Aerial view of Oludeniz beach and blue lagoon, Turkey

Things to do in  Fethiye

Gateway to the Turquoise Coast

If you're looking for a picturesque getaway with something for everyone, Fethiye in Turkey is the ultimate coastal destination. As the gateway to the Turquoise Coast, this charming seaside town—with its crystal-clear waters, mountain views, and ancient ruins—offers plenty of things to do. Take a boat tour of the Blue Lagoon in Ölüdeniz or witness the sunset from the hilltop ghost town of Kayaköy. For thrill-seekers, embark on an adventurous hike through Saklikent Gorge or go paragliding over the stunning blue-green landscapes.

Top 15 attractions in Fethiye

Butterfly Valley (Kelebekler Vadisi)

Butterfly Valley (Kelebekler Vadisi) makes a dramatic first impression with its narrow gorge, steep cliffs, and white sand. Reachable only by boat, the secluded cove gets its name from the many species of butterflies and moths that breed in the valley.More

Saklikent National Park (Saklikent Milli Parki)

Though Saklikent translates from Turkish as Hidden City, urban life is the last thing that comes to mind in Saklikent National Park (Saklikent Milli Parki). Encompassing a dramatic gorge that cuts through the mountains, the national park is a playground of river rapids, streams, waterfalls, and cliffs.More

Dalyan Mud Bath

Warm springs bubble around and under Lake Koycegiz, making mud baths a signature of the waterfront town of Dalyan. Minerals give the mud a sulfur smell, but can, locals say, work miracles on aging skin. Just lounge in the shallow pools, coat yourself in glop, then rinse off in the river, lake, showers, or spring-fed pool.More

Gemiler Island (Gemiler Adasi)

The charming island of Gemiler, off the Turkish coast, offers a serene setting to escape bustling city life. The island's rich history is evident from the ancient ruins of Byzantine churches, courts, and cisterns. In addition to the historical sites, visitors can also enjoy beaches with crystal-clear waters.More

Ölüdeniz Beach and Blue Lagoon

Turkey’s (officially the Republic of Türkiye) Ölüdeniz (aka Dead Sea, for its calm waters and idyllic setting is the postcard star of the Turquoise Coast. Silky sands stretch along the spit, dividing the seafront beach from the rippling waters of the Blue Lagoon, while the craggy peak of Babadağ Mountain looms on the horizon, swirling with paragliders at sunset.More

Fethiye Lycian Rock Tombs (Tomb of Amyntas)

Carved into the cliff sides above the town and looking out over the ocean, the Fethiye Lycian Rock Tombs offer a fascinating glimpse into the city’s ancient past, dating back to 350 BC. The cluster of tombs is crowned with the grand Tomb of Amyntas, thought to be a Lycian ruler or nobleman.More


Just minutes from the bustling bazaars and yacht-lined marinas of Fethiye, the crumbling churches and long-deserted buildings of Kayakoy—known to locals as the “ghost town”—stand in eerie contrast. Abandoned in 1923 after the Greco-Turkish War and later ravaged by an earthquake; the town offers a fascinating insight into Turkey’s (officially the Republic of Türkiye) complex past.More


Tlos in Fethiye, Turkey, was once an important city in the Lycian League, a confederation of city-states founded in the fifth century BC. The city's ruins, which date back to the second century BC, feature wide terraces equipped with cisterns, as well as a magnificent agora and an enchanting theater that once hosted concerts.More

Gulf of Fethiye (Fethiye Körfezi)

Framed by forested hills, lively seaside resorts, and miles of glittering blue waters—the Gulf of Fethiye (Fethiye Körfezi is among the most scenic stretches of Turkey’s (officially the Republic of Türkiye) Turquoise Coast. A popular destination for boat cruises; it’s home to a dozen islands, dotted with Byzantine ruins and beautiful beaches.More

Patara Beach (Patara Plaji)

Patara Beach is a coastal treasure on the Turkish Riviera. Boasting a long coastline, this stretch of pristine sand near the ancient Lycian city of Patara offers a warm welcome to Mediterranean beach lovers. Seasonal wildlife such as native birds and nesting sea turtles are protected and can be observed at specific times of the year.More

Fethiye Old Town (Paspatur)

While the modern city and beach lie to the north, the yacht-lined seafront and maze-like bazaars of Fethiye Old Town (Paspatur are where most travelers spend their time. Cruise ships dock right in the heart of the Old Town, making it easy to stroll around the shops, markets, and marina.More
Calis Beach (Calis Plaji)

Calis Beach (Calis Plaji)

Just north of Fethiye Old Town, Calis Beach is Fethiye’s principal beach, stretching for almost three miles (four kilometers along the Bay of Fethiye. Famed for its dreamy sunsets, wind-swept shores, and movie connections—the bay of Calis Koca was a filming site for Bond movie Skyfall—it’s a favorite among both locals and travelers.More
Fethiye Roman Theater (Telmessos Theatre)

Fethiye Roman Theater (Telmessos Theatre)

Hidden away in a hillside enclave just behind Fethiye Harbor, the Fethiye Roman Theater (Telmessos Theatre is one of the last remaining traces of the ancient Lycian city of Telmessos. Dating back to the 2nd century BC and once seating up to 6,000; the theater is currently undergoing extensive restoration work.More
Fethiye Museum (Fethiye Muzesi)

Fethiye Museum (Fethiye Muzesi)

Don’t be put off by its small size—Fethiye Museum (Fethiye Muzesi) is crammed with ancient treasures. Findings from Telmessos (the ancient Lycian city upon which Fethiye was founded) and several nearby sites, including Tlos and Kaunos, form the basis of the collection, which includes statues, mosaics, and other artifacts.More
Fethiye Lycian Stone Sarcophagi

Fethiye Lycian Stone Sarcophagi

The ancient ruins at Fethiye reveal a history dating back to 350 BC, when the area was the Greek city of Telmessos and an important stop along the Lycian way. Today the Lycian Stone Sarcophagi are scattered around the modern town, and the ancient tombs are easily missed if you don’t know where to look.More

All about Fethiye

When to visit

For a more relaxing trip, the best time to visit is between April and early June, or from late September through November. This is when crowds thin and the weather is mild. To indulge in all that Fethiye has to offer, the peak summer season is the perfect time. This is when the beaches, streets, and cafes come to life with people from across Europe, all looking to bask in the Turquoise Coast beauty.

Getting around

Walking around the town center is the ideal way to take in Fethiye’s central sights. You can take a traditional dolmuş (public bus) to nearby beaches and villages outside of town for a cheap price. Or, for ultimate freedom, rent a car and travel at your own pace. Day tours to Ölüdeniz or Kayaköy typically include round-trip transfers and let you soak up the scenery while someone else drives.

Traveler tips

The best way to indulge in the local cuisine is to head to Fethiye Fish Market, where you can choose your own fresh seafood and watch as it's expertly prepared in front of you. It's also where you can buy mezes, drinks, and spices, making it the ultimate shopping and cultural experience. For something more romantic, head to one of the beachfront restaurants where you can watch the sunset over a drink and seafood dinner.


People Also Ask

Is Fethiye worth visiting?

With its natural beauty and Mediterranean culture, Fethiye is worth visiting. You can immerse yourself in Turkish culture while experiencing the stunning landscapes of the Mediterranean. Spend your days exploring the impressive beauty in and around town before heading to one of the town's restaurants to try the mouthwatering dishes.

What is Fethiye famous for?

Fethiye is one of the most popular coastal resort cities in Turkey. It’s famous for beaches such as Ölüdeniz, historic ruins and rock tombs dating back centuries, and water activities such as boating and diving—all of which make it a well-known destination on the Mediterranean Sea.

Can you swim in the sea in Fethiye?

Yes, with its sparkling blue hues, the water surrounding Fethiye is a must for those who love swimming in the ocean. With the refreshing coolness of the Mediterranean, it's a popular spot for summer holidays or water-based activities such as diving and boating around the beaches along the coast.

Is Fethiye better than Antalya?

Both cities are popular resort cities. If you crave the energy of a busy city with more built-up infrastructure, Antalya might be your ideal destination. Otherwise, if you're in search of a peaceful, seaside getaway with stunning scenery, Fethiye might be more your style.

Does Fethiye have an old town?

Yes, the maze of streets in Paspatur, the heart of Fethiye's Old Town, will transport you back to a bygone era. The colorful ottoman architecture, cobbled walkways, traditional Turkish restaurants, and boutiques selling handmade crafts are sure to ignite your imagination.

What is there to do on a rainy day in Fethiye?

If you encounter a rainy day in Fethiye, duck indoors and visit the Fethiye Museum to learn more about local history. Then, take a stroll in the Old Town in between showers to admire the traditional Turkish architecture. Then, stop for çay (Turkish tea) at one of many cafes or restaurants.

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