also feature as do the obligatory dried herbs, spices and lokum (Turkish Delight).
Lots of places to feed yourself and quench your thirst in Paspatur.
Fethiye Rock Tombs
You can always reward yourself with an icy cold Efes Pilsen when you come back down into Fethiye.
Fethiye Boat Trips
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 based in Ölüdeniz, there are also daily boat trips from the beach, there, too.
If you don’t like the idea of a big boat, lots of other people and music, then there are smaller boats, too. You could also book a private boat trip from Fethiye or you can go with the Çalış Boat Co-op.
These smaller, private boats usually visit the quieter bays of Fethiye.
For a public boat trip from Fethiye our personal favourite for a great value day out is the Sunday Market boat trip to Göcek.
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 Fethiye to Çalış water taxi boat service. Beautiful at any time of day but particularly spectacular at sunset. (Sail time of around 40 minutes. Departs every 30 minutes in high season from both Fethiye and Çalış.)
Hit The Beach!
Yes, we have beaches! In summer, take the Karagözler dolmuş to most of the bays in Fethiye. Aksazlar Bay (near Club Letoonia Fethiye), Samanlık Bays and Kuleli. Perhaps the most popular beach around the peninsula is Help Beach. You will need to reserve a bed here during the season.
If it’s not too hot, you pass all of these bays on the Fethiye Peninsula trek. Sundays will be very busy with Turkish families.
For a full list of dozens of bays in this area, take a look at our complete guide to Fethiye beaches with an annotated and interactive map.
Go Shopping At The Local Markets
Great if you’re self-catering rather than staying in one of the many hotels in Fethiye. Marvel at the array of fresh fruit and veg on the main huge Fethiye Market before strolling around the hundreds of fake designer clothes, shoes, sunglasses stalls.
(The big market is every Tuesday in Fethiye, every Sunday in Çalış – or if it’s just the foods you’re after, there’s a pleasant, low key farmers’ Friday market on the site of the Tuesday market. Hisarönü market is every Monday, and Çiftlik Market, every Thursday and if you’re up in Üzümlü, your market day is Friday.)
No holiday to Fethiye, Turkey is complete without a visit to Ölüdeniz; one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Belcekiz Beach has the crashing waves or you can swim in the lagoon.
The dolmuş from Fethiye will take you down to the private beaches of the lagoon for free if you ask the driver.
(The dolmuş leaves 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)
Kayaköy 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.
There are lots of places where you can eat and drink in Kayaköy with prices to suit all budgets.
(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 walk to Kayaköy from Fethiye if you feel like it!
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.
If you still need convincing after reading that, try our 15 fantastic reasons to support Fethiyespor.
Şehit Fethi Bey Parkı
There’s something for everyone at Fethiye’s Şehit Fethi Bey Parkı, the largest recreation area in the region.
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.
Just outside the park, you can also stand on the viewing terrace and feed the ducks and other feathered friends at Duck Island.
There’s also a skate park for the BMX, skateboard and roller blading fans. Here’s our photographic tour of Fethi Bey Park.
(Summer 2020, the children’s play park, gyms and hammocks are taped off due to Coronavirus. It’s still possible to enjoy a walk through the park, however.)
Amazing, breathtaking. Yes, lots of tourists go there in high season but places become famous for a reason. We never get bored of Saklıkent Gorge.
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 Kayıp Cennet Restaurant, if you manage to arrive before the jeep safari crowds.
(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. Drive a little further along the Saklıkent road and you can also visit Gizlikent Şelalesi – a waterfall).
The Fethiye Fountains
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 Fethiye fountains photo post. If you’re in Fethi Bey Parkı at night, you can also enjoy the fountains there, too.
(Unfortunately, due to Coronavirus restrictions, the fountains are not operating for summer 2020.)
Çalış Beach Sunset
Whatever your views on Çalış Beach, 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 many ruins in Turkey and the mountainous Tlos 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 Yaka Park.
(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).
And once you’ve explored the fabulous Tlos ruins in their beautiful setting, a visit to Fethiye Museum will show you some of the archaeological finds from the site, including the Roman statues 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. You’ll also find artefacts from the ancient Telmessos Theatre in the museum, too.
‘Umbrella Street’ has a Sunday name; Çarşı 95 Sokak. 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.
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 sitting at Cafe Cafe or wandering into the hidden garden of Kukina Caferia.
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 the restaurant at the top.
Click here for photos and write up about our drive to the top of Babadağ.
In the near future, a cable car service will take passengers to the top of Babadağ. The infrastructure is now in place and opening day is not far away…
Fethiye Water Parks
If water parks, slides and splashing are your thing, check out Sultan’s Aqua City in Çalış or Ölüdeniz Water World in Ovacık. 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 top tips for what to do in Fethiye in the rain.)
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