Xanthos was the name of a city in ancient Lycia and was the centre of culture and commerce for the Lycians and in turn for the Persians, Macedonians, Greeks and Romans.
It is probably best known for the mass suicide of its citizens after the army was defeated by the Persians. The Lycian army destroyed their acropolis, then killed their wives, children and slaves before engaging in an impossible battle with the mightier Persains troops.
The tragedy was later repeated against the Romans in 42 BC.
The sarcophagi on pillars are unique to this area. The Xanthian Obelisk, covered by the longest writing in the Lycian script, has been of importance in the interpretation of the Lycian language.
The site has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988.
If you have ever been abroad and gone to a market and wanted to haggle then Fethiye market is the place to do it,with hundreds of stalls selling anything from clothes,handbags,shoes,towels,antiques and food.With a lot of the stalls selling pretty much the same thing at different prices you wont find it hard to haggle yourself a bargain or two.All haggling with the locals is taken as a bit of fun so dont be offended if they wont budge or are asking too much.As well as shopping here there are plenty of food stalls and cafes to eat and drink,all covered with sheets to keep you cool from the midday sun.A truly great expierience.
The market is on Sundays,wednesdays and fridays and starts early morning till dusk.
Stepping into Kayakoy feels like stepping one thousand years back in time. Amazingly, this "ghost town" was abandoned only in 1923! It was inhabited by Greek-speaking Christians until a population-exchange agreement was signed and most of the population was displaced. Hundreds of buildings remain, including two churches, many houses and a windmill tower. I explored the site in the height of tourist season and rarely encountered anyone else... it was so empty it was almost spooky. You could easily spend hours walking the narrow paths, peeking through windows, and watching sunlight stream in through cracks in crumbling walls. Truly, it's an amazing site.
There are regular dolmus busses from Fethiye to Kayakoy, passing through Hisaronu. There is very little shade on the site, so you'd be best to visit early or late in the day, wear a hat, and bring water. Tickets cost eight lira.
I didn't want to spend more than a few hours on a boat, so I didn't take one of Turkey's famous "Blue Cruises". Instead, the staff at Ferah Pension booked me onto a one-day multi-island boat trip. The trip cost thirty lira, and included pickup from the hotel. In retrospect, it would have been much better to just take a dolmus into town and head to the harbour independently- I could have arrived first and got one of the better sunbathing spots on the boat. The trip sailed to several different islands: first we swam at a small bay, then we visited a place called The Aquarium (with lots of fish), we also stopped at an island totally over-run with rabbits, and there were more that I can't recall. Lunch was served on board but vegetarian choices were sorely lacking- I was able to have the spaghetti and salad that all guests were served, but nothing was available to replace the meat. Service of lunch was somewhat hectic and disorganized. I also spent another thirty lira on board, buying drinks and snacks. The tour booked through Ferah Pension was on a nice boat that had a diving board and waterslide (I think I got whiplash from the slide, as it had a super-steep drop through the boat's lower deck- be careful).
For most visitors to Fethiye, visiting Oludeniz is a must. This is a busy white-sand beach that is surrounded on three sides by clear turquoise waters.
From my hotel I took a dolmus into the town center, and transferred to a dolmus that headed directly to Oludeniz. You have to pay four lira to enter the site (including in-out privileges for the day, so keep your ticket), and then I rented a beach chair for another twelve lira.
I would recommend bringing a hat, sunglasses and a cover-up, as there isn't much shade on Oludeniz. Waterproof sunscreen should be a given. Bring something to keep you entertained, and I'd also recommend a snorkel and mask (or flotation devices if that's your thing). There are some wooden platforms in the water- you can swim to them, climb up and relax with the water surrounding you. For food and drink it's best to head back onto the main strip of Oludeniz, but bottled beverages and ice cream treats can be found at numerous stands on the sand.
The Ruins lie in the Centre of Fethiye just a few hundred yards from the harbour.This Cultural treasure which was largely intact in the 1800's but of which no tracable remains could be detected on the surface until recently unearthed by an excavation headed by the directorate of the Fethiye museum financed by local resources during the years 1992-95.
the Theater,originally with 28 seating rows for approximately 6000 spectators,was built during the late hellenistic period.The stage-building was added during the Roman period in the 2nd century A.D.In the 3rd or 4th century A.D.a protective wall was erected on the first row and the site served as an arena in subsequent.
The theater was abandoned in the 7th century A.D.as a result of the Arabic invasion sharing the historical fate of the city.
There are huge amount of day trips that can be done from Fethiye.
These include day trips to Greek islands (Rhodos and Meis), visits to deserted villages, gorges etc.
Places include, Kayakoy, Saklikent & Oludeniz
There is so much to see here, the boats, yachts, gulet's (Turkish boats) quay side restaurants, and much much more.
The waterfront area is always busy with fishermen, tourist operators, tourists, people sitting at cafe who are people watching.
Patara Beach and Ancient Town of Patara is a great place for one day trip or longer vacation.
We stayed there for 3 days, enjoying fantastic beach, great food, local atmosphere, and our gracious JET PENSION.
If you prefer less crowded beach far away from noise but equally beatiful go to Kidrak Tabiat Park south of Olu Deniz.
Car entrance fee was 6 YTL
Bring some food and umbrella as there is nothing on site.
Eight of us rented a boat for four days from Catch-22 Yachting. It was easily the most relaxing and self-spoiling vacation I have ever had. Mete, the captain, is a superb sailor, according to one of our group who was a sailing instructor and has control issues when others are sailing. He was able to relax and enjoy, because Mete was so skilled. Cheryl, Mete's girlfriend, first mate, and head chef, is an amazing cook. To top it off both of them are funny, friendly, and interesting. Volkan was the crew when we went, but he may not always be there since he is at university studying to be a harbormaster.
You can pick your itinerary a head of time, but it can be changed (as long as it is possible given your rental time) at any point if you like. The waters of Fethiye Korfez are amazingly clear and warm. We spent our days swimming, hiking, and eating. At most stops (unless you ask to go places that are off the beaten path), you will be visited by the bread, egg, olive (morning), ice cream (during the day), and dessert (evening) boats. You really have not lived until you have eaten ice cream on a stick while treading water.
At first glance, their prices seem steep. However, they include breakfast, lunch, tea, and dinner. You can bring your own liquor on board or buy them from the "bar" (a cooler) for a very reasonable price. You must also remember that you get to pick your company, which on a small boat is priceless.
Many travel selling coach trips, boat trips fun things to do, diving, Quad biking, Jeep safari's car and motorbike hire............
Found all over the place, prices are cheap but look around and compare prices you may also be able to get discounts especially you if you book a few with the same company.
Beware though if you go on organised trips they often take you to gold, silver and textile shops carpet factories etc etc, these are often hard sells and you will be here longer than at some of the attractions.
You can join a boat trip from Oludeniz which stays in 4-5 beatufil inlet which includes butterfly valley.
Or 12 islands tour ( but it stays in 4-5 island which includes St.Nicholas island also )
Both of them takes one day app. ( 11a.m.-18p.m. ) the cost is 7-12 €.
Ancient city of Lykia.
Tlos has a lot of thombs but the most interesting one belongs to Bellerephontes who has a figure of him on the thomb while he is fighting with three headed Chimera on his Pegasus.
It means Hiddenplace/Hiddencity.
If the weather is to hot even for swimming you can go to saklýkent which has an icy stream at the beginning and created by flow of snow water for long time. The length of canyon is app. 18km, it takes one day if you want a detailed visit and you need good sportive shoes for climbing or jumping on slippery stones. Alternatively you can join a jeep safari which incudes Saklýkent visit, but in this case you have to finish explore it within 30-45 min.
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