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Fethiye is located in the Aegean region of Turkey, on the ancient city of Telmessos. In 1958 an earthquake levelled the city, leaving only the tombs from Telmessos. It is a well known tourist destination in the summer, for its excellent natural harbour.

Many people visit Fethiye to board, or once they have finished a Gulet cruise. The summer weather is magnificent and the city is perfectly protected from storms, by an island; Sovalye Adasi. The larger outer bay has a further 11 small islands.

The Fethiye region has many interesting places to see, including both beautiful beaches and ancient ruins.
From the moment you turn the bend and get your first glimpse of the bay of Oludeniz you understand why it’s one of the most popular resorts in Turkey. A charming little bay packed with life and activities through the long summer months, it has become best known as the home to the famous Blue Lagoon - the signature coastal image for Turkey.

You can’t help but marvel at the beauty of Oludeniz. Twenty years ago it was nothing but a handful of campsites popular with backpackers and spread along an impressive beach that lapped invitingly into the clear turquoise waters of a lagoon. Intervening years have seen the bay change and progress. The campsites have all but disappeared making way for an impressive selection of hotels, all-inclusive resorts, luxury boutiques, restaurants and beach bars.

Thankfully the resort has retained its special quality and change has been kind to Oludeniz - there are no ugly high-rises or large noisy nightclubs of the likes you see in Antalya or Marmaris here. The bay has been stamped an area of outstanding natural beauty leaving it today simply a wonderful place to be – a stunning bay where you can choose to be as active or as lazy as you wish.
All last week, the weather in Fethiye was fantastic - perfect for trekking. So, on Thursday, we finally managed to meet up with one of our readers (one of those meetings that have been attempted a few times but never quite come off) and we caught the dolmuş to Kayaköy so we could do the short walk to the dramatic setting of Af Kule Monastery.

In the winter months, the dolmuş goes through Kayaköy, towards Gemiler but it terminates in the small hamlet of Kınalı. We got off here and strolled along the pleasant and rarely used country road towards Gemiler and the Af Kule Monastery turn off. At this time of year around Kayaköy, wild flowers peep through between rocks and rubble along the roadside and in the forest, so this meant I was soon quite a way behind my walking companions.

Our botanical knowledge is practically non-existent but I love to take photos of the flowers - one day, we might be able to identify them. About 1 km along the Gemiler road, you'll see a junction and signposts pointing towards Af Kule Monastery and Gemiler. You may be able to make out '2 km' scratched into the Af Kule sign. It's more like 3 km. Still a short stroll, but you will be truly amazed by your reward as the forest path gives no clues as to what is waiting for you at the end.
Saklikent (Hidden City) Gorge is the second-largest (20 km-long) gorge in Europe, the longest and deepest gorge in Turkey, about a 40 minutes' drive from Fethiye. It is a spectacular place, with sculpted walls soaring high above.

Four km. of the gorge is walkable after April when most of the snow from the Taurus Mountains has melted and passed through the gorge on its way to the Xanthos River. Summer is the best time to visit as the canyon is deliciously cool and shady with cold water.

Tour operators in the coastal resort towns offer tours to Saklikent Gorge, often in conjunction with a visit to Tlosand the very lovely and relaxingYakapark Restaurant (also Jeep safaris from Fethiye, I think). Some tour operators also offer canyoning trips to the gorge.


Kas, once named Antiphellos, is one of the pretty harbors of the province of Antalya. On the slope facing the sea there is a well-protected theater, behind that a necropolis, and on the hill there are rock tombs shaped like temples carved into the rocks. The Lycian style sarcophagus grave now in the middle of the main street at the centrum is a symbol of this antique Lycian city. Kas harbor provides a breath taking stop for the yachts and boats alike. There are daily boat trips to the antique Kekova-Kale-Uc Agiz region starting out from Kas harbor.

There are also cruises to the Greek island Meis across the harbor. There are excellent restaurants, terrace bars and tea gardens, pretty cobbled streets and alleyways abundant with exclusive shops, craft centres and beaches in the town or a short drive away. You can enjoy a traditional Turkish massage, hamman or even experience a visit to the barbers where a haircut, shave and neck massage are all part of the deal.

There is a famous market on a Friday where you can practise your haggling down to a fine art and enjoy all the fresh produce direct from the local mountain villages. The town itself has many historical remains to explore and the Kas Amphitheatre is a perfect place to watch the sun go down when the collection of cliff tombs come alive to light up at night! There are also many cultural and fascinating trips to enjoy including the sunken city of Kekova and for the active, scuba diving, sea kayaking and even paragliding. For those who need to keep in touch with work or home there are a number of well appointed Internet Cafes situated in the town centre providing life Internet access and communication.
A small peaceful Mediterranean resort and fishing town on the beautiful Turquoise Coast of Turkey, Kalkan has not been touched by mass tourism. More sophisticated than the usual resort town, Kalkan appeals to travelers looking for more than a “sun and sea” holiday. According to the Sunday Times, Kalkan attracts the kind of visitor who would also enjoy Tuscany or the Dordogne.

The Guardian likens the town to “the Italian Riviera minus the poseurs.” Because of its great charm, Kalkan has a growing number of perennial visitors who say the town is the only holiday destination they would choose to visit repeatedly.

There is simply no other town quite like Kalkan along Turkey’s coast.
Marmaris was once a sleepy Turkish fishing village with an excellent harbor, and in the off-season it still has that atmosphere. During the summer months, it becomes a major European beach resort and swells to a population of at least 200,000. It is an especially popular destination for European package tourism.

Located in the southwestern part of Anatolia, Marmaris is 559 miles south of Istanbul. Getting There Dalaman Airport (DLM) is the closest airport to Marmaris at roughly 75 miles away, and receives both domestic Turkish flights and international flights from across Europe. Frequent shuttle-bus departures handle the transfer between Dalaman and Marmaris.

Excepting travelers who are exploring Anatolia's Aegean coastline by car, this air-and-bus combination the only practical way to reach Marmaris for most travelers.