This is the famous Babadag mountain, cca. 2000m above sea level, from whose top the paragliders launch themselves into the abyss and fly down to the beautiful Ölüdeniz. But, it's not only perfect for flying, it's great foor hiking, there are fantastic trails, also mountain climbing and jeep safari :)
Gemiler Island Ruins
There are churches, chapels and civil building ruins of Bizantium period, constructed between 5 - 11th centuries AD on Gemiler Island. Important for Christian history too as this is one of the centres from where Christianity initially spread - St Paul had visited nearby Patara on his missionary journeys.
Its a bit of a climb up the island to the ruins - especially in the heat of the day - but worthwhile for the views across to Gemiler Bay. A small charge is payable to go on the island too.
Almost at the marina, there is an ancient Lycian amphitheatre. There is almost nobody around and it's situated next to the houses, as if it was nothing. It's rather small, but still, a pretty monument. However, nobody seems to care for it. :(
You can see it on the left.
Fethiye - Land of Lights, South West Mediterranean
"The most recent trip 2008"
Visited Oct 2008 - Local belediye (town council) are nearly finished their laying of a Fethiye to Calis promenade, apart from the grand joining up at Calis side; a mini marina will appear shortly beside Akarca district. Along this stretch little cay huts seem to have sprung up everywhere, including a great concept - outdoor parks with gymn equipment! All previous 'Gima' chain supermarkets swallowed up by European chain Carrefour - still as good as ever for basics and bulk foods. I must say the new bus station 'Otogar' looks very swish and the agencies office have had a great makeover, with much more formalised customer service apparent. (They were great before, now they are even better!) And a new clifftop restaurant with great panoramic views over the bay has been built by Fethiye Knights of St John crusaders' castle - bearing the apt title of 'Kale' restaurant. The funniest concept for me must be with the plethora of Brits - the presence of monthly car boot sales over at Calis, they are getting very popular! Longing to get back there now....
Visited Oct 2007 - Some modernisation but still unspoilt. The new bus station works are underway - Very cuboid! Dont forget to spend a day at Aksazlar Bay, around from ship repair yard in 2nd Karagozler. You can see Fethiye harbour opposite while you relax in their garden, neath the pine trees. I ate breakfast on the shore and felt like a princess, or you can laze on beanbag chairs, smoke nargile, play backgammon, go fishing, kids can try the playground, or have a refreshing swim in the brine! A pleasant day out and dolmuses deliver and collect you to the beach.
"Back in 2004 days as A Rep"
Lovely unspoilt beaches, with a plethora of activities. They call Fethiye the Land of Lights - it certainly has a very special light, perhaps the Mediterranean sun which reflects from the ocean back up to the hinter mountains and its encircling air currents with strange microclimates, the area attracts drawing artists, sculptors and writers for inspiration, and tourists enjoy a very special relaxing holiday in its mountains or valleys.
Marina - a place of tranquility to reflect on life. Wonderful walking from one bay of Fethiye, past harbour to the far side marina. [Who would have guessed that in 2008 you'd be able to walk all the way to Calis seafront?] Ponder a while and sip coffee with a friend, admiring the views out to Sovalye island, with the backdrop of mountains far across the bay, soaked in sunlight. What a wonderful sight.