On a broad bay dotted with pretty islands, Fethiye has one of the most beautiful natural harbours on the Turkish Mediterranean coast. It's also within a short drive of two of Turkey's most beautiful beaches, Çalış Beach and Ölüdeniz, and the best places to stay in Fethiye offer easy access to all these.
Considering its natural assets, Fethiye is relatively small - due to its precarious position as far as earthquakes are concerned. But these dramatic, destructive moments in the town's history only make it a fascinating as well as beautiful place to visit.
The last big earthquake happened in 1958, levelling the town, apart from the ruins of the ancient city of Telmessos, which have survived numerous earthquakes now. So the neat, low rise buildings are all new.
But Fethiye is probably the only town in the world where you'll find sarcophagus in the streets, beautifully lit up at night. These Lycian relics, like the wonderful tombs cut into the cliffs above the town, give Fethiye a totally unique look and feel.
Swim, lounge, parasail, paraglide, sea kayak, sail, jet ski, Fethiye is a wonderful place to be out on the water. And one of the best places in the world to try paragliding, because you get a spectacular view of Ölüdeniz's perfect lagoon on descent.
This is also a great spot for island hopping, and an armada of small vessels leaves port every morning to explore the charming islands dotted around the bay.
The Lycian Way extends over 500kms along the coastal area of the ancient land of Lycia, between Fethiye and Antalya, and is recognised as one of the world's best long-distance walks - for more information visit Walkopedia. The route is along old village paths and tracks used to link rural settlements in the days before motorised transport - and the views are just a daily joy! Spectacular and remote, you pass through beautiful countryside scattered with the reminders of past civilisations. And even if you're not planning to do the whole thing there are plenty of small sections you can do around Fethiye.
Saklikent Gorge is another great hiking spot close to Fethiye, as is Kayakoy, the ghost village, which is the ruins of a Greek village abandoned in 1923 when Greece and Turkey had mandatory population swaps. Fethiye is also a good place to stay if you want to explore some of the great ruins of the Lycian Coast.
As well as the beautiful beaches and wonderful scenery, Fethiye has plenty of free attractions. Including a great Tuesday farmers' market, an impressive Roman Amphitheatre, a fort, the rock tombs - including the huge Tomb of Amyntas - and a museum housing fascinating items from the tombs and the ruined towns.
Fethiye (Yaniklar Koyu)
It's all in the location at this small hotel set in stunning gardens with a private beach. Traditionally styled rooms feature open fireplaces and terraces. Mediterranean and Aegean cuisine is served by a stream. An abundance of activities within easy access. Ideal for family holidays.
Built in line with traditional Turkish custom, this boutique hotel exudes local originality. From its Lycian ruins entrance to stone and wood walls, it's a celebration of Fethiya's culture. Explore the stunning coastline or dive into enthralling market streets. Ideal for a taste of Turkish culture.
Luxury hotel overlooking the Gulf of Fethiye. Rooms light, spacious and contemporary with elegant furnishings and french doors that open out to private sit-out balconies. With Turkish baths, glorious outdoor swimming pools, spa, private marina, outdoor restaurant and bar. A place to unwind.
Fethiye (Olu Deniz)
Just 750 yards from Oludeniz Beach, with a large swimming pool and many activities this hotel is a family friendly affair. A buffet continental breakfast is served plus the restaurant offers international cuisine. Light, freshly coloured rooms include patterned wallpaper and throws and balconies.
Fethiye (Olu Deniz)
A romantic beach side property set in pretty gardens overlooking the beach. Light airy rooms with mosquito net draped beds and large modern bathrooms. A terraced restaurant specialises in Mediterranean seafood. Lounge by the pool sipping on cocktails. Ideal for a couples escape.
A picturesque paradise on the Aegean Sea. Avalon's eleven beautifully simple bungalows are designed to compliment their gorgeous surroundings. Explore a coastline packed with antiquated heritage or simply luxuriate by the pool. A wondrous delight, perfect for an intimate romantic getaway.
Nestled on Fethiye’s Mediterranean coast this resort boats three private beaches (one adults only) no less than five bars, three restaurants and a nightclub. There are kids clubs, arts and crafts, tennis court and many water and outdoor activities. Modern rooms have private balconies views that wow.
Fabulous country house on a cliff top overlooking Turkey's best virgin beaches. Beautiful creamy rooms and suites, stunning gardens and pool, fantastic Turkish food, and lots of sports and beach activities. Romantic, gourmet, active and relaxing. Perfect for honeymoons. Prices quoted for half board.