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Ancient Cities

Gemiler Island: There are the remains of churches, chapels and civilian buildings of Byzantium Period on the Island reached by boats from Oludeniz (Blue Lagoon) and Gemiler Bay. The Island is important due to having been one of the first centres where Christianity began to spread.

Araxa: At a distance of 40 km from Fethiye, Araxa was founded on the place where the Ancient Xanthos Brook flows. This wonderful natural water spring has been the subject of many mythological stories. İn the ancient city within the borders of today’s Oren village, rampart ruins, a public bath and the water canals of Byzantine Period, have survived up to the present day.

Tlos: At a distance of 45 km from Fethiye, Tlos is one of the six big cities of the Lycian Federation. The sport centre of the federation is also Tlos. İt is known as the city where mythological hero Bellerophon and his winged flying horse Pegasus lived. Determined as the oldest city of Lycian Region by the archaeological excavations, Tlos dates back to the time before 2000 B.C. The graveyard on the natural rocks of the city acropolis was filled with most elaborate house-type tombs Of Lycia. İt is known that the king-type tomb in the necropolis is dedicated to Bellerophon.

Letoon: Situated 55 km far from Fethiye, Lettoon is the religious centre of the Lycia Federation. İt is well known for three temples dedicated to the Goddess Leto, Goddess Artemis and God Apollo. Archaeological excavations have been carrying on since 1962 in Lettoon and the churches of the early Christian period are uncovered.

Pinara: İt is at the foothills of Mount Akdağ, 55 km from Fethiye. One of the most biggest cities of Lycia Federation, Pinara is known as the city where the first beauty contest is held. The temple, dedicated to the Goddess Aphrodite, also draws attention in the city as it was built in an unusual architectural style. Hundreds of public tombs in the shape of pigeon holes make necropolis unique.


Cadianda: İt is at a distance of 25 km from Fethiye within the borders of uzumlu village. İt is known as the last city joined to the Lycian Federation. The city, was quite destroyed due to natural reasons arising from its different geography. The city with its theatre, agora, complex of stadium- public bath and monumental tombs, unearthed after the excavations carried out by Fethiye Museum, has become very popular in recent years.

Kayakoy: Kayakoy was a settlement region of Rums (Greeks of Turkish Nationality) in the 14th century. İt was founded on the lands of ancient city Karmillassos which had been demolished almost completely excluding a few home-type tombs due to earthquakes. İts ancient name is Levissi. Becoming united with the people of surrounding five Turkish villages and teaching humanity on the concepts of friendship, brotherhood, and peace throughout its history, Kayakoy is one of the most important regions to be proud of. According to the agreement of population exchange signed between Turkish and Greek governments in 1922, Rums living in Kayakoy were exchanged by Turks living in the western Thrace.

Telmessos Antique Theater: As mentioned in the ancient sources, there was a big theatre in Telmessos. During the drill excavations carried on by the Directorate General of Fethiye Museum in 1993, seats of the theatre were found 3-4 meters under the soil layers formed because of erosion. After the excavations concluded in 1995, all the extant remains of the theatre were re-surfaced. Built in the early Roman Period and repaired in 2000 AD, it is known that the theatre with a capacity of 5000 seats was used as an arena. At present, the theatre has a seating capacity of 1500 people.

Kaunos: According to a myth, the city located on the other side of the Ortaca-Dalyan strait, had been founded on the Karya-Likia border by Kaunos who was one of the twin children of Miletos. Kaunos which was a port town in the ancient times is now quite inland. The 3 km long fortification walls, the Stoa, the Agora, baths, theater and temple show that Kaunos was a fully organized city in the ancient times. The city which housed many during the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantium eras was abandoned in the ..... century AC. Although the upper Acropolis had been used for some time after being fortified, it didn’t last long.

Beaches and Ruins

Oludeniz (Blue Lagoon): Oludeniz, described as ‘the Eden bestowed by God to the World’, has a 3 km long beach. One can appreciate fully the beauty of swimming in a colour harmony of light and dark blue combined with light and dark green. Having an appearance of naturally lagoon with its tepid and standing water during ten months of the year, Oludeniz is one of the most preferred destinations by both local and foreign tourists. Kumburnu separates Ölüdeniz from Belcekiz Beach which are at a distance of 14 km from Fethiye. There are many boarding-houses, camps, motels and restaurants that are open during each season of the year.

Kidrak: Kidrak with its sandy beaches surrounded by pine trees and crystal clear water is at a distance of 3 km from Oludeniz and Belcekiz Beach.

Kelebekler Vadisi (Butterfly Valley):
At a distance of 5-7 km from Oludeniz, this interesting canyon is surrounded by approximately 350 meter high mountains. İt takes its name from the butterflies called as ‘Jarsey Tiger’ and seen between June and September. Transportation to the bay, being an Earth Eden with its waterfall flows both in summer and winter, large beach, clear water, brightly shining pebbles and oleanders decorating the environs, is provided by boats from Oludeniz. Possibilities like a camping area with tent sites, restaurant, bar, shower cabinets, changing cubicles, etc. are offered in the valley which is the meeting place of world wanderers.

Saklikent (Hidden City): İt is 50 km from Fethiye, next to the Karaçay Brook which forms the province borders of Muğla-Antalya. İt is a unique natural wonder hiding within a 18 km long magnificent canyon of which height reaches to 600 meter in some places. With its steep rock cliffs, plane trees, clearly flowing spring waters, it is a unique tourism centre which offers possibilities for nature lovers such as mountaineering, trekking and swimming.

Yakapark: Yakapark, formed by nature with human labour and creativity, is a unique recreation spot where you will experience memorable moments in a mysterious atmosphere with bird sings and sound of water. İt can easily be accessed via 2 km road from Yaka Village.


Islands: Being one the important resort places of Blue Voyagers, the region is named as ‘İnside the Darkness’ by fishermen. İt is consisted of Islands and Kapidaği Peninsula adorned with numerous beautiful bays. Yassica Islands, Hamam Bay, Kurşunlu Bay, Yavansu, Bedri RahmiBay, Tersane Island, GObun Bay, Boynuzbuku, GOcek Island, Domuz Island, Zeytin Island, Kizil Island, reached via daily tours from Fethiye and GOcek, are also named as "12 Islands" within the region.

Oyuktepe Bays: Besides the two big holiday villages of the district, there are also natural bays namely Mempaşa, Kuçuk Samanlik, Boncuklu, Kuleli, Aksazlar, Akvaryum, Turunç Pinari on the peninsula to where local people have daily tours.

Katranci Bay: İt is 17 km far from Fethiye on Muğla-Fethiye highway. With its frequent pine trees stretching to the sea, the bay displays a beautiful harmony of blue and green. İn the bay, there is a forest resting area offering the services of car park, buffet, shower cabinet and toilet. İt is an ideal excursion place and a camping area with tent sites.

Gunluk (Kucuk Kargi): The bay is at a distance of 18 km from Fethiye on the Muğla highway, and is ornamented with rarely seen sweetgum trees having a nice smell. The daily excretion of sweetgum trees is used in the treatment of itchiness, asthma, bronchitis, ulcer and gastric diseases. İt is also used in the industry of perfumery.

Calis Beach: Being one of the popular places of the district in respect of tourism, Çaliş Beach is 5 km from the district centre, opposite of the Şovalye Island. Along the 4 km long beach, there are hotels, boarding-houses, camp sites and restaurants. The Beach is well known as one of the incubation areas of sea turtles, Caretta Carettas. İt is also one of the favourite places to view the sunset and play water sports.

Hisaronu – Ovacik: These two typical Turkish villages in Oludeniz (Blue Lagoon) have recently become shopping and entertainment centres providing accommodation. At present, these villages near draw the attention of especially foreign tourists.

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