Fethiye is one of Turkey’s well-known tourist centers and is specifically well know during the summer.
In the last decade, Fethiye has become a magnet for British citizens. Apart from its climate and natural beauty, the British people are attracted by its less expensive lifestyle and the hospitality of the local people. The British population in Turkey is around 40,000 and as a result of the large British population and the high numbers of Britons going there for holiday, Fethiye-Öludeniz was selected as the best tourism centre in the world by The Times and The Guardian newspapers in 2007. Over 7,000 British citizens permanently live in Fethiye, while approximately 600,000 British tourists visit the town every year.
Fethiye Museum displays a lot of ancient and artifacts items that testifies to the successive chain of civilizations that existed in the area, starting with the ancient Lycians. Fethiye is also home to the Tomb of Amyntas, a large and beautiful tomb built in 350 BC by the Lycians. What makes this tomb very unique is its massive size and beautiful carvings.
Modern Fethiye is located on the site of the ancient city of Telmessos, the ruins of which can be seen in the city, e.g. the Hellenstic theatre by the main quay. Telmessos was the most important city of Lycia, with a recorded history starting in the 5th century BC.
A fantastic way to get around Fethiye and the surrounding region is renting a motor-powered scooter. It costs about 35 TL, plus gas, for a full day. They are widely available on the streets. The beaches and the countryside are easily accessible. Regular bikes are also available, and the town is very walkable.