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Scenes from this corner of paradise...FETHIYE... A SMALL PIECE OF PARADISE

About Fethiye

Fethiye by night...
If you're into exploring new horizons, long, tranquil nature walks, lazy days spent in the sun by a glorious, turquoise sea, or sports like diving, paragliding, horseback riding, rafting or trekking, this is the place for you. Stroll by the waterfront, explore the shops which are open until late at night, stop for a cup of Turkish coffee or apple tea at one of the numerous coffee shops of PasPatur and enjoy the warm hospitality of the Turkish people.
On a beautiful, warm and sunny winter day, as you sit sipping your tea or coffee in one of the numerous tea gardens on the waterfront of Fethiye, you suddenly realise that if there is a place you can call heaven on earth, this is it! The snow-capped, mist shrouded tops of the Tauros Mountains cuddle and protect the fertile valley where Fethiye sprawls lazily, surrounding the bay it gives its name to. The temperature, normally between 85 - 105 F (30-40 C) during the long, hot summer, rarely falls below 55 F (12 C) in the short, warm and rainy winter. As the water temperature never falls below 60 F (16 C), making swimming possible for 9 months of the year, this makes Fethiye a sportsman's paradise, too.

Due to the prevailing climatic conditions of the region, forests of silver fir, Scotch fir, and Norway spruce cover the place. Olive, laurel, myrtle, acacia, plane and poplar trees are some other types that you can find in this rich flora. The frankincense tree (Liquidamber Orientalis), which is the source of myrrh widely used in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, is among the rare species in the world. This plant, which has remained in existence since before the ice ages, is cultivated only around Fethiye and Koycegiz and in a small district of California. From January onwards, the forests abound with wild cyclamen, violets, crocus, narcissus, and a small, insignificant looking species of orchid (Orchis Anatolis), from the roots of which a rich, aromatic hot drink can be made.

Farming for vegetables and industrial plants such as cotton, sesame, tobacco, and aniseed are the major agricultural income sources. Yearly about 250.000 tons of tomatoes are grown in greenhouses and exported. The potential in bee-keeping and honey production is large. Furthermore, Fethiye is one of the major export ports for the chromium ore which is mined in large quantities in Turkey.
The history of Fethiye, known as Telmessos in the antique period, and the most important city of LYCIA -one of the oldest Anatolian Civilisations- reaches far back to 5th century BC.

A Lycian legend explains the source of the name Telmessos as follows: " The god Apollo falls in love with the youngest daughter of the King of Phoenicia, Agenor. He disguises himself as a small dog and thus gains the love of the shy, withdrawn daughter. After he reappears as a handsome man, they have a son, whom they name 'Telmessos' (the land of lights). The city became part of the first state of the Persians after the invasion of the Persian King Harpagos in 547 BC., along with other Lycian and Carian cities. Telmessos then joined the Attic-Delos Union established in mid. 5th century BC. and, although it later left the union and became an independent city, continued its relations with the union till 4th century BC.
Amynthas overlooks Fethiye from his rock tomb...
Legend says that Alexander the Great, on a mission to invade Anatolia in the winter of 334-333 BC, entered Telmessos harbour with his fleet. The commander of the fleet, Nekros, asks permission of King Antipatrides of Telmessos for his musicians and slaves to enter the city. On getting the permission, the warriors with guns hidden in the flute boxes capture the acropolis during the feasts held at night.

After being taken over in 1284 by Menteseogullari, a Turkish nation migrating from Central Asia into Asia Minor, the city was named MEGRI, meaning 'far city', and was included in the Ottoman Empire in 1424.

In 1934, the city was renamed as FETHIYE in honor of Fethi Bey, a martyr pilot of the War Of Independence.

An interesting peculiarity of the ancient city is the fame of its oracles. The oracles of Telmessos, devoted to Apollo, have had great impact on the course of ancient history.

Amynthas Rock Tomb, one of the most splendid examples of the Lycian civilisation, lies against the side of the mountain, just above the town and easily visible. The tomb is in the form of an Ionic temple, and has a landing with adjacent pillars at the two sides, with four steps leading to it. In the middle of the leftmost pillar, "Amynthas: son of Hermapias" is engraved in 4th century BC. letters. Although two of the numerous other tombs at the left of the hill look like the Amynthas tomb, they are much smaller. Within the town and in the vicinity a lot more tombs may be found, some sarcophagus tombs and some cut-out pieces of rock. One of the best examples of these sarcophagii is located in the garden of the Town Hall. There is also an amphitheatre in the city.

Amynthas Rock tomb...
Oludeniz, the famous blue lagoon, in the evening...
Apart from what you can see in the city, there are daily excursions to nearby historical sites and beauty spots. Of these, Oludeniz, or Blue Lagoon as it is internationally known, is world famous for its beauty. You can go swimming from Belcekiz beach, get a lovely tan, and cool off afterwards with a tall drink at one of the numerous bars, restaurants and cafes along the waterfront. A short walk will bring you to the famous lagoon, where you can take another dip in the gloriously warm water. It is 18 km. from the Fethiye city center, with regular public transport every 20 mins.
Saklikent, or Hidden City, an awe-inspiring 18 km long, 300 meter deep gorge with an ice-cold stream running through it, is 60 km. from Fethiye, and a favorite spot for rock climbers as well as picnickers looking for a cool spot on hot summer days. In the gorge itself, there are platforms built over the stream where you can sit and have a delicious trout meal, and even have a short nap in the shade with the furiously running stream singing you a lullaby.

Tlos, 40 km from Fethiye, is an ancient city whose ruins lie on the steep slope of a mountain. If you wish to explore the ruins, be prepared for a steep climb. A little further along the same road is Yaka Park, a trout farm which is a must-see for nature lovers. Numerous springs, some gushing forth through the trunks of living trees, supply the water for the farm. There is a bar with a water trough along the top, in which trout swim and let you tickle them!

Tlos fortress...

Patara, about 70 km. on the Antalya road, is famous for its endless sandy beaches, one of the few untouched spots where the Mediterranean sea turtle, Caretta Caretta lays its eggs, as well as the ruins of the ancient sea port of the Lycians, built in the 5th century BC.

Butterfly valley...
Butterfly Valley, which is only reachable by boat (a half-hour ride) from Oludeniz, is one of the most beautiful and interesting bays in the area. The 40-odd kinds of butterflies inhabiting the narrow valley cutting deep into the hillside put on an incredible show 10 months of the year, starting in early spring. It is interesting to note that the same ecological system that can be observed in the Butterfly Valley in Rhodes exists here.
Fethiye is located in the Southwest Mediterranean region of Turkey, connected to all other cities by three highways and can be reached very easily. Dalaman International Airport is as close as 50 km. to the town centre. During the tourist season one can find many flights from major European cities to Fethiye besides the domestic flights throughout the year by Turkish Airlines. Additionally, Antalya Airport, a three–hour drive to Fethiye, is another arrival and departure point. Furthermore, Fethiye seaport with its sheltered natural structure is an important stop for yachtsmen.

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