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Fethiye is one of Turkey's most popular resorts and it is set along a bay surrounded by mountains on the Mediterranean coast in the Dalaman area of southern Turkey. There are several beaches surrounding the town and Fethiye Harbour is a very pleasant place to sip a cool glass of wine whilst watching the various vessels arriving and departing.
The closest airport to Fethiye is Dalaman International Airport and transfer to the resort takes approximately an hour and a half. Several airlines fly to this part of Turkey including Turkish Airlines, Thomas Cook and Thompson and flight time from the UK is between four and five hours depending on your departure airport. A UK passport valid for at least three months is required to enter Turkey.
Budget air fares can be found to Dalaman International Airport for the independent holidaymaker if you search online and transfer to your final destination is not a problem as the airport abounds with taxis and coaches for hire. Those holidaymakers taking a package holiday will of course be transferred by coach to their chosen accommodation. Fethiye boasts many super hotels as well as pensions and there are also a variety of apartments and villas available.
The harbour in Fethiye is a hive of activity with many boat trips on offer as well as a large number of bars and restaurants offering a superb range of culinary delights including traditional Turkish food as well as English and Chinese amongst others. There are also yachts moored alongside the fishing vessels and many a happy hour can be spent just people watching around the side of the harbour.
The nightlife in Fethiye is entertaining with several bars offering karaoke and live music as well as clubs and discos. The nearby town of Hisaronu is also extremely lively once the sun goes down and just a dolmus ride from Fethiye. A dolmus is the local Turkish mini bus and is an experience not to be missed
The drivers will stop along the road to collect more passengers if there is room for them and they really know how to fill their buses! Amazingly, they never miss collecting a fare even when the bus is really full. The dolmus is a handy form of transport to get around the local area. Taxi drivers are willing to drive you to attractions some distance away and you should negotiate and agree a price before you set off.
There are several places of interest to visit quite near to Fethiye, one of which is the ghost town of Kayakoy. This was once a thriving Greek community but following the war the Greek population left and the village still stands mainly empty. The Lycian Tombs at Dalyan are an incredible sight as they are carved into the side of the mountain and it is possible to enter some of them. Horseriding is also popular in this area. The gorge at Saklikent is breathtaking and in the non rainy season it is possible to traverse a boardwalk along the gorge itself.
Patara Beach is a magnificent stretch of sandy beach some 18 kilometres long which is the nesting ground of the Loggerhead Turtle and the ancient village of Patara surrounded by olive trees and fruit orchards is a delight and really illustrates the traditional Turkish way of life. Honey is produced in Turkey and here in Patara you will find many beehives scattered around the village.
A dolmus ride will take you to the picturesque Blue Lagoon in Olu Deniz where the crystal cool water is very inviting as well as very safe for swimming. Paragliding is also available in Olu Deniz and is an extremely exciting activity to take part in. Experienced and licensed pilots fly in tandem with you and the views are stunning as you gracefully make your descent.
Fethiye is teeming with shops as well as a huge weekly market and shopping is certainly an experience in Turkey where the local custom is to haggle with the shopkeeper or market stall holder. Haggling can be very entertaining for both the buyer and seller as many of the Turkish market stall holders have a great sense of humour and once a fair price is reached, all parties are quite happy.
There are numerous souvenir shops, boutiques offering designer clothing and jewellery outlets stocked with the most unusually designed but extremely attractive gold jewellery which is very good value. Many shopkeepers will offer you a refreshing cup of Apple Tea or Turkish Coffee whilst you sit comfortably browsing their wares shoppers' paradise and certainly a most civilised manner in which to spend your cash! The aroma of the spices at the market is wonderful and you will find them all reasonably priced too.
Fethiye is a charming resort which has everything to offer its visitors to ensure they have an enjoyable holiday and many return on a regular basis to take further holidays in this amazing country.