The pine-fringed beauty of the blue lagoon has also made it popular for film locations and sure enough during our stay this small pirate ship was to be seen in the lagoon - the only boat we ever saw in there as they are not normally allowed. Not sure what the film was called but one us old 'uns might remember being shot here was the Brooke Shields film called "Blue Lagoon".
Fethiye's Delightful Museum
Fethiye has a very nice museum which is usually (and unfortunately) overlooked. It has lots of Lycian pieces from the Bronze, Archaic, Hellenistic and Roman ages and from Byzantine times which were collected from excavations of the many surrounding sites. The second half of the musuem is a separate ethnographic section with pieces from the Mentese and Ottoman times. Outside the museum is an open-air gallery with many interesting pieces including large tomb lids decorated with huge lions (my favorites). You can see my website page listed below for lots of information and photos. The museum is located in downtown Fethiye, just off the main road between the place where the Tuesday market is held and the harbour. There is a sign on the main road. You can ask anybody where it is or take a taxi. The Turkish word for museum is "müze" (pronounced moo-ze). I highly recommend a trip here, it is well worth it.
The beach is Olu Deniz main attraction. There is a small fee to get onto the beach, which when we were there was soooooo crowded and busy. My guess would be that it is like this most of the time!
The beach isnt sandy its shingle and the water is a beautiful turquoise colour from a distance and beautifully clear when you are there.
Its great for swimming and watersports.
I hated the town of Olu Deniz as its just so tacky and touristy - the beach is an ideal getaway!
Kelebekler Vadisi(Valley of Butterflies)
This amazing place is 5 km away from Oludeniz where you reach by the boats . Its name is come from the butterflies named 'Jarsey Tiger' that are seen on July-September. There is only a camp place in this natural beauty,no hotels,no cars ,no city life..Only sea,mountains and flowers..
Diving in Fethiye
"More from this years holiday"
Lots of small and larger caves in the fethiye area, up and down the coasts.Usually you can find Unicorn/Narval shrimp(Plesionika narval) inhabiting the backs and roofs of them.
A fairly common site are small doris's or rather Leopard seaslugs(Discodoris atromaculata) usually found on their food the stony sponge(Petrosia ficiformis).
A rare sight is the beadlet anemone(Actinia equina), this one is in turkish baths.
Common just about everywhere are these mediterranean feather stars(Antedon mediterranean) usually found in shadowy spots under rocks and in crevices.This one at about 25m down in Af Kule.
Definately only a cave dweller is this Neptune lace coral(Sertella septentrionalis), this could be in Af Kule but many more sites have it.
Not cave denizens are these Greater amberjacks(Seriola dumerili) here seen just rounding us off Kiril adasi just outside Fethiye harbour.
Seen here is the mediterranean boxer shrimp(Stenopus spinosus) sometimes called a cleaner shrimp but not much evidence of this.A great sight on any night dive under a rock standing out with it's golden colour.
Not that regular a sight here but thousands of them around the Princes islands off Istanbul are this spiny sea star(Marthasterias glacialis).