16-02-2022 – If you are about to book a holiday in Fethiye, you might be wondering what you will do whilst there. We’d like to tell you all about this beautiful area and all of the exciting things available to keep you entertained there. Here is some key information about the best things to do in Fethiye.
This would be an ideal guide for those who wish to find the best beaches, historical places and entertainment in Fethiye Region. Fethiye holiday lets guide will also tell you about the holiday homes in Ovacik, Hisaronu Holiday villas and apartments, and Calis Beach Villas with private swimming pools. In addition, you will also find information about places to visit as well as things to do in Oludeniz, Fethiye Regions.
Our company is also operating in the Kas and Kalkan regions. We will try to recommend some unique beaches in and around Kalkan as well as some of the best restaurants and bars in Kalkan.
The Best things to do in Fethiye
Fethiye is a very blessed Mediterranean town located in the South West of Turkey. This former fishing town is now one of the main holiday centres of Turkey. However, it is not just a holiday resort as this place is vibrant and busy living town all year round, hosting so many international residents as well as Turkish nationals. So, what are the best things to do in Fethiye?
Calis Beach is a 7km length beach located in Calis. This district used to be a small holiday escape place for the locals of Fethiye and Seydikemer until the late 1990s. It is now completely merged with Fethiye. Calis Beach is a meeting point for many local residents especially the Brits and Turks. There are numbers of cafes, restaurants and bars offering various world cuisines. It is possible to find Indian, Chinese, Italian and Turkish restaurants as well as Mexican and Thai Kitchens here.
The beach is a pebble beach with some westerly winds in Calis. This attracts many surfers however, the waves are not so high to attract professional surfers, perfect for those who want to practice or simply have a new experience. Calis Beach is a pedestrian friendly beach which is a very safe place for many families with young children.
Oludeniz Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Europe, in fact, it is the second most photographed beach in Europe. Oludeniz beach has two parts for the tourists. This resort is almost the face of Turkey on the media and international adverts.
Oludeniz National Park beach
Oludeniz national park (The Blue Lagoon) is a place where there is a small fee to enter. The fees help to support the conservation work that goes on here as this is a protected national park area. This part of the beach is very calm and generally sandy. Many families choose this part because of the sandy beach, shallow calm water and there are no water sports or boats are allowed here. There are a few small shops, cafes & bars here. It is governed by the Mugla Governor’s office and prices are very affordable compared with other beaches.
Oludeniz Beach (Belcekiz Beach) is the free public beach for anyone who wish to grab their towels and use it for free. Although it is possible, there are so many private cafes situated by the sea and they are also providing sunbeds and umbrellas with a very small fee. Their main motivation is selling some food and beverages to these holiday makers and they all provide a very valuable and welcome service.
This part of the beach is open for the boats and water sports activities. Do not worry about the safety as they have their own areas where they can pick up and drop their clients. You may be in danger if you are swimming out of the designated safety zone but stay in the well marked and spacious areas and you will have a worry free time.
Paragliding is a very big business in Fethiye. Paragliders are traveling to this town only for jumping from the world’s second highest paragliding centre. It is called Babadag (Father Mountain). Holidaymakers can also paraglide with a pilot and the costs of this service is around 120-150 Euros per journey. You can see the whole landscape underneath as well as Rhodes Island from this point. We highly recommend you to visit this place even if you are not so keen on these kinds of activities. If it is not for you then you can just use the electric cable cars and enjoy the scenery and the restaurant on the top of the mountain.
One of these best things to do in Fethiye are also the scuba diving. This area is known as the blue lagoon, as you can guess from its name pure clean blue waters are allowing those to have fantastic experiences around the bay. If you walk around the shops in Fethiye or Oludeniz you can find the companies who are offering their services for this.
Faralya / Kabak
We have a separate blog about these two breath-taking locations near Oludeniz. High and glorious green mountains are meeting the blue lagoon here. These villages are famous for the various kinds of boutique hotels, luxury secluded mansions, villas and traditional village cafes and restaurants. Kabak Beach is one of the main places to visit here however, you must also visit the Butterfly Valley in Faralya as well.
Visiting Hisaronu Resort
Hisaronu is a very popular mountain resort which used to be a small village until the early 2,000s. It is now a place where you can find the good quality “genuine fake designer” shops. it seems wrong to write this down however, it is a fact and many tourists buy so many clothes and take their own chances with their purchases. We cannot say that these are as good as the originals however, you do not even pay 20% of the original value for these goods.
Hisaronu also offer various very good quality restaurants and cafes, you can find vary good Indian, Chinese, Italian and Turkish Restaurants here.
If you wish to have a night out during your holiday, Hisaronu has a few night clubs, British, Irish and Turkish pubs for you. In addition to these entertainments we would also recommend that you visit Talk of the Town or Glamour Hisaronu for a good show and laugh. Family cabaret show in these both places and starring very talented drag artists. Glamour is a bit more child and family friendly; Talk of the Town a bit more riske with more obvious adult humour. Hilarious entertainment and decent food is promised here and it is worth visiting one of these places during your holiday.
Fethiye is one of the main attractions in the region. Numerous luxury fish and meat restaurants, shops and shopping malls are situated in this town. Fethiye Castle, museum and countless sightseeing places are worth visiting. You can drive or take a tour to the historical places e.g. Tlos, Saklikent (Gorge), Xhantos, etc, on a day trip. If you wish to listen to some live music or dancing you can always try the old town which is also known as Paspatur, near Fethiye Harbour.
A variety of Fethiye Boat Tour companies are offering various daily boat trips during the day and evening. If you have a few days and fancy traveling to one of the Greek Islands, then Rhodes (Rodos) Island is around 90 minutes away from the harbour. More information about Fethiye is available in one of our separate blogs here.
We may not be able to answer all of your questions about Fethiye in this blog. Why don’t you check our Fethiye Guide links below and find more about this beautiful Riviera in the South West of Turkey.
Kayakoy (the Ghost Village)
If you are visiting Fethiye for holiday, you should spare a day or at least a half day to visit Kayakoy. This old Greek Village should be on one of The Best Things To Do in Fethiye lists. This village is only 4 km (3miles) distance from Hisaronu and 7km (4.35 miles) from Fethiye. There is an hourly minibus from Fethiye and Oludeniz for this village. It is a mountain village surrounded by the shallow mountains and pine tree forests.
The village was evacuated during the 1st world war under the population exchange between Greece and Turkey. Many had to leave their homes suddenly and the remaining villagers were very upset about it. Their replacement population from the Greek Turks were also not happy with this as they too had been forced from their homes in Greece and relocated here, so they refused to occupy in these village houses. As a result of this, these unique stone houses were left empty for decades until the Turkish Government declared it a heritage site in the early 1980’s. You may visit the museum and old Greek houses and climb up the hill to find the Monastery which overlooks endless Mediterranean waters. Don’t forget to visit one of these small local cafes or restaurants to have traditional Turkish food or a barbecue under the trees. Perhaps you may even buy a few local and organic goods such us honey, herbs or vegetables.
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