Oludeniz is 12 kms from Fethiye, on the south west coast of Turkey and is a popular tourist destination for its beautiful lagoon with the Babadag (means Father mountain) mountain as a backdrop. We stayed here for a couple of weeks for an idylic holiday - you can be as lazy or as active as you like. The view of the lagoon we saw as we desceded from the abandoned greek village of Kayakoy is an abiding memory - such a beautiful landscape. Short of paragliding, which I wasn't brave enough(or mad enough) to try this was the most scenic view of the famous lagoon that I had.
Climate in Fethiye
Rainy season: from October to May, mostly dry in the summer
Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 13 – 24°C ( 55 - 75°F ); min: 4 - 12°C ( 39 - 53°F )
Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 29 – 33°C ( 85 - 82°F ); min: 17 - 20°C ( 62 - 68°F )
Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 15 – 28°C ( 59 - 82°F); min: 6 - 16°C ( 43 – 60°F )
Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 9 – 10°C ( 48 - 50°F); min: 1 - 3°C ( 34 - 38°F )
Watertemperature: in winter around 15°C ( 59°F ), in summer around 24°C ( 75°F) in average.
Kayakoy is a magical place- a "ghost town" just outside Fethiye. Ekizoglu's Place is a magical restaurant- a family-run gem steps away from the entrance to Kayakoy and the dolmus stop. I stopped here for breakfast before visiting Kayakoy. I was the only guest but I was never treated like an inconvenience. Instead, I was encouraged to try menemen- a Turkish breakfast speciality. I received a deep plate of sauteed peppers and tomatoes. Underneath was a tiny bit of rice, and over top was a fried egg. This was served with some of the freshest bread I'd ever eaten- the entire time I was in the restaurant, from being seated to walking out the door, a woman sat beside the fireplace and kneaded dough. Ekizoglu's Place serves fresh, local, home-style cooking at its best. If you're going to visit Kayakoy, make sure to schedule a meal (or two!) here.
There is a very small Island near Fethiye .Few people lives there and there are few hotels to stay.It's protected by the government because there are ruins everywhere in the island.
You can reach this island easily from Calis by small boats.It's very close to both Calis and Fethiye.You can also can stay in the Island.There are some little hotels.
Only spent a couple of hours in Fethiye.....just enough to have a wander round, looking at what there was to look at. Seems like a fairly busy place, lots of boats of all types in the harbour area, plenty of stalls and little shops in the bazaar. It's not entirely focused on tourism (which is good). An earthquake in 1957 (and a previous one in 1857)reduced much of the town to rubble,
so it's not particularly historically interesting. There's a Crusader fortress on one of the hills overlooking the town, and Lycian rock tombs, but it was far too hot to even consider visiting them.
I liked this statue of Fethi Bey, a pilot hero who is commemorated in the town's name (it was called Makri until the 1930's).
The Roman amphitheatre has been fairly recently excavated and cleaned up. There are some really detailed carvings (one of which almost replicates a carving I saw in the Forum in Rome) but I was saddened to see graffiti sprayed on some of the stones. There seems to be a world-wide desire to make one's mark. Just wish it wasn't played out on archaeology. Hmmmmmmm.
In ancient times, Fethiye was the town of Telmessos (captured by Alexander in 334 BC). The later town was built around the massive stone sarcophagi of these ancient Lycians. Dating from around 450 BC, they can still be seen in streets and gardens. The boat-shaped top represented the boat needed for the journey to the afterlife (so a tour guide told me, anyway.....and it makes archaeological sense).
Fethiye would probably make a good touring base. The dolmus system is cheap, frequent and extensive and there are plenty of boat trips available from the harbour. But there isn't really enough there to hold one's interest for more than a few hours. It is, after all, a small market town.....and there's nothing wrong with that at all.